I wanted to share this family photo of my grandparents with the community. Location: Paw Creek, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Date: 23 Apr 1987.
If you've read my bio or my posts here, you've frequently heard me mention my grandparents, Ralph and Reamer Neal Underwood, and I just wanted to share one of their pics and about their influence on my taking up the hobby of genealogy.
These were the two people most responsible for my interest in genealogy. I grew up across the pasture from them in Paw Creek, and my earliest memories include them. From my childhood, they told me the stories of their ancestors and relatives and took me to many of the cemeteries where their folks were buried. As we cared for the gravestones, they told me about all the folks buried nearby, pointing out how they were related to this person or that person, and what they remembered about them (or what they were told).
They also shared stories behind items they owned, many of which I own, including Civil War letters which Grandpa inherited from his mother. I have Granny's father's pocket watch. I was given all the family Bibles on both sides, one belonging to Grandpa's grandfather, William A. Lawing, published in 1820.
The house in the background was built in 1901 by Granny's father, George James Luther Neal, with the help of his cousin, Jacob Sidney Underwod, Grandpa's father. The house still stands, one of the few old houses left in the neighborhood, and as Charlotte expands it may not last much longer.
The occasion of this pic was my Grandpa's 90th birthday celebration. He lived nearly another seven years. Granny lived another nine.
I've not finished Grandpa's bio yet, but getting there. Granny's is next.
Most beloved of my ancestors, Granny and Grandpa!
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