Connecting with Family

This was a special week of White family connecting.  Cousin Tim White, from California, called and we had a lovely discussion about our family.  Probably the last time I saw him was in the 1960’s when we were visiting Great Uncle Tom White, my grandfather’s brother, in Harrisburg.  I’m hoping to catch up with him next time he is in PA and show him where our family grew up, married, had children and are buried, starting with the Gailey-White cemetery in Marysville.

I also got a note from Cousin Lesley Padgett Austin that James Hooker III  passed away November 5th and also that his mother, Ann passed away in April of this year.  We were in Colorado Springs a couple of years ago and had a lovely lunch with James and Deborah.  So glad we take advantage of these opportunities while we are traveling to catch up with relatives.

Mom and I met the Spencer’s in Malvern for lunch this week.  What a wonderful visit with Bob, Phil and Mary (Betts), and Sid Baglini.  Bob is the oldest of the Alex and Mary Ella (Hess) White grandchildren at 97 years.  Still very active as are his siblings.    We had a wonderful time reminiscing about visiting “The Farm”, meaning a trip for the Spencer’s to Snedekerville, PA.  Growing up in Sned, we always were excited for the Philadelphia cousins to visit and spent much of our time exploring the hills and bringing in the cows.

My nephew, Jeffrey Carroll, also came for a visit and to spend some time with Grandma White.  Now living in Lockport, NY it is quite a trip, but we are thankful for the time he makes to visit with Mom.  She is a good hostess and so proud of her new digs in Elizabethtown at the Masonic Village.

At this time of the year with, Christmas closing in on us, family is THE most important things in our lives.  Here’s hoping this new year will bring us more family visits.

About Deb

Genealogical Research in Central Pennsylvania for 40+ years. BSN from Thomas Jefferson University, Certificate in Family History- Genealogy, accent on British research from Brigham Young University, Certificate in Genealogy Consultant/Volunteer and member National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Association of Professional Genealogists, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Genealogical Society of PA, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, National Genealogical Society, Lycoming County Historical Society, Pennsylvania Heritage Society, Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, LancasterHistory.org, Bradford Co. Historical Society, Dauphin County Historical Society, The Perry Historians, The Scottish Society of Central PA, Guild of One-Name_Studies- Duart, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Hershey- Derry Township Historical Society, Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865. United States Daughters of 1812; The Welcome Society
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