Thursday, November 29, 2018
When young, this recent Reynolds relative resided Florida with Mae Danielsen Williams and her two children, Donald & Muriel. She also remembered Chris & "Mame" Danielsen from her childhood. I would love to telephone this new relative and converse about these memories - but I've had laryngitis for a month so that will have to wait.
Family history passed down said Kristian Danielsen and Mary Reynolds met while working on an estate. Over the years I found no sign of that, and had pretty much dismissed it. Until today!
I recently "met" online, via a DNA match on My Heritage, a descendant of my Reynolds family. This person informed me today that her great-great-grandmother [who I believe would be the mother of Mary Reynolds], ran a boarding house on an estate in the Bronx, where her husband was foreman. How likely would it be that her daughter Mary would work there? If that part is true, it is just as likely that Kris Danielsen also worked there, and that they did indeed meet while being employed at an estate.
I am waiting to hear if any names are known, either of the owner or of the estate itself.
Unbelievable. It's been about 40 years since I first heard this particular family story, and this is the very first mention that it could have any basis in truth.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Yesterday Raymond Danielsen passed away at age 77. He was the son of Christian Danielsen, and grandson of our immigrant ancestor Kristian Danielsen. He was the oldest living member of that branch of the Danielsen family.
I first contacted Ray and Grace by mail many years ago - probably 20 to 25 years ago. We wrote back and forth a time or two about the family genealogy, then lost track of each other until he contacted me by email around 2008. We stayed in sporadic contact ever since and shared what we could about the Danielsen history. We never met in person.
Ray was spared some of the family drama as a child as he was confined with rheumatic fever for some time. When he was well enough, he spent summers safely at his maternal aunt's home until age 17 or 18. He married at age 21 and he and his wife were taken in by her family, which was a large and loving one.
You can get a feeling for a person after years of corresponding. My impression of Ray was a large but gentle man, successful, talented, to whom family was all-important. He greatly enjoyed exploring and learning more of his Norwegian roots. And after 50 years of marriage, I know he missed his wife, Grace, who passed away in 2008. They are now reunited. Rest in peace, Ray.