"Family, like branches on a tree, all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one."
My Mom came from a big family but it was confusing because there were so many children from my Grandpa's 3 wives. My grandfather's name was Francis St.Clair but everyone knew him as Frank.
My Grandpa Frank was married 3 times. His first wife, Edith, died at a young age after bearing 4 children. Not long after Edith's death, he married Amy Nora Henderson. They had one child... My Mother, Amy Alta St.Clair. Unfortunately, my maternal Grandmother also died at a young age when my Mom was only about 2 years old. As was typical in those days, a man with 5 young children was on the hunt for another wife to care for his children. He found the only maternal Grandmother I ever knew... Grandma Pansy. Pansy bore 7 children, at least 2 who died in infancy. Pansy was a wonderful woman and treated ALL of the children and grandchildren equal. I loved her very much.
The picture above is of all the women (and their offspring) on my Mom's side of the family. These are all my Mother's half-sisters and the wives of her half-brothers. My Mom and I are in the middle, with the white dresses on. My Grandma Pansy is behind (left) of my Mom.
I have a similar photo with all the men in the family, including my Dad and brother. Maybe I'll share that next Friday.
It was very rare to get everyone together, and this picture is a very precious family treasure. I have many fond memories of visiting my Grandpa Frank & Grandma Pansy on their farm.
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
East Brunswick, NJ
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