I thought of three heirlooms that have come down to me from my great-grandfather, Abel Perminter Lynch, who was born in Rutherford County, North Carolina on 13 January 1859. They are: a prayer book, a pen, and a wonderful tin box, which, according to family lore, once held cash that his father buried for safekeeping during the civil war.
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For those who are interested, I used three of Kim's beautiful textures on this image: "canvas back" (color burn @54%), "warm grunge" (overlay @ 60%), and "pourvous" (overlay @100%). I happen to like the warm color and distressed, vintage look you get with a heavy hand on the textures, although some might think it is overdone. I'm curious -- am I alone in this?
Back to Abel.... Here he is with his twin daughters, Eileen and Kathleen. My grandmother was Kathleen, and I don't know which one she is in this picture since they were identical twins.
For years, my great-aunt Eileen wanted to be on the "What's My Line" TV show. Her line was that she was the middle child: her brother was 25 years older than she was, and her sister was 25 minutes younger....
I made this wall hanging for my grandmother a year or so before she died. She and her twin sister (or "sin twister") were very close, as you might expect, and in typical twin fashion, dressed alike, had their children days apart, often even bought the same furniture without knowing that the other had done the same. Both were very active in international causes (in fact, a faculty office at the Johns Hopkins University's Bologna Center is named for them) and they both loved family history. My grandmother was my genealogy buddy and inspiration, and I miss her.