Thursday, June 3, 2010

Generations 1 and 2 of the Wessman Family

Now that we're done with Toni's wonderful histories of Henry and Jean Hayward Wessman, it might be a good time to step back and review the topics that have been covered so far this year.

I have not done too much with the history first generation in this family, represented on this chart by John. But it would be wonderful to collect histories of each of the 14 children of Henry and Jean Hayward Wessman. An autobiography would be the best source. If one does not exist, a format like Toni used would be great, consisting of recollections from the children. These biographies would be collected and distributed straight to family members, and not collected on the blog, since they potentially include personal information about living people.

We have just finished the life story of Henry Wessman (Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 - Part 6 - Part 7 - Part 8 - Part 9 - Part 10) and Jean Wessman (Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 (this is the post with some of the favorite songs from the Wessman home) - Part 5 - Part 6 - Part 7 - Part 8).

Earlier in the year Toni sent a collection of Jean's postcards from Germany.

To start the year I posted a history of Henry and two of Jean (Autobiography and "Our  Organist").

A post with some pictures of the Wessman family got a lot of comments. Anytime I post a picture, please feel free to identify the people or share memories of them!

Another post included some newspaper clippings about the World War II service of seven of Jean's sons.

Here is a post with some photos from Jean's funeral.

Update: Henry immigrated to Utah from Sweden as a child. A post covered his immigration and citizenship. (He probably never became a citizen.) Additionally, due to a curious law in effect from 1907 to 1922, Jean lost her citizenship when she married Henry in 1908.

To be continued with a review of the next generation...

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