My Dear Great-great Grandparents, François and Catherine, A reminder popped up on my calendar today that you, Francois, died of meningitis 127 years ago, on May 25, 1891. It prompted me to reflect on your lives and the values you imparted to your descendants, now seven … Continue reading "Letter to My Great-Great Grandparents"
Do you know this soldier? This photograph of an unidentified young soldier was in a frame with a family tree group, hanging on a wall in my Aunt’s living room. Is he English? When my family and I traveled to Mexico City to visit our Huesca family in June 2003, I spotted a large … Continue reading "Friday’s Faces from the Past"
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 … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: To the Mothers in Our Lives"
Edward Joseph Organ (1859 – 1893) Looking over the collection of photographs that belonged to my great-great grandmother, Catherine (O’Grady) Perrotin, I found one that was especially compelling and have been wondering about its subject for some time now. Though he was not my ancestor, he certainly was related to someone, and it … Continue reading "Mystery Monday: The Railway Men of Orizaba, Part 2"
Who are these men? These two cabinet card photographs are part of a larger collection of “mystery pictures” that belonged to my great-great grandmother, Catherine (O’Grady) Perrotin. From the dates on the back, it appears she received the photographs while living in Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico, perhaps as she was preparing to move to England in … Continue reading "Mystery Monday: The Railway Men of Orizaba, Part 1"
Condolences Cañada Morelos, April 25, 1915 Mrs. Catalina Perroton. Tierra Blanca My Dear Friend, As I send you my greetings together with all the well-deserved attentions to you and your kind family, I want to send you my deepest sympathies on the death of the Child Gilberto, and you must not believe that it was caused … Continue reading "Sympathy Saturday: “Do Not Give In”: Part 1"
26 January 1860 Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana This week marks the 152nd anniversary of the marriage between Charles Jacques François Perrotin and Catherine O’Grady (also known as Catherine Grady), on January 26, 1860, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Here is a copy of their Certificate of Marriage. A transcription follows, along with a short background of … Continue reading "Marriage Record of Charles Jacques François Perrotin and Catherine O’Grady"
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 Maria 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"
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 … Continue reading "A Legacy Renewed, A Cause for Celebration"