Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Labels: 1916, My great great grandfather Herbert Woodworth pulling my grandmother Grace Woodworth Minot and her brother Billy Minot
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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Monday, December 15, 2014
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Sunday, December 14, 2014
My great grandmother Gabrielle Manigualt Dexter Peirce and her sons John ("Jack"), Bob, Jim and Stanley.
Jack is my grandfather. I believe I heard that his brothers were considered rather odd. All three of them were apparently irresponsible with money and pursued for debts. Stanley married five times and had numerous mistresses, Jim wasn't far behind. They seemed to share an emotional stuntedness.
While one can't conclude too much from one photograph, my perception is that their body language indicates a certain emotional detachment, perhaps foreshadowing what was to come.
Posted by wentworth at 2:38 PM
The art books of my paternal great grandmother, Gabrielle Manigualt Dexter Peirce.
After my grandfather died I found them hidden way in a back closet.
He never discussed his mother or mentioned that she was interested in art.
Given that on that side of the family both my great grandmothers (Gabrielle Dexter Peirce and Lucy Woodworth Minot) and my grandmother (Grace Woodworth Minot Peirce) studied art history in refined girls schools, it is possible that art was considered in that period something for girls to study in order to make a cultured home but otherwise frivolous and feminine and not a subject to be considered in terms of creativity and curiosity.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
COLONEL THOMAS WENTWORTH PEIRCE
My great, great, grandfather
1818 - 1885
Lucy Greenleaf Woodworth Minot
My great, great grandmother as a school girl.
She died tragically young; I am not sure the cause.
Lucy Greenleaf Woodworth [Parents] 1 was born 23 Mar 1888 in Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA. She died 19 Feb 1919 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA. Lucy married William Minot on 23 Jun 1908 in Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA.
They had the following children:
F i Lucy Woodworth Minot 1 was born 12 Dec 1909 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA. She died 28 Apr 1910. F ii Grace Woodworth Minot was born 7 Nov 1911 and died 6 Aug 1989. M iii William Minot 1, 2, 3 was born 4, 5 23 Sep 1914 in Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA. He died 6 9 Jul 1980 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA. William resided 7 1920 in Boston Ward 8, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
A very nice painting by my grandmother Grace Minot Peirce.
Oddly, no one, including her, ever thought to mention to me that she studied art in highschool and college and was an accomplished amateur painter.
I only found out after she and my grandfather died and I came across her art books hidden away as I helped my aunt and uncle clean out their house.
I recall telling my grandfather that I liked to draw and him responding that "obviously you didn't get that talent from our side of the family," never thinking to mention my grandmother.
I learned while cleaning out the house with my aunt and uncle that while my grandfather was in the Navy during World War II, my grandmother started her own business painting cribs and other children's furniture with fun children's designs.
We even discovered some panels stuck away in a barn (too large for me to take but I wish now I had taken photos of them).
After my grandfather came back from the war it seems all my grandmother's artistic interests were packed away and forgotten.
GABRIELLE MANIGAULT (DEXTER) PEIRCE
1886 - 1941.
My great grandmother (my father's paternal grandmother).
She doesn't look too happy; maybe she's wistful.
Her highschool diary is so full of energy and humor but that certainly isn't reflected here.
Tom Peirce, who she married in 1909, died of a heart attack at age 46 in front of her in 1923.
When my aunt Lucy and I were cleaning out my grandfather's attack we found her idealistic diaries and the letters Tom wrote to her.
In the center, my great, great grandfather H. G. Woodworth with his two best friends from Harvard, class of 1882, Taffy to the left and "The Professor" to the right, on a visit in 1902 to Misery Island. H. G. Woodworth was a scholar in the classics, a published author of fiction, the president of the largest tea importer in America and head of the national tea board.