Monday, June 15, 2009

Hands-on Family History & Cheese Quesadillas

This weekend we decided to take a one-day trip to Cleveland for a "hands-on" Family History adventure! Mom was born and raised in Cleveland (Parma, Lakewood and Brooklyn) and her family has been there since the 1830s, so we drove to a bunch of cemeteries and the old houses. We even managed to find Mom's grandparents' (paternal) house that she hadn't seen in almost forty years!! (See pic below.)

Below are two pictures from some of the cemeteries. The first is our great-great-great-great grandfather, grandmother and aunt. These grandparents came with this aunt (as a very little girl) and a baby son to Cleveland in 1832. He was a famous Methodist pastor in Ohio for many years. The next grave stone is our great-great-great grandfather, grandmother and uncle (their second son). This grandfather is the baby son that was brought from England in 1832 (at this point his name is not on the large grave stone). He was in the Civil War (a yankee) and lived in Berea until he died in 1911.

We've got some plans to plant some bushes around the stones, and we're hoping to get some more names engraved on the large stones. At both locations there are other family members buried around the stones, but not listed. All in all, we had a great day. It was nice and sunny, and we took all kinds of pictures! It's really cool to see places that Mom lived, played, etc. when she was little. It's also cool to see areas where our family has lived for almost two hundred years.

Last but not least, here is a picture of the cheese quesadilla lunch that I made a few days ago. Just thought I'd toss that in here . . . yummy looking, isn't it?!

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