Fearless Females Challenge: March 6 – Heirlooms

The following post continues the month long Fearless Females Challenge by Lisa Alzo, author of The Accidental Genealogist blog, which is focused on “celebrating and honoring ‘fearless females’ in our family trees” to mark National Women’s History Month, which is the month of March, with a post responding to unique prompts for each day of the month.

Prompt for March 6 — Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor (wedding ring or other jewelry, china, clothing, etc.) If you don’t have any, then write about a specific object you remember from your mother or grandmother, or aunt (a scarf, a hat, cooking utensil, furniture, etc.).

There are many heirlooms spread around various members of my family, many of which have been handed down from female ancestors. My parents has the flatware of my paternal great grandmother, Alice Lucretia (Wellin-Lapham) Graber (1916-1985), which I’m told belonged to her mother, Lois Beatrice (Agee) Wellin (1897-1983). They also have my paternal grandmother’s china. My Mother has several heirlooms that belonged to my 2nd great grandmother, Julia (Molnar) Balla (1885-1962). These include a small diamond and sapphire broach, a pair of earrings (which her daughter, my great grandmother, Irene, wore all the time), and a pair of her eye glasses. The following photo shows Julia wearing the earrings and the eye glasses.

Julia Balla with two of her Grandchildren
Julia Balla with two of her Grandchildren
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