Monday, April 27, 2009

Mom's memories of Maggie

I talked with my Mom about the letters regarding Maggie Ziegler Edgemon's estate. She didn't know who Virginia Ziegler was. I told her that I found Virginia on the Census that she was the daughter of Joram and Emma Ziegler. She also did not know the mystery lady, Rula Z. Onks. Mom said that Rula sounded familiar, she thought that her grandmother talked about Rula but she doesn't remember anything else.

I did learn a little more about Maggie. Mom remembers Maggie, she would have been in her early twenty's when Maggie died. Maggie married later in life and didn't have any children. She was not sure if Chester had been married before or if he married after Maggie died. She doesn't know where he is buried. The house where they lived was the old Ziegler house and mill where Jacob and Annabelle lived. She said when Maggie died Chester had to move and the place sold. Some of the family thought that Chester should have been allowed to stay in the house. She doesn't know what happened to him.

Mom remembers going up to see Maggie and Chester when she was about 14 years old. They ate with Maggie and she had a table full of food. She said all the old country people would cook big meals and leave it on the table covered. Wonder how many times people got sick!

I wish there was a picture of Maggie, as I've learned more about her it would be nice to put a face with the name.

1 comment:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I wonder, Harriet, how people did die back then because of things like leaving food out for long periods of time.... People did die more frequently --and not much was ever said about the reasons. Times have really changed, haven't they???

Keep on quizzing your mother about life back then. I didn't do that --and regret that decision so very much.