My 52 Ancestors posts are going to focus on the women in my family tree. Just to try something different. I’ve discussed both of my grandmothers so I will start with my great grandmothers.
Great Granny Laura. My father’s paternal grandmother. One of my favorite pictures of her is the one with her dog which I think was taken around 1950.
She lived a good long life (1877-1964), 87 years all in Lexington, Virgina.1
She was married to Wyatt Paul Gillespie, merely 16 when they were married on January 24, 1894, in Lexington, Virginia.2 They were married for 47 years until his death 1941.3 She lived on her own for another 23 years.
She had 8 children: Minnie, Ashby, Eva, Clinton, Louise, Fred, Gilbert and Helen.4
The family lived at 108 Houston Street, Lexington, Virginia from early in the 1900’s and it remained in the family until 2003.
She was the daughter of a Civil War Veteran who spent part of the war as part of Stonewall Jackson’s troops. They are all buried within sight of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s grave. I imagine she worked hard all her life, raising her children, keeping her husband’s house. She lived through Reconstruction and the Jim Crow era. She couldn’t vote until she was 42 years old when women were given the vote in 1920. She lived through Prohibition, survived the Great Depression.
And she was remembered fondly by everyone in the family who talked about her.