Week 4 of 52 Ancestors/52 Weeks asks which ancestor I would invite to dinner if I could do that. This was actually an easy choice for me. I would invite my great-grandmother, Maggie THOMAS.
Margaret Ann GRANT THOMAS (1870-1948) was my maternal grandmother’s mother. Maggie lived at a wonderful crossroads of time in my family’s history. A few years ago I wrote a similar piece about her husband, my great-grandfather, Dan THOMAS.
Dinner with Maggie
First, I think I’d take in her southern accent and her mannerisms. It would take me awhile just to do that, I’m sure. I’d ask about her life and her faith. I know she was a Christian, so I expect she had some favorite hymns and verses that she’d memorized.
Maggie would be able to tell me about my beloved grandma (Maggie’s daughter) like how she was growing up; and if she was the stubborn, joke-loving, hardworking woman I knew. I’m told Maggie was an awesome cook. I think I’d ask her a recipe or two.
Maggie could solve some family history mysteries, too, like:
How did Henry H. GRANT die?
Were Malachi and Penny actually Jeremiah GRANT’s parents, and if not what was the relationship between them and Jeremiah?
Was Jeremiah really a Union sympathizer?
Was Annie Jane GRANT part/full Native American, and if so which tribe?
Where did Maggie and Dan live in Chesterfield County?
And lastly, who is the man in the tintype by himself, and who are the men in the group tintype and what was it all about?
It would be a 12-course dinner with everything I’d want to ask and hear about it. She’d likely have questions for me, too, about her descendants. It’s a lovely meal to dream about.
How about you? What ancestor would you invite to dinner and why? Comment below.
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