A Family to Love

A General Store of the early 1800's.
A General Store of the early 1800's. | Source

I have lived in this house for many years now. I moved in as a Bride with my beloved Michael, in the year 1839. His father owned the General Store and Michael worked with him. We lived on the second floor. We had four children and raised them all here in this spacious building. We had a door out onto the roof of the back half of the building; where we sat in the evenings after it cooled. We lived in the small community of Harrison, Ohio. Michael's family came from Pennsylvania in 1831. They are wealthy and have had much to do with the forming of this country. His great-grandfather was the first Director of the United States Mint.

My father was a farmer who moved here in 1822. Papa came from Maryland and was well off. He bought many acres of land and his brothers helped him do the farming. Then his sons and daughters helped. We hoed and weeded and took care of the animals. We had a vegetable garden for the family needs. It was hard work but it was a very rewarding life. When I met Michael, that life was no longer important. I knew that we were meant to be together.

Michael and I first saw each other at the General Store when I went in with Papa to get some seed. He wanted to try a new variety of wheat, that was supposed to be hardier for this cold climate. I was thirteen that year, and Michael was just sixteen. About a year later, he asked my Papa if he could court me. My Papa, never a man to turn away a good thing, told him yes. He courted me for another year and then he asked my Papa if he could have my hand in marriage.

Papa looked at him for many seconds, thinking about this request. I was his youngest daughter and truthfully, just a little bit spoiled. Papa finally just called into the kitchen. "Abby, come in here a minute please."

I came in to Papa and said with a curtsy, "Yes, Papa?"

"Michael here, has just asked me for your hand in marriage. I do not believe that I should force you to marry someone that you do not wish to marry. I am asking you, do you wish to marry Michael?"

Blushing profusely, I whispered, "Oh, yes Papa, I would be very honored and most happy to marry Michael."

With that, Michael jumped to his feet and wrapped his arms about me, swinging me around the room. I did not know how he dared, with Papa right there, but Papa just laughed and called Mama in to tell her. Mama and Papa were very joyful over our engagement, Michael was quite a catch for me. He was wealthy, hard working and respected in our community. He was also known to be kind and caring to all that he came in contact with. They were very pleased.

Michael's parents were also very pleased. They liked me and thought that I would make a wonderful wife for Michael. I was already a proven worker and had all of the housekeeping skills that I would need. Papa was a well respected man, who worked hard to make our community grow. I was also considered by many to be a beauty, although I did not see it. The freckles just would not go away, no matter how many lemons I rubbed on my face. Some said it had something to do with my auburn hair.

The wedding march

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The Wedding

When we married, Papa invited everyone in the area. Mama and I made a beautiful dress. Mama and I decided that we would go all out for the dress and my sisters all spent time sewing on it also. It was a fairy tale dress and I felt so beautiful in it. My dark hair contrasted wonderfully with the white of the dress. My oldest sister, Rosemary, had a knack of doing hair and she curled and pinned until it suited her. It looked beautiful.

We all cooked for days, getting the food ready. We had hams and turkeys, roast beef and every fancy dish we could think of. Aunt Mary made rolls and bread for the whole day. There must have been a dozen loaves and at least a gross of rolls. The day of the wedding finally came and I was a nervous wreck. But I had no doubts. This was the man that I wanted to marry. I would not back out.

Michael came out with his family and the minister. We were going to be married in Mama's rose garden. She had been bringing rose bushes in for years and planting them. They were all in bloom and the garden smelled so wonderful. Mama had one of my brothers working on it daily for the last three weeks. Fertilizing it and making sure that they were the best they could be. She also had him whitewash the arch that the yellow climbing roses were on. The white shining through the rose bushes was dazzling. This was where we would take our vows.

Our friends and neighbors all gathered together and the ceremony started. Mama's spinet was in the parlor, with the french doors open and could be heard out in the yard. My sister, Cleo, was playing. She was so talented at this. The wedding march tinkled out and Papa walked me down the path towards Michael. We had eyes for no one else.

Papa got me to Michael and laid my hand in his. The touch of his hand sent tingles through my skin and the love in his blue eyes made me blush. I had turned sixteen years old a week before and Michael would be nineteen in another month.

Pastor Roberts started the ceremony and all whispering ceased.

"Do you Michael Rittenhouse; take this woman, Abigail Martin, to be your lawful wedded wife? To love, honor, cherish, and respect as long as you both do live?"

"I do, most assuredly." Michael spoke softly, but most earnestly.

"And do you, Abigail Martin, take this man, Michael Rittenhouse, to be your lawfully wedded husband? To love, honor, cherish, and respect, as long as you both do live?"

"Yes, I do," Abby whispered, as loudly as she could.

"Do any see reason, why these two should not be joined?" The pause was for propriety, no one was expected to object. All of our friends and family were delighted that we were marrying finally. They could see how much in love we were.

"Then I now pronounce you Husband and Wife. May God bless your union with happiness and prosperity. Mr. Rittenhouse, you may kiss your bride."

With that, Michael reached for my face. With one hand on each side, he gently tipped my head back and kissed me. Our friends and families erupted into cheers. Then they were all coming up to hug us and congratulate us. I was so elated. I was Michael's, at last.

After the hugs, Mama, my sisters, and my aunts, all rushed into the kitchen and putting the last touches on the wedding feast, carried dish after dish out to the tables that were set up alongside the garden. Boards were placed on sawhorses and tablecloths were thrown over them by our friends. Chairs started appearing from every corner of the yard. We all got into line and filled the plates with food. No one would go home hungry tonight.

After we all were finished, the ladies gathered up the dirty dishes and took them to the kitchen. The food was consolidated to one table, for snacking on later. The cleaned plates and silver, were brought back out and placed on the table with the food.



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The Celebrating Continues into the Night

Uncle Charles brought out his fiddle and an accordion was produced from a wagon. A mouth harp was pulled out of a pocket and Cleo went to the spinet.

The music started and Michael came over to me and bowed deeply, "May I have the honor of this dance, Mrs. Rittenhouse?" he asked me, with a twitch of his lips.

"Of course, Mr. Rittenhouse, and any more you wish," I giggled. His manner was unusually formal, and it was done in a comical way.

The next dance was claimed by Papa, and then I lost track. I danced with every man there. It was my day and I was enjoying it immensely. Michael was dancing with Mama and his mother and then all my sisters. From them, he went on to all the other ladies. We still managed to dance several dances together. Our feet were so sore, but we were so happy. It was a wonderful evening, dancing in the light of a full moon, with the fireflies flitting around. It was so beautiful and magical.

Finally, Michael's Papa came over with his buggy hitched to the horses. Papa put my bag into the back of the buggy. It was time for us to go. Everyone gathered by the buggy and Rosemary handed me my bouquet of roses. Michael lifted me into the buggy, where I stood and turned my back to the crowd. The unmarried ladies of the community were behind me. I looked over my shoulder at them and asked if they were ready. They all giggled and said yes. I turned my head back and tossed the bouquet. Cleo, my youngest sister at just a year older, squealed as she caught it. She had been seeing Michael's best friend, Adam. Hopefully, this meant something. She adored him, as he seemed to adore her also.

Michael climbed into the buggy and we drove off. We were going to his father's hunting cabin. It was out away from everyone, where we would not be bothered for a week. Michael and I had gone out the day before and stocked it. Mama had put a bunch of the food from the wedding, in a basket in the back. We would enjoy some time alone before we started our normal life. We could have gone on a European tour, but we did not want to be away from this beautiful country for so long.

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Finally, a series from Becky...and I, for one, will be loving it...

Your story is charming, nostalgic and has very good bones. I like your style, girlfriend.

Voted UP and ABI. Looking forward to more. Hugs, Maria


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love the story Becky....a simpler time back then.....courting and asking for the hand in marriage. You captured the time and customs very well.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

billybuc, This is based on an ancestor of my husband. We have done a lot of resaearch on her and this would be the fictionalized account. If I continue, it gets strange.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

mar, so glad you like this. I see I will be writing more of Abby's story. She was an actual person and she was and is an interesting story. Thank you for coming to visit.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Becky, well done writing I found interesting, I like history on a family level so many places in the desert of remnants of homes and such that have stood the test of time leaving me to wonder what it was like and who it was that actually built and lived there and their small mines dug into the sides of hills, I wonder what they found and if it fed them and so much more.

You gave a great foundation of that kind of history be it truth or fiction I found it quite good and will follow along if you take it further, thanks,

Peace and Blessings,

dust


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Dusty, glad you like this. I am already writing on the next part. I will probably have it ready in a couple of days. The people were real and their homes were real. I even lived in the one she lived in above the General Store. I have visited her fathers farm also. The story about them is mostly fiction. Thank you for coming to visit.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is a beautiful story and reminds me of the Little House On The Prairie series. Very similar tales of life back when things were much simpler and humble.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Becky this is so beautiful! I love it! Is that you playing the piano? I am so excited! Voted up and all the buttons except funny. Regards, snakeslane


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

teaches, I am glad you like this. I have been inspired by a story of one of my husband's ancestors that we have been researching. She is so interesting and I think you will like the rest of this story also. I am working on Part 2. I should have it in a couple of days but that will not finish the story. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

s'lane, Delighted to see you. No, I can not play a piano or any other instrument. Thank you for all the good votes. I appreciate them. I hope you keep excited for the rest of her story. It really is a doozy. Thanks for coming by to visit.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Becky. Without a doubt you have built a good foundation for your story. The characters are believable, your settings rich and the 'goings on' warm.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Mike, Thank you for the critique. It is so helpful for us newbies when we are learning to write a story. I really appreciate you coming by to visit.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Wow.. the period detail and the simple domesticity of this story makes it so immensely readable. I suspect there is more to come.. more intrigue from this brilliant start. Great work, very well written, Becky.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Docmo, from you, that is good news. I love the old stories, they have so much more to show us than just a story. I have learned a great deal over the years, about life on the frontier. The domesticity of these stories is the most amazing to me. Women think they have it hard now, but if they had to do what those ladies did on a regular basis, they would find out what hard is. Cooking a meal on a woodstove is difficult, they had to cook in a fireplace. I hope I can keep the next part up with this. Thank you for coming to visit.


Ghost32 4 years ago

Way to go, Becky. It takes a strong bit of writing to hold my attention through this much domestic detail in ANY story, but you kept me riveted from start to finish. By all means, please do keep on keeping on with this one--and jog my elbow now & again if I'm missing an episode.

You've come into your own.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have been working on my fiction and I guess what I have to do is look at how my ancestor's lived. I am all excited over this one. I was trying to keep the domestic detail down but the story seemed to need it. Now I need to keep doing the same thing. By the way, I started writing this, this afternoon. I have had the story cooking in my head for days. Thanks for coming to visit.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Great story. It held my interest from her childhood, through her courting, as well as her marriage finishing off with preparations for their honeymoon.

I do hope you continue with this.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Becky, you have presented a picture of the courtship and wedding of that day. Truthfully, I have a hard time envisioning this aspect of life. What I mean is the having to go through parents and such to arrange the marriage. Maybe that is why I tend to invent older characters who are off on their own. People did get married young, especially the women. I believe I had someone in my ancestors who was married at 15 years and we don't even live in the South. Good work.


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Wr1t3r 4 years ago from Oregon

Wonderful story. You did an excellent job. I hope you do continue it.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Oh Miss Becky I do declare you have just written a most remarkable story..I loved it! Those were the days in which simplicity was at its best. No need for a wedding planner then as you had your family. I can't wait to read the next chapter..Great job my dear friend..it reminded me of stories I heard about my grandparents..Ida and Willie marrying at the age of 14 and 16 with only a buck wagon..

Love ya,

Sunnie


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is a wonderful start to your story Becky. Your characters are real and the time is a nostalgic era, which no doubt you know a great deal of. So looking forward to the next chapter.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

shiningirish eyes. I am glad this held your attention and that you enjoyed it. I have already started the next part and it will be ready in a couple of days. I do not know how many parts it will take to tell this story at this time. I am just having fun writing it. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

dahoglund, I think we all write what we know about. I am happy that yo think I covered this part well. They did get married younger then, they were raised differently and that matured them faster. Since their lives were shorter then, they naturally started to live them sooner. Thank you for the kudos and for coming to visit.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Wr1t3r, Another of my favorite fiction writers telling me I did a good job. I am feeling definitely chuffed, as my New Zealand friend says. I am halfway into Part 2, it will be ready in a couple of days. Thank you for coming to read.


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cam8510 4 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

This is a beautiful, believable and very readable start Becky. I am looking forward to returning your kindness to me as you've gutted it out with my fiction. I'm looking forward to the next part.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Sunnie, I am so glad you loved this. I am beginning to feel like I have written something very good. This is a semi-true story. I have fictionalized the personal things but the facts of this story are all real. Thank you for coming to visit.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Rosemay, So nice of you to make this wonderful comments. I am so happy that you are enjoying this and that you have come to visit.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

cam, Your fiction is very readable and well written. I have enjoyed reading your story and it is a good one. I hope you enjo mine. I am definitely feeling as if I can write a bit more on it. I am about half done with the next part. Thank you for coming to visit.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wow! Your story is amazing couldn't stop reading even I wanted to.

You have to put this on Smashwords readers will totally love it. Let me know and I'll give you the details.

Voted up AWESOME and beautiful, Joyce.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

writer20, thank you for the enthusiasm. I appreciate it. I will write some more tonight and we will see if I get the next chapter finished. I have a whole series in mind so it might be more of a book instead of a short story. Thank you for the votes and for coming to visit.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow i love your story here.. simply awesome to read. I held my breath with every word.. didn't want it to end.. so it's a series.. I love series.

hugs

Debbie


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Deborah, I am so glad you liked this. I am working on Part 2. It should be ready in a day or two. It is nice that you did not want it to end. Thank you for coming to visit.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Becky I knew we would eventually win you over to the creative writing side. Laugh. The story is good and fun to read. It is like the reader found her diary since it is first person. Did you enjoy writing it? I hope so and I look forward to the ne t chapter.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hyphen, Of course you would win me over to trying it. Fiction is my passion. I had the same feeling about it being like her diary. Recollections from a woman long gone. I am enjoying it immensely and have the next one about half done. Thanks for coming by to visit.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Nicely told Becky.

The Frog


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

TFP, Good to see you today. I have this series going that seems to be telling me what to write. So what do we do, we write as fast as we can. I am glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for coming by to read. Part 2 was put up early this morning.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Hi Becky, Very Nice. A Love Story, with a little History to it. I look forward to reading and Enjoying the next Chapter.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

b. Malin, Not just a love story. It is a family story and is based on an ancestor of my husbands. We have done a lot of family research and she is an interesting lady. Many of these things that happen are true to her life, I just added a few things, such as her thoughts. We have seen a copy of her diary but she was not really personal in it. Just mentioned the facts. I am glad you enjoyed this, so glad you came to visit.


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William Young 4 years ago from Eaglle Grove, Iowa

Becky, that was beautifully written and a joy to read! Your writing style reminded me of the books of Laura Ingals Wilder that I used to read as a child. I really enjoyed that story!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

William, Thank you for the wonderful comparison. I am so delighted that you like my story. I will write more of it later today but it will take me a couple to get it published. Thank you for coming to visit.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a wonderful read and thanks for sharing.

Eddy.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Eddy, I am so glad that you are enjoying this. Part 2 is up and working on part 3. Thank you for coming to visit.


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austinhealy 4 years ago from Treasure Coast, Florida

I particularly enjoy period , costumed pieces, whether it's a written story or a movie, and your tale falls right into that category. I really like the way you insist on details to make the story credible, it works ! I will be following this story very closely as it unfolds. Congratulation !


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

austinhealy, the details are a good part of the story. Without them, why bother telling the story as a period piece? Finding out what life was like back then is part of the interest. I am so glad you are enjoying this. Thank you for coming to visit.


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Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

Good start to your story, Becky. I've found true stories are harder to keep the interest up by the reader but you seem to have done just fine. Will check out the next chapter too.

Randy


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Randy, Glad you liked this. This isn't all true, I have used lots of literary license to keep it interesting. Thank you for coming to check it out. A little out of my normal.


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Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

I've found trying new things with historical fiction always teaches me something, Becky. Enjoy the efforts. :)


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Randy, I am enjoying this immensely. It is a story I know well and all I have to check on the history are the dates. I already know the rest. If nothing else, I am having fun writing. Thanks for coming by.


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Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

Historical fiction--or non-fiction for that matter-- can be a bit tricky where dates are concerned. Sorta like a big word puzzle at times. Lucky for me I love word puzzles anyway. :)


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

I have some web sites that I can check for accuracy of placement at the right times in this stoy. With it being an ancestor of my husband's, we are very familiar with the location of the story. We even lived in this particular building for a couple of years. I had a antiques and collectables store in it. We lived on the second floor also. Our sons ran all over the area and we went looking for different things that we knew were there in the area during their lifetimes.


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Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

I actually enjoy the research for a true story more than writing it down sometimes, Becky. My great-great grandfather was murdered in the Okefenokee while serving as a deputy sheriff in the great swamp. What a wonderful chase I went through to find out what really happened. I ended up writing 2 hubs out of what I had learned. See ya later!

SSSSS


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Very interesting doing the research. I bet you did have fun with it. See ya later Randy and thanks for checking this out and the help.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

You know your history well about that era Becky. Truly enjoyed stepping back in time for the romance and wedding of Michael and Abby. Wonder what their new life together has in store for them, and us!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Alastar, thank you so much for your wonderful comment. For someone who knows their history as well as you do to compliment my accuracy is so sweet. I am so happy that you enjoyed this and hope you like it enough to join us for more of it. Part 2 is already up and working on Part 3. Thank you for coming to visit.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

A great look into what the culture was like then!! It reminds me so much of Little Women. People all valued relationships then, and enjoyed each other's company for the sheer fun and simplicity of it all. Well captured, and I'm sharing.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

midget, Things were so much simpler and people valued each other. Conversation was something to do and ideas were something to explore during conversation. I love to get together with a group of people who can and will think and can have an intelligent conversation. Having fun while doing this is also possible and many people have forgotten that or have never experienced it. That is a great pity. I really appreciate you sharing, thank you for coming to visit.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

A beautiful story, Becky. I felt like I was there! Great job!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

TTombs, I am so happy you enjoyed it. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

So truly beautiful and here's to so many more to follow. Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Eddy, I am so happy that you like this. Part 2 is up and working on part 3. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Becky, your story is so romantic and beautiful, I loved it!

Thank you and voted up


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

MM, I got the idea for this and the first two just about wrote themselves. The third one gave me a few problems but will start on the next one tomorrow, so I don't lose the voice like I did this last time. It took me a bit to find it again. I am so happy that you came by to visit.


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

I often wonder what my ancestors' lives were like - great idea to turn it into a story.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Judi, I just got the idea and started writing and researching. We have done genealogy but the life style is so interesting also. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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janeAC100909 4 years ago from Brandon, Florida

wow, Becky. Do receive a compliment from someone who produced THIS is more than flattering. I'm so excited to read more!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

janeAC100909, I am a beginning writer. I am learning, as are many of us on this site. If you look at the writing on my profile, you will see the sum of my writing that is not for school. I will help you as I have been helped. Building confidence so that we will continue to try is one of the ways.

Your story was very worthy. It could be cleaned up a little but it has very good bones. Mine can be cleaned up a bit too. I know that and am working on it. I hope you continue to write and learn how to improve your own writing. Reading the writings of others is part of that. Learn from the best of them and put it to use. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Oh Becky. This is so beautiful. I love the old fashioned romance and family traditions that you've so nicely captured here. That rendition of the Tennessee Waltz reminded me of my music teacher in elementary school and the sound of the piano brought back such fond memories. You've done a wonderful job here and I can't believe I'm just now finding this story. On to the next chapter.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Peg, I am delighted that you like this. Might just encourage me to get going on more of it. The research that I did all went missing when we moved and I can't find it anywhere. I had a basic historical outline that I was following and I guess I am just going to have to do that research over again. So happy that you came by to visit.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Beautiful story, Becky. You are a fantastic story teller! This is interesting as I love pioneer type stories and at this time in history. I am hooked and on to part II.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Susette, Thank you for reading my little story. I have written a few fiction stories prior to this, but I seem to have found the type I am best with here. I was derailed while writing on this and need to get back to it. I appreciate you coming to visit.


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Wren to Ham 3 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

The story was lovely. You researched well, but I could not tell based on the read itself (which means it doesn't sound like you were writing a fact-filled history textbook). Perfect time frame. Gave me a warm feeling when I read it. Just wonderful.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Wren to Ham, I am so glad you like this. I have two more parts written and I am working on part 4. I am so glad you could not tell that it was full of historical facts. I tried to tell it like it was happening, we don't notice history while it is happening most of the time. I really appreciate you coming by to visit.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

Becky what a very good short.. very well written and I admit the flow was flawless..voted awesome :)


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Frank, Thank you for the awesome. I have two more parts of this written and I am trying to get back into it. I had to quit writing while I was packing, moving and unpacking. I lost the thread and am having a difficult time getting started on it again. Thank you for the votes and the awesome.


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klidstone1970 3 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

A very sweet tale of a bygone era. I enjoyed it very much and am glad you have continued the story.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

klidstone, I am so happy that you like this. It is among my first fiction stories. I have just written a few fiction stories. My other tries are on here also. They are really short. I am still working on this but have hit a block, so working on breaking that. Thank you for coming to visit and read.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Had to make a return visit to hear the Wedding March which really gave me the goose bumps. It's a beautiful story, Becky. I'm certain that your devotion to their story makes your ancestors very proud.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Peg, Good to see you here. I have missed y'all. I am so happy that you like my story Peg, it means a lot to me. A lot of the classical music gives me goosebumps. It is so beautiful. Not much like it made now. I am so happy you came to visit. me.


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DrJez 3 years ago from Narara NSW Australia

Loved this. I'm a fan of how we used to live. Will definitely be seeking out part two! Thanks


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Dr. Jez, I am so happy you liked this. It is among my first fiction stories. I appreciate the visit.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

i knew i read this piece before..again still voting up for the 2nd time :)


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Frank, thank you for the vote and visit. I appreciate them.


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married2medicine 2 years ago from Europe

Is this a series? I hope to read more... I read through the comments also to discover it is about the ancestory of your spouse? WOW! Great! This hub is awesome and I rate it all except funny. Thanks for the wonderful share


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

married2medicine, I have written three of these and got derailed when I moved. I am still trying to get back to it, but I am having a difficult time doing that. Writers block hit. It is loosely based on an ancestor, but not totally. I have the place that she lived and where her family lived before. I also have her husbands family history down. Many of the historical events that have happened are in this to add reality to it.

I am very happy that you enjoyed this, and hope you will read on a bit more. Maybe that will help me get my 'Great American Novel' done. Heehee, it might be the impetus I need to get going on it some more. Thank you for coming by to read and leaving me such a nice comment.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Sorry I missed this, very good! ^


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Jackie, I am so happy that you enjoyed this. Unfortunately, I have moved twice in the last two years. It has interrupted my writing considerably. I am in this home to stay though, so hopefully I will be getting back to this soon. Thank you for coming to visit.


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Bakerosity 2 years ago

Nice. I definitely plan on continuing on with your story.


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Bakerosity, I appreciate your comment and visit. Thank you for reading.


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

this is a heart warming story, looking forward to more exciting part


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Becky Katz 22 months ago from Hereford, AZ Author

peachpurple, this is fiction from some of my family history. The lady in the story is an ancestor of my husband. I learned a lot about her and got fascinated. I have incorporated fact with fiction here. I have three installments and they are complete in themselves, but there is much more to write about her. I hope to get back to it.

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