My family doesn’t have much in the way of family heirlooms. There may have been more, but my family moved often and I’m sure that things were lost. I treasure everything I have that belonged to one of my ancestors.
Perhaps the most meaningful item I have is a skirt made by my grandmother Myrtle Arminta (Snider) Yawman for my half-sister Gloria Jane (Spurlock) Chaney in about 1953. It is a blue and white cotton, three-tiered skirt, entirely hand sewn. My sister wore it as a teenager and her daughters wore it to “50s” parties when they were growing up; she gave it to me in 2005. It is an heirloom that showcases my grandmother’s abilities as a seamstress. Since I don’t remember my grandmother, it is something that helps me feel connected to her.
© 2012 Denise Spurlock, Ancestral Trees Research