Two weeks ago, this was the extent of my knowledge about my great-grandparents, John and Freda Childers:
*they lived on a farm in the middle-of-nowhere- Illinois.
* we visited them when I was about 7- I remember Grandma Freda making an amazing farm breakfast...and their house being really hot.
*that's pretty much it.
What I didn't know...
*My Great-Grandma Freda's parents- Harry and Minnie Leadill, took a ship from their home in York, England with their one year old son- and came to Ellis Island in 1909.
(Yes, that's the actual ship)
From there they moved to said 'farm in the middle of nowhere IL' and raised their family. My dad remembers meeting Harry and Minnie and hearing their strong British accents (suddenly 1909 doesn't seem like that long ago, does it?)
Apparently, Illinois agreed with the Leadills, because they stayed and raised children who became Illinois farmers...
* "Ellis Island", Lyrics by Marc Cohn