Stories — Who Made Me?

My artist great-grandparents

Posted by Estyn Hulbert on

My artist great-grandparents

I'm still reeling from the discoveries I made last month about my ancestors. It's a little hard to know how to move on from there since there's so much more to learn and read about slavery and the sugar trade in the West Indies, but I'm committed to this project of exploring my family history and writing about new members of the family each month. This is probably a good time to draw a diagram to show who's who. This diagram only shows the relatives I've written about so far, and how they're connected to me, so some names and great chunks of...

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Who is lurking in my family tree?

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Who is lurking in my family tree?

Last month I figured out that I'm a 4th generation artist. I came across a photograph of my great-grandmother at her painting easel, and the legacy hit me. I decided to start a 12 month research and writing project about my family. I thought I would begin with my great-grandmother. My great-grandmother Dé's picture was what spurred me into this process.And since she's from that first generation of artists, it seemed like a good place to start.I asked my aunt Dilys to email me some photos of Dé, since I only had the one from the book. (Dilys is younger than...

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Who made me?

Posted by Estyn Hulbert on

Who made me?

Whenever the topic of my extended family comes up in conversation it doesn’t take long to confuse my friends. There’s a U-boat captain, a suffragette, and a whole bunch of missionaries. And there’s generation after generation moving back and forth across the globe, living in Scotland, India, France, Canada, Mexico, Barbados, Australia, the US… no wonder my friends are confused, I can barely keep track myself. Last year a biography of my grandfather, illustrator Garth Williams, was published. He is known for illustrating dozens of children's books, including Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and the Little House in the Prairie series.   When...

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