Documenting Your Life Series – Question/Prompt 2

I was thrilled by the responses my new newsletter feature, Documenting Your Life. It is reassuring that many of  you are interested in family history and genealogy and ready to document your life along with the work you do researching the past.  This will be a continuing feature of my newsletter and here on my blog, but you can jump in at any time you are ready with the questions.

This week my husband and I entertained friends at our home and as they came into the foyer they noticed for the first time the antique chest that dominates the space. To be honest, I think they have always come through the garage in the past and never the front door!  As I told them the story of the chest, I was reminded how special it is and I decided I wanted to share it with you too.

The “brush chest” is a beautifully plain piece of handmade furniture. Made when there were no power tools, it is velvety smooth with a rich patina. It was made for my Great Great Grandmother, when she was a teenager, by her uncle in exchange for “picking brush” on his farm an entire summer. I am sure that she worked very hard for the chest and she treasured it and gave it to her daughter, who gave it to my mother, and now it is mine.

1859 brush chest
To create this layout, I used my Summer Afternoon Collection  – available at theStudio

I wish I knew more about the first owner of the chest. She left no diary or letters that I know of. I would treasure a journal like the one I have started. I know the value to my children and grandchildren and future generations to have my story in my words.

Question/Prompt Two:
Where were you born? How long did you remain there? What is the town/city/region known for?

Here is a wonderful layout made by Patricia based on Question 2, Pat has a terrific talent for story telling as well as her artistic flair!


For her layout she used The Garden Gate – my collab with Jill (aka Jilbert Bits of Bytes) available at theStudio and MyMemories!

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