Monday, September 28, 2009

Great Grandma Saunders

This is my Granny Farley's mom. She didn't talk about her much. She was embarrassed about her. Apparently she was a loose woman who liked to hang around beer joints. I was also told she was half Cherokee Indian. But it seems to me everybody around here has a 1/2 Cherokee grandma, so I don't know about that one.

She died when Granny was 5 years old. She had 5 kids by 5 different men. Their names were Sherman, Thernie, Bernie, Anna and Edna.(not necessarily in order of their birth) Granny and Edna (ages 5 and 3) wandered around Southern West Virginia begging for a place to stay for their entire childhoods. This was during the depression. Granny always spoke about a black woman from Hart's Creek with great fondness. She kept them longer than anybody. Even though they had to work hard for their keep (gardening, cleaning, canning) the woman was good to them and that was not always the case with people they stayed with.

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