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Monday, September 14, 2020

Genealogy and book

My sister has been researching family history for about 10 years.  Going through old Newspapers and many documents she found family information.
One of her discoveries is of 
our third great Aunt, Mollie McConnell.  Married to William A McConnell on my Dads side, he died and she remarried a MacDonald.  Our third great uncle was a theatrical manager. 
Stage and screen actress.  She played the Aunt of
Little Mary Sunshine
  in one of her
silent films

I guess her eyes are rolled to the side.  

Another find and we found very interesting was a book written by 
Samuel B. Smith on Daddy's side
our gr gr gr grandfather.

Born a Quaker

Became a priest, traveled to France.   Renounced later.  

I had to purchase this hardcopy as my first copy was ruined in the car on vacation.

A book I mentioned earlier is of one written my grandfather. Mom's dad.

whose book is hanging in a frame at my sisters home in Maine that her husband found for her.
 Framed with a door.
The book, her husband found and gifted her.
 Written by our Grandfather - Ethelbert Perry Sheldon.
"The Peruvian Tragedy".  Published 1940
A drama written in blank verse. A form of verse using Iambic Pentameter.

Well after this.  Blueberry bread is made.
I used all that I could from what was already in cupboard.

This turned out pretty good. creamed large cream cheese with eggs and sugar. Added cardamom with self rising flour til it looked right, vanilla, milk with splash vinegar, olive oil, added blueberries that had been dusted with flour and baked. No recipe, just used what I had. baked in convection at 335 degrees. I did mix white candy bits with cream heated until melted in microwave for a glaze


  1. Dearest Betsy,
    WOW, what a family treasures your sister has uncovered!
    Those pictures with information are priceless and so is the book.
    You are quite a Chef with making do what's in the cupboard and having it turn out that way. Lucky are those that claim you as family... you spoil them!

    1. How so very sweet to say Mariette! Such a compliment and I appreciate it so much. Blessings for a wonderful week.

  2. How exciting. I have been hooked on genealogy since the late 1970s. And, I still find such interesting stuff on my family. It's so important (at least I think so) to know where we came from).

  3. Hi Betsy. How exciting to find out about your family. I dabbled a little in Ancestry but didn't go very far. My daughter's married name is McConnell. I guess it is probably a pretty common name. Hope you are well. There is so much bad weather going on everywhere, I never know where anybody is..Stay well..xxoJudy

  4. How wonderful to discover so much about your family. The blueberry bread looks so delicious. Yum!

  5. Betsy,
    Very interesting and exciting!!
    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for letting me know that you did by leaving a comment!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!


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