Mom Louise Pope (1917-2008) Mom was the eldest daughter of ten siblings. Her family lived in great poverty in New Haven Connecticut. She attended the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore and spent a number of years as head nurse of the psychiatric ward. However, after marrying Dad she never worked as a nurse again. She raised two children, myself and my brother.
My grandmother Louise Jane Bedat (1892-1984) My grandmother gave birth to twelve children, ten of whom lived into adulthood. Can you imagine? She lived to be 94.
My Great-grandmother Susan Jane Tongue (1866-1953). I was named after her. I remember visiting my great-gran. She was blind but nevertheless sat on a porch and quilted.
My great-great grandmother Emily Hull (1844-1882). Emily was the only woman of these five who died young.
My great-great-great grandmother Hannah M. Tongue (1813-1906) Mom spent years doing genealogical research on the family. Alas, I can remember none of what she told me and most of the writings left behind are dates, rather than life stories. Kinda cool to have all these pictures though. I don't have the same for my Dad's family, just back to my great-gram.