Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy 186th Birthday, Eliza Billington Welch (1825-1907)!

John Welch's great-grandmother


The oldest of three children born to a lockkeeper on an English canal, Eliza was an apt scholar and proficient with her needle. (That line from her history, which I've read since I was young, has always sounded like the beginning of a novel to me.)