The theme this week for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is: Back to School. Here’s my response…
Many of you have read stories about my grandmother, Florrie Thomas Martin (1894-1979). She was a hard working tenant farmer’s wife; she saved the life of her dog; and she was a talented with crocheting, quilt making, and embroidery.
Florrie was also a schoolteacher. Before she was married, Florrie taught at Messer’s Mill School which was on the land in Richland County, South Carolina that would become Fort Jackson.
I expect she only taught for a few years because she married my grandfather, J. Daniel Martin (1886-1955) in 1914 when she was 19 years old. Once they had children, it was very important to Daniel and Florrie that the children get a high school diploma. Seven of their eight children did.
What about you? Do you have any teachers in your family history? Have you written about him or her? Or maybe you were (or are) a teacher? If so, what made you decide on a career in education?
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