Friday, March 8, 2013

Funeral Card Friday: Anna Gee Aldritt

Today's funeral card is that of my third great grandmother, Anna Aldritt (1805-1890).  She was born Anna Gee in Longdon, Staffordshire, England.  She and her husband and children immigrated to America in 1852, and they moved to Minnesota in 1856.  (Two years before Minnesota became a state).  She lived on the shores of beautiful Lake Minnewashta in Chanhassen, Carver, Minnesota until her death in 1890.  Aldritt descendants still live on that land today. 

Anna is buried in Leach Cemetery, just off Lake Minnewashta. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fearless Females 2013: Day 6: Heirloom

Today's Task:  Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor.

I am fortunate to have several wonderful heirlooms from female ancestors.  One of my favorites is this beautiful fan that belonged to my great grandma Meema (Julia Estell "Estelle" Shaw Lenont, 1877-1958).  My dad had it framed in this pretty shadow box in the 1980s. 

Meema's Fan
Here is Meema in her wedding portrait from 1901.  Can't you just picture her fanning herself with her lovely fan? I feel very lucky to have this piece - a common item for back then, that Meema probably used every day - but so special to us now.  

Estelle Shaw Lenont, 1901

Do you have a favorite heirloom from a female ancestor?

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