Robert McNutt died this morning at 5:30 A.M. Jan. 19, 1981. —Violet's husband.
See the first post in this series.
Robert Vivian McNutt was married to Lillian's sister, Violet Ellen Wakefield. Violet had predeceased her husband in 1975. Robert was born 16 September 1897 to Alvin Taylor McNutt and Lucinda Smith. He and Violet had three sons: William Edward, Clair Everett "Rusty", and Glee Lee. Robert was 83 when he died.
I can remember a few events prior to 2001 that caused me to become a news junkie for a few days or hours. The first was watching the LAPD chase a white Bronco. It was 1994 and I was 7 years old. It's a very brief, but notable memory. The week that both Princess Diana and Mother Teresa died was another. I remember watching Princess Di's funeral and feeling like I had lost my princess. These events affected me, but September 11, 2001 was on another level. I was older, it happened on my soil, in my state, and presented a very real threat. I was in my 9th grade AP Biology class when they made the announcement over the school's PA system. By then I think both towers had been hit. When we finally went home, I watched all the news coverage I could. Like a lot of us did. But until a few days ago, I had no real connection to the tragedy. I had no face to connect to the names read every year. As I was working to add one of my Ancestry DNA matches to my tree, I discovered that this particular match had a sister who was working at 2 World Trade Center on the 89th floor that fateful day. Her name was Mary Lou Hague and she is my 6th cousin. When I watch the documentaries or hear the names being read aloud, I know that I don't just share a human bond but a familial one, however distant, with at least one of the souls taken from us that day.
Born: 7 Oct 1974 in Parkersburg, West Virginia
Died: 11 Sep 2001 in Manhattan, New York
CNN 9/11 Memorial
NY Times Profile
9/11 Memorial Blog Post
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods 9/11 Memorial
Mary Lou and I share 5th great-grandparents, Adam Deem and Catherine Foughty. Adam Deem was born 10 Jan 1757 in Hagerstown, Maryland to Johannes Adam Diehm and Anna Christine Laudenclos. He married Catherine Foughty, daughter of Philip Foughty. She was born c. 1761 in Lewis, West Virginia and died c. 1850 near Goose Creek in West Virginia.
Sacred Sunday posts highlight the churches, Reverends, historical movements, holy days, and religious documents that have helped shape my Family.
So it's been awhile since my last post. We were still in the middle of the longest winter of my life (or so it seemed) when my long hiatus began, and now that I've returned, summer is coming to a close (as much as that hurts my heart to say.) Between having to replace my computer, helping to plan a family wedding, working two jobs, and the World Cup, the habit of blogging (which had barely begun to be a habit) was disrupted. But now I'm back.
In our family lives, especially when travel took much longer, people, not just habits, sometimes go on hiatus. Things like war, opportunities, work, and leisure could take a member (or members) of a family away from the home for long periods of time. My 2nd great-grandfather, Jeremiah Monroe Deem, went on many such hiatuses. The one I want to explore today became permanent. (Nothing like returning on a happy note . . . )
Every family historian inevitably hits a brick wall at some point in their research. Often early. The paper trail eventually runs out one way or another. We know the line has to end somewhere, but we're still pretty pissed when it does. Like they couldn't take the time to paint their lineage on the cave they were living in?? C'mon, cave people. Actually, I'm pretty happy (or mostly happy) if I can get one ancestor across the ocean. But early brick walls just suck.
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