Happy Mother’s Day Feliz Día de las Madres Bonne Fête des Mères Buona Festa della Mamma Hyvää äitienpäivää Lá na Máthar Shona ar No matter what your language, “Mother” is the sweetest word of all. Margaret McCoy Born Ireland (abt. 1823 – abt. 1857) Catherine O’Grady Born Waterford, Ireland (abt. 1835 … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: To the Mothers in Our Lives"
Catalina (Perrotin) Huesca (1893 – 1998) “Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever.” – Author unknown My grandmother, Catalina (Perrotin) Huesca, Chicago, about 64 years old, 1956. One of my earliest – and warmest – memories of living with my grandmother, or Abuelita Catalina (Perrotin) Huesca was our first night … Continue reading "Wisdom Wednesday: A Grandmother’s Love"
Gilbert Cayetano Huesca (1915 – 2009) [Note: Amanuensis is an ancient word meaning one who performs the function of writing down or transcribing the words of another. Derived from the Latin root manu- , meaning manual or hand, the word also has been used as a synonym for secretary or scribe.] My father, Gilbert Huesca, August 2008 My father’s earliest memory … Continue reading "Amanuensis Monday: It Came Back to Me in a Dream"
Marriage Record of Francisco Perrotin and Maria Amaro Orizaba, Veracruz State, Mexico March 3, 1889 The following is my translation of the Marriage record between my great-grandparents, Francisco Perrotin and María Amaro: Number 25. Second act of The Marriage of Francisco Perrotín with María Amaro In the City of Orizaba, at nine in the morning … Continue reading "Marriage Record of Francisco Perrotin and Maria Amaro"
Francisco Perrotin 1866 – 1899 “The first cases (of yellow fever) in Orizaba were all of persons living in a small radius, close around the railroad station. In the next epidemic they spread out a few hundred yards farther and took in another block of houses a little farther off from the railroad station as … Continue reading "Francisco Perrotin: 1866 – 1899"
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"
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"