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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

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

And in recognition of that day and of the women in our families, here on this Family Saturday, The Legal Genealogist celebrates the women in her direct maternal line.

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

Opal Eileen Robertson Cottrell

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

Eula Baird Livingston Robertson

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

Martha Louise Shew Baird Livingston

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


Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “To the women…,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 9 Mar 2019).

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