Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

Records are the backbone of genealogy, but memories are the glue that hold our history together. For which memory of a loved one are you most thankful? Describe that moment in time, answering the who/what/when/where in the details. How did this memory impact your life and the way you approach family?

My great-grandmother Mary Tennessee Turner Rogers was “MawMaw” Rogers to all us grandkids and great-grandkids. She was always an old lady to me. She was 79 when I was born and died at age 91 when I was 11 years old. But I still remember her… and her house.

I was about 5 years old when MawMaw moved in with my grandparents, unable to live alone in that old house on May Street in Fort Worth any longer. My great-grandfather “Bubba” Rogers had died in 1942, so for many years MawMaw was by herself, although frequently visited by her family.

I have vague memories of visiting MawMaw on May Street. She served me hot tea with honey and lemon. And I remember that house, with its tall ceilings and faded, pealing wallpaper. I think at one time it must have been like her: young, vibrant, stately.

They were both in their declining years.

Now both MawMaw and that house are gone. But I will always fondly remember the hot tea and the pealing wallpaper…


52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.


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