I have a GG Grandmother, Arminta Williams, on my maternal line that has always been an inspiration to me. She labored with her husband, Thomas, and children to eek out an existence on a farm on the Western Frontier. While the endurance and perseverance is awe-inspiring, she went above and beyond her circumstances. The family story that has been passed on says that she never turned an orphan away, either for a meal or a home.
The family story also reported her to have lived to be 102yrs old. However, I didn’t know where they lived or when she died. Looking for a family that consistently had extra children in the house helped me identify them in censuses and unlock their genealogy. She and Thomas took in the first foster child just 3 yrs in to their marriage. At one point, they had 3 foster children living with them. I have yet to locate any legal adoption papers, just children listed in their household as “servant” “laborer” or just “visitor”. I learned that Thomas went blind at a rather young age and that Arminta died the same year my father was born – just a few months short of being 102 yrs old.
Family Pursuit now offers the ability to share this story as well as documentation with my entire family. I have one photo of Arminta, sitting in a wheelchair with a corncob pipe between her lips, surrounded by numerous descendants and foster children. I can attach this photo to Arminta’s story and her Individual profile in my Private Tree and provide a means for all her descendants to know of her generosity and love for others and her tenacity throughout life.