Friday Night Family Heirlooms… telling their stories: Grandmama’s Jewelry Hope Chest

Friday Night Family Heirlooms… telling their stories: Grandmama’s Jewelry Hope Chest

When “heirlooms” aren’t identified, and their stories never told, they often become items tossed or sold – as they have no history, no ties to the family. So take the time to identify your family heirlooms history and record your memories so the family treasures aren’t tossed in the trash. They are just as valuable as your family photographs and also need to be documented. Sometimes it’s not even the value of the item in question; it’s the story which holds the value.

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Grandmama’s Jewelry Hope Chest

 My grandfather, Edgar T. McKinley bought this for his wife, Ola Askew, when my mother was about sixteen. He also bought them both Hope Chests; I guess these mini hope chests were popular at the time.

Mama gave me this after I married and it’s sat on my bureau for almost as long as I’ve been married. I love the old fashion photo on the top and I’m always reminded of my grandmother when I look at it.

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It’s held many trinkets through the years… always my go-to place when I want something saved. My husband and father-in-law’s dog tags have been hiding in there lately.


Click Friday Night Family Heirlooms to read more stories…

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Family Heirloom Bloggers:

I started a Family Heirloom challenge in November 2015 asking fellow bloggers to join me in telling the stories of their family heirlooms. Writing the stories of the family heirlooms I’ve been entrusted with has been on my mind for a long time; the time is now and I plan to write their stories on a weekly basis.

Please check out the weekly Family Heirloom stories of…

Blogger: Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
Blogger: Karen Biesfeld at Vorfahrensucher
Blogger: Kendra Schmidt at trekthrutime
Blogger: Linda Stufflebean at Empty Branches on the Family Tree
Blogger:  Schalene Jennings Dagutis at Tangled Roots and Trees
Blogger: True Lewis at Notes to Myself
Blogger: Vera Marie Badertscher at Ancestors in Aprons                              Blogger: Heather Lisa Dubnick at  Little Oak Blog
Blogger: Kathy Rice at
Blogger: Mary Harrell-Sesniak at  Genealogy Bank Heirlooms Blog
Blogger: Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks theme for 2015 Week 24 was Heirlooms. Check out her Blog at –  52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 24 Recap for links to more Heirloom posts.

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7 Responses to Friday Night Family Heirlooms… telling their stories: Grandmama’s Jewelry Hope Chest

  1. Evelyn Smith says:

    Very beautiful. Intricate design. It’s no wonder you treasure it.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Luanne @ TFK says:

    I absolutely love this. And so agree. But it’s so daunting. I am not sure how I can find time for everything I need to do! It would be nice if other family members took an interest, too!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. My sister has our grandmother’s sewing basket that our grandfather made. I should write about that.

    Liked by 1 person

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