My second great-grandfather, Philipp Fabry, born in 1863, wrote this story for Christmas 1923. It tells a remarkable, beautiful story. The Story of the Christmas Bell As a heavy iron plate I was loaded onto a smokey cargo train in Westphalia that took me to Offenbach on Main. There, I was driven from the station … More Armistice Day: The Story of the Christmas Bell
After telling you a lot about my four-times-great-grandmother, Fanny, I’d like to talk about her husband, Hugo, who was born in 1830. He remarried after his wife passed away, I don’t know the exact date, but he was probably in his early 50s. His second wife was called Christine, and with her he had another … More My Dear Hugo!
Meet Fanny Katharina Friederike, my great-grandmother’s great-grandmother. She was born in 1827 to a schoolteacher and his wife and is therefore likely to have been a middle-class woman. She grew up, married at the age of 25 and later still lived in Hessia, Germany, to an age of 50 when she died of pneumonia. Fanny … More Revealing Fanny
Leafing through an ancient photo album, I hit upon an old wedding photo, probably from around 1914. The party are ancestors of my great-grandpa’s, including his ma (who was a grinning child then), a few of his aunts and uncles and his grandparents. It was the wedding of his aunt Anna. Being a lover of … More Undermining Strapless Wedding Gowns