Advent Memories No. 22: Christmas Grab Bag

Christmas Grab Bag

Author’s choice. Please post from a topic that helps you remember Christmases past!

As a family historian, have you ever noticed any of your ancestors who were born, married, or died on Christmas? I have quite a number of family members in both my husband’s and my genealogical databases with Christmas Day events, but I picked out only direct ancestors to share with you.

Christmas Day births:

My 4th-great-grandmother: Amanda (WESTBROOK) KIMBALL (1816 – New York State)

Norm’s 2nd-great-grandmother: Senna “Senie” (COLLINS) TOLLIVER (1870 – Grayson Co., Virginia)

Christmas Day marriages:

My 10th-great-grandparents: Nathaniel DICKINSON and Hannah BEARDSLEY (1662 – Hatfield, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts)

My great-grandparents: William Bryan ROBBINS and Marie LEWIS (1919 – Muskegon Heights, Muskegon Co., Michigan)

Christmas Day deaths:

My 7th-great-grandfather: Daniel ENNES (1838 – Oswasco, Cayuga Co., New York)

Norm’s 5th-great-grandmother: Gudlaug Nilsdotter (1831 – Norway)

Norm’s 9th-great-grandfather: Thomas KILBOURN (1640 – England or Massachusetts?)

Norm’s 10th-great-grandfather: Henry SQUIRE (1649 – Charlton Mackrell, England)

Of course, there are all those Christmas Eve events, as well as other major holidays. It’s also fun to find out who else in your ancestry shares your birthday. Most genealogical software has search features which can easily find this information.

This post is a part of the “Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories” meme created by Thomas and Jasia. You, too, can write your own Christmas memories, either for your personal journal or blog. Click on their names for the list of topics. To see what others have written, go here.

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