Friday, December 24, 2010

Today in Family History - 24 Dec

I normally only post events from history for my direct ancestors, but there are a few profound events in the family that deserve to be noted.

My great grandaunt Esther Lauretta Thompson, sister of my great-grandfather Austin William Thompson, committed suicide on this day, Christmas Eve, in 1936 by drowning herself in Lake Mona near Muskegon, Michigan. I do not know the circumstances in her life leading up to this tragic day and can only speculate. Perhaps she could not deal with the passing of her parents in the three years before.

In any case, this is a sad family event at such a precious time of the year. 

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