When you write about your family, good things happen. You find flaws in your logic. You find those wonderful “ah-ha” moments. And on occasion, you find a genealogy angel. Or they find you.
Martha Spencer saw a post I made years ago on an Ancestry.com message board and responded. I missed her original response (!) but she found me again and it turns out she went to high school with my father. She sent me some of his yearbook pages as well as some newspaper clippings that pertained to my biggest brickwall, my g-g-g-grandfather Charlton Wallace.
This past week she sent me the relevant pages from my grandfather’s yearbook! Gilbert McClung Gillespie graduated from Lexington High School in 1934. My father attended Lexington High School until 1956 when he was a sophomore.
His ambition is “To beat Thompson out of his job.” Thompson was Kenneth Thompson, whom according to Martha was a “cranky” math teacher who was still teaching when she and my father attended Lexington High.
One has to believe that there is more to the story than that, but I don’t think the yearbook reveals any more. Also, I know that my grandfather was chosen as the Most Dependable. At least he wasn’t in the No Brains, but… category!
My dad’s mentions in his yearbooks are not that different. His nickname was also Gilly. I knew he was called that in High School, never knew my grandfather was. My dad, was selected as the male with the Prettiest Eyes. My dad and his brother and two sisters all had the same beautiful blue eyes. I’m glad to know he wasn’t chosen as Most Gullible.
And here are both Martha Spencer and my father who served on the Honor Court in 1954. Both are in the back row.
These photos and the rest that were sent to me, mean so very much. If you keep your family private and hidden away, you may miss out on some amazing stuff.
And to Martha, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Every time I look at these I get a little misty.