Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Serendipity

Completely by accident,
I learned that BYU has a scrapbook
my g-great-grandfather kept.
I spent an hour today taking 300 photos of
the articles and information he saved.
You can double-click on any photo
to get a closer look.William Driver emigrated to the US from England
in 1866. He opened
a successful drug store in Ogden.
The scrapbook had some ads for the store. He served all the people of Ogden...
He ran for various offices over the years,
and the scrapbook has many articles about
elections and meetings.
He did have enemies.
I loved this caricature and found it
fun that he put this article in his scrapbook.
William helped his brother Jesse
emigrate in 1875.
William returned to England as a missionary in 1879.
In addition to losing this son, he and his wife Charlotte
lost 10 other children. Seven survived to adulthood.
William used this ticket on his return across the US in 1880.
There is no question my father is
a descendant of this man!

5 comments:

  1. How amazing that you came across that scrapbook! I love when you share your findings. He sounds like such an incredible man who accomplished so many things. I can't believe his wife was pregnant 17 times!! How tragic that they lost more than survived. I love the store list, what exactly are toilet accessories? :)

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  2. That's really interesting, Julie. Cool train ticket.

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  3. Yeah. I descended from this man. Yep. I did. Honest. No really, I did.

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  4. Cool !!! I appreciate the menu from 1888.

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  5. I feel I am doing my genealogy vicariously through you...is that even possible? Just kidding. I do love to learn about my family through you.

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