Week 42 (October 15-21) – Proud: Which ancestor did something that made you proud? Which ancestor are you proud of finding?
One of the most heart-filling, exciting moments was when I visited my grand-aunt Ditta and saw the portrait of my great-great-grandmother, Ellanora Boelling Graff. I also got to see the family bible and other photos that Aunt Ditta was kind enough to let me take back to Mom’s and scan. A treasure beyond price.
Ella had a pretty tragic life – she married Henry Graff in Ohio within months after he left his first wife and infant daughter in Maryland – likely unaware he was still married. She bore him twin daughters 9 months later and they died before they were five. After giving him several more children, she was beaten by one of her sons while pregnant – and died with the baby.
Finding her portrait and the information about her was a huge break in my brick wall. Finding her father was another break – but I still have not found her mother.