Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Family Lines Continued

Not a thought was given to the rich family history being united on this wedding day.

From left front row: Carol Agard Nunn, Mary Nunn Maki, Ray Maki, Kathryn Cutter Maki, Elmer Maki; from left back row: Ed Nunn, Merritt and Maude Hardenbrook Agard, Mary Doyle Nunn, Emil Maki; behind Ed is Martha Cutter.

When my mother-in-law passed away on May 4, we inherited her remaining photo albums, scrapbooks and journals.  Going through her albums, my husband pulled out our wedding picture and said, “Except for us, everyone else is gone.”  That statement confirmed for me why we work so hard on researching and documenting our family lines.

What we didn’t know on our wedding day was:
·      Ray’s grandfather’s name wasn’t originally Maki; it was Tenkula. Emil Tenkula emigrated from Finland in 1904 to escape serving in the Russian army. He came to the U.S. through Canada and worked in the Hibbing, Minnesota mines where he changed his name to “Maki” to make sure he got his paycheck. It was there he met Eva Nara.
·      Merritt Agard’s mother, Jessie Tucker Agard’s ancestors go back to Rev. John Lowthropp who was jailed at Newgate prison in London for religious reasons. Upon arriving in the new world abt. 1634 he documented much of Barnstable’s early history and his Bible resides in the Sturgis Library there.  The founding member of the Agard family was actually Esther, wife of John. She was six months pregnant when she arrived on the shores of Massachusetts in 1683. John died just upon or before arrival.  Esther arrived in New England just seven years after the horrible and deadly King Philip’s War.
·      Carol Agard Nunn wanted to be a dress designer. That dream was set aside to get married, raise three children and operate what became a renowned Ithaca, NY area restaurant.
·      Ed Nunn’s father, Harry, was not an only child, but had ten siblings and tragic growing up years. Information on this family, as well as St. Joseph’s Home in Peekskill, NY can be found in earlier blogs.
·      Mary Doyle Nunn also wasn’t an only child, but had several siblings, with only one living any length of time. She was Winnie Doyle; at this time I have no information on Winnie.
·      Maude Hardenbrook Agard’s father’s family emigrated from Germany to Amsterdam to New Amsterdam. Then to New Jersey, and on to Seneca County, New York. I am researching the Hardenbrook family line now. 
·      My husband produced a monograph of the Cutter line back to Elizabeth Leatherhead Cutter who arrived on our shores abt. 1640. He says with a name like “Leatherhead,” he doesn’t need to go back any farther. I think the name is intriguing and I bet he will be researching the Leatherhead line before too long.

We are excited that our family lines are so steeped in history; consequently our research honors each one of these family members who honored us by their presence at our wedding.  Happy searching – you never know what you will find!


  1. Beautiful wedding photo, exciting and intriguing family history info! Couldn't agree more with your sentiment: We honor our ancestors by researching and documenting their lives.

  2. Marian: Thanks for your comments. It is an interesting journey and so much fun!