**My mother’s 5 brothers and 6 sisters and her mother in June ’04**
I got a strange desire to look up my family history today. Now… I grew up Mormon (LDS) so family history was always important and in the forefront of many discussions. The farthest I’ve gone was to my great great grandparents on either side. I decided to look into records again and found this:
the Cleggs are from Lancashire, England (1659)Link for Clegg’s is to Clegg Hall in Lancashire which was built by Theophilus Ashtonwhich looks like he could be another ancestor. (cousin) and the Reid’s are from Down Co, Ireland.
On my Father’s mother’s side of the family I could only find her parents who were The Stanworths and Tanners who were from Burnley, England and Newton, England respectively.
I may get a chance to visit Drumbo and Balleylesson in Down, Co and the church where a few of my Reid ancestors where married, while I’m in Ireland this October as well as Wales since I have a good friend living there.
More than the gods, more than the land spirits, more than any spiritual figure in history my connection to my ancestors makes the biggest impact on me today. I feel it is not just blood that relates us. Although I know little about most of these people I know them more than perhaps I know myself.
I lost my maternal grandparents recently. I was so close to my grandmother since she was my nurse when I was a baby ( I was born 3 months premature and she was the one that received me into this world.) After her death I felt a huge gap in my connection to my heritage.
I am almost closer to my paternal grandmother who is still living and as I’ve said before she really instilled a love of the arts and nature in me. When she dies I fear my heart will break greatly.
Based on experiences during Samhain and dreams I’ve had recently I know that our ancestors are with us and ‘checking in’ on us everyday. It’s nice to know more names and now geographical history and maybe I can keep adding to the puzzle.