Monday, August 27, 2007

Happy Birthday, Winnie!

Today, I received a wonderful handwritten letter from my Uncle Richard in Waynesville, North Carolina.

It's not often that one receives a handwritten letter nowadays, so I was impressed.

What impressed me more, however, was the newspaper clipping he enclosed. It was all about the recent 108th birthday celebrated by a lady named Winnie Morgan Crawford Cathey of Andrews, North Carolina.

Mrs. Cathey was born 22 August 1899 in Macon County, NC, to William and Mary Morgan, and now has about 150 living descendants.

My question, however, isn't about her descendants. Rather, I'd like to know about her Morgan ancestry. I mean supercentenarians are a rare breed, and I'd certainly like to know if this one may be included in our family tree . . .

I'll keep interested parties posted as I research the possibility.

In the mean time, Happy Birthday, Winnie!

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Blogger Apopkan said...

Here's the transcript of the undated article Uncle Richard clipped from the Asheville Citizen-Times:

BIRTHDAYS: Winnie Cathey has her 108th birthday.

ANDREWS - Winnie Morgan Crawford Cathey, of Andrews, will celebrate her 108th birthday on Aug. 19 at her grand-daughter's house, and again on Aug. 22 at Doyle's Cedar Hill Restaurant.

Mrs. Cathey was born on Aug. 22, 1899, in Macon County. Her parents are the late William and Mary Morgan. She was married to the late David Lee Crawford and the late Linley Cathey. Her children are Fred Crawford, of Virginia Beach, Va., Edith Cowan, of Charlotte, Betty Ledford, of Waynesville, Mabel Ellis, of Andrews, Judy Raxter, of Andrews, and the late Sue Rogers, Bob Crawford, Faye Ledford and Sally Barton. She has 140-150 descendants that include grand-children, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and great-great-great grandchildren.

Mrs. Cathey was a seamstress. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, gardening, canning, reading and is a wonderful nurturer.

She is a longtime member of the Baptist faith.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Stephen R. Maloney said...

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