Where Was Your Grandma Born?

Where was your grandma born?

Although many genealogy buffs get stuck on finding their grandmother four or five generations back, some have problems discovering facts about their grandma’s life.

I’m challenging you to leave a comment today with your grandmother’s name (or both of them if you’d like), and where she was born. If you feel like writing something about your grandma, feel free. I think it would be wonderful for all of us to get to know a little about your family’s origin. Leave your comment in the box below.

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  1. My paternal grandma was born in Lone Jack, Missouri, on the family farm. I wish she had been born into the computer generation because she was a whiz at math and would have loved computers. She taught me the multiplication table.

    1. My grandma, moms mom, was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1904 and passed in 2003. It is she that got me into genealogy. She would tell us kids all about living on the farm . Her pet was a pig! We would all laugh until we hurt. I still think about her and the wonderful stories she would tell.

    2. My grandmother was born in Wick, Tyler County, West Virginia; however, I do not know much about her because she died when Mom was 6-months old. Both of my mother’s parents had TB back when it was practically a death sentence. When Mom was born, her grandmother “Granny” had her own 8 month old baby. My mother was premature and very week, weighing about 3 pounds. Granny put her in a bureau drawer behind the wood stove to keep her warm. Mom needed nourishment which her ailing mother could not provide, so Granny with enough for two, nursed her own baby and her granddaughter, too. When Mom’s mother died, Granny raised the two babies as twins. My mother told me she didn’t know that her “twin sister” was really her aunt until they were around nine. Granny was the heart of the family, and once she died, the younger generations drifted away. I have always been interested in family dynamics–how families rise and fall, lose touch and go off to start other core families, while some individuals or family groups are on the fringes.

      1. Hi Margie,
        Another family story that sounds like it should be a novel. I hope you have a way to share your genealogy work with others as it’s far too interesting to stop with you. I agree, too, family dynamics are so very interesting.


      2. My grandpa had TB, too, and was in one of the TB asylums/sanitoriums for awhile.

        This such a touching story about your mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Thank you so much for sharing it here.

        Have a blessed day.

  2. My mom’s mom was born in Larned, Kansas. Mostly, I remember her baking cookies and could hardly wait til they came out of the oven to dunk them in a glass of milk!

  3. My maternal grandma was born in Elbert County, Georgia. My paternal granny was born in Greenville County, South Carolina.

    My grandma and granny were on totally opposite ends of the personality spectrum. Grandma was quiet and peaceful. Granny was blunt and sometimes seemed harsh. In reality, she was just a teddy bear inside. They both loved me. I loved them both, too, but spent my little girlhood scared of my granny. Once I knew her story, which was also my grandma’s story of abuse and hurt, it was easy to love my granny. I could see her for the hurting woman that she was. Knowing her story changed everything for me.

    I look like my grandma and have the bluntness of my granny. I am happy for them to live on through me.

    Have a blessed day!

    1. Suzanne, I think you got the best of both worlds. Your grans sound like wonderful women and so incredibly strong. You are blessed to have had them.

      1. Thank you, Nancy. I agree. I was so very blessed to have had them.
        Our grandmothers live forever through us and and our children. That makes their losses a little easier to endure. Still, I just wish that they could have stayed here forever.
        Have a blessed day!

  4. My paternal grandmother was born in a small Minnesota town southwest of Minneapolis. My maternal grandmother was born in Hungary and committed suicide when my mother was three years old. My foster grandmother was born in southern Minnesota.

    1. Leanne,
      How horrible for your mom. I can’t even begin to imagine how that must have impacted her life. Thank you for leaving a comment . . . and I’m so glad you ended up with another grandmother.

  5. My maternal grandmother, Nancy Eliza McApin, was born in Moss, Clay County, Tennessee October 4, 1881. By 1887 her family had relocated to Jefferson, Boone County, Arkansas. Nancy taught school at Rally Hill prior to her marriage to James Henderson Fowler, MD on November 2, 1902 in Harrison, Boone County, Arkansas. I believe she had at least one miscarriage or stillborn boy, and one boy that died shortly after birth. She had three daughters, Jewel Helen, Ora Lee, and Anna Jane, and one son James Joseph, that lived. She lost her son at age 17 to leukemia. She was widowed on March 10, 1944. She never remarried. Nancy developed Alzheimers and lived the last several years of her life in the loving care of her daughters Anna Jane and Jewel, until she had to be placed in the care of the Mennonite home in Harrison, AR where she recieved excellent care un til her death in 1961
    My paternal grandmother, Mary Comfort Buie, was born in Franklin Parish, Louisiana.
    She had two daughters Sarah and Eleanor, and one son Elbert Eugene ” Bish” Riggs. Her husband Eli Riggs was a circuit riding evangelist Methodist minister who rode a mule through Georgia. He died at age 42 during the Spanish flu epidemic in New Orleans Louisiana as did her daughter Eleanor in 1919 at age 20.
    Mary Comfort maintained herself and her children as a dressmaker she died in 1928.

    1. Hey Ann, good to see you 🙂

      Your family history is one of those that Faulkner and Harper Lee would made into novels or Eudora Welty into short stories. I’m so glad you’re writing again . . . and if you ever run out of ideas, all you have to do is look at your own family history. Was your sister Nancy named for your grandmother?

  6. My grandmother Evelyn Miller was born in Polk county, Wisconsin and is still alive at age 96 and living on the farm where her children were raised. My other grandmother Florence Sims was born in Moonshine township, Big Stone, MN and has passed away. I was very lucky to have wonderful grandparents and tone able to get to know them very well.

  7. Hi Theresa,

    Wow, age 96. That’s pretty darned amazing. Hopefully you inherited her genes! And you’re so right – being able to be close to grandparents is a blessing. Sadly, I didn’t know either of my grandfathers, but was fortunate to spend tons of time with both grandmothers.

  8. Grammy (my mother’s mom) was born in Ringtown, PA the daughter of a farmer. My other grandmother passed when I was 3, so I didn’t really know her. She was born in Shenandoah, PA. During that period of time — the 2 areas and occupations didn’t mix. Farmers and Coal Crackers. Rough combination. My grandfather had several strokes and died when my mother, the youngest child, was in her early teens. Grammy finished raising her own kids and then went on to devote her life to m 2 cousins. She was always there when we needed her. She was a great woman (strict but caring) and I miss her every day.

    1. Hi Mary, You Grammy sounds like a wonderful woman. I think those of us with grandmothers like that truly do miss them every day. I know I do.

    1. Hi Melissa,
      Thank you for posting the link. What a lot of people who must miss her. Is most of your family still in the South?

      1. Yes, especially me! Well, I bet we would all say that, lol.

        My oldest brother and I have both moved to the Midwest, but everyone else is in Georgia, Alabama, or South Carolina. And they’ve been there forever.. my daughter says my tree is boring because they are all from those states, ha.

  9. Hi Nancy,

    My maternal grandmother is Lorene Mae (Melzer) Loch. She was born June 1st, 1918 in Kaiser, Wisconsin. Kaiser is now a ‘ghost town’ in Price County, Wisconsin. Her father was in WW1 when she was born. She is also the oldest of three girls born to Claude Earl and Clara Marie (Miller) Melzer. She passed away on April 21th, 1993 in Englewood, Florida.

    My paternal grandmother is Rosemond Lucille (Shea) Foster Sloan. Rose was born June 1st, 1909 in Kentland, Indiana. She was born to John William & Rose Bernadetta (Kearney) Shea. She died on Jan 6th, 1997 in Casper, Wyoming.
    As you can see, both my grandmothers shared the same birthday. My grandmother raised four children and my grandfather was a cop in the city of Chicago.

    My maternal & paternal grandparents are buried in Englewood, Florida at Gulf Pines Memorial Park.

    1. Hi Laura,

      I bet your grandfather had some great stories about being a cop in Chicago!

      Thanks for sharing – and it truly is interesting that your grandmothers share a birthday. What are the odds??


  10. My paternal grandmother, Eva Della Burrell,Geren was b. 22 Mar 1897 in Putnam Co. Ohio and died 12 Oct 1997 in Lima, Allen Ohio. She was an amazingly strong woman.that suffered many obstacles but never lost her faith in God. She was 7 when her mother died and was raised by her much older sisters that didn’t really want her. She married at 15 and had 4 children. Her oldest and only daughter died at 7 from Brights Disease and had a son that died at one day old. She survived a house fire that destroyed her home and also a tornado that did the same. At about 50, she suffered a stroke that left her with no ability to walk or speak and she overcame that also.

    My maternal grandmother, Ester Bonnita Lauck Albridge was b. 6 May 1909 in Lima, Allen Ohio and d. 25 Nov 1986 in Findlay, Hancock Ohio. She loved animals and I believe it is thru her I inherited that. I have worked in the animal field since 1969. She barely stood 5 ft. tall but was a real go-getter. She was the kind that grabbed life and didn’t let anyone stand in the way. I still miss them both but I am so glad I have so many wonderful memories of time spent with them.

    1. Your paternal grandmother sounds like she was a powerhouse! What a life and what great stories you must have about her.

      And, isn’t it wonderful that you share a love with animals with your maternal grandmother. My sister definitely inherited one of our gran’s love of quilting and knitting and all of those fabric-y things. Not a whisper of which I inherited!


  11. Another Wisconsin family here! When my mom told me grandma was originally from Montreal, I thought Canada? No, it’s actually a small former mining town in Iron County, next to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We drove through there on a trip last summer to the Copper Country which is surrounded by Lake Superior and very scenic once the snow melts…

    1. Hi Mary – yes, it seems that we’re Wisconsin heavy! And, it’s a part of the country I’ve never visited. Sounds truly beautiful.


  12. My Great Grandmother Bessie [Council] Caldwell was born in 1875. She was the thirteenth child of Wesley and Martha Ann [Wigginton] Council in Sangamon Co IL. Of the 13 children born, only four lived past 12 years old. So many children had passed away in their first year it’s heart breaking. I am so glad Martha Ann didn’t give up on having children; I wouldn’t be here today. My Great Grandmother Bessie had perfect pitch and played incredible piano (and other instruments). She attended the Chicago Academy of Music as a teenager. What a heritage. My Grandfather was a musician, my Father was a musician and I, too, play and teach piano.

    1. Hi Janice,
      I know they often had many children; partly because of childhood deaths and partly because they needed farm workers.
      By the way, my grandmother’s name was Bessie – something you just don’t hear anymore. Your gg-grandmother (and your whole family) sound like wonderful musicians. Lucky you!


  13. Both my grandmothers were born in Georgia, one in Atlanta, one around Fairburn. They were both strong in their way. One taught me to crochet, the other taught me to embroider and to love reading. My maternal grandmother kept her own contenance, loved music and needlework, was sensible and loving. My maternal grandmother always had an opinion, loved plants and animals, could always find a way to make a profit, was stubborn and strong willed and loved fiercely.
    They were very different but I am lucky to have had both of them in my life.

  14. Betty Grace Sears Hanley (1924-1981)

    Claire Pawlowski Halvangis (1916-1989)

    Both I have only very vague, but positive, memories of. I’ve learned much more about them through my genealogy research.

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