52 Weeks 52 Ancestors – Week 3 – Longevity

52 Weeks 52 Ancestors – Week 3 – Longevity

Longevity is the prompt for this week’s post.

For the Dosch/Smaihall extended families that honor would go to my paternal great aunt, Sarah Jerger Neil.

Sarah Jerger Neil
Sarah Jerger Neil

Sarah was born 25 July 1894 and lived to 12 May 1995. Sarah was born in Jasper, Indiana and my grandmother followed this sister into the noble profession of nursing. Sarah’s family lived on Staten Island for years and visiting my father’s favorite aunt was always fun. Our families were fortunate to be able to help celebrate Aunt Sarah’s 100th in Washington, DC. in 1994.

For the Culpon/Knier extended family the longevity honors would go to Doug’s grandmother, Ada Holmes Culpon.

Ada Holmes Culpon
Ada Holmes Culpon and Rusty

Ada was born 6 October 1893 in Pepperell, Massachusetts. Aside from raising a family she worked in the textile industry. She was an extremely bright individual and in her later years would spend time each year in Florida to escape the Massachusetts winters. She passed away on 24 January 1992 at the age of 99 having lived a long and happy life.


Sarah Jerger Neil, black and white photograph , 1970; digital image 2018, privately held by Dosch Family Archives,  [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Magnolia, Texas,2015. Sarah sent photograph to her sister Rose Dosch in 1970. Photograph was then inherited by Rose Dosch’s son Charles at the time of her death in 1973. Photograph was then passed to Charles Dosch’s daughter Melinda Dosch Culpon for family archival purposes.

Ada Holmes Culpon, tinted black and white photograph, ca. 1940; digital image 2018 privately held by Culpon Family Archives,[ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Magnolia, Texas, 2012. Ada Culpon’s son Douglas Culpon, Sr. inherited photograph at the time of her death in 1992 this item was then inherited by Doug Culpon, Jr. at the time of his father’s death in 2012 and remains in his possession.

 

Author: Melinda Culpon

Culpon and Dosch family historian