Monday, April 8, 2013

A to Z April Challenge: G is for Triplets

This is Day 7 of the A to Z April Challenge.  My theme is women with unusual names although I must cheat now and then or I’ll have a name and no story.

is for Greathel, Gilbert, and Gladys.  3 for the price of 1!

My second cousins twice removed were triplets, which is quite unusual.  To my knowledge, they were the last of 10 children born to Charles and Virginia Fannie Crawford Mowbray. 






Fannie Crawford Mowbray and her triplets
Fannie Crawford Mowbray and her triplets
about 1910
Gilbert Mowbray (May 29, 1908 Albemarle Co, VA - Nov. 13, 1985 Richmond, VA)
Greathel Mowbray (May 29, 1908 Albemarle Co, VA - ? )
Gladys Mowbray Updike (May 29, 1908 Albemarle Co, VA - Oct. 27, 1988 Charlottesville, VA)



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34 comments:

  1. Triplets...unusual for sure, surely a good reason to be the last of ten. Poor Fannie. What happened to Greathel...no married name...no death date...I'm sure you can't leave that ? mark alone for long.
    PS...hope all's well w/you...missing your replies.
    Sue CollectInTexasGal
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    1. Oh Sue -- I feel terrible. Such a nice comment. This is really a case of Life vs Blog. My daughter has gotten engaged so I'm busy with plans for the wedding, which means I have to unload the "hell room" so I can paint and recarpet in preparation for guests, plus I was away for the weekend. I haven't visited anybody or commented or responded and I'm B.E.H.I.N.D.!!! Wah Wah Wah. The first coat of paint is on the ceiling, so I'm taking a break to catch up with comments.

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    2. Just one 'Hell Room'??? LOL!!!

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    3. HA - well, I wasn't counting the Room Over the Garage!

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  2. Fun topic! Just visiting today from the A-Z Challenge Juliet atCity Muse Country Muse Come visit us and sign up to follow if you like what you see!

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I'm on my way to your blog now.

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  3. Amazing. She had 7 children and then triplets! I imagine prenatal care was not the same as it is now. She was probably on her feet, taking care of her seven, until the birth.

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    1. I bet you're right about that. No rest for the weary.

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  4. Triplets all beginning with the letter G, how fantastic.

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  5. Greathel! I've never heard that before. I like how they're all names beginning with G.

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  6. I also wonder what happened to Greathel. Such a unique name.

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    1. I also wonder what happened to her. And I wonder if her name rhymed with Ethel or if the "h" were silent making her name sound more like "Hansel and ...."

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  7. They look like little angels in the photo. I hope some of the older children were old enough to help out.

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    1. In a family that large, the older ones just had to help out. For them it must have been like having 7 extra parents.

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  8. I worked for three very busy obstetricians in the 70's. None of them had ever delivered triplets (or quads, quints, etc.) so one of them finally declared "the first set of triplets I deliver will be free!" I stayed in touch with him for many years after I left and to my knowledge, those free babies never arrived. Just goes to show you how rare triplets really are.

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    1. No free babies in all that time - now that is a surprise, regardless of the rarity of triplets.

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  9. My dad was a twin; one of 11. Can't imagine having three to cope with at once.

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    1. My husband is a twin, and multiples run in his mother's side of the family. However, none of his siblings' children have had twins yet. Maybe one of our kids will get "lucky."

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  10. What a wonderful picture ... triplets are fascinating to me.

    Hugs, Ms. Wendy!

    Kathy M.

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  11. Love your A to Z theme! Triplets...wow! I can't even begin to imagine being a triplet - would I love or hate it?!

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    1. I bet they were treated like a circus spectacle, so I don't think I'd want to be a triplet.

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  12. Thank you, Wendy, for your comment on my Sepia Saturday posting and for introducing me to your A-Z challenge. I love your theme and the photograph of the triplets is beautiful. Christian names have always fascinated me - the fancier the better and as a child I used to make lists of names I came across in stories. It did pass my mind as a possible A-Z theme, but all my family have ordinary names and I had no images to back up the words. So you have made a grand choice and I look forward to reading more.

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    1. I have a few letters that are VERY problematic - names aren't unusual or I have no story for the unusual ones. I have some letters with no name, so I need to be creative. Sigh ~

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  13. 10 children in those days is not unusual but triplets is. I hadn't thought about that until now. I suppose that it would have been difficult for all 3 to survive back then. There were a lot of twins in our family and quite often one of them would die.

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    1. The survival point is a good one. It is amazing they survived.

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  14. Such interesting names for triplets. There are a lot of twins in our family too but all of them have ordinary sounding names.

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    1. My husband's side of the family has many twins. One set is Hansel and Gretel. Good grief!

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    2. That always makes me laugh. I hope they never got lost in the woods.

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  15. Beautiful photo!

    Triplets! I can't even imagine it. She must have been exhausted. Hopefully some of her older children were old enough to help out.

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    1. Even if they weren't old enough, they HAD to help, I'm sure! There was no microwave or fast food in a pinch.

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  16. I have to say, I'm really enjoying your comments at the bottom of each post. Also, I've never heard of the name Greathel before...wonder if Ethel is its nickname....

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