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In honor of International Women’s Day

Raised by the women who are stronger than you know
A patchwork quilt of memory only women could have sewn
The threads were stitched by family hands, protected from the moth
By your mother and her mother, the weavers of your cloth.

— Mary Chapin Carpenter, Family Hands

Today is International Women’s Day — a day to celebrate the achievements of women around the world.

And in recognition of this day, The Legal Genealogist chooses to celebrate the women in her direct maternal line.

My mother Hazel Irene Cottrell Geissler born TX 21 Mar 1926, died VA 23 Apr 1999

My mother
Hazel Irene Cottrell Geissler
born TX 21 Mar 1926, died VA 23 Apr 1999

My grandmother Opal Eileen Robertson Cottrell born TX 21 Aug 1898, died VA 15 Mar 1995

My grandmother
Opal Eileen Robertson Cottrell
born TX 21 Aug 1898, died VA 15 Mar 1995

My great grandmotherEula Baird Livingston Robertsonborn AL 24 Oct 1869, died VA 13 Mar 1954

My great grandmother
Eula Baird Livingston Robertson
born AL 24 Oct 1869, died VA 13 Mar 1954

My great great grandmotherMartha Louise Shew Baird Livingstonborn AL 24 Oct 1869, died VA 13 Mar 1954

My great great grandmother
Martha Louise Shew Baird Livingston
born AL cFeb 1855, died NM 9 Apr 1909

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