Thursday, October 17, 2013
The Book of Me - My Grandparents
They both grew up in the Steubenville area, my grandmother in Mingo Junction, my grandfather in and around Steubenville. Gramma was the oldest daughter and second child of Edward Jesse and Mary (Thompson) Bickerstaff. Research tells me that her parents and grandparents had been in Ohio for several generations. Grampa was the 11th of 14 known children. Both of his parents immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1860s. His father was German, his mother from England. I don't know how they met though I know that both of their fathers were (or had been) carpenters.
Gramma's family moved to the Ridge in about 1911 or 1912. Grampa's family stayed in Steubenville. Gramma and Grampa were married in Mineral Ridge. Perhaps it was true love that caused Grampa to move away from family to marry Gramma.
I knew my grandparents well because they lived just two doors down the street from us. I was a regular visitor in their home and loved my grandmother dearly. Grampa was a barber with his own shop. I remember him being at home only in the evenings and on Sundays. He used to keep the shop open till after the supper hour. Gramma made dinner and one or two of the older grandchildren walked Grampa's supper up to him at his barber shop. He retired just before I was old enough to have my turn.
I said I had only two grandparents but, of course, it's not true. I thought so because I knew only my maternal grandparents. I was at least 10 or 11 when I was surprised to learn that other children had two sets of grandparents. I asked my mom or my grandmother about the situation and learned that my father's parents were dead. In recent years I've learned only a little more.
Gust was the son of William and Tressa Rose (Froman) Doyle. He was a kind-hearted farmer and coal miner who did what he could to protect my dad from his stepmother. Beulah was the daughter of Frederick and Elvira (Bartley) Gerner. Her father was a farmer. She grew up in Butler County and, as an older teen or young adult, lived in Mercer County when her family moved there. I suspect that Gust and Beulah met while she was living in Mercer County.
I've written many posts about all of these grandparents. If you'd like to know more about any of them, type one of their names into the search box on the left sidebar which is located just about "About Me."
This is another post in The Book of Me series, created by Julie Goucher of Anglers Rest.