Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday - The Log House

Today is a sad day for my family. My Aunt Tish passed away yesterday at the age of 91-years-young. Tishie was actually my daddy's cousin, but we always called her Aunt Tish. She was our family genealogist, always recording the births, deaths and marriages in our huge family. She would send out letters asking for any family news and if you didn't answer, she would get you on the phone and not let you go until you told all! As one of the family genealogists of this generation, I am thankful for her diligence.

Aunt Tishie's momma was sister to my grandfather (doesn't that sound Southern?). For Outdoor Wednesday I decided to honor Aunt Tish and my family by posting a photo of the cabin where my grandfather, Tish's momma and their siblings were born. The cabin still stands today!

My great-grandparents, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Ricketson and Elijah "Babe" Grantham were both born in Douglas, Georgia and married there in 1884. This is the cabin they built and where their ten children were born. We call it the log house and as you can see it is still standing after 125 years. Tishie's brother Herbert owns the land now and still farms. Herbert added the tin roof several years ago to help protect if from the elements. I love visiting and can just imagine all the children running and playing in the yard, after their chores of course! I took this photo last summer.

In 1902, my great-grandparents built the big house pictured in a painting here. This house stood just about 100 yards or so from the cabin, but it was destroyed by a tornado in 2005. I have a few bricks from the chimneys, a bit of the trim work, a window, and some of the wood. I plan to make a shadow box with these bits and pieces of my family history. Isn't it amazing that the tornado destroyed the house and left the cabin?

Also on this land is my family's cemetery. Everyone buried there is a descendent of my great-grandparents. My grandfather is buried there and tomorrow my Aunt Tish will be laid alongside her husband. Family means everything to me and Tishie will be missed, but the legacy she has left will always be with us.

Thank you for allowing me to share a few of my family memories with you. Happy Outdoor Wednesday to all y'all and remember to call a loved one today!

16 Thoughtful Comments:

The Fajdich Times said...

Sorry for your loss. Enjoyed your picture history.

Mary said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Know that are thoughts are with you. Blessings...Mary

Crystal said...

I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing some of your family history. That cabin is so quaint and still looks remarkable after all these years.
Crystal

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Sorry to hear of your loss. Awesome story of love and history! Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

Sherrie
http://mygardeningwoes.blogspot.com/2009/06/outdoor-wednesday_17.html

Maya said...

It is amazing that the cabin is still there..., after that tornado. And ten children, wow! But what great memories and a sense of time passed..., I'm linking this to my other (new) blog in case you want to follow me there, but my OW post is on Completely Coastal. Have a great day!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

I am sorry to hear of your loss Rhonda...but what a wonderful tribute to her...sharing some of her love for family history... Susan

Fritter Chicks™ said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Keep the legacy going and bring on the memories! We would love to hear your stories! You are in our prayers.

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

My condolences for the loss of your Aunt Tish.

My paternal grandmother was the geneologist in our family. When I was younger, I didn't care a bit about who my dead relatives were. After all, they were dead and I never knew them. Now that both sets of my grandparents, my father, and my mother have all passed, I regret not paying more attention to all the info my grandmother gathered over the years regarding my family's history.

CrazyCris said...

She was 91? What stories she must have been able to tell you all! i used to love my grandmother's stories about life in DC in the 30s and 40s...

I'm sorry for your loss, even when one knows such a thing is inevitable you're still never truly prepared!


Thanks for sharing the story and those lovely shots with us!

hugs!

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Rhonda,
I am so sorry for your loss, what wonderful memories that cabin must of had. and what wonderful memories your grandparents had in their home too. i am so sorry that it was lost. But memories are something that storms and hard knocks in life can't take away. And for that i am so glad. Thank you for sharing.
Sue

mbkatc230 said...

I'm sorry for your loss. We lost our Uncle Charles this past weekend, and it's so hard to see a generation of your relatives passing away. I love your idea of shadow boxing mementos from the big house. What a perfect way to display such precious items. Kathy

Rain said...

Hi Rhonda! You have a great family history, it is sad that Tish is gone, but she has an amazing legacy. I love the log house and the fact that it withstood the tornado is a testament to it's roots! As everyone else has said, I offer you my sincerest condolences. Take care,
Rain

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

sorry to hear about your lost but you got great memories with your Aunt.. that is precious.. I love the house painting.. reminds me of cottage here at my side of the world.. especially the staircase and the covered deck.. thanks for sharing & happy OW. Have a great day too!

Florida Sue said...

What wonderful memories you have of your Aunt Tish. It is amazing that the little cabin still stands. Please accept my sincere condolences and thank you for sharing this touching story with us.

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Thank you everyone for your sweet words, I have the best readers! I've been offline for a few days and didn't get to read but a few Outdoor Wednesday posts and no Foodie Fridays, but I'm back and will visiting and blogging all week.

Love to you all!

Regina said...

That's a beautiful log house.

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