This blog will focus on the life and ancestors of my grandmother, Pansy "Joni" Louise Lancaster as I research her families. Additional ancestral surnames include: Allen, Coor, Cox, Ellis, Hughes, Kethley, Lancaster, Loveless, Martin, Medlock, Neel, Nixon, Perry, Polly, Porter, Ro(d)gers, Singleton, Walker, Welch, Whitfield, Wilkins, & Young.
Randy Seaver from Genea-Musing has again asked us to write
about our father or grandfather for Father’s Day:
Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the
Mission Impossible! music) is to:
1) Sunday, 18 June,
is Father's Day. Let's celebrate by
writing a blog post about our father, or another significant male ancestor
(e.g., a grandfather).
2) What are three
things about your father (or significant male ancestor) that you vividly
remember about him?
3) Tell us all about
it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or
Google+ Stream post.
Last year I wrote about my father, William J. Hork here.
This year I’ve decided to write about my maternal grandfather, Tom J. Johnston.
My grandfather liked his automobiles and both my grandfather
and grandmother liked having their photos taken with their cars. We have lots
of photos taken with them posing in front of an automobile.
There were always dogs in my grandparent’s home. My
grandfather enjoyed having small dogs that would jump up into his lap. With one
dog, Pierre, he taught to do tricks like dance on his hind legs and “sing”
where it sounded like he was saying “I love Mama.” Their dogs were very spoiled
and would get to lick the ice cream dishes each evening.
My grandparents with Thunder
My grandfather was a carpenter and loved making furniture.
My grandparent’s home was full of items he had made in his woodshop. Picture
frames, tables, cabinets, and lamps were among some of the furniture he made.
My mother had a magazine rack and a bench which housed an ironing board.