This past October my husband and I accompanied my parents on a 10 day vacation in Washington D.C., Shenandoah National Park, and much of Virginia. The trip allowed us to also visit some spots associated with his 3rd cousin 7 times removed Revolutionary War hero Major General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786 ).
Veronica Victoria Dorris (1883-1982), called “Ronnie” by family and friends, was my husband’s great grandmother. This good southern Christian lady moved to the wild west Arizona Territory, away from her parents and family home in Mississippi. She married, raised her children, and spent the rest of her life in Arizona.
Uncle Joe died of ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, when I was in eighth grade. I hadn’t thought of him in years, but the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge had Uncle Joe on my mind quite a bit this year. His was the first close family death of my life.Uncle Joe was only 36 years old when this horrible disease took his life.
My 48th ancestor is my great grandmother Agnes Viola Elizabeth Maud Mara (1893-1971), who went by the name Viola. I have mentioned Viola in posts about her father, mother, brother, and mystery half-brother, but I have never actually profiled my great grandmother. Today marks the 43rd anniversary of her death.
My 2nd great grandmother Annie Sophia Allen (b. 1871) was charged with divorce from husband John Carr on the grounds of fraud and deception. I am not sure Allen ever legally divorced her first husband Thomas Mara. Was this the fraud? She also committed at least one lie on her marriage record to Carr.