My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Blog, An Obituary, and A Little 1892 Dress

The darling child’s dress has an unusual story, especially since I hadn't heard of the owner’s name until recently; she was my first cousin 3x removed. Both the full name and dress information came to me from ladies who took the time to write, within five days of each other!

It all began with an email from Carol M. who read an obituary I posted, and knew I had a connection to her husband’s family. Carol’s information was totally new to me. My posted blog was an obituary of George Sanger Poole, and as was often common, years ago, it didn’t state the names of his three children. Carol provided me the married name of his daughter.  Five days later, Sheila, of Robins in the Trundle Bed left a comment at the blog stating, "Hello! I recently purchased a lovely hand made child's dress that had a provenance attached to it. I found your blog as I was researching the Poole family." I then thought, "that dress was made by the grandmother of Carol's husband!"

The following week was spent researching the family and Carol was busy sharing other information with me pertaining to different family members. She sent me a scanned copy of Mrs. George S. Poole's obituary, shown below. (The original newspaper copy, which was glued to a piece of paper.)

Photos of the dress were taken by either Sheila or her twin sister, Sherrill. Please enjoy their antique shop's blog site, Robins in the Trundle Bed

I am glad to be the distant cousin of the little girl (wearer of the dress), and I posted her father's obituary for others to find. If the two ladies hadn’t written, I wouldn’t have known the little girl's name, and they wouldn’t have had more information either. We all benefited.
Buttons are embroidered!
"Made by my mother -(Mrs. George S. Poole) about 1892 for me (aged 11)"
I wonder why Edith documented her dress.

Obituary of the mother who made the dress for her daughter,
Edith Poole Merriman.

"Mrs. George S. Poole

Mrs. Sarah Poor Poole, widow of George S. Poole, who was president of the Warren Institution for Savings, died Tuesday at her home at 9 Washington ave. Mrs. Poole was born in Peabody, May 5, 1850, the daughter of Franklin Osborne and Nancy Poor Jacobs. She was a graduate of Abbott academy in Andover and throughout her life had been much interested in the affairs of that school.
Mrs. Poole was a resident of Mt. Vernon st., Somerville, for 40 years and had been a summer resident of Marblehead neck for more than 50 years. She was a member of and for many years active in the affairs of Winthrop church, Charlestown. Mrs. Poole leaves three children, Franklin Osborn Poole, librarian of the Bar association of New York ; Mrs. Edith Poole Merriman of this city and Irving Poole of Arlington and nine grandchildren.
The funeral was held Thursday morning at the Blake Memorial chapel, Rev. R. E. Bailey officiating. The interment was in Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem."

POOLE--Aug. 26, Sarah Poor Osborn, widow of George S. Poole, age 80 years, at her home, 9 Washington av., Cambridge, Mass. Funeral service at the Blake Memorial Chapel, at Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 28, at 11 a. m. The family requests that no flowers be sent.

The Ultimate Volunteer -- My Mother -- Sunday Obituary

Thursday, April 26, 1990 (My mother died April 16, 1990)
The Beacon (Acton, MA)

"'The Ultimate Volunteer' leaves behind smiles, warm memories

Acton -- 
Jane Poole was not the type of person to sit home and knit sweaters after she retired. She was always moving -- athletic, giving, involved in her community. It was not unusual to spot Poole out on her bike, tooling around town doing errands, going to aerobics classes, organizing social events.

She died April 16 of a heart attack, at the age of 70, doing what she loved, leading a group of bicyclists on an annual Patriot's Day bike ride in Lincoln [sic] (should be Lexington).

Poole, a retired Westford kindergarten teacher, was an active member of the Nashoba Valley Pedalers, a group of bicyclists who go on monthly trips all over the state. She also contributed her boundless energies to the American Association for Retired People, the Concord Piecemakers (a quilting group) and the First Parish Unitarian Church in Chelmsford, among other organizations.

A mother of three, Poole will be missed by the many diverse groups who knew her. 'She was the ultimate volunteer,' said Jean James, a fellow pedaler and friend of Poole's for over 10 years. 'She wasn't willing to become inactive. She definitely wanted to stay active for as long as she could.' Poole did nothing halfway, putting 100 percent of herself into any project. When she decided to start biking during the gas crisis of 1973, she didn't stop at a few miles a day. She averaged 350 miles a month at one point in her bicycling career, logging several 100 mile day trips with her fellow bikers.

She even went overseas, making several European biking trips including one 2 years ago to the Soviet Union.

While Jane Poole was always an outdoor person, her daughters said they don't remember her as an avid athlete while they were growing up They do remember the tireless giving of her time to such things as girl scouts, the church and making crafts for charity fairs.

The taught kindergarten at the Robinson School in Westford for 15 years, and later was a substitute teacher for the Acton school systems in her semi-retirement. 'She was a friendly, giving person. She was the type of person that if her students didn't have bags to carry their books in, she would have them make book bags.'

Poole grew up in New York City and went to Skidmore College for a degree in textiles. She received her master's in education from Northeastern.

She also devoted time to her alma mater, helping Skidmore alumni club organize a reunion of the class of 1942. 'She was always a great planner, always looking ahead.'

Donations in Poole's memory can be made to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, suite 300, 1400 Sixteenth St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.

Poole worked hard in her life to turn the railroad tracks which start in Lowell and go through Chelmsford, Westford, Carlisle, Acton, Concord and Sudbury, into a bike path. Her daughters said they will be working with a lawyer to ensure any donations made in Poole's memory will go to the Lowell-Sudbury bike path."

Note: She was planning a bike trip in France just 6 weeks before her death. She also biked in China, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, England and many states in the United States.

The above mentioned bike trail opened almost two years ago. More than 19 years after death! Had she still be alive, she probably would have ridden on it at age 90.

I wrote about her in my Fearless Females Blog  --  Tragic or Unexpected Deaths last year in March.