Sunday, April 15, 2012

Elliott Family Photos...my Family

Unless any of you have read my previous posts where I talked about myself...basically, to give you all an idea of me...the author of this blog, perhaps these photos may not make much sense, so I will take a few moments to tell you all a little more about myself so that this post will have more impact, perhaps.

I was born in Montreal in 1956...an only child.  You see, my mother had four miscarriages before I was born, then she had a baby boy in 1950.  However, that dear baby, Richard, who would have been my brother, died at the tender age of 7 months...of bronchial pneumonia.  So...this is how I ended up being an only child.  I was only 5 lbs 8 ounces when I was born, very little and fragile...but thanks to God, the doctors and my parents, I am here today.  To be honest, I cannot find any of my childhood photos except for one, which I will share in another post at a later time.  I know that there was a fire when I was a child, so perhaps this is how many of the photos got destroyed and/or lost.  

I am sharing a few photos here with you today.  The first one is of my father taken in 1939, at the onset of WWII.  Although he was a Canadian, (born in Montreal in 1919 and died in 1984 in Montreal at the age of 64), his parents were born in Kent, England...he went to visit England in 1939 and was there when the war broke out, so he joined the Royal Warwick Regiment in Dartford, Kent, where his father was born.  My father was a very kind and loving soul.  Although he became a prisoner of war and sadly, quite early in WWII, he was able to forgive his captors of the cruelty he suffered at their hands.  My father, Albert William Elliott, was born in Montreal on December 19, 1919.



This next photo is of my father and his father...a grandfather that I did not get to know, as he died a year before I was born.  From what my father told me, he was a very stern man.  I really don't know too much else about him.  His name was Arthur James Elliott.  My father's mother, Adelaide Philpott, died when my father was only 8 years old.

This next photo is of my parents, Albert William Elliott and Mary Evelyn Ryan.  I don't have a date as to when this was taken, but it was definitely before I was born, so probably in the 1940's after the war.  
My mother was born in Montreal in 1915...and died here in 1983, just a year before my father died.

Next are two photos of Richard...born June, 1950, died January, 1951...bronchial pneumonia.  



Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, and for your continued visits...I really appreciate you all!  Please feel free to share your thoughts by clicking on the "comments" button at the end of my post.

14 comments:

  1. Love old photos, including other people's families!

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  2. Linda it's great to see old photograph's. It's a sad story that your family was not lucky with there health. Still I hope you are a lucky girl.
    gr. marijke

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  3. A good family recollection, brilliant post.

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  4. I enjoy reading biographies and writing my own so this post was very interesting for me. It was sad for you and your parents to lose your brother especially after your mum had trouble with pregnancies. Your parents died young that must have been sad for you.

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  5. You and I are one year apart! You have shared some treasured photos here today. A blog is a great way to protect/share the info for others. Little Richard was a beautiful baby...so sad. My Aunt Mildred died of pneumonia at the age of 20 in 1939, just before penicillin.

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  6. Hello, Linda. Thank you for shsring your lovely photos. It's so sad how many children died in those days and it is important that people know about this. The memories must be treasured but also painful for you. x

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  7. It is truly amazing how many families were touched by the war! And also how far health care has come. It is amazing that he was able to forgive his captors. It's easy to say that is what we are called to do, but harder to actually do it. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Thanks, Linda, for sharing these photos and the family info. I have scanned many old family photos and like seeing the family photos od others.

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  9. The picture and story about your father really strike me, he must have been a strong,kind, and wonderful person. Your mom knew so much sorrow, so good that there are pictures of Richard, at last his image is preserved

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  10. Love the photos and learning a little about your family.

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  11. the pictures are wonderful Linda.. they are so elegant and dignified! Your father was a great Christian for walking the talk.. not easy to forgive as he did..he must have been a great man..to have that sorrow also of losing his mom at so young an age. God bless him & your whole family.. we shall see them all again..until then we know they are watching over us..as we think on them too xo hugs to u my friend

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  12. I lost a baby girl, seven months old in 1986 ... her name was Jennifer Rose ... Love, cat.

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  13. Wonderful family Linda.

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  14. very nice to see your family photos and so sad about your cute little babybrother - how adorable he looked in those photos. Thanks for sharing your history.

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