Saturday, January 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Eliza!

a new cousin to share a birthday!

My brown-eyed girl (and most faithful blog reader)!

Happy 450th Birthday, Great-Uncle Francis Bacon (1561-1626)!

Our same ancestor Sarah Newton Wells who is related to Isaac Newton is also related to Sir Francis Bacon, through her mother Sarah Bacon Newton.  Both of these men died without heirs, leaving only distant relatives to remember them.

Sir Francis was a noted British politician, philosopher, and scientist.  His connections at the royal court included Queen Elizabeth 1 and King James (of the KJV Bible), and some speculate that he wrote Shakespeare's plays.  (Not our own birthday girl, however, who believes strongly in the Stratfordian position.) Within our own cousin group, he has two relatives to share his birthday (Eliza, now 14, and Julian Wells, 3 years old today).  Perhaps that is a gift he would have liked: posterity.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Happy 207th Birthday, Honorary Aunt Eliza R. Snow (1804-1887)!

Eliza(s) R  Snow(y)  DUP Museum
I tried to have my first child on my due date of January 21 so we could name her Eliza after several ancestors as well as this strong LDS woman.  Jumping on a trampoline in the snow only gave me a cold, and our own Eliza wasn't born until a day later. (Since we didn't know what gender child we were having, Matt had joked that our boy might be happy to share a birthday with ERS but would also be fine with his own.)  Grandpa Cramer called our baby "Eliza R. Cute."

Since Eliza R. Snow has no descendants, we venture to claim her as an honorary ancestor, and marvel that our own girl bears some strong resemblances and is also a poetess in Zion.

portrait at Church History Museum

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Happy 173rd Birthday, Margaret Blanche Miller Mendell (1838-1906)!

Wally Cramer's grandmother

Newlywed Margaret sent her husband off to fight in the Civil War (he of the Cramer dining room oval gilt portrait), and her mother and brother survived the Johnstown Flood.  She was locally renowned for her apple pies--so have a slice for our birthday gal!