Sunday, March 30, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - #13 Emma Arnold

Amy Johnson Crow, of No Story Too Small, issued the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. The Premise: Write once a week about a specific ancestor.  

My grandmother taught me the women's side of our family.  "Eleanor had Catherine; Catherine had Sophie; Sophie had Emma; Emma had Gertrude; Gertrude had Eleanor; Eleanor had Eleanor; and Eleanor had you!"  These are the ladies that make me want to know about their lives and keep me researching.

Emma Arnold was born in Henry County on June 20, 1855.  Her parents, Sophie and Johsua Arnold were farming just outside of Eminence, so Emma grew up on the farm with two sisters and five brothers.  

On August 17, 1876, Emma married the boy next door and moved to their own farm.  She and William Batterton lived there until her death in 1937.  She had three children, two daughters and a son, and when her oldest daughter returned home after the death of her husband, Emma helped raise her granddaughter.  Years later her great-granddaughter would spend her summers on the farm  with "Ma" and "Pappy."

Emma loved decorating and passed many beautiful pieces of furniture down to her daughter, granddaughter, and now great-granddaughter, along with her beautiful quilts.

Emma died April 25, 1937 and is buried next to her husband in the Eminence Cemetery in Henry County, Kentucky.

1 comment:

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