Ezra might have started his morning in a setting such as this:
A bit dreary, no modern conveniences...
I've just recently "met" Ezra Benjamin Tuttle. My brother started researching our ancestry and oh, my....can one get (sucked in) lost for hours when doing so! Just ask me what I did yesterday. I've always loved history and now I can read about my very own!!!
As a kid, it's pretty normal to think you're adopted - I went through that stage. And then as I grew older I just felt like I was the odd ball in the family. My Dad is the dashing-Yale educated-great hunter & fisherman-world traveler-somewhat-removed-type of father. I've mentioned both Mom and Dad here. Mom and I were as different as two women could be.
And then I have two brothers...that are much like Dad. I love them dearly; but boys will be boys.
They fish. I fluff.
And there's the "religion" thing. That's what they call it anyway. I stand pretty much alone in my belief in God. Not my immediate family; but relatives up and down the family tree. My Mimi was a staunch Catholic and talked about love and life. And then I believe an aunt is a believer....but I've never known
much else about anyone else.
Until I met Ezra yesterday.
Ezra Benjamin Tuttle, b. 1834 - Great, great, great grandfather
And I now I feel connected. Genetics are interesting. For example - in this research I also ran across the dark side of my family. Perhaps that will be another post. Today, I am focusing on the good. The connection that made me tear up this morning....at MY desk.
Wonder if Grandpa Ezra would like an iPhone? Nah....BUT!
He was 40 years old when my favorite "My Utmost for His Highest" was compiled. And I have a feeling he may have read it.
Here are some excerpts from an article about dear Ezra:
"Mr. Tuttle is a man of sterling qualities, without ostentation, in spirit genial, considerate and sincere; in MANNERS quiet but courteous."
It really threw me that manners were even mentioned. See what I mean about connection? And I learned he was on the board of the American Bible Society, trustee of Drew Theological Seminary, a member of the Missionary Society of the Methodist Church....
Methodist! In the TUTTLE family? Eeegads. LOL! After marrying My Guy I became a Methodist. Wouldn't Grandpa Ezra be happy?
We were born 121 years apart from one another but I love the man. And I will get to see him in heaven. What a reunion!
If you haven't climbed YOUR family tree you might want to. It's tons of fun!