Monday Wash Day: An Experiment

It seems that every person I’ve talked to about doing laundry the old-fashioned way said that their Mama did it on Monday. To me, that is a crummy way to start the week. My papaw Wes said his mother was always hateful on wash day. I always answer him, “No wonder!”. I really wanted toContinue reading “Monday Wash Day: An Experiment”

Levi Perry and Minerva Headrick Abbott- A Lasting Legacy

I have always been very interested in family history. Even when I was a little girl, I loved looking at old photos and learning the names of my ancestors. There was always an old photo of my paternal great-great grandparents in our downstairs bedroom and I was sort of fascinated by it. Their names wereContinue reading “Levi Perry and Minerva Headrick Abbott- A Lasting Legacy”

“Blind” Dan and Margaret Headrick: A Founding Family of Tuckaleechee Cove

The first time I saw a picture of my great-great-great grandparents, my heart did a little flip-flop because the big photo was so eerie. My 3x great-grandpa, Blind Dan Headrick, looked ghostly—partly because his eyes were “blind”, possibly from cataracts. I had heard my whole life from my Grandpa Don Abbott that when he wouldContinue reading ““Blind” Dan and Margaret Headrick: A Founding Family of Tuckaleechee Cove”

Minnie Grindstaff: Quiet Strength

If my great-grandmother Grindstaff were still alive, she probably would be a little hesitant if I asked to write a story about her. She’d probably just softly smile and nod. But, Minnie Grindstaff is a story that needs to be told. I, her great-granddaughter, will try to do her justice. Minnie Keller was born onContinue reading “Minnie Grindstaff: Quiet Strength”

Nina Abbott: Townsend’s Teacher

My first Whispers of the Past story will be on my great-great Aunt Nina Abbott. I’ve titled this post Aunt Nina, because this is what everyone in my family called her. She was unmarried and had no children. But she had plenty of nieces and nephews, cousins, and students. I guess if she wasn’t AuntContinue reading “Nina Abbott: Townsend’s Teacher”