My 5th great-aunt, Sarah E. Ross was born December 15th, 1833 in Sterling, Massachusetts. On November 14th, 1863 she married Daniel Bonney, a Union soldier. I don’t have much information about many family members, so I appreciate when I find stories that reveal more about the person. The following narrative was copied by my great-aunt Verna Benson (Daisy).
Great Grandma’s sister Sarah E. Ross married to Daniel Bonney was 50 years old when she died. She was a great hunter and taxidermist. Her husband was a Union soldier.
She was an enthusiastic sportswoman killing her own game with her double barrelled shotgun. She had a very fine case of stuffed birds on exhibition in the Woman’s Pavilion at the centennial and received diplomas and the great medal for the originality and excellence of her work. She made quite a speciality of the manufacture of feather fans and feather flowers which met with a ready sale at the summer resorts. The centennial exhibition was held at Boston. The choice birds in the case of 25 were of all varieties from a humming bird to an owl mounted on an imitation laurel branch.
It’s stories like that which make people become more than simply names and dates on a family tree.
Sarah Ross died March 3, 1884.
Our porch garden doesn’t really stop these days. We kept kale, broccoli, carrots, spinach and strawberries going through the winter. Our blueberry bush is budding out now and the peas are up. Everything is growing well. Yesterday I started tomato seeds, more Golden Rave tomatoes. It’s a bit late but we’ll see how they do.
Hard to believe it but Alexander is a week old today! He’s such a calm baby. Alert and aware when he’s awake. He doesn’t cry much. Sometimes when he’s frustrated about not getting to feed as fast as he wants but he immediately settles down. Last night he pretty much slept through the night in three hour stretches interrupted by feeding and changing. It worked very well. I can’t help with the feeding end but I can take care of the output. I changed him once last night and when we got to bed Alexander got a look almost like a grin when he audibly needed to be changed again. I ended up with three changes and Kate got one last night. Even then, though, we helped each other out with spraying off the cloth diapers and such. So we all got to sleep pretty well. I’m up earlier but then I usually do get up first. Alexander and Kate are still sleeping.
On Tuesday Alexander got his new baby check-up and that went fine. He weighed in at 6lbs 4oz and is doing great. Everything looked good. Kate got to nurse him while we answered questions. That was new for both her and Alexander. No pillows, just a clutch hold but they managed fine. He takes the whole going out process very well. No fussing when he goes into the car seat. He sort of sits there and is alert and calm. The car seat makes him look really tiny!
One Week Old!