Sunday, October 23, 2016

Wood and Winsor

I always found it interesting that my great-great grandma, Lemuel Augustus Wood, and great-great grandma, Georgianna Winsor, married later in life and had only one child at a time when it seems like most families were having upwards of 10 children.

Lemuel Augustus Wood of Blue Hill MaineLemuel was born 1 November 1845 in Blue Hill, Hancock County, Maine. Georgianna was born 6 February 1851 in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

When they married on 2 September 1884 in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Lemuel was 38 and Georgianna was 33. Lemuel was married previously around 1865, but his wife died in 1879 and they had no children. Georgianna had no prior marriages.

Since they were married in 1884, I wonder if my great-grandma, Lewis Preston Wood, came as a surprise to them on 15 February 1892. That's quite some time between marriage and child!

Georgianna Winsor of Duxbury MassachusettsLemuel and Georgianna lived in Plympton, Plymouth County, Massachusetts for the remainder of their lives, until 1925 and 1926 respectively. I love the photographs I have of them, because they look like hardworking people.

Their son, my great-grandpa Lewis (sometimes spelled Louis) was also a hard worker. He had several jobs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. I only had about 6 years to get to know him and I was a little scared of him, as he was quite tall, solid and imposing. But he was a sweetheart.

My grandpa Wood also had a strong work ethic. The men in this family worked with their hands, whether on farms, in factories or in construction. I admire that. It's not something you see as much on the east coast anymore, though it's prevalent out here in the Midwest, where I now live.

Then again, back in the 1800s and early 1900s, we didn't have an instant gratification culture. You had to work for what you wanted, and often build it or grow it yourself.

That's definitely something we've lost these days!



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