So this weeks 52 ancestors prompt is “Large Family”…
I grew up in an average sized family. There were five of us – two parents, three children. I also grew up not knowing much definitively about my grandmother’s family. Oh she talked about them lots! We just didn’t really get to meet or spend time with them – not us grandchildren at least. So this was one of my reasons and projects when I started doing genealogy.
I did find them in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census!
J B Waters, Odessa Waters, Willard Waters, John N Waters, Winnifred Waters, Cortez Waters, Helen Waters, Elizabeth Waters, Mary Nipper
I KNEW THESE NAMES! This was them. It matched all I knew from what Grandmama had told me.
This was already a pretty large family to me – two parents, six children, and a grandmother! (Mary Nipper is Grandma Dessa’s mother.)
The photo above is one of only a few of this side of my family. Papa would be the J.B. Waters from the previously referenced census. Mama would be Odessa Waters. Nip is what John N. went by. And Grandmother Nipper would be Mary Nipper.
From what I’ve found, and I could be wrong, Grandma Dessa had a total of 14 children that I count. While this is between two marriages, this is still a large family! I know I don’t have a photo of them all together, partly because a couple died young and partly because there’s so many.
I think a future project needs to be a collage (or photo book at least!) of all I can collect of them!
So #52Ancestors challenge, week 4. I’m not sure who I’d want to meet. Not without just saying all of them! I probably have a question I want to ask any one of them if I had the chance.
So I guess I’d want to start with my great grandparents – Thomas Edgar Wishum (“Granddaddy Buddy” as we called him), Mary Lizzie (probably Mary Elizabeth) Massey (“Grandma Lizzie”), James Benjamin Waters (“Granpa Waters”), Willie Odessa Nipper (“Grandma Dessa”), Harry Thomas Stone (“Granpa Harry”), Eunice Irene McDonald (“Nana” as we called her), Toombs Haywood Kimbrough (“Granpa Toombs”), Madge Elizabeth Cook (“Gunga” as we called her), and Una Bollinger (“Grandma Una”).
Of all of those, I only met Granddaddy Buddy, Nana, and Gunga. I only met Granddaddy Buddy a time or two since he passed away when I was young. But I knew Gunga and Nana fairly well.
I’d want to know what my grandparents were like. What were their own lives like as well? What about their parents?
Yep, start with them and work back meeting and getting to know them all! Oh the stories I’m sure they’d tell!