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Thursday, October 24, 2013

A special Sepia Saturday indeed


I'm a "sometimes" entry into this blog.  In honor of it's 200th blog, we have been asked to post our favorite submission, so here's mine.  It's about how surprised I was to look for other people in my ancestry 69 years before I was born, since my blog is all about my 69th year and my ancestors.

So here's my re-posting.  Don't forget to check out other Sepia Saturdays here. See below for more notes from today.

Thursday, January 3, 2013


Eugenia Booth Miller, 69 years before me

Since there are more things known about the past than the future, let's consider my ancestors relative to 69 years, (the magic number of my age that this blog is memorializing.)

That's why time traveler stories touch only briefly on a future, and a lot of past times.  So if I look back to an ancestor that would have been 69 in 1942 (the year I was born) ...they would have been born in 1873.  Mmm, I dare say I can look on the good old family tree and find someone.  It doesn't matter if they didn't actually live to 69, because it's the magical birthday I'm tracking this time.  (In the future I'll check and see how many ancestors did make it to the year of their 69th birthday)



Oh my goodness...the woman I was named after was born Jan 30, 1873.  She was my great-grandmom, Eugenia Almetta (Almeda) Booth Miller, and she died Jan 1, 1936. She raised my mom and my grandmom, and had married Charles Mueller (Miller) October 28,1896, an immigrant from Germany.  They had 4 daughters, including my grandmother, Mozelle Booth Miller.  I was named Barbara Booth, rather than Eugenia.

I'm going to share this great news (well, only if you put a parameter on history that says, look at it this way...) on Sepia Saturday this week.  See what other folks are sharing here.
http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com/2013/01/sepia-saturday-158-5-january-2013.html


14 comments:

tony said...
Eugenia looks the cameraman Squarely & Honestly in Eye.A fine looking woman .
Helen Bauch McHargue said...
Eugenia is one of those names that should be resurrected! I'll be looking for the story about how you were named Barbara instead.
Wendy said...
I like the concept of finding ancestors who were (or would have been) 69 when you were born. I might have to apply this idea to my own blog. Thanks for the inspiration!
Alan Burnett said...
It is a fascinating game you play with family trees, dates and ages. You make me want to carry out the experiment myself. Now who was born in 1884?
Bob Scotney said...
I think you have started a hare running with this post. I shall have to check back on the family tree I have put together to see what I can find. There will not be an Eugenia that's for sure.
Karen S. said...
Oh I agree with Alan, although we all know that wasn't his birth year! hahaha! But this was such a cool idea, and very interesting, so fun that you thought of it.
Kristin said...
You know I will now have to go find someone who was or would have been 66 when I was born in 1946. Very interesting post.
Postcardy said...
I think you need a lot of ancestors to play this game, unless you are really lucky.
Mike Brubaker said...
An interesting idea to combine numerology with genealogy. I like the name Eugenia and it deserves to come back. It may be only a coincidence but one of the most popular women of that name was Empress Eugenia, the wife of Napoleon III who was Emperor of France from 1853 to 1871. She lived to 1920, aged 94, but her husband died on 9 January 1873, a curious coincidence with your great grandmother's birth.
ScotSue said...
I think you have started something here. Like other bloggers, the idea of identifying coincidences in birth years appeals to me. I have only come across one so far which delighted me - my own daughter was born January 15th - 114 years to the day after my great grandmother.
B. Rogers, Alchemy of Clay said...
It has been really fun to read the comments, especially to hear all the ideas that have been generated from my little one of looking for the 69th year ancestors. Will keep looking for more fun here!
Tattered and Lost said...
Interesting concept. Sadly I only look back at the relatives that died the year I was born. Were they sad to have missed out on my birth? I'm sad I never got to meet each of them.
Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...
She looks like a smart, wise, kind and no-nonsense kind of a woman. Like a teacher or a librarian.

Thanks for sharing her with us,

Kathy M.
Kathy said...
Yes - a fun idea to explore! When I saw 69, it resonated with me because I am in one of those (dreaded?) "9" years myself.
NOTES FROM OCTOBER 26, 2013
Alan has also asked if we'd like to have this anniversary post included in a book.  I'm all for that!  What fun to share with folks from all over the globe.  Here I sit in North Carolina, writing about my ancestors in Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, New York, Massachusetts ,Louisiana, Connecticut etc. and most of them have their ancestors in Western Europe...so I love being a melting pot child...and now learning about folks everywhere.

17 comments:

tony said...

VIVA LA melting pot child !

Karen S. said...

She was a lovely woman. This is a perfect photo, and story and how you came to be named as well. A great post to include!

Kat Mortensen said...

These types of revelations and a-ha moments are what make us keep going back for more (and wanting to read more). Great choice!

Alan Burnett said...

Thanks for that Barb, it will make a great addition to the book.

Wendy said...

Oh shoot -- reading my first comment to you, I see I have totally forgotten to incorporate your idea into my own blog. I WILL do it though. I'm glad you selected this one to repost because it captures the theme of your blog.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

That's a hoot Wendy. Just goes to remind me how I make short intentions that just fly right out of my brain, every day!

Mike Brubaker said...

This was a good one to choose as it has that aHa moment we all experience. Recently on my birthday I tried to calculate how old my father was when my son was born; how old was he when I was born; etc. etc. It's probably the most common way we measure the generations.

Patrica Ball Morrison said...

Eugenia looks no nonsense...I enjoy your idea of a blog to celebrate your 69th year as I approach that mile stone in November. You have inspired me to look at different angles in my ever continuing ancestry research.

Bob Scotney said...

First time around I said you would have me looking back as well. I found a Julia who was an innkeeper's daughter and in a pub where I once used to go. Unfortunately I still cannot match her history as you have done with Eugenia.

Doug Peabody said...

Those glasses are back in vogue! A stylish woman she was. Great post for Sepia Saturday 200!

Little Nell said...

It’s a great idea and one that deserves to be in the anniversary book.

Boobook said...

What a great idea. I'll have to look back through my database now.

The Silver Fox said...

There's a lot of character in that face. Great post.

Postcardy said...

I subtracted my age from my birth year. The result seems too early for my mother's parents and too late for my father's parents. I have some family trees (not created by me) so maybe I can find someone with that year.

L. D. said...

It is an interesting approach. I do try to imagine what I felt like when I was 21 when my dad was 21 and going into the service during WW 2.

Nancy said...

What a fun idea for a birthday post. I love her glasses!

TICKLEBEAR said...

My maternal grandmother was named Eugenie but she never cared for her name and I always called her Ninnie and used the French familiar "you" [tu] while my mother called her "mom" and used the formal "you" [vous]. My mom was appalled by my familiarity but I always felt most comfortable with my grandma, and she was amused by it all, winking at me while my mom tried teaching me proper manners.

I would guess that name calls for a great destiny, and certainly, great character.
:)~
HUGZ