|Family and friends gather to celebrate the wedding of my grandparents.|
After a family member requested I not post my original Sepia Saturday Wedding Story, I frantically pored through stacks of old photos to see if I had anything else to offer. I came across the above photo that seemed to be indicative of my confusion regarding my mother’s side of the family. The bride and groom, Harold (for some reason everyone called him Brix) Sundberg and Myrtle Richards, my grandparents, were married on 12 August 1925 and thus began the tangled web of family tree branches, entwined in such a jumble that even today, my mother, who grew up within earshot of these relatives, still does not know how her contemporaries, much less the offspring, are related. It seemed appropriate I write one of my famously silly rhymes to illustrate the confusion of it all.
Just HOW Are We Related?
A Superior Street family was busy in their house,
Their only daughter, preparing to marry her spouse.
Her parents from England were a likely pair,
Stories, recipes, and culture, they would share.
These families from Cornwall boasted many surnames,
Millman, Richards, and Simons were some of their claims.
Ignoring tradition, Myrtle married a Swede,
A handsome guy, Brix, all the Cornish agreed.
The bride’s cousin, once removed, of the Simons clan,
Stood at the wedding as the couple’s best man.
The groom’s Swedish first cousin stood for the bride,
But there’s more to this story – you will need a guide!
The bride and groom’s cousins were husband and wife,
Making for a confusing and intertwined life!
At parties and family gatherings by the Christmas tree,
I only knew these people were, somehow, “related” to me.
Am I a great aunt or cousin twice removed?
What term is correct and genealogy approved?
But, in the end does it matter if the relationships are clear?It’s the love and lasting memories that we hold so dear.
|A memento of the wedding day. Note the signatures of my grandfather's first cousin, Inez, and grandmother's cousin, once removed, Clayton.|