Great Great Great Aunt Concetta

The Bee is doing a big project for school that involves digging up family history. She is featuring my Mother as the subject. So she kindly asked my Mom to send her any photos and stories she had.

This was in the package we just got.


This is my Great-Grandfather’s Mother’s Sister.

I think that makes her my Great great great Aunt, Concetta.

We don’t know a whole lot about her, except that she married at 13 (in Italy), and had 19 children over the course of her lifetime. This picture was dated 1903.

My Mom said that she would always come over when my Mother was a child, and pinch her cheeks really hard. She didn’t speak a word of English.

I love finding connections to a world long gone. The wonderful stories that span generations help us hold the threads of our family chain together. I am so glad some of these stories are still alive to give to my children.

Do you have stories of your ancestors?

8 thoughts on “Great Great Great Aunt Concetta

  1. The only story I can remember is that no one knows the origins of my great grandfather (mom’s side). He was left at somebody else’s door in a basket when he was a little baby. I still met him (he died when I was about 7 or 8) and I have very lively memories of one of the best men I’ve ever known. He was kind, attentive, sweet and we all loved him.
    Oh, and my great great grandmother (dad’s side) had 24 children, and not a single birth of one child only. She always had twins, and triplets (is this word correct?). Most of them died though. I wish I knew more.

    1. WOW! those are wonderful stories, Magda!
      And 24 children??!! Goodness. I can’t imagine all those multiples running around!
      I can’t even remember my TWO girls’ names half of the time. LOL
      Oh yes…triplets is correct. But WOW.

  2. I can’t imagine having 19 children! My Great Grandparents were both deaf and dumb and had 8 children, my grandmother being the oldest. They lived way out in the country. when my grandmother was 7, they sent her to live with an aunt in the city where she could go to a school to learn to speak etc. she then went home to teach her siblings. I remember as a child my grandmother teaching me sign language.

        1. I was going to ask that too!! I believe that.
          Sometimes you just know.
          I can’t imagine not being able to communicate with words or songs.
          So much of our lives are filled with that.

  3. The person most talked about in our family history is my great- grandmother. I think she must have been wild! She had two children before she was married, worked as a maid, then had a furniture shop which went bankrupt, then she married and had another 5 children. She gave up work to become a politician, being one of the first women to be in the state’s parliament, debating rights for women. She was a socialist and her children had to walk on the 1st May parade (which my grandmother didn’t enjoy). My grandmother later worked as an au-pair girl for a relative of Karl Marx at the Cote d’Azur.

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