Thursday, December 31, 2020
Sunday, December 27, 2020
These little Christmas ornaments were purchased by my maternal grandparents,
They were actually electric bulbs to be lit on the tree.
Nathaniel & Helen bought these the year my mother was born;
her first Christmas 1928 in New York City.
My mother, Alberta Joy Gardner Brown, gave these little treasures to me.
I do not hang them because I do not want them to fall & break but I put them out on display in a little clear glass bowl. I think they are adorable and quite special.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Monday, December 21, 2020
Here is a Christmas memory from Kathleen Gloria Coyle who lived in New York City as a girl.
My grand aunt, Kathleen G. Coyle, was a very private person but there were times when she would open up and give me a glimpse of her life as a young girl in New York City. She was born in 1916, the child of Irish immigrants. She was the youngest of seven children. Her father, Michael Coyle, was a baker.
Friday, December 18, 2020
Here is a Christmas memory of my own...
At Christmas time there was always lots of baking, especially on
Christmas Eve. My brothers and I all helped. My oldest brother, Lance, was good at stirring the big bowls of thick batter. He could stir thick buttery batter when our mother’s mix master could not. The kitchen would be in a delicious disorder. The counter would be covered with canisters of flour and sugar, teaspoons and measuring cups, spoons and spatulas. On the table we’d have red and green sprinkles and chocolate chips. Decorating the cookies was great fun. We’d make several types of cookies. I liked the Sptitz cookies that we made using a metal cookie press, loading the dough inside and then pushing the handle with just the right amount of pressure to make the shapes of trees, wreaths, reindeer and bells. Making and baking all those cookies and restoring the kitchen to order again was a huge job for our mother. She’d be moving from the stove to the table and back again, with hot trays of cookies. Our attention would be divided between watching Charlie Brown’s Christmas, wrapping the last presents, hanging up Christmas cards, and giving her a hand. I’m sure our mother was hot and tired but she kept smiling and baking making Christmas special for us.
Those favorite Spritz cookies were from our mother’s Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book [unsure of the year of publication because the cover is missing.]
Mix thoroughly: 1 cup soft butter; 2/3 cup sugar; 3 egg yolks; 1 tsp. vanilla or almond flavoring. Work in with hands: 2 ½ cups sifted flour. Force the dough through cooky [sic] press onto ungreased baking sheets in desired shapes. Bake until set but not brown. 400 degrees, 7 to 10 minutes. Makes about 6 dozen cookies
Monday, December 14, 2020
A Christmas memory from Ireland... This Christmas card is evidence of the connection
between our family in Ireland and our family New York City. The Daniel Mullane family lived in Clonmel, Tipperary Ireland. Daughter, Mary Josephine (Mullane) Coyle left Ireland in 1885 for the United States where she married Michael Coyle and raised seven children.
The card was signed by Aunt Ellen (Ellen Mullane, 1874 – 1952) and Uncle Dan (Daniel J. Mullane, Jr., 1882 – 1965). They were the siblings of Mary Josephine (Mullane) Coyle [deceased]. It was sent to the daughters of Mary Josephine, the Coyle sisters, Marguerite (Coyle) Marshall, Lillian A. Coyle and Kathleen G. Coyle. After Mary Josephine's death in 1927, her daughters continued to keep the connection alive. It must have been a special connection because the card was treasured and saved and is still in the family.
Friday, December 11, 2020
Monday, December 7, 2020
Here is a Christmas Memory
from my grand aunt,
Viola Cathern (Mark) Nothstein, 1913 – 2004,
daughter of Thomas K. &
N. Regina (Gruissy) Mark.
She talked about Christmas in Ohio when she was a girl,
one of seven children.
Viola said her father, Thomas Kenneth Mark (1879 - 1975), dressed up as Santa Claus for the program at church. He wore a red costume from the church. Viola said, “I remember one year when we were pretty small Owen got up in church and said, ‘That’s my Daddy!’ Another time Dad had a turkey for the church. After the program Daddy come over to home and he had the red suit on and he’d said. ‘Now you guys better be in bed before I get back.’ He always done a lot around the church. If they wanted anything fixed they would always ask Dad.”
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Jeremiah George Smith
23 December 1773 SC – 1843 MS
Son of Jeremiah Smith, Sr. & Jemimah Hollis
22 August 1778 NC – after 1821 MS
Daughter of Richard Dillon & Anne Lawrence
My 4x great grandparents
Married 16 December 1798 SC
Hollander Smith Morris
Elias V. Smith
Jane Smith Warner
Eliza Smith Bullock
Lidda Smith Harvey
Milevey Smith Harvey
Joanna Smith Bullock
Other December Anniversaries:
3 December 1754 SC Jacob Ott I & Margaret Fitchtner 266 years ago
My 6x great grandparents
My 2x great grandparents
8 December 1910 LA Dewitt W Alford & Ina Lucille Brown 110 years ago
My great aunt & uncle
My 3x great grandparents
21 December 1887 MS Jasper P. Brown & Rose Ella Brumfield 133 years ago
My great grandparents
24 December 1921 LA James A. Ball & Mildred O. Brown 99 years ago
My great aunt & uncle
29 December 1933 NY Wilfred S. Marshall & Marguerite C. Coyle 87 years ago
My great aunt & uncle
31 December 1924 OH James Everett Mark & Effie M. Carter 96 years ago
My 2x great aunt & uncle