Friday, December 8, 2017

Photographic Treasures from a "New" Cousin

Thanks to DNA, I discovered a "new" cousin. Well, not exactly new, because I knew she existed. However, I had no idea a particular first cousin, twice removed on my father's paternal side was still living. After all, dad's father, and almost all of his great-aunts and great-uncles (except for one) have passed away.

So what were the odds of my paternal grandfather's first cousin still being alive?

Well, one of her four children tested with Ancestry and we were a match. I reached out to him just to introduce myself, because I already knew how we were related based on our family trees. The name was familiar to me and I asked about his parents.

Imagine my surprise when his mother - my grandpa's first cousin - was the person who emailed me! This dear woman is 91-years-old and we have emailed steadily for a few months now, which has been absolutely delightful.

I learned that even though she has four children (my dad's second cousins, all in their sixties, like him), none of them have children. So what did this lovely first cousin, twice removed do recently?

Knowing how passionate I am about genealogy and how keen I am to learn more about the people in our family, particularly those in my great and great-great grandparents generations, she sent me an envelope full of wonderful photographs. Originals for me to keep.

Here are some of the treasures I received from her:

John William Wood: Photographic Treasures from a "New" Cousin - New England Genealogy
Great-great grandpa, John WIlliam Wood (1874-1928), about 21-years-old here, circa 1895.

John William Wood: Photographic Treasures from a "New" Cousin - New England Genealogy
Great-great grandpa John William Wood, circa 1928. Born in Manchester, England, married Lulu Lyman in 1897 in Willimantic, Connecticut. Died of Hodgkin;s Disease in Willimantic, Connecticut.


Lulu Gertrude Lyman: Photographic Treasures from a "New" Cousin - New England Genealogy
Great-great grandma, Lulu Gertrude Lyman (1874-1963), about 16 here, circa 1890.

Lulu Gertrude Lyman: Photographic Treasures from a "New" Cousin - New England Genealogy
Great-great grandma, Lulu Gertrude Lyman, full body shot, circa 1890. Born in Mansfield, Connecticut. Her second husband was just after her money! Died in Plympton, Massachusetts, cared for my her daughter, my great-grandma.

William Chapman Lyman: Photographic Treasures from a "New" Cousin - New England Genealogy
William Chapman Lyman (1840-1920), father of Lulu, in his G. A. R. hat and medals. He served during the Civil War from 1863-1865, when he received a disability discharge. Born in Bolton, Connecticut and died in Willimantic, Connecticut. 
She also sent several photographs of Wood aunts and uncles, such wonderful things to have. I shared them with my sister, who discovered a love of genealogy this year, and added those I kept to my family album.

DNA has turned up some unexpected and fantastic connections this year. I am looking forward to what the growing databases and new cousin connections may bring in 2018!




Copyright (c) 2017 Wendy L. Callahan

2 comments:

  1. How inspiring! Makes me want to follow up with more of my DNA matches. By the way, I have Lymans in my ancestry. My 4th great-grandmother was Lucinda Lyman (1784-1860) who was daughter of Elias Lyman (1754-1787) and the line goes all the way back to Richard Lyman, the Great Migration ancestor.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My Lymans also go back to the very same Richard. How neat is that? :)

      Delete