Monday, May 23, 2011
Visit With Cousin Daisy
This is a short video of my visit with my cousin Daisy Lewis Buckles, who lives in Johnson City, Tennessee. I didn't realize that Bill was taking this video (with his iPhone) while I was talking to my cousin Daisy.
Daisy has an interesting history. Her father, Isaac Lewis, was my great-grandfather. He was born in 1856. His first wife was my great-grandmother. After she died, Isaac married Daisy's mother, who was forty years younger than he was.
I met Daisy for the first time in 1994 when I first began researching my paternal family history. Up until that time I knew nothing about my father's grandparents. Daisy's brother, Aster Lewis (now deceased) showed me around and introduced me to cousins that I never knew about.
My father was born nearby Johnson City, Tennessee, right over the border in the hills of North Carolina. Yes, he was a hillbilly. My grandparents moved him (when he was ten years old) and his eight brothers (two more brothers were born after they moved North) to Pennsylvania to live and work on my grandmother's brother-in-law's farm. They were all starving during the Depression, that's why the family moved north, to survive. If they hadn't moved North, I would be here today and just imagine how the would be the less for that fact. Kidding!
Daisy is 86 now and in not in good health. I was glad that I had an opportunity to visit her. I'm glad Bill took this video so I can always remember the kind and gracious southern lady that is my Cousin Daisy.