August 13, 2011
So far Keith’s roots have been focused on his father Ronald’s family and the locations of Minnesota and now on his Canadian heritage. On his mother’s side, Grace’s, it goes back to Iowa, Ohio, New England and England. This part of his family heritage is discussed in other blogs:
The Barclays of Pine River – This blog covers his mother, Grace’s family.
Solomon Goss of Fearing Township in Ohio goes further back into the Goss, Spracklin, Delano, Keller and other family names.
Trip blogs: Pennsylvania Wanderings and Massachusetts Meanderings and More – See The Solomon Goss blog sidebar.
The compiler will be traveling to Ohio in search of the family connections in that state. The Solomon Goss blog will cover highlights of that trip. To do justice to the trip, there will be no posts for this blog till the Fall!
May 29, 2010
Keith’s mother Grace was busy raising a family while her husband Ronald (R.S.) was involved with the lumber business and politics in the town of International Falls.
Grace about 1896
This photo is of Grace as a young girl and it is this young girl that my grandfather Ronald fell in love with and met somewhere in Minnesota. Maybe it was when he visited her father in Pine River to talk about lumber? Maybe it was on the train to St. Paul/Minneapolis where she attended school? Miriam her daughter didn’t seem to know the story of how they met or even the date of the marriage as was reflected in her notes that she sent me.
Ronald and Grace were married in September of 1898 and eventually settled in International Falls with their family. I wrote about the marriage in my post dated February 20, 2010.
Keith’s cousin Mary McDonald Louiseau told me when I visited her in 2000, that Grace liked to read so the library at their home was filled with books. There is no date on this oval photo of Grace.
Grace in the Snow
Here Grace is sweeping the snow? Not sure why, but I enjoy the look which reminds me of her daughter Eddie. I like the contrast in the pictures of my father’s mother and my grandmother. I have very little information about her. I think these photos start to show a little of her personality. In this snow photo she is in a rather shabby dress. For some reason I think she was pregnant at this time? I do not know the year this snow photo was taken.
Grace and her children Jan 1911
In this picture Grace looks lovely and happy. Written on the photo is the year 1911. Left to right: in the back row is Vivian, Gordon, and Grace. In the front row is Miriam, Eddie, Jean and then baby Keith, main star of this blog. Grace is holding Keith, my dad, close. If you look closely you can see that Miriam and Eddie’s hair is cut like a boy’s hair cut. I am wondering if there was a lice problem?
I have had the good fortune to know all of these siblings of my father Keith. They were very much a part of my life. The only one I never knew was Grace for she died very young as you will see.
I have another blog that I am writing that covers Grace Barclay McDonald’s parents and ancestors. It is called the “Barclays of Pine River, The Lives of George and Amarilla Barclay.” You will find it at: http://barclayspineriver.wordpress.com/ Grace’s ancestry goes back to the Mayflower through Grace’s grandparents Elizabeth Keller Spracklin and Daniel Dair/Dare Spracklin. I will eventually talk more about Grace’s earlier years in that blog up till she meets Ronald (R.S.).