“Where the Flowers is…” One of the great things about writing family history is that you get to write about whatever and whomever you want. One the of the hardest things about it, though, is that sometimes the things or people you want to write about are so close to you that it’s difficult … Continue reading "Where the Flowers Is: How Dad Impacted the World"
A legacy renewed, a cause for celebration On a cold wintry morning on the eve of the Civil War some 150 years ago, a dashing red-headed French baker and a wide-eyed, dark-haired Irish seamstress pledged their undying devotion in a loving embrace before God as they were joined in marriage in a small Catholic church … Continue reading "A Legacy Renewed, A Cause for Celebration"
Perrotin Family Reunites for First Time in 112 Years Tonight my family and I will bust a decades-old family myth when we meet for the first time members of a branch of the Perrotin family, who were supposedly killed by a bomb during the Second World War. Their names are Don and Jennifer Murray, and … Continue reading "A Dream Come True"
Alice Gaffney (McGinnis) Schiavon Born June 14, 1895, in Conneaut, Ohio Died January 1, 1963, in Chicago, Illinois My beloved grandmother, Alice (McGinnis) Schiavon, was a bit of a rebel. Charming, but a rebel nonetheless. As a child, she did not want to go to school. She would line up in the morning … Continue reading "Alice Gaffney (McGinnis) Schiavon"
My great-grandmother, María Amaro, holds her infant daughter, Catalina Perrotin, on her baptismal day outside the Perrotin family home, flanked by my great-grandfather, Francisco, and their son, Francisco Junior. Orizaba, Veracruz, 1893. María Angela Catalina (Perrotin) Huesca Born May 31, 1893, in Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico Died April 5, 1998, in Mexico City, D. F., Mexico … Continue reading "Maria Angela Catalina (Perrotin) Huesca"
Marriage Certificate of Cayetano Huesca and Catalina Perrotin My grandparents (Abuelitos, as we called them), José Gilberto Cayetano Huesca and María Angela Catalina Perrotin were married in the Catholic church in Tierra Blanca, Veracruz state, Mexico, in 1908. Their first child, Enrique, was born a year later. They were married civilly in the same town … Continue reading "Marriage Certificate of Cayetano Huesca and Maria Angela Catalina Perrotin"
José Gil Alberto Cayetano HUESCA Born September 1, 1888, in Cañada Morelos, Puebla (State), Mexico Died September 11, 1937, in Mexico City, Mexico My grandfather, known to all as simply “Cayetano” HUESCA, had the cleanest windows in Orizaba, Veracruz. That was because when any of his 11 children got into an argument, he would hand … Continue reading "José Gil Alberto Cayetano Huesca"
Huesca Origin of the Name It is believed that the Huesca family originated in Spain, in the province of the same name. Huesca lies in the northern Spanish region of Aragon. The city of Huesca is the provincial capital. The city goes back to pre-Roman times, when it was known as Bolskan, but the name … Continue reading "Huesca: Origin of the Name"
Some of the Families Included HereAmaroBarronBennettCherryDe la OFayGaffneyHoppinHuescaKangasMakepeaceMcCormickMcGinnisMcGoortyMerloOlsonPerrotinRineyRyanSannellaSchiavonSchiavoneTully
Welcome to Many Branches, One Tree! In one of Aesop’s fables, an old man brought his three sons together and handed the eldest a bundle of sticks, asking him to break it. Though the first son tried with all his strength, he could not break the bundle. The second and third son also tried, … Continue reading "Welcome"