I started this page a LONG time ago. It is my hope to (someday!) have an album of pages like this, telling the stories of family heirlooms. (Yes, OF COURSE I was inspired by Debbie aka dfwest!) The first page of this so far two page series is here http://www.designerdigitals.com/digital-scrapbooking/ideas/showphoto.php?photo=174286&title=crystal-bling&cat=500

The journaling was written by my mom and is recorded on the page in her voice: "I don’t know much about this necklace except that it belonged to my great-grandmother, Elsie Marie (spelled Else Mary at that time). My mom gave me this necklace in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. I don’t know why she decided that she wanted me to have it instead of my sisters but I was happy to get it. She said that this type of Victorian necklace was called a “mourning bead” necklace and was worn during the one year official mourning period after the death of a loved one. It is now at least 116 years old and is not made of anything that is valuable except as a family treasure
My great –grandma, Elsie Marie Johnson, was born in 1866 in Denmark. I don’t know when she came to America but I believe, based on information I have found in the 1880 census, it was as a child. She married my great-grandpa, James Jensen in 1885 and gave birth to four children in the 11 years of her marriage. She died in 1896 from complications following childbirth, 10 days after giving birth to my grandma. Grandma was named Elsie Marie after her mom. My great-grandpa didn’t believe he could care for a tiny baby so grandma was raised by his sister until she was old enough to go to work as a “hired girl” for other families. Great-grandpa eventually remarried a woman who had a daughter from a previous marriage and together they had two more children, none of whom ever lived with my grandma."

Katie Pertiet
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