Monday, March 15, 2010

St. Patricks Day-My great grandfather

Posted by PicasaPatrick Fletcher, 1852 - 1927 my maternal great grandfather on my Dads side.  This was taken in Missouri in the 1920's and it is the only picture I know that exists. 

Legend about St. Patrick
     He drove snakes out of Ireland
      St. Patrick used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity
             to the pre Christian Irish people

Facts  about St. Patrick:
           Born in Britian in the fifth century. 
           At sixteen years of age was kidnaped and taken to Ireland to become a slave.
            He stated that he was told by God in a vision to flee and return to Britian.
            Joined the church and studied to become a priest.
            Converted MANY royality and poor to Christ.
            After 30 years of teaching he died on March 18, 461 AD.
            In 1903 St Patricks Day became an official holiday.
            This holiday remains a religious holiday in Ireland.

I really think all the parades and dressing up are great, but you know sometimes its just nice to really know who the holiday is celebrating.

I am certainly proud to be part Irish and will be wearin the greeen.             


Kimberly said...

If you are interested in posting about family you ought to join us for Family Friday. It is fun and we learn a little bit more as we go along.

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Interesting and timely information, Ann. I enjoy enjoy history and am glad to know this info on St. Patrick. I'm not Irish, but will will be wearin green and as you already know Green is one of my favorite colors. Your GreatGrandDad would be proud of you!

LV said...

What a great post today. I enjoyed the story and picture of your ancestors. Very interesting facts about St Patrick's day as well.

Johnny Nutcase said...

What a great picture - I'm so glad you have one, even if it's just one. I love old photos; they really tell a story!

Mollye said...

Loved your picture. What a treasure you have it and memories.........what treasures we have but sometimes lose. Sharing helps keep them with us! Happy St. Paddy's Day friend, Mollye

Connie said...

Wonderful post about your family history. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your sweet comments. Happy St. Patrick's Day, Ann!

Fifi Flowers said...

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Great shot !! This is so nice !!Unseen Rajasthan

Stine in Ontario said...

How fortunate you are to have this old photo!

Anonymous said...

What an old photo! Aren't you glad you have it? And interesting about St Patrick too. Thanks for coming by my 'bittersweet' post today and commenting. I added a bit of clarification to it, I wrote: "I didn’t realize when I first posted this that it sounds like she gave us these things. It was a matter of having to resolve her personal effects quickly with both proximity and my husband’s relationship to the family items (and things we’d given her) in mind. She is aware of it, it’s just bittersweet."

Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs said...

What a great post. Happy {late} St. Patty's Day. Thanks for stopping by my blog for the giveaway too!

Blessings, Grace

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I just love this photo! What a treasure. I only have one photo of my great grandfather too. He was blind and provided for his family by making baskets. The photo I have of him, he is weaving a big basket, is wearing suspenders and has a beautiful head of white hair. I sure wish I could have met him. Happy belated St. Patrick's Day and I am delighted that you visited. ~ Lynn

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