Friday, June 4, 2010

Grandma's Diary

The information which I have on the Farrell family was from my Great Aunt Christian Farrell Ziegler. She was the daughter of Sallie Rebecca Farrell Ziegler, she never married and lived with her mother until her mother's death in 1972. Sometime in the late 1970's Aunt Christian gave all her nieces and nephews (and Great nieces and nephews) handwritten information on the Ziegler family and the Farrell family, she had several excerpts transcribed from her mother's diary. I never saw the diary and have no ideal what happened to the diary. I would love to have copies of the entire diary but am thankful for what I have. I wonder if she had plans to do more and just never got around to doing it. She saved everything, so I just hope the diary was found and is treasured by someone in the family.
One treasure was this short excerpt.
"Our needs were simple. We had few conveniences and expected little, but we had plenty of food, shelter, and clothing and love and we were happy and grateful for what we had."

4 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh how neat to have an old diary. I have bits and pieces of my Great Grandfather's diary---and love it.

It make me HOPE that somewhere in the distant future, all of my writings and journals will be enjoyed by someone in my family.

Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Harriet said...

I'm sure your family will enjoy your journals. I can only hope that some of the family has the diary. I have a few bits and pieces that my Aunt transcribed for us, but we don't know what she did with the diary.

Mary said...

I have my mother's diaries-over 50 years worth of them. Most was very interesting...some was hurtful...some deep dark secrets were discovered. Given the choice and know what I know now I'm not sure I would have read them.

Harriet said...

I have not thought about the diary the way you talked about it Mary. Maybe my Aunt was recording the good things and destroyed the orginial diary.