I resolved to make the best of my Saturday regardless, so I made up some veggie three-bean chili in the crock pot, put on one of my Will & Grace DVD's, got out all of my genealogy materials, wrapped myself up in a blanket and started plugging away.
What really turned my day around is that I was able to find some pictures online of ancestors that I only had one picture of, or I perhaps only had a poor photocopy rendition. I also think that I extended my Leck roots to Germany (we know they were German, just didn't know when). I thought today, before I got busy doing anything else, I'd share a few of those pictures. I find them fascinating....
This is a new picture I found of my 3rd great-grandfather, George H McCandless (1830-1886):
This was his wife, my 3rd great-grandmother, Eliza Ruth Calvert McCandless:
I think these pictures must be from a painting of them together. I would love to know where that painting is now and get a reproduction of it. It could be anywhere--they had a lot of kids, all but one lived to adulthood and had families of their own. One of their decendents is retired Rep. Al McCandless in California.
This is a picture that I didn't have of my 3rd great-grandparents (on my paternal grandmother's side) George Elbert Allender (1843-1928) and his wife Egentine Sharp Allender (1846-1917):
They had three boys (left to right): Arvel (my 2nd great-grandfather), Nolen, and Otis.
I have a newspaper article about how these three boys married three sisters--the Gosney girls. It's really a cute story I'll have to share one day.
I was probably most excited about the following photograph, though. This woman is Mary Ann Sheridan Neel, George H McCandless's (from above) maternal grandmother, making her my 5th great-grandmother.
I had a very poor photocopy of this picture, so to be able to find the real one really made my day. I admire her a great deal for everything she did in her very long life.
Thinking about these ancestors made me realize that I actually have it pretty cozy after all. Soon I stopped forgetting about how cold and achy I was, and started being thankful for what I have.