Wednesday, July 18, 2018
The Way We Were Wednesday
Born Mary Louise Broadhurst in Swansea, Wales, she married George Wood, a tunnel digger in London, and immigrated to the United States. She died in 1977 at age of 89. She was my father's, mother's mother, my great grandmother. I took this picture in about 1975 in the dinning room of the old farmhouse on the farm in Michigan.
For most of the last decade of her life she lived with my grandparents, on the farm in Michigan in the summer, and several winters in their second home in Istachatta, Florida (google it.)
I didn't know she was Welsh, until 1990, when I was planning my first trip to England and my mother gave me a photocopy of her birth certificate. She had always said she was English, if we were taking her to Canada for lunch or tea, she would tell immigration that she was born in Toledo, Ohio - they always believed her. I have been to Swansea, been to the place that she was born. I remember her once, on a dare from my grandmother, speaking Welsh. It would have been nice to know more about her history.
Spending time with her in my teens shaped who I am today. Hearing her story of immigration, good times and challenges.
She was the only one of my great grandparents that I have memories of. Her husband died the year I was born. My paternal great-grandparents died within a couple of years of my birth. My mother's grandmother died of tuberculosis when my grandmother was an infant. The other three great grandparents on my mother's side were gone before I was born.
Did you know any of your great-grandparents?