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27 June 2004

Heather: How fascinating. One son was sober and the other son was comical, and one daughter was quiet and the other daughter was comical. What were the names of Grandma’s other siblings?

Audrey: Susan, Margaret, Rachel, Eben and Walter. Rachel was the youngest and Susan, who did all the sewing, was the oldest, I think. Walter was sickly and I think he died when he was young. He was always sitting in his rocking chair and I think he died in that rocking chair. He probably had some kind of disease like infantile paralysis.

27 June 2004

Heather: Didn’t Rachel come to live with Grandma? I remember her.

Audrey: Yes,  until she moved back to the city where she died. (Anna Jane’s family was growing and she needed more space in Gramma’s house.) Rachel was the youngest daughter and she was serious and everything had to be just right. She sold silk stockings (at the Outlet, a department store in Providence) so everything was proper in her space. There were long stockings and garters and long stockings with seams down the back. She married Walter, a comical man who was so funny and smart. He had something to say about everything. He died long before she did.

28 August 2004

Heather: Mother, that is so sad to hear about a child who dies. In Grandma’s family, she had four sisters Margaret, Martha, Susan and Rachel, and two brothers, Eben (short for Ebenezer) and Walter. Didn’t Walter die young?

Audrey: Yes, Walter was small and always in a rocking chair. He died as a child.* Well, Heather, my arm is getting tired.

*Is this accurate? give other sources recording Walter living to adulthood.

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