Preserving Our Dayton Heritage

A few days ago, a reader wrote to say that he enjoyed writing and asked what type of material I was looking for to publish.   It made me realize that I have not done a good job of communicating what I’m looking for.  So I wrote him back with some ideas of a very specific sort.

In general, I want stories of any type that helps you bloggers learn more about our kin.  I’m trying to keep our Wilber and Jessie Dayton bond strong as we drift farther and farther apart as kindred of the Dayton boys and girl :(Chop, Chip, Wilber, Paul, and Flossie).

Remember my cousins… there are only six of us left who even remember Wilber and Jessie enough to tell our younger generation about them.  If we don’t tell their story, it is lost forever.  Shame on us.  Tell us about the Mechanic St house.  Gramma’s cooking.  Christmas.  Gramma’s poor health, their interests, did gramma make her own clothes, etc.  Write about anything that will preserve their life and times for younger generations to know. I will proof it for you before posting.

Given that general guidance in the previous paragraphs, what stories can the rest of you contribute?  Is there any folklore you’ve heard about any generation above yours?  Are there any stories about your mom or dad, or gramma and grampa, or a tribute to your your dad and/or mom, grampa or gramma, stories (comical or informational or of a folklore nature) about your parents and/or siblings? How about accomplishments of your family including spouse, children or grandchildren.  Don’t be bashful about bragging a little. 

We want the generations of Dayton’s following Wilber and Jessie to celebrate the fact that we are so blessed because of them.  I want our proud heritage as Dayton’s to “live long and prosper”, as Mr. Spock would say.  I want us all to know our kin folk.

Doreen McCutcheon has set the benchmark for contemporary stories by witing about her family.  Thanks Doreen.  If you write contemporary stories I will protect them from “prying eyes” by password protecting the story.  I have sent my former newsletter relatives the password.  If you don’t know it, send me an email and I will send it to you. Keep this password with your other passwords. And give the password to your children and encourage them to read the blog or subscribe to the emails.

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