Saturday, August 6, 2011

Happy 131st Birthday, Sigvart Jensen (1880-1952)!

Gayle Wells' grandfather

Happy 173rd Birthday, Maria Thompson Hatch (1838-1911)!

Anna Hatch Cramer's great-grandmother

Most accounts name her Maria Thompson, but granddaughter Jean Mariah insisted she was named after her grandmother and that’s how it was to be spelled and pronounced.  

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Happy 128th Birthday, Blanche Hatch Woodland (1883-1984)!

Nita Welch's mother

Ruth Blanche Hatch was named after her aunt Ruth and Emmeline Blanche Wells (no relation), since her mother Annie was heavily involved in the early Relief Society efforts and admired Emmeline. She is the only great-grandparent I met, and lived to be 101--a lifetime which spanned carriage to spaceship.

Blanche at age 18 in 1901

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Happy 31st Birthday, Harry James Potter (b. 1980)!

Fictional family member

Happy 216th Birthday, Nicholas Welch (1795-1842)!

John Welch's great-great-grandfather

Today is the anniversary of his christening, since Nicholas Welch's actual day of birth in May is unknown, and the poor guy died working in the swamps of Nauvoo, so he deserves an especially cheery celebration.

Nicholas' name on plaque of Nauvoo deaths