This post #9 in the 52 Ancestors blog challenge is about my great-grandmother who was a woman from the island of Bermuda named Alice Dickinson. I know she had at least three children – Frederick, Clarissa and Renee. Frederick was my maternal grandfather and he was born in Bermuda on December 12, 1889. Years later, he would honor his mother by naming two of his daughters after her. One was my mother, Alice Vivian.
I don’t know if “Dickinson” was Alice’s maiden or married name. But I have heard family rumors that she was somehow related to a “Dr. Tucker” from Bermuda who may have been related to her. Sadly that’s all I know this side of my family.
Except that at some point, one of her granddaughters – my Aunt “Dottie” (Alice Dorothy) gave my mother (Alice Vivian) a pair of gold bangles that belonged to the original Alice.
Here they are.
The bangles are beautiful and came to me from my mother when she died in 2013. Unfortunately I didn’t know about this gift from Aunt Dottie until after she had passed away and my mom already had dementia. So I never got to ask the hundred questions you know I have:
- How did my great-grandmother come to have bracelets made of gold?
- Who gave them to her?
- Did Aunt Dottie have other things that originally belonged to Great-Grandmother Alice? What story did they tell about her life?
- Did Aunt Dottie ever meet Alice because I know my mother never did?
- Who were her parents?
- What was her full name?
- Who did she marry?
- Was she related to the Tucker family in Bermuda?
- And so on and so on…
The bad thing is that most of the Bermuda records that could answer some questions for me aren’t digitized yet. The other bad thing is that getting to Bermuda is quite an expensive hike from my home in Michigan.
But I still have family in Bermuda – lots of cousins who are descended from Alice like I am. They’re now interested in learning more about her and the rest of our Bermuda heritage. So it’s like having troops on the ground. I don’t have to do all the research myself.
The other good thing is that Bermuda is a very small place with excellent British record-keeping. Genealogy research there, at least in my limited experience, is a much easier that tracking down ancestors across the great expanse of the United States.
So Alice – I haven’t forgotten about you. For now, I’ll let your gold bangles be a constant reminder that you are waiting for me to discover your story.
And I will.