Friday, August 17, 2012
About James Grover "Grove" Terwilliger, 1856-1929
Welcome to my first post about the Souvenirs Album put together by my maternal greatgrandfather, Grove TERWILLIGER.
I hope you enjoy exploring the pages and items as I write about them over the coming months. It is in terrible shape, as you can see by the photo on the right - I don't want to worsen it's condition by handling it in the heat of summer. Currently, it is carefully put away in a relatively dry place.
The photo shows Grove aged about 35-40 years old, I believe. His eyes appear quite light in this photo, so I might assume blue or blue-grey eyes.
Grove's 8-years' younger brother was Harry Reid Terwilliger, who also lived in New York. You'll find his marriage invitation as one of the cards in this album, along with many other friends and family members.
Grove's father, James M. TERWILLIGER (1825-1909), was active in politics, and the family appeared to live relatively well. Below and to the left is an undated photo of him, likely taken about 1880'ish. I am assuming that is his own writing as well, on the bottom of the photo - Jas. Terwilliger. I have no idea where this photo came from - you can see that it was removed from a stapled booklet at some point in time.
By the time it came to me, more or less by accident, the Album was not in good shape. In addition, it had some interesting items shoved into pages any old way. Quite disheartening actually. On the other hand, I immediately struck gold - finding an obituary of an unknown person made me wonder how he might be related. He turned out to be Grove's wife's mother's father! ORMSBEE - not a very common surname, and therefore a wonderful clue.
With so many wonderful - and weird - items in the Souvenirs Album, I decided to itemize all the items with as much information as I could find, for each page. Enjoy the journey with me as I go through the Album, page by page, item by item.
My other blog - Twigs and Trees - contains more personal genealogy posts - do check out the list of family Surnames which may be found there, on the first post in May 2012.