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While going through some old e-mails from my cousin, George Bosmajian, I found another of my grandmother’s (Edith Mary Coons) letters. This one is to her aunt,  Edith Coons White.

In it she mentions the birth of her latest grandchild, Mary Theresa. And it just so happens that this Thursday, September 26th, is the anniversary of Mary’s birth!

happy birthday bear

So Happy Birthday to my favorite sister!!!….named Mary!! =D  You’re one of the kindest, most loving people I’ve ever known. And one day, if I ever decide grow up, I hope to be half as amazing as you.

Love you Mare. =)

Dear Aunt Edith,

Forgive my having been remiss in not writing to you. Many things have happened in the past year. Opal’s husband died in March, and my husband is a semi-invalid. I have gone back seriously into my profession, and have forty piano students, and I am the Minister of Music at Marengo Ave. Methodist Church here. I have four choirs, and of course all the incidental affairs that go along with the job.

We have acquired a lovely new granddaughter, Mary Theresa, born September 26th of this year. This makes five grandchildren, and all of them lovely.

Beverly Barrett Ramsell, Roberta Ramsell, Annette Misner Ramsell, On Laps l-r Mary Ramesll, Kathie Ramsell, Anne Ramsell c1958 Los Angeles, CAOn Laps l-r: Mary Ramsell (looking seriously unhappy) Kathie Ramsell, Anne Ramsell
Back row l-r: Beverly Barrett Ramsell, Roberta Ramsell, Annette Misner Ramsell

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMary Theresa Ramsell 

We have a new address too as you will see by my card. I thought you might enjoy having one.

It was nice to hear from you, and I’ll try to improve my ways in the future.

Sincerely,

Edith

Nanas Letter to her Aunt EdithLetter written by Edith Coons Barrett to her aunt, Edith Coons White

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My maternal grandmother Edith Mary Coons, was born 2 June 1909 in Boulder, Colorado. She was the oldest daughter of Marshall H. Coons (1872-1915) and Julia Etta Wellman Coons (1882-1955)

Julia Etta Wellman & Marshall Hartwell Coons Wedding PhotoJulia Etta “Etta” Wellman & Marshall H. Coons
Wedding Day, 15 June 1907
Sydney, Nebraska
(Photo courtesy of George Bosmajian)

Marshall Hartwell Coons, Matilda Weston Perry Coon, Edith Mary CoonsEdith Mary Coons, Marshall Hartwell Coons & Matilda Perry Coons
Fall 1909, Boulder, Colorado
(Photo courtesy of George Bosmajian)

Nana, as we called her, had black curly hair, blue eyes, very fair skin, and a petite build. She passed away on 11 March 1967 in Los Angeles, California, at age 57, from ovarian cancer.

Edith Mary Coons BarrettEdith Coons Barrett c 1936
San Gabriel, California
(Photo courtesy of Mary Hardaway Eylar)

One of things I love best about doing family history research, is when I come across personal letters written by my ancestors. The letters often give invaluable insight into the personality and life of the writer.

Edith Upton Coons White, who was my grandmother’s paternal aunt, passed away on 20 January 1965. Upon going through her personal belongings, Edith’s daughter, Mabel White Bosmajian, came across a photograph of Nana’s father, Marshall H. Coons, and sent it to her.

Edith Upton CoonsEdith Upton Coons White c 1920
Kelso, Missouri
(Photo courtesy of George Bosmajian)

Mabel White BosmajianMabel White Bosmajian c 1919
Fresno, California
(Photo courtesy of George Bosmajian)

The following is a transcription of a letter written by Nana to her cousin, Mabel White Bosmajian, thanking her for the picture. This is what my mother would have called a “wonderfully newsy letter”. There is a bit of family history information, along with the current events in my grandmother’s life.

Sunday, February 21, 1965

My Dear Mabel,

Are you always so prompt in arranging to do things for someone else? I think it especially thoughtful of you to send along the pictures, when I’m sure you must have many things to attend to at this time.

This is the first time I’ve have ever had any concept of my fathers appearance, for we found nothing among mothers things. I have a small New Testament that was hers, and in it was the place of my fathers birth, but that was all.

Also, my birth certificate showed the same thing, but my name is Edith Mary. I don’t know what became of “Floretta” which was in the birth announcement. (In 1910 Census, my grandmother’s name was listed as “Floretta E.” Coons. At some point they obviously decided to change her name.)

I’m going to see if the small picture can be enlarged, and if it can, I shall make one for you if you would like it.

Marshall Hartwell Coons with guitarMarshall Hartwell Coons c 1900
Rapid City, South Dakota
(Photo courtesy of George Bosmajian)

As I remember, you have a family near you, don’t you? It seems to me that mother told me something about them, but the details are gone from my mind. I’d love to learn of them, and your grandchildren, if you have some. Does Amy (Mabel’s sister) have a family? Gracious, what a lot of catching up to do.

Now, about my family. My husband has been a semi-invalid for the past ten years, but is better now than he has been for some time. We have one daughter, Beverly Jean, who lives in La Puente, which is about twenty miles east of here. I think she became involved in the population explosion, for she has a family of eight, 4 boys and 4 girls! The oldest boy has red hair. The next one, also a boy, has my coloring (black curly hair and very fair skin) and the rest are assorted blondes and brunettes. I will send you some pictures in the near future.

Red is going into technical high school next fall to pursue his interest in things mechanical, and the rest are too young to have found themselves yet. They are a wonderful family and we enjoy them in small sessions. I think I’m getting beyond the age to handle that many at once.

I handle 85 a week in my studio (she was a piano teacher) but I have them one at a time! I love my work and have the largest class in the valley.

I’m sure you know that Opal had two sons, one of whom is a doctor in Kansas City, and the other lives in Phoenix. I’m not just sure what he is doing there, a retail business of some kind I think. He married a girl with three little ones, and they’ve added two of their own. Dr. Glenn is not yet married.

It seems reasonable to believe that you have something to do besides read, so I will close this for now. I do hope to meet you and Amy in the near future.

Sincerely,

Edith

Edith Coons Barrett Letter to her cousin Mabel White Bosmajian pg#1

Edith Coons Barrett Letter to her cousin Mabel White Bosmajian pg#2

Edith Coons Barrett Letter to her cousin Mabel White Bosmajian pg#3Letter written by Edith Coons Barrett to her cousin, Mabel White Bosmajian
21 February 1965
(Copy of letter courtesy of George Bosmajian)


My great grandfather, Marshall H. Coons, disappeared sometime after 1915, leaving behind his wife Etta and two young daughters, Edith age 5, and Opal age 4. The last record I have for him is documentation of his honorable discharge from the Army on 29 January 1915. I have not yet been able to find a death record for him.

Marshall Hartwell Coons military photoMarshall Hartwell Coons c 1912
(Photo courtesy of George Bosmajian)

Marshall Rachel Hartwell Coons Army Enlistment Roster 1912-1915 (3)Register of Enlistment, United States Army 1912-1916
(Photo courtesy of Ancestry.com)

Transcription of above record:

Name: Coons, Marshall H.
Enlisted: 30 June 1912 
Where: Ft. Logan, Colorado
Where Born: Olney, Illinois
Age: 39
Occupation: Cement Worker
Description:
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Dk. Brown
Complexion: Dark
Height: 5′ 8 1/2″
Regiment: Infantry 11 Co. M
Number of Enlistment: 2nd
Last Service
Regiment: Cavalry Co. 26
Date of Discharge: 26 April 1906
Honorable Discharge: 29 January 1915

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