Saturday, May 31, 2008

Martin Cumming 48 Highland Rgt. WW1

Cpl. Martin Cummings,"Lewis Gun Corpral" , born Sept 1896 Spring Cove,Tupper Lake,New York son of Anthone Moses Genereau alias James Cummings bap. St Michaels Catholic Church,Bellville,Ont. Canada, 16 Sep. 1855 and Margaret Jane LaVallee born Bellville,Hastings Co. Ontario,Canada 20 June 1859. Martin was the 10th child of 14 children and the first child to be born in the United States, being a citizen by natural birth.
Martin as a boy lived at Spring Cove, his father was a blacksmith,
mother ran the mess hall for the crew of lumber man that worked their. Just when the family left Spring Cove is not clear, but by 1920 they were in Altamont, Franklin Co.
21 March 1916 Martin Enlisted in the 48th Highland Regiment,53 rd
Battalion, of Cornwall, Ontario,Canada. 10 Jun 1916 he was ordered to Berry Field, camp Kingston, Ontario. assigned to 4th Company, 13th platoon, 3rd Canadian Brigade, in 1st Canadian Division. He received his basic training and was given special
instruction on the use and care of the Lewis Machine Gun. This
weapon was developed for use on Air Craft, but was quickly modified for the individual combat soldier. The strongest men in each platoon was selected for this duty, In addition to your regulation gear, you had the Lewis gun weighed 28 pounds, delivered devastating fire with 47 or 97 round magazine. Each Platoon had one Lewis gun, making this person the prime target of the enemy.
On Oct 14 1916 Martin sailed for France on the "Olympic"
embarking at Halifax,Nova Scotia. Upon arriving in France it
was training, boredom and mud day after day, the war was bogged
down with both sides dug in trenches and fighting to gain or lose a few feet. It was the following May before his unit was ordered into action. The French troops had started in April to mutiny and
the 1st Canadian was moved in to fill the gaps. The French had lost 150,000 men in 5 days, now the Canadians were at Paschendale, the British were losing on a
average 2323 men daily for 105 days.
By June 4th the French mutiny became widespread, affecting half of French army. Gen Pershing with U.S. forces arrived at Boulogne and releived the pressure. July 17 the ongoing battle of Ypres
opened with artillery bombardment, and the usual gut feeling that this might be the day. You stand in the mud filled trenches day after day waiting for the order, wondering if you will be able to do your part. The 48th was the first unit to be gassed back in March 1915, so they knew what to expect, Martin had been gassed several time but had warning enough to be ready.
It was at the battle of Amiens, that Martin was wounded 8 Aug 1918, transfered to England
were he served out his time until 7 May 1919 when he boarded the "Baltic" and returned to Halifax. He received 1 Gold Stripe for his service and was discharged 29 May 1919.

As a small boy about eight or nine I used to love to listen to his exciting
stories about the war, the big ships he was on and life on the front lines. I lost track of Martin, he does not appear in any census records, from newspaper articles I know he lived in Faust, N.Y. [this is the southern part of Tupper Lake [seem's the first postmaster of this district had to chose a name for the Post Office and she settled on Faust]. Martin married Evon Proulx [spelling might be off]. they had 9 children, if you know any of these relatives I would love to hear from them. When my grandmother Maggie Cummings Olyer, was alive we all were much closer, time
has a way of dispersing families all over the world. Hopefully
genealogy will help to bring us closer again.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Blacksmithing a Family Occupation all but Gone

In working on my genealogy I found that many of my direct lines were blacksmiths, and in most families this trade passed from one generation to another. The most recent one was my Grt grandfather Moses Genereau alias James Cummings. He was born 13 Sep 1855, in Thurlow, Hastings, Ontario, Canada. As a young man he worked in the lumbering trade , but in later years followed his fathers trade of being a blacksmith.
In or about 1895 he came to Spring Cove New York with his family and worked at his trade. He had 14 children, one of these was Charles A. Cummings born 16 Jan 1875 died 8 Jun 1951,[born Genereau but changed name abt 1895]. There is some question about his birth date, census records and immigration rec indicate 1875 his head stone is marked 1870 but his parents were not married until 1875 in Catholic church Bellville.
Charles and his wife with their children Charles, Ralph, and Clifford
all became citizens in 1904 and they were using the name Cummings.
At a young age he worked and learned the trade with his father at Spring Cove. We have a excellent photo of Charley with his leather apron just about to shoe a horse. This might well have been in Spring Cove.
Wednesday 27 Jun 1899 he took time off and got married to May Etta Locery born 29 aug 1879 and lived until 31 Mar 1936. her parents were William John and Louise Prieur Lacey, from Ontario Prov. Canada.
We are very lucky to have a picture of them, taken a few years
after the wedding. They are seated in the photo and the lady in the center is Mammie Hanley a friend. They had a three children born in Canada, and ten born in the Waverly area of Franklin Co., New York. for a total of 13. This Cummings family has been very difficult to put together. Our branch while having many of the same names has nothing to do with the established Cummings in this country. Our branch started with James Cummings, who in reality was Anthoney Moses Genereau.
Charles Cummings remained close to his siblings and the Newspaper articles list the many visits from his sisters and brothers. These newspaper tabulations is a source you must always examine, they have great stories about your ancestors and enable you to connect families, filling in the life stories.
I have posted the names and births of these 13 children, in my data base at Rootsweb-World connect. The link to the right of this article "Cummings" will take you to the index, just scroll through the names until you find your ancestor, click and the information will come right up.
Charle's genealogy will take you back many generations to France, and include some of the earliest names in Canadian families-for a few Genereaux, Cote, Dupuis, Langlois , and dozens more. These are descendants of the French soldiers that came to these shores in the
1600's to carve out a settlement along the St Lawrence, to trap and trade with the native Indians.
If you are a descendant of this Cummings line you have a well documented lineage going back a couple of hundred years.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Swimsuits and Our Family History

From the mid twenties through the 1930's our family was hard hit with the depression and the one form of relaxing was to go camping, or go to "The Creek". It seems we were in swimsuits most of the summers.
This is a photo of my mother Mary E. Olyer Lord and father, Edwin B.
Lord my great aunt Jane Murray and myself. We are standing in the
water of Pine Lake,Fulton Co. New York. Notice the very stylish
swim suits, both mens and ladies are well covered. the girls came down
nearly to her knees. This was taken in 1929, we spent most of the
summers at Pine Lake. Unknown to anyone in the photo in 1960 my
parents, with my wife and I would buy this recreation area of 500 acres
and operate it for 15 years . During that period swimsuits evolved
to the "tenny wenny Yellow Polk a Dot Bikini" & "Speedo"

But not so fast, by the year 1930, swimsuits were not yet changing still all one solid color and anything not covered with the suit had to helped with a blanket. Here we have Hazel Lasher with Darwin , my mom on the right with me.
I wonder how long it took to get those waves in the girls hair. They sure are not going to get that wet. I have her curling iron and know ,
today it would be much more complicated. My wife has a special
iron to flatten the hair, several different size irons, with heat
and blowers, with interchangeable wire fittings, and a way to inject moisture , plus all those pieces of twisted foil. I will admit, I tried
to comb and set a white wig that I wore in pageants and in the end I just bought another one, the more I worked on it the worse it got.

In the year 1932 things look like they were beginning to change, the ladies swimsuits have lost the skirt, they are still one piece. The men are getting a bit bolder
with the cut outs under the arms. This is a special photo, my mom is lying on the beach chair with my dad.
The kid with the ball is me, and the lovely lady behind my mom is my school teacher Rose Slater. The other couple, Albert Wauffel and his wife. We are all at the Campsite at Wells, Fulton Co. New York. I never thought much about it, my uncle, Vern Olyer and my teacher seemed like any other couple,
not any different than the world is today, we just think things
have changed.

To jump ahead a few years to 1942 the next Photo is my Mom
on the far left, with my best friend Darwin and his mother. The
lady on the far right is Judy, wife of my Uncle Vern Olyer. The
swimsuits are getting a bit more shapely, my mom is sticking
to the dark navy, the other two are in color with a little trim.
This was taken at one of the many "holes" in Caroga Creek, if it was a hot humid day, everyone would pile in the old car and head for Wagners Hallow and Caroga Creek. Great place to cool off and feed the mosquitoes and flies. Gosh! pay wasn't much, but you could buy 3 pounds of hamburg for 25 cents and fill the car up with gas for $1.00.
The war is over and my wife and I are sent to Florida for R.R. before being discharged. While we are there in Boca Raton, Florida, We went to the pool area. She did not have the swimsuit she is wearing in photo. Her uncle manufactured fabric and Jansen was a good customer, They sent him samples for my wife to test.
It was Sunday afternoon, on a Air Force Base , probably a few hundred G.I's in and around the pool. We dove of the 5 ft tower couple of times, then I suggested the 16 ft one. Her suit was bright red two piece, the top strapless with a big button on back. She stepped to the edge of platform, I told her to put her hands up over her head and arch her back-throwing her chest out.-"you know what happened don't you"-she left the platform and to her left and about two foot in front was that bright red fabric fluttering down
to the water. The button had broke and the elastic propelled the top out and away. I was able to catch it in the air before going into water. She was almost as red as the suit, now I do not think anyone noticed, there was no cheers or whistles but she would not believe it. The top was useless now it would not fasten, I had to get beach towel and rescue her.

That was the subject of conversation for years, Those memories fade but putting together this post revives them, We all know their is no way to re-live them, but thanks to our mom's who have stored to photos, for a fleeting moment they bring those good times to life.


Pine Lake Recreation Area photo taken 1961 everyone dressed in rental suits we found in bath
house from the 1927 era second from left my son Lansing Lord

Friday, May 16, 2008

Sterling Bridge and Sir Marmaduke Thwenge


There really were some other people at Sterling Bridge other than William Wallace. This is a genealogy account of Marmaduke Thwenge, born Sep 1256 Kilton
Castle, Cleveland, Yorkshire, England; the son of Lord Marmaduke de Thweng,
Lord of Kilton, Mp, Sir and Lucy de Brus, born 1234, Skipton Castle, Castleton,
Yorkshire. Daughter of Peter de Brus and Helweis de Lancaster. The coat of Arms are those of the senior Marmaduke Thwenge, used at Kilton Castle

Kilton Castle birth place of Marmaduke, now a mouldering ruin,
stands on a crest ,with a fast flowing mountain stream at its base.
A fine example of Norman architecture, supposedly built by Robert de Brus, about the time of Skelton Castle, in reign of
King Stephen.
Placed on a high jutting eminence, surrounded by steep precipices,
except the entrance on west side, were ditches, foss, and gates are
in evidence. Magnificent structure with traces of the grand
banqueting hall 60 feet long by 59 broad, eastern watch tower is
still in evidence.

Kilton was originally built for the Kilton family but by 1225 was in the hands of the Thwenge family. Lord Marmaduke Thwenge married Lucia de Brus in about 1247 at Kilton castle, and there second son was our subject Marmaduke Thwenge, Knight, born 1256. When he reach his maturity he was in the service of his king, playing a prominent role in the Scottish wars. Ordered up in Summer of 1297 he joined John de Warrenne, 7th Earl of Surry, on a trip to the north to chastise the insurgent William Warren.

10th Sep. 1297 both the English under John de Warren, 7th Earl of Surrey and William Wallace arrived at the river Forth. The Scots deployed in a commanding position taking advantage of a slight rise in terrine, positioned main force on the high ground with a flank unit on each side of the northern entrance to the wooden Sterling Bridge. The road bed on the north side was only a few feet wider than the bridge which was wide enough for two horses to pass together. On each side of this road bed the flat ground was a marsh, easily traversed by foot soldiers but a death trap for heavily armored knight mounted on horse back.

The English morning of 11 Sep. 1297, started to cross the bridge and were called back as the Earl of Warren, was not yet awake. A meeting was called by John Warren to discuss the plan, Sir Richard Lundie , a Scott offered to take the Knights down stream a few hundred yards, were 60 horseman abreast could ford, the Froth, thereby outflanking Wallace. Hugh Cressingham, who was already upset that his men had been called back, fuming with impatience, snarled we are wasting the kings money. The earl gave him the order to cross, he arrogantly led his cavalry and foot soldiers across the bridge two by two. Marmaduke with his unit was up next, barely making the north side of the bridge. Wallace satisfied that about 5,000 was all his men could handle, sprang the attack. The flank units closed in at the head of the bridge and started to cut away the supports. The carnage had started, the Scots lightly armed were swarming all over the English. The mounted knights that left the road were at once bogged down unable to get free of the mud. Marmaduke turned his horse and followers and fought through the Scots at the bridge head, swiftly crossed back to safety.
Cressingham was pulled from his horse and skinned alive; it is claimed Wallace took a piece of flesh from his head to his heel, had a baldrick made from it.
The Earl of Surry had not crossed, aghast at the carnage, he mounted and road for the border, tis said "he did not stop until the horse fell dead".
Due to such heroics deeds, Marmaduke Thweng and William Fitz Warin are awarded Stirling Castle , rather a poisoned chalice. The Scots, bolstered by there success , laid siege to the castle, soon they had it along with Marmaduke, under there control The Patent Rolls indicate Marmaduke was released around April 1299, apparently they had been held since shortly after the battle of Sterling Bridge. a letter patent 16 Jul 1299 awards protection for Marmaduke de Tweng.

Marmaduke's service in Gascony 1294 and 1296, and Scotland from 1297 onward, was rewarded by a summons to Parliament in Feb 1307, which continued almost until his death, which led to his being referred to as, Lord Thweng.

Although being summoned in Feb 1313, he was instructed to remain in Yorkshire, for the security of England.

Just a interesting note: a knight was expected to kill as many foot soldiers as possible yet to kill or injure a fellow knight was a major faux pas. if a knight was to face another knight in battle,the death of either was highly unlikely. the defeated knight would be captured then released upon ransom payment.

Marmaduke 1st Baron de Thweng, died 28 sep 1322, interened north aisle of chancel for Guisborough Priory, he held fiefs of Kilton,Lund and Thweng of the Percy family by knights service, Lord of manors, Thweng,Oclon,Swathrop,in East Riding and Lythe,Hinderwell,Kilton,Kirkleathan and Throp in Cleveland district.

Burke's Peerage 1883
Yorkshire history.com
Rlord335data base,Rootsweb-worldconnect
for further information about this family click on any of the links listed on the right, they will take you to the index of my data base

A series of post honoring my relatives for the military service they preformed





Thursday, May 15, 2008

Do You Have a Byington in your Ancestory

This is a different post--for the past 60 years I have off and on worked on my Grt grandmother's genealogy her name was Betsey Byington, born on 7th Sep 1788, she married a Anson Lord. That was about all I could find out until the 1960's when I contacted a Homer Byington, We exchanged notes and helped each other, I found her father.
My Betsey was daughter of a Samuel Byington, of Dutchess co. The next ten years I copied or had someone copy every reference to Byington in any record that could be found, resulting in hundreds of pieces of paper. The printed book The Boynton Family, by John Farnham Boynton is a great outline but nothing is documented.
No one bothered with the Byington family of Dutchess co. I hired a [so called]professional genealogist to search for dutchess co information, she actually sent me the original wills and deeds not copies but the real thing-relax I sent them back to the surrogate office. I really had to much information. it could not be correlated, bits and pieces from all over. To make things even more complicated some of them were not consistent with the name . They all started out with Boynton,but a few used Boyington, and another branch liked Byington. I had a roll of meat paper that I could roll out on dinning room table and draw "T" charts for each family group and try to move them around but always lacked that piece of information to put the puzzle together. Three years ago I answered a query about a Byington and met, Mark Byington, a researcher for Harvard who was working on his branch of the family. About a week later a Larry Boswell , from Canada wrote about a Byington , who he was researching. Wow, we have three people with same goal, then I remembered Homer and we were able to contact him. For the next two years we had a four-way e-mail round table going from one ancestor to another. At 82 in Florida my research was limited to the computer, Homer was able to visit national Archives in Washington, Mark was located in an area that allowed him to visit the probate offices, and Larry concentrated on Canada and northern Vermont.
I tried to keep the data base #Rlord335 , Rootsweb.com/WorldConnection up to date. The information that we found was not new it had always been there but no one had ever looked at it, all the material that I had copied in the 60's was copies of copies, you have to go to the original source, when you do, things fall together as they should. The four of us accomplished more in two years than I had done in 60.
The total individuals in the data base exceeds 75,000 of this 2109 are Byington, 41 are Boyington, and 285 are Boynton. you can access this by clicking on the link on this page marked Byington, it will take you directly to my data base index, just go down to "B" then Byington and you will have the complete index. We have added everyone we could find in the census records for each year. We feel this is the most up to date listing for this family, it is on going, if you find a error please let us know.
I have worked on all my lines and have on a few specialized, like Byington, will post on them later-you might go to my data base to see if I have worked on your line, click on Byington even though I have been careful with all the ancestors born in this country be sure and double check them. Please do not copy the material as many have without even correcting the spelling. Its a dead give away when you down load the spelling errors.
Before I close would like to tell you about a obit I found:
Eliza Byington died at her home ,Clayville,N.Y. Friday would have been 98 yrs old,born Rock Hill,Conn 1803, married Horatio Nelson Byington 1821 he died 1823 and she remained a widow
since then. Each 10 years census found her living with different relatives. For some reason she sort of sticks in my mind, strange she never remarried

Monday, May 12, 2008

Union Soldier Brings home Virginia Bride

Genealogy of a civil war, 47 year old private
Daniel St John Lord, born, 13 Sep 1815, died, 15 jan 1877. the son of Anson Lord, bn 1 Aug 1785, and Betsey Byington bn 1 Sep 1788. His life was pretty stable as Anson had just moved into the Broadalbin-Galaway Area, a blacksmith by trade, Daniel being one of 11 children, he knew early about hard work. He was 31 years old before he met and married Cynthia Kested, bn 1819 the daughter of William Kested, bn 1794 and Olive his wife, bn 1794 in Mass. The marriage took place 12 Jan 1846, as a wedding gift William Kested deeded Cynthia the south West corner of the Kested Farm being about 2 and one half acers of land. William died before 1850, when the census was taken, Daniel and Sunthia were listed with Olive, his mother in law. Then in 1852 the couple had a son Charles. They are now all living on the farm, when death again visits and takes Olive, recorded in the 1855 census we find just Daniel,Cynthia and son
Charles. In the year 1862 Charles died on June 5th and in few days, his mother Cynthia. Both are buried in the Broadalbin
Cemetery. Daniel is left alone, he is 47 years old with out a family. The war is the main issue and he makes the decission to enlist at Amsterdam N.Y. in the 16th New York Heavy Artillery, 18 dec
1863 By Jan 9,1864 he is reassigned to 6th Regiment, New York Heavy Artillery, and remains with them until discharged.

May 8-12 1864 managed to be at Spottsylvania , and cold harbor
in june, from there the unit went to Siege of Petersburgh were he was able to remain for over a year, in and around Petersburgh. For a long period of time he was at Bermuda Hundred, Army of the James, and Chesterfield, Va.

area from june 1864 until Petersburgh fell April 2 1965 .
While the seige of Petersburgh was going on life was continuing, month after month it was a
waiting game. Life in camp became routine, only break was the occasional free time in town.
A certain girl, by the name of Virginia Wells, bn 12 oct 1839 at Dinwiddie Virginia, a factory worker, daughter of Dickson B.Wells, bn 28 may 1819 & his wife Mary, bn 1821 , now living
in Chesterfield, Va., South District, in the 1860 census, well within the Union Lines 1864 through 1865. It was only natural that this young lady and the Northern soldier would meet. We will no doubt never know what brought these two together.
They married in 1865- his unit was transfered and discharged, 24 Aug 1865 at Washington and the two of them returned to Broadalbin, N.Y.
Daniel continued to work the farm, Virgina bore three children, Charles Daniel, 5 jun 1867, Mary Ione, 21 mar 1871, and Ida, 29 jun 1874.

Daniel passed away 15 Jan 1877 , and was buried beside his first wife Cynthia in the Brodalbin Cemetery.

Virginia stayed in Broadalbin, N.Y. marrying William Jas.Johnson 13 dec 1878 they had two sons William Thomas Johnson, 21 aug 1879, Alfred Eugene Johnson, 24 Aug 1882.

It must have been a lonely life for Virginia, she had 5 sisters in Chesterfield,Virginia, but when her husband Daniel died she elected to stay in the north-Some family heirlooms that passed down in the family were saved by her and given to her children and eventually ended up with me, so I have always thought about her and her ability to step into the family and become such a part of it.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Mom How'd you Get so Smart

I think mom's are born with a 6th sense of knowledge of what their children are doing regardless of distance between them.

I was a only child, so my mother and I were pretty close, I am sure I did some bad things, but nothing that ever caused her embarrassment, or reason to be upset or ashamed. Times were a little different in the 30 and 40's, things I did would be terrible today, I was driving a car at 14, while in school I had trap line so carried a gun to school, kept it in the locker, but these things were not bad then. I even smoked a cigarette in 7th grade, how bad can you be.

Probably the one thing I thought I could get away with follows:

Called for service U S Air Force April 1944 there was several bad days of crying, then in May 7th 1945 I came home on leave for two weeks. Spent the time celebrating fall of Germany, with my mom and my girl friend June Vosburgh.
I went back to Sheppard Field, Texas to be shipped somewhere in
the world. While home I convinced my girl friend might be good
idea to get married if we could arrange it. Called home from Texas
and asked parents if they would come to see me before I was
shipped out and maybe they could bring June, by now june and my
parents were all very close. [My dad was in on our plans] so you guessed it the three of them came to Whicata Texas for a week. We had a great time, the hotel they stayed at was full of cockroaches, the maids came around everyday and dusted around the bed-my poor mother was not used to this. Being from the north to have a roach was questionable about how good a housekeeper you were. [I live in Florida now so am very used to them]
Getting away from my mother was a problem, she wanted to be with us every minute, finally got my dad to take her to a movie she had wanted to see, this gave June and
me time to get our friends together and get to the church. Texas laws were
great, every requirement could be "fixed" 3 day waiting period for a license make an exception-blood test cut that back to one hour. They tried to be accommodating. anyway we got to the church and the ceremony only took few minutes, plenty of time to get to the theater to met my parents.

"What wondrous web we weave when we set out to deceive"

this took place on 2 July 1945, and a few days later it was time for them to go back, This was very hard for both my mother and June.

Things were going good, for about 3 weeks, then I came down with pneumonia, so went to hospital ,was their when Japan surrendered on August 14. Two weeks
later I was released from hospital , a week later was picked up unconscious and taken back in a coma. Then on 14 Sep 1945 Col McMillan head of the Shepard Field hospital sent a telegram to my wife, "your husband Cpl Robert Lord Sick recovery doubtful". She called my mother, told her I was sick, Mom was really upset and called Shepard Field, they confirmed my condition. No one in family could understand why they had notified June instead of my parents----apparently they did not read the telagram
My father and mother actually got a plane ticket but were bumped off in St Louis,Mo. and had to complete the trip by train. June called her uncle Earnest Spencer, whom had brought her up. He picked her up and they flew to Shepard. When they arrived, I am still in a coma and lashed down to the bed.They tell me I had grabbed Col McMillan and threw him over the foot of the bed. The same day everyone arrived, Col Pitchert m d and his nurse, Hazel Albie arrived from south Pacific , he was assigned my case.
Some 5 years earlier my father had the same condition in Albany
Medical Center, so the doctor asked to change my treatment, in
3 days I began to wake up-within a week was able to set up a few
minutes and eat. It was time for my Dad and Earnie Spencer,
Junes Uncle and June to leave.
On the floor was a WAC Dorthy Platt, she took over the care of my mom, got her set up in the Guest House and made sure there was a extra tray each meal for her. My mother stayed 8 weeks by then I was up and around. No one has mentioned marriage, but June and I know when I come home it has to be resolved. That time arrived mid December with a 21 day furlough.
Picked June up in New Jersey, sent telegram home "please met 4:25 train have something to tell everyone" It was a long train ride.
[just a short note June's mother had died when she was young and Earnest and Edna brought her up, Earnie was about 20 years her senior a quiet kind man, Edna was loud and abrasive no one put anything over on her.]

When we got off the train my mother was their big smile with eyes that looked like she had been peeling onions for a week. Her first words were "you are married aren't you" That broke the ice,
I know my father did not tell her. how did she get to be so smart.
Could not figure out why she had been crying then dad said she just could not go to the Spencer house. So it was June my father and I that delivered the marriage tale- how different if I had not been sick .

Later thanks to doing genealogy work I found out that my mother and father had done a very similar thing, their families lived in Nelliston,N.Y. but were married in Albany N.Y. but that is another story-




Saturday, May 3, 2008

My Richest Realtive-their Place in My Genealogy

At age of 5 I was sure "My Aunt"[great aunt] from New York City was the most rich person in the world. I somehow realized we were poor but in 1931 everyone was, but I did not know that. When the adults discussed that Edna was coming it was like xmas was on hand.
She arrived in a big car, with fur coat and lots of bright jewelry but
best of all there would be a box for me. The last time she was here I got a big metal car that had real head lites, and doors opened and
steering wheel turned the front wheels-just no one in town had
anything like that. [wish i still had it] the photo to the right is just
like the car her husband George Maconchie drove, It was so shinney you could see yourself in the doors, just like a mirror.

It was in the late fall that they came to visit, snow on the ground but even the snow was not on the car he must have cleaned it off, I thought he was so rich the snow would not stay on it.

George was a Jeweler in New York, as I look back on it can
see why I felt they were rich. Now I realize they were like everyone else he just had better income during those rough years. They only came to see my grandfather Edwin B. Lord , Edna's brother, and suppose they enjoyed bringing gifts to their only nephew, but I was too young at the time to realize all of this.
In the photo on the left the first lady is the mother of Edna and Edwin, Josephine Johnson bn 4 sep 1855 died 18 may 1910 wife of Byington Lord bn 25 apr 1844 died 20 apr 1931. The Lady in center is Edna Lord bn 1877 Fultonville,N.Y. died 1953 Bloomfield N.J. married to George Maconchie. and the man on right is Edwin B Lord bn 4 dec 1878 died 1 oct 1937 , the photo was taken just before 1910.
On the right a photo of the greatest gift any boy could have received in
1931 a Graff Zeplin. Its almost a big as me, man I kept that right next to
my bed for several years, all the kids in town had to come to the house
to see it . Have no idea of were it is now last I knew it was in the attic
of the house on Berthood St. Nelliston, N.Y. maybe someone still has
it and is enjoying it as much as I did.
Isn't it strange how as children we observe situations and people so differently than we do when we are overwhelmed with facts and records.
Edna Lord and George Maconchie had two children George born about 1903 and Edna Mae born 1905 Bloomfield N.J. but I have not been able to find them. Edna also has a brother Elias Lord born 18 oct 1879 also lived in Bloomefield N.J. a family I am still working on