Matrilinial Monday – Lizzie Park

Robert & Lizzie & friend at Mary's wedding in 1917

Name: Elizabeth Curran
Called by Grandkids: Grandma Park, I think.
Birth: 1862
Death: 1954
Spouse: Robert James Park
Marriage: 1883
Children: Jennie Curran, Helen Brown, Robert Curran, Elizabeth, Mary Dunlop, Rhoda, Margaret, George Dunlop, Florence
Parents: Thomas Curran and Jennie Blair
Siblings: Anna, Sarah, John, Thomas, Sarah Jane, Joseph, Rhoda
About: Elizabeth was the eldest child of Thomas and Jennie Blair according to my records. She had seven siblings I know of, and it's possible there were more, though at one time, I only knew of her and two of her sisters, Sarah and Rhoda. She was born in Antrim, Ireland, possibly in or near Belfast, or possibly in the town of Antrim. Though I know little of her early life, I am pleased to have found this much, and hope to eventually find more.

She and her husband likely married in Ireland before emigrating to America and settling in Philadelphia, where they raised all their children. Two of their children, their eldest two died in infancy. They lived in a larger Irish immigrant community, but when times got difficult in America for immigrants, she and her husband decided to move the family back to Ireland. They settled in Belfast for a time, where most of their children grew into adulthood. They were there for less than ten years, though, when one of their daughters married and moved to Canada, then wrote letters back to the family speaking of her new home country in glowing terms, and so the rest of the family migrated there as well, settling in Vancouver, where most of them met their spouses and lived for the rest of their lives. Elizabeth and her husband lived happily in Vancouver until their deaths, his in 1930, and hers in 1954. She was lucky enough to meet three of her great-grandchildren before her death.

Lizzie (right) at grandson George's wedding, with his other grandmother Harde on the left, 1939


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This blog is maintained by two sisters who have had a life long interest in geneology.
Mika writes here mostly about our family (Hansen, Hillinger, Bordewick, Park, etc), and her search for more information.
Shannon mostly uses this space as a place to make the many stories written about and by her husband's family (Holly, Walker, Walpole, etc) available to the rest of the family, present and future.

Our blog is named Oh Spusch! mostly because Shannon is bad at naming things. The first post I put up includes a story about the time Walker's great grandfather took his whole family out to see a play and the littlest kept saying "Oh! Spusch!" No one ever figured out what she meant by that.