Genealogy Abundance, Week 38: Funny Ancestor Stories

by Scott_J - 1 year, 10 months ago | Edit | View on FTC

This week’s writing prompt should be a lot more fun than last week’s dry topic of state archives. Thanks to the few of you who mustered up journals on that.


Week 38: Funny Ancestor Stories. Tell us a funny ancestor story that stands out in your mind. When did you first hear the story? Do other family members tell different versions? Does this tale play a large part in your family tree?

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy created by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts courtesy of GeneaBloggers for genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more.



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Funny Ancestor Stories: My Grandmother, Nancy Belle Green Ricketts died when she was 105 years old. She often told us about being left an orphan at 10 years old and how she hated her name. We would ask her why and she would say when she was young the kids would sing Nancy Belle fell in a well and she got wet and was mad as hell. We loved to hear her sing that to us. When I started doing my family geneolgy I talked with her and asked for information about her Dad and his family. She told me about her Dad and his many brothers and sisters and about her grandfather, who like whiskey and cigars and what little she knew of her grandmother. She told us that her Dad went to fight in the Civil War in place of her grandfather when he was 16, because he had so many younger brothers and sisters and he thought his Dad should stay home with them. As usual I couldn't find much about her grandfather and grandmother, but one day I was visiting my brother and had taken my Grandmother and my Mom with me when my brother said I have someting to show you. It was my grandmother's grandfathers obituary. I read it and then asked Grandma again how many brothers and sisters did her Dad have and she said 12. I read the obit to her and it said his first wife and him had one son, Grandma's Dad and she died. His second wife and him had 4 children and she died and his third wife and him had 8 children and she died. My Grandma shook her head and said well he always loved women and whiskey, I guess he was just hard on the women. No one had ever told her that her Dad was an only child and she was 98 when she found out that the brothers and sisters were half brothers and sisters.

Funny ancestor stories: I was just a little girl and asked my mom why Grandma and Grandpa had a tub in their basement.She always said she would tell me when I was older... well she kept telling me that even after I was married.When grandma and grandpa died I had already figured it out but I let mom tell me anyway.You guessed it.That tub put food on the table during the depression.Some of the things my relatives did to survive the tough years, utterly amazing.Apparently the liquor was one of those survival methods.

My Grand ma when my dad was young (back in the 30's) kept telling my dad to not come to the table to eat with out a shirt on. One time she took off her top at the table and flabbergasted everyone. That story worked. I am 57 and I never eat w/o a shirt at a table indoors. Even when out doors I remember my dad telling me that story as a kid. My Aunt Lucy verifies the story she is 80 something , my dad been dead almost 50 yrs.
Greg Chick, son of Charles.

Ha Ha gregchick. Now, that is funny! I would have loved to see all the expressions around the table when your Grand ma got her point across. Love it. LOL

Ha Ha gregchick. Now, that is funny! I would have loved to see all the expressions around the table when your Grand ma got her point across. Love it. LOL

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