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December 2008, Edition 45 Jerrems Family Newsletter
Objects When Looking Back are Closer than They Appear
Dear Donald,
Another year in the three centuries of Jerrems history and lore, so enjoy the look back at our stories.

The dancing elves are back!

ABOVE:
Starring "Disco" Dancing Elves From Florida:
Sisters: Jacqueline & Olivia
Mom and Dad: Mia and Warren
Jerrems Family Guardian Angel: Angie


BELOW:
Starring the COUNTRY dancers:
From the 1800's: Annie and Sarah Jane
From the 1900's : Sandra and Stephanie
From 2005: Jessica

Unlike last year, I can not send the link to watch them dance. If you want to see them, REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE, and I will send it separately.

Email from Up There
Big Bill (born 1782)   Upper Vantage Point
Dear Donald

Apologies for not writing to you for quite a while (mid 2007 to be exact). How time flies!

Plans for our Christmas celebrations are in full swing. I have asked Carol to come over to take photographs, with her brother Lance. My wife Elizabeth says that Lance is a big improvement over some of the scruffy friends that Carol used to bring, and he is much better looking. Unfortunately St Peter still insists that Carol uses an old black and white camera. She says that she prefers black and white photography anyway, but Lance says she should use a digital camera (whatever that is) so that he can email the photos to you.

The Civil War and American Revolutionary War boys will be back again this year, led by Jesse Jerrems. Some of them come from our side of the family but most come from the side of the family that Sandra has been researching. There will be some new faces, like Thomas Mayborn, James Jerrems, Robert Colbrook, and Gavin McCoy. We have asked Nicholas Herkimer if he could lead the veterans, but there is a rumour that George Washington is having a special Xmas party for his Generals, so Uncle Nick (as a Brigadier General) would probably go to that party if there is a conflict in timing.

The Civil War boys were very excited to hear about Barak Obama winning the election. Also they were very pleased when I showed them the photo of Sandra sitting near the veteran's graves, with the American flags on them.

Sandra's side of the family outnumbers our side of the family, possible because Sandra has been doing a lot of research. A complicating factor has been that some of them are not sure whether they should call themselves "Jerrems" or "Jerrams". Spelling is not their strong point. I told them that they are very welcome regardless. The more the merrier!

With Xmas coming up I have been dusting off my Santa Claus suit. As I mentioned in one of my earlier emails I have always been asked to play Santa at our Xmas parties. One big advantage is that I get first choice of the Xmas cakes and puddings. Another advantage is that, being 18 stone, nobody asks me to climb ladders to put up Xmas decorations, a job I find tedious in the extreme.

On the other hand everybody expects a large person like me to be a humorist, an expectation I sometimes find difficult to live up to, so I have built up a fund of standard jokes. For instance I use one of my favourites when there is a discussion about what someone died from. Up here everyone has died from something, so this is a fertile (but infinitely boring) topic of conversation. I don't know why some of the women find it so interesting; once you are dead the question is academic. Anyway, to get to my point, if I am asked if I know what someone died from I like to say "Nothing serious". My wife says this is very rude, but I like it.

Another of my favourites when conversation is lagging is to use the word "dead", which is particularly appropriate for us. At every opportunity I use terms like "you are dead right", "I live in the dead centre of the village", "dead ahead", "dead as a doornail", " I am deadly serious" and "in the dead of night". One of my great great grandsons is named Ernest Alfred Jerrems, Ray's grandfather. I have been itching to describe him as being "in deadly Ernest" but he is such a nice fellow, and a great humorist, that I have resisted the temptation.

How We Might Pass the Infinite Time Up Here
Recently my wife decided that our side of the family should expand their interests, so she has drawn up a list of activities, and the family members who will teach them. Some of these (with the reasons why they have been chosen where this may not be obvious to you) are:
1. Annie Healy-aerobics class (she learned a lot of sports at the Ogontz School for Young Ladies)Carol-photography
2. Leonore Smith Jerrems-still life painting
3. Great great grandson Donald ll- cross country jogging for men
4. My wife Elizabeth-cooking
5. Genevieve-Women's fashion- (she always dressed immaculately, even when she was caught speeding in William George ll's car)
6. William George ll-collecting (he was a famous coin collector)
7. Helen-tax minimisation (a skill she acquired after being fined for not declaring clothes she had brought into New York)
8. Joseph (Sandra's great grandfather) -cabinet-making (he was a carpenter)
9. Grandson Charles-bookbinding (he has medals from International Exhibitions for this)
10. Cousin James Jnr-weight training for men (he was a blacksmith)
11. Mary (my great great grandson Arthur's wife)-piano playing and music composition (she plays at our functions and published a piece of music before she came here.)


Joseph's brother James Snr offered to teach soapmaking, but after reading Ray's article pointing out the smelly process I said to my wife that we should decline the offer. In any case we already have a wide variety of soap up here, and my wife has always used Pears soap. Alexander offered to teach gridiron, but my wife is reluctant to put this on her list because she says that it is a very rough game and should not be encouraged.

I see that you have a Guardian Angel, Angie. This is a good idea, but there has been some debate up here lately as to the responsibilities of a Guardian Angel. This came to a head as the result of the recent economic downturn on Earth. Recent arrivals have been complaining that their Guardian Angels should have protected them against the sub-prime meltdown and the subsequent share market and bank crashes etc. St Peter has been forced to intervene.

Personally I think that people's expectations are too high. A Guardian Angel can stop someone accidentally walking in front of a bus, but to expect her to give financial advice is absurd.

I see that Old Rascal Ray has been giving trouble, popping up here and there, gate crashing Nicole Kidman's wedding, and the G8 Summit last year.

Fortunately pesky ghosts do not come under St Peter's jurisdiction, in fact I doubt whether ghosts are supervised by anybody at all. Your Guardian Angel (Angie) tried and failed. At least Old Rascal Ray is merely a practical joker; he does not do too much damage.

Remember to Reminisce
  Let's Take a Sentimental Journey Backwards
Each December we offer something different from our usual format. This year we will offer a 2008 retrospective on the Remember Us series.

This edition will provide some insight to the January 2009 issue in which another Jerrems Family Quiz will appear. Be sure to study up!

January 2008. This edition featured three youthful subscribers from the Blackberry Generation.
=== Angie, the family Guardian Angel
=== Stephanie who Ray found on Facebook.
=== And Jacqueline who earned a college scholarship to the enduring joy of her parents Warren and Mia.
=== We also introduced new subscribers, Sarah Papageorge and Sandra Walcyk.

February 2008. Harkened back to the olden days in Wappenham UK where much of our ancestry resided until a couple of centuries ago. We also began a genealogy series of Sandra's Wappenham forbears. We also tried to sort out the vexing question: Is A Jerrams by Any Other Name Still a Jerrems?

March 2008. Digital visit to modern day, Wappenham. the Birthplace of some of the Jerrems Lineage. Wappenham - a town with no bars - which maybe why the Jerrems people left.

April 2008. Article about importance of grouping people into locations in genealogical research.
Street scene photos from Fulton Genealogy website, article about website.
We welcomed Ray Lloyd (Wappenham researcher...and more from him in a future edition) and announcing the arrival of Ray's granddaughter Samantha, (included photo of Sebring racehorse) and trainer.

May 2008. Photo of Warren and Donald at Red Sox game in Fenway Park during Boston Marathon week.
Article about Plank Roads, a tie-in story to Sandra's ancestry in the western New York area.
Photo of Ray's granddaughters Jessica and newborn Samantha

June 2008. Article about David Jerrems and his service in American Revolutionary, including photos of muster sheets.
Copy of newspaper article on marriage of Mary Hayes to Alexander Snr, photo of Mary. Photo of statue of General Nicholas Herkimer (Uncle Nick), hero from the Oriskany Battlefield.

July 2008. Article about James Jerrems, who was born in Wappenham, England, in 1812.
Photo of Leonore Smith Jerrems's Rooster painting with article about rooster shawl (originally featured in JJ#21 January 2007). We included a surprise letter from Leonore Neary now the owner of the shawl. She is the granddaughter of Leonore and Arthur Wallace Jerrems Jr.

Photo of CD cover "Cicada" band tour. Memo to Stephanie and Steven: Please submit your travelogue story about the band tour.

August 2008. Sandra Walcyk' s photo of entrance to Forest Hill Cemetery, the resting place of James, Joseph Jerrems and other relations.
1910 Newspaper account about scofflaw Helen Jerrems' evasion of import duty.
Photos of graves in Forest Hill Cemetery (including photo of Sandra Walcyk), Utica street scene.
Mid-year report from Angie, the Jerrems family Guardian Angel including photo of family ghost Old Ray misbehaving at the G8 Summit.

September 2008. Article about Annie at Ogontz School for Young Ladies, photos of class.
Excerpts from 1943 letter found by Chick in his attic; letter writer William George ll letter to young Betty Wright Rizzo, daughter of Marjorie Jerrems Wright Teasdale.

October 2008. Photo of Healy family (Annie, Mark l, Mark 2, Patricia), School photo of Anne Letitia Jerrems.
Article about life of Annie Healy, and the three "Marks" with three generations of photos.
Ray's comments on William George ll's letter to Betty.

November 2008. Articles and photos from "Remember Us" series about Anna, Sandra's great grandmother, and the cup presented to William George l.
Remember Us?
Alexa Vickery Does   Not Santa Claus, but you will be Surprized
Thanks to Alexa Vickery in the U.K., Ray will tell about the pictured people in a future edition.
Administrivia
Donald Jerrems, Publisher, Editor   The Dancing Elves are Back!
Starring the COUNTRY dancers:
From the 1800's: Annie and Sarah Jane
From the 1900's : Sandra and Stephanie
From 2005: Jessica


Unlike last year, I can not send the link to watch them dance. If you want to see them, REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE, and I will send it separately
     

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