This second trip has brought me to Watertown, Ma. Watertown hold many dear memories for me as it is the town that many cousins, aunts and uncles lived, but more notably for me my grandparents George and Mary (Nelligan) Miller.
I thought back to who I talked to last in Watertown and remembered last year I talked with Fran Nelligan, who is the daughter of Francis Benedict and Gertrude (Rayne) Nelligan. I thought who better to ask for help in regards to my trip back to Watertown, for Fran and her family lived across the street from my grandparents. More specifically both lived on the same side of Summer St being only separated by Winter St. Winter St is one of those roads you’d never want to be on during an ice or snow storm due to its steep slope. I met my first cousins once removed Alice, Audrey and Fran Nelligan at Friendlys in Waltham, Ma on 22 July 2007. We talked and shared a few photos and family memories. Fran had some time that day to show me around town so we departed for Watertown.
Walking in St Patricks Cemetery didn’t bring back any memories for me, because I never attended my Grandmothers Funeral. Neither I, nor my 2 brothers attended and being age 11 at the time I’m sure it was how my mother wanted it. My mother Doris was the daughter of George and Mary Miller. I attended my Grandfather’s wake, but never attended the funeral due to a prior contractual wedding obligation. So walking though St Patricks was foreign to me, however it was a great education. Here is a birds eye view of St Patrick’s Cemetery showing family member grave locations. Please click to enlarge.
In my hand was about 8 old photographs of my aunts, uncle and mother. I wanted to photograph at the same spot as the photos were taken to show how the area has changed and what still remains the same.
I photographed many sites of family history relating to the Miller & Nelligan family. I am slowly added them to the site over the next few weeks. Thank you Alice, Audrey and Fran for your time that Sunday!