St. Patrick's Day


Today we all pause to celebrate our Irish heritage, be it real or imaginary.  

A school photo with my grandfather, Lallie, on the far right, bottom row.  His sister, Mae, is dead center, front row.  She is the only surviving member of their family.   How about that kid with the BB gun?!  


I'm glad to say that I seem to have plenty of Irish lineage scattered through the generations.  

My great-grandparents, Jim and Tamar.  Parents of My grandmother Lucille.  




Folks who lived hard lives farming tobacco in this part of Kentucky.  

My grandmother,  Lucille, as a young girl.  She is still living in her eighties.  In her youth she had blond hair with pale blue eyes.  Her hair went jet black, as she aged, and the pale blue eyes remained.  



Who served their country and returned to this small town to continue the family legacy.  

My grandfather, Lallie, as a serviceman in WWII.  


Who became parents, grandparents, and special ladies who sewed my clothes and made matching clothes for my dolls, with the scraps.  


My grandmother  Lucille, as a young woman.  


"If you're Irish it doesn't matter where you go - you'll find family."  

Victoria Smurfit  




Comments

  1. Wonderful to see these old photos of your Irish heritage. Happy St Patrick's Day.

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  2. What wonderful keepsakes of your family. Lallie what a beautiful name too. Happy St. Paddy's Day!

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  3. Hi Michelle, You know I love old stuff ... like to call it "vintage" ... :-) ... these photos are great! May the luck of the Irish be with you today. John

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  4. Hi Michelle, what wonderful pictures you have, a real treasure. Irish Blessings Francine.

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  5. What a treasure, to have these old family photos in your possession! I love old photos like these!

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  6. sweet old photos and good memories.

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  7. These pictures are fantastic! I have some Irish heritage as well.

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  8. Thank you for sharing the photos and a good chance to re-live memories for you.

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  9. wonderful memories from the past.

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  10. Happy St Patrick's Day to you!

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  11. Wonderful photos of your family. I'm descended from Scots/Irish - my grandfather was a MacAlister. My sister was born with red hair and freckles. We might be related! LOL! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. Love all the family photos! What treasures! That last quote is pretty true!

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  13. a sweet tribute to all of your Irish ancestors. thanks for sharing the photos...
    Blessings to you ..

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  14. Lots of girls, not so many boys but yes oh my, a gun! Lovely photos and beautiful people. My grandmother did the same for me, I still have a few of the dolls clothes she sewed!

    Sláinte!

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  15. Great memories, almost history!

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  16. A great tribute to your Irish roots! And I love the kid with the BB gun in the school pic. My, times have changed!!

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  17. wow, your grandfather from WWII ... I am whistling ... what a handsome man. toot toot!! I have Irish on my Mom side. German on my Dad's. I love celebrating. ( :

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  18. Happy Patrick's Day - thank you so much for sharing the excellent family views . .

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  19. Fantastic photos- and a wonderful tribute to the Irish genes in your family! I have little to none- but my husband has quite a bit.

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  20. I agree a wonderful tribute to your Irish roots...One handsome family...so nice to have all that history...Happy St. Patrick's Day...

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  21. Great tribute to your Irish heritage.

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  22. These are such beautiful photographs.

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  23. Enjoyed your family photos very much. Happy St. Paddy's Day to you!

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  24. What a wonderful walk down memory lane!

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  25. Your top photo of the young folks is a wonderful photo for your genealogy memories. Old family photos are priceless.. Agree that you meet up with Irish family wherever your go, as your quote implies. My dad was full Irish stock that played the old Irish tunes often on the radio. He loved his heritage. And we all loved him.Nice post. -- barbara

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  26. German Irish here. Irish on my moms side and German on my dads. Jelico, TN (KY) and Cherokee, NC in the same order. There is a street with the family name (Duncan) in Jelico as was typically done in those days of small towns. I'm the only member north of the Mason Dixon line.

    Bottom line We can celebrate St. Patty's day and Octoberfests every year and not feel guilty.

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  27. oh i enjoyed this post, love those old photographs...i have a little irish ancestry as well...my maternal grandmother was irish...i haven't researched it much...should try and work on that line!

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  28. Such beautiful ancestors - I can see the Irish in their faces. So nice that you have all of these wonderful photos.

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  29. I really love this post! What wonderful photos you have of your family, and how awesome to be able to count so many Irish ancestors!

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  30. Hi Michelle . . . love old family photographs and researching family tree . . . git back to about 1600 on part of mine . . . but stuck on other parts at 1750. Your lady ancestors are very pretty . . . :)

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  31. I love seeing old photos like that and imagining how every day life was different back then.I've recently traced our roots and came up with some amazing photos that I've never seen before.

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