Who Are All Those Ancestors

…Little kid sitting around listening to the grownups talking about family  anecdotal stories  of our roots .   Actually these conversations are comfortable  because they were  so near  and dear to my Mom and Dad.  It was up close and and personal.  The years collapsed into  family information and not  charts defining who we were (are).  Although, documentation is a good thing.  How else could we be sure?

Grandmother Cohee  was born on a ship coming from Ireland.  Her mother died on that ship giving her birth.  This child, my grandmother,  was raised in an orphanage in Wilmington Del.   Somehow she migrated  to Baltimore where she met my grandfather, Sampson J. Wood.  Sam was 6 foot something and grandmother Cohee  (Kohee in Ireland) was a mere 5 feet tall.

This tiny grandmother is remembered  in a long  black dress that rose to a  high neck.  I do not know why but they called her Mah or Maw.  The man she met and married was Catholic.    Actually coming from Virgina, was he indeed  Catholic?  …or did he bow to her serious religiosity?

On the other side was my mother who actually came from a prominent family in history and that would be,  a branch or the Taylor s of  North Carolina.  Research by a niece,  MJN aka-  Joyce Huey, has done substantial digging and sees my mother, Camille Taylor Wood, as coming from a long line of Settlers– starting at the  Jamestown, Virginia settlement but who settled in  a substantial way in, North Carolina.

Mathew Page Taylor, my Mom’s dad,  was a both a Civil Engineer and a Virtuoso Pianist.  His wife,  the first Camille, the great grandmother was elegant in every way. This left us with a mother, her daughter  Camille Taylor Wood, who served tea every day at four PM who dressed smartly.  We were post depression babies but our mother did not let us know that too much.  She taught us about “Genteel Poverty” in those 1930’s in America.  For that , I am forever grateful.

So, this Irish Grandmother, Annie,  met grandfather Wood in Baltimore.  Then our mother Camille, met Frederick Wood , son of  Samson Wood and Annie Cohee, also in Baltimore.  Mom and Dad met at an Ice Cream Parlor over  ice cream sundaes and fell in love.    So many children came from these unions and were (are) natives of Baltimore, Maryland

Much more to share but I bow to, Joyce Noell Huey, who has done the  hard work of expanding on what , Camille, my Mom told us.

More to come.



~ by mosswood on October 21, 2012.

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