In 1953 at the age of eleven, I had an overwhelming desire to investigate the generations of my family, especially my grandparents whom I had not known. This interest developed into a passion to research genealogy and learn about my ancestors.
In the 1970s, I copied the writings of my great-grandmother, Mary Ellen Beardsley Smith, who was a 19th century Wisconsin writer. Mary Ellen was born in 1842, and a century later I was born in 1942. Her writings were given to my grandmother, Adaline Pearl Smith Every in 1910 and again, a century later in 2010, her inspiring words have been transmitted to these pages for future generations to enjoy.
The daunting task of transcribing her hand-written words in print was a challenge and afforded me an insight into the strength of this woman and the beauty of the language of her day.
This book was lovingly compiled to honor my ancestors. My challenge to the reader is to honor your own ancestors by researching their stories, thus becoming more understanding of your own ancestral legacy.