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Heritage and Family Tradition

Updated on May 27, 2020
L to R: Johann Meyer - Ludwig Adolph von Meyer - Georgianna von Meyer nee Ives - Alexander von Meyer
L to R: Johann Meyer - Ludwig Adolph von Meyer - Georgianna von Meyer nee Ives - Alexander von Meyer | Source

Tradition of giving ~

It pleases me and certainly makes me proud of the family members that gave to those that made it possible for having their wealth...the poor! Especially GGgrandfather Johann Meyer who through his Faith, built churches, schools and hospitals for children and those that were living in conditions of poverty. There were others in his family that were generous as well.
Interestingly enough, straight across the other side of the chart, my GGgrandfather Lawson C. Ives had his heart set on helping the widows who lost their husbands and homes from the war. He built this place 1864 and called it “Ives Widows Homes”

Interesting coincidence

Even though they were  in different parts of the world, they did basically the same.
Even though they were in different parts of the world, they did basically the same. | Source

The street and some buildings still exist

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A movement by the wealthy

How wonderful that the wealthy had an obligation to help those that helped them to become wealthy. Those wealthy men in main German cities participated in this movement.

It was wonderful that we were able to visit the JM-street, walking down and seeing all the buildings that survived or were rebuilt from the WWll bombing.

I read there was a Johann Meyer-Park by the street of his name...and I believe a trust from him might also exists or just had expired.

Guides to Philanthropy

Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results
Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results
To me, Giving Smart is giving without expecting something in return. When given from the heart it makes you feel good. That’s the philosophy I go by...interesting read.

My Ives family side...

Philo L. Ives - Immanuel House - Georgie Ives
Philo L. Ives - Immanuel House - Georgie Ives | Source

Lawson C. Ives Generosity

I didn't have much to go on for many years, but the computer and internet has changed all that.

Lawson C. Ives was from the clock-maker family in Hartford CT. He was a generous man, also a philanthropist sharing his wealth with the needy, building a Widows Home. Even after his death, leaving most of his wealth to the needy and churches.

The building that was built, was for the Civil War Widows...called Immanuel House, served a great purpose at the time, for Civil War Widows. I’m happy to know enough the building still stands today. Lawson C.Ives also supported a church, leaving a "trust" that also still exists.

Even after his death, leaving most of his wealth to the needy and churches. Yes, it pleased me to know they had done good deeds for those in need. However, all that stopped when the Ives daughters moved to Europe to find their own wealth by marriage...while back in the US were others in the family fought over the will...greed is a terrible thing!

A gift for the Civil War Widows ~ the Immanuel House

More than just a room: The story of Immanuel House and its predessor, the Ives Widows' Homes, Hartford, Connecticut
More than just a room: The story of Immanuel House and its predessor, the Ives Widows' Homes, Hartford, Connecticut
The man who wrote this book, sent it to me with a very nice letter. I'm proud that my family thought enough of the poor and the hurting, by building this place to live. In his will he also left a great deal more for the poor and a Church .

How well do you know your ancestors?

My German maternal great grandparents
My German maternal great grandparents | Source

Have any of your ancestors contributed to help others?

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"Give while you live ~ you'll know where it goes"

I've realize even more, the fact that I've been given a second chance in life and that God also gave me a gift with my artistic ability...inspired me to keep a tradition of giving...I had to make it count for it's a way for me to glorify God.

Although I don't have the wealth my ancestors had, I do the best I can and give from the without that, it's not a gift.

I'm proud this tradition of Giving has also been passed down to our daughters, they are very generous with those in need as well to friends and family.

What you are is God's gift to you ~ what you do with yourself is your gift to God: Danish Proverb


The tradition of giving and doing good for others should be in all our lives.

Best of all, knowing my ancestors had great Faith...that is the icing on the cake.

My Blessings have been many ~ and I hope that in my little way, I can make a difference.

© 2014 Delia

Do you have a story of good family deeds to share?

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    • sujaya venkatesh profile image

      sujaya venkatesh 

      5 years ago

      an interesting hub

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      5 years ago from Kansas

      The quest to know more is one that never ends. I started mine when my grandparents were still alive.

      Turns out that I'm related to 3 presidents.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Amazing history and its great to find out how giving they were. I really need to try to look into my family too, interesting stuff!

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It is really good that you keep discovering about your family's interesting history. They have done so much for others, something you should be proud of.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      How wonderful that you can trace your heritage so far and so illustriously. I am only beginning my search for information. Apparently, one of my ancestresses was one of the first on this continent to be convicted of witchcraft and sentenced to hang. Whether she swung from the gallows or escaped is up for debate, but there's quite a bit of evidence that her conviction resulted from a trumped-up charge from greedy landowners seeking her family's land.

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      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Beautiful lens. And congratulations on your survival of cancer! That's immense! So wonderful that you were able to connect with your family roots and find so much good there.


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