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!
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