Sunday, August 29, 2010

The First of the Great Greats, Aug 29

Happiness is having
a large, loving, caring,
close-knit family.
In another city.
~George Burns

Hello Shepard Family and Friends,

5 Generations: Lyndsey, Kerri, Gary, Maida, Nola
Greetings to all of you from Toronto, Canada where Cindy and I find ourselves on this last weekend of August. Actually we are in the Toronto suburb Whitby. Not to be confused with the Washington Island of Whidbey, where my brother Gary and his wife Cindy live.

O Canada. We are here in Canada visiting friends, including a couple of newlyweds, and enjoying the sites of this beautiful metropolitan city, the largest in all of Canada.

I have no indication that any of our ancestors were Canadians. I do know that some of our Davis kinfolk, in particular Bernard and Francis Kilpatrick, migrated to western Canada in the mid 20th century. Bernard, who passed away earlier this summer at the age of 88, was one of the grandchildren of James and Callie Davis. But as far as our family having roots in Canadian soil before them, I have heard of none. If any of you have more information about that, please let me know.

Mandi, Kerri and Lyndsey
The First of the GGs (and the GGGs?) Twenty years ago today, the first of the Great Great Grand children of Will and Bura Shepard, was born, Lyndsey Aquiningoc. She is probably also the first of the generation comprising the GGG Grandchildren of James Brooks and Callie Davis. Lyndsey is the first born of a first born of a first born of a 3rd born of the first born of James and Callie Davis (who were both first born themselves). Call me obtuse, but what I am saying is true!

Lyndsey's mom Kerri emailed me recently to say: "Where did the years go? Lyndsey is my first born child, so bless her heart, she had to put up with me being a first time mother and not knowing what I was doing! (She didn't come with a owner's manual.) But she has managed to survive 20 years. Lyndsey has been pretty busy lately, going to Kaplan College in Fort Worth for the last 9 months to be a Dental Assistant. She just completed her Externship (no pay check) doing hands on Dental assisting 4 days a week. She really enjoyed it and said there's a few things that will take getting use to. So her hard work of Dental Assisting full time and then her waitress job at Mesquite Pit in Weatherford may pay off. I am so proud of her. She will graduate Kaplan College in September. Her goal is to Dental assist for a few years and then go back to school to be a Dental Hygienist. In her free time she loves hanging out with her friends and boyfriend and going to her Grandma's so she can wake board out on the lake."
Mandi and Lyndsey

The first picture (at the top of this post) shows a young Lyndsey on the left with her mother Kerri Aquiningoc, her grandfather Gary Shepard, her Great Grandmother Maida Shepard, and her GGgrandmother Nola Gower. This five generation picture was taken in 1994 in front of the Gower family home in San Diego. The second picture was taken in Weatherford, Texas and shows Lyndsey on the right next to her mom and her sister. The third picture shows Lyndsey on the right with her sister Mandi, mugging it up for the camera.

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