Posts Tagged With: great grandmother

May Georgiana Rest In Peace

88 years ago today my great grandmother died, of course I didn’t know her personally but I’ve known of this woman who died before the age of 35 named Georgiana Beck to be my great grandmother. Other than that her life pretty much remained a mystery until I found her death certificate a few months ago. I was able to find a little more information about her and one thing being her death date. So I say R.I.P. To my Great Grandmother Georgiana 13407181_10100942960900870_4882238939990333445_n

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Great Grandma Georgiana

42342_1521003238_0758-02760Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

I almost shed a tear last night when I found my great grandmother Georgiana Beck’s death certificate. I said a quick prayer and a few seconds later while searching on ancestry.com  I found her death certificate. I know all the information provided by the informant might not be accurate but I felt like I hit the jackpot. Of course I am left with more questions then answers now but oh my goodness. We don’t know much about my maternal grandmother’s mother and even less about her father so any information is a win to me.

I had no idea Georgiana died in Pennsylvania, I didn’t know the name of her father or she was even married. My grandmother was raised by grandmother Minnie in East Youngstown, Ohio. The information we have on my great grandparents is limited, over the years I have found a city directory  and two census records to place Georgiana in Jefferson County, Alabama and in East Youngstown, Ohio but no information connecting to my grandmother’s father James L. Christian. James L. Christian is the big mystery in our family, we don’t believe he was married to Georgiana and we believe there was a bit of an age difference between the two. Georgiana was about 15 or 16 when she had my grandmother in Jefferson county, Alabama. I was told James worked in the Steel Mills and had another child a daughter named Delores or Lois but I don’t know where he was from or his age. Recently my uncle told me he had heard James had property in Sharon, Pennsylvania, that’s not far from East Youngstown so on my next trip to Youngstown I’ll be visiting Sharon to see what I can find. I also found at 1926 East Youngstown city directory for Georgiana, I now have two more records to add to her file.

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Burgess Family Bible

 

A cousin shared these old pages from the Burgess family Bible. Listed are the Birth and death dates of my Great grandmother Mary Jane, her mother Annies Locke Burgess as well as her siblings and other relatives.
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Great grandma

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I Don’t have many records or know too much about my great grandmother Georgianna so when I have documents with her name on it I get happy. Above is Georgianna and her mother, my great great grandmother Minnie Belle listed in the Birmingham,AL 1915 city directory.

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