Annie’s Children

Annie Eliza Baker (1845-1927), center front, and her three children:
William Nelson Hamblin (1883-1958), Amanda Eliza Hamblin (1879-1966),
and Benjamin Francis Hamblin (1873-1955).

Annie is my 2nd-great-grandmother and her daughter, standing behind her, Amanda, is my great-grandmother, who died when I was 9 years old. I adored my great-grandmother. She was the one adult who seemed to understand my baby doll was “real.” She once admonished me for leaving the baby too close to the edge of the couch where she could easily fall off.

My cousin sent me this picture recently and now I can picture what my great-grandmother looked like as a young woman. Two women in my direct maternal line.

Annie and Amanda both married sea captains. Sadly Annie’s husband died a month and a half before their last child William was born. And their first son died when he was only 11 days old. Annie never remarried.

The biographical sketch I wrote about this family can be found here: A Sea Captain.

11 thoughts on “Annie’s Children”

    1. Thanks, Sheryl. I keep looking at those stiff high collars and wondering how constricting they must have felt…

  1. How lovely to be able to see a photo of your gt-grandmother. I have only a few of mine (my paternal grandmother’s mother), and none are of her younger than about fifty or sixty. She died when I was about 2 or 3 so I have no memories of her.

    1. Sometimes I realize how lucky I was to know my great-grandparents. Current health problems aside, I often wonder if I will live long enough to meet a great-grandchild of my own! Do you have any pictures of you and your great-grandmother together, even if you weren’t old enough to remember?

      1. Yes and no. I’ve a photo of her with my mother (her daughter-in-law) present and at the time mum was pregnant with me! I believe I arrived the following month.

        I do hope you get to meet a great-grandchild. Hugs.

    1. Hi Tracy! 🙂 That means we are third cousins. Are you descended from his son Gordon or from his son Francis? I don’t know anything about their descendants but my grandmother used to talk about her cousins Gordon and Francis often.

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