Posts tagged ‘Elinor Leitch’

May 14, 2012

the Knight family

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May 14, 2012

Bill, Elinor & Doug

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April 1, 2012

St. Pancras Old Church, London

St. Pancras Old Church in London is where my great-great-great grandfather and grandmother, Thomas Henry Leitch and Mary Ann Peacock, were married in 1850. It is also where Mary Ann’s parents, John Dowsing Peacock and Elizabeth Pool, were married in 1823. This church has an amazing history and has stood there since 314 AD, making it one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in Great Britain.

An old lady at the church told us that many visitors from the US or Australia come to this church to see where their ancestors worshiped. In the 1800s, St. Pancras was a poor area and most people living there eventually emigrated elsewhere… Thomas and John were tailors, and Thomas emigrated to Canada some years after his marriage.

It was very special and exciting to see this place of family history. I imagined my great grandparents getting married here, walking through the gates and starting their lives here.

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February 29, 2012

Elinor Winsome Leitch Knight

Elinor Winsome Leitch was my great grandmother on my mother’s mother’s side. She was born 10 June 1902 in Maine to Reverend Frederick A. Leitch and Lyda Elliot. As an adult, Elinor discovered that when her father had filled out her birth certificate, it simply read “Winsome Leitch.” She was the youngest child, with an elder brother Merrill (b. 1896) and sister Fredonna (b. 1899). Aunt Donna was a great friend to Elinor’s daughter Joy in their later years.

Elinor grew up in New England. She was known as a great reader by all who knew her. As a girl, she would often hide up in her father’s church’s belltower to read books and eat chocolates. When her mother would call her, she’d pretend not to hear! Elinor attended a physical education school in Boston. She later became an athletic director, before her marriage.

Elinor met her husband Douglas in Maine, and they were married in the summer of 1925. Their first child Douglas Jr. was born just a few months later in September. By 1930, the young Knight family had moved to Abington, Pennsylvania. Their daughter Joy Evelyn (my grandmother) was born there in 1932.

Elinor and Doug were very active people and loved golfing, gardening and raising dogs together. They retired to Mesa, Arizona in their later years. Elinor passed away in 1973.

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February 28, 2012

Douglas Ewart Knight

  Douglas Ewart Knight is my great grandfather on my mother’s mother’s side. He was  born on 29 October 1897 in Boothbay, Maine to Chester Claude Knight and Nettie Greenleaf Crawford. The Knight family had been in Maine for several generations, dating back to the 1600s, beginning with George Knight (1640-1773) of Bristol, England.

According to his daughter Joy (my grandmother), his parents were farmers. Doug spent two years at Bowdoin College, but was forced to drop out because he had no money left. He was too young to enlist for World War I, and I don’t believe he served in World War II.

In 1925, Doug met Elinor Leitch in Maine, and they were married that same year on 17th July. They both loved to golf and were very active people, and always had English setter dogs. Every year, they would rent houses in Cape Cod. Doug sold World Book Encyclopedias for a living. Elinor and Doug retired to Mesa, Arizona in the 1970s.

Joy described him as smart and fun-loving, and a good father. I don’t know very much else about him, unfortunately, as he passed away in 1982, just three years before I was born.

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February 28, 2012

Leitch Family Photo

top (l to r): Douglas Ewart Knight, Lyda Elliot Leitch, Elinor Winsome Leitch

bottom (l to r): Rev. Frederick Arthur Leitch, Merrill Leitch, Fredonna Leitch

As you know, Douglas and Elinor are my great grandparents and Frederick and Lyda are my great-great grandparents.

February 27, 2012