Monday, February 6, 2012

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy - Family Heirlooms

Merritt and Maude Agard with the Hutch

This hutch belonged to my grandparents, Merritt and Maude Agard.  I don’t know when it was purchased, but suspect it might have been after their new home overlooking Cayuga Lake was built in the mid-1950s.  Since then the hutch has stood sentinel over hundreds of family gatherings where delicious dinners were lovingly served and enjoyed.  

It is not an expensive piece of furniture, but it is one of my most treasured family heirlooms. When my grandmother passed away in 1996 the hutch came to reside with me in Newfield, NY.  Within a year it was moved to watch over us in Newtown, Connecticut, and now it is in storage awaiting its new home in Fredericksburg, VA. I have picked out just the right spot for the hutch, and it will enjoy a new responsibility of housing our daily use dishes and casseroles.  Can’t wait!


  1. My most treasured family heirloom is a 19th century photo album. Most of the people in the book remain unidentified, but they are clearly relatives.

    Regards, Jim
    Hidden Genealogy Nuggets

  2. Jim: What a treasure. Is this the one you shared at the Newtown Genealogy Club meeting a couple of years ago? As you continue to research, those folks might become identifiable. My biggest regret is letting my mother throw out a box of unidentified Irish immigrants - at the time we called them the boat people. Although we had no idea who they were then, now I might be able to make an educated guess. Sigh.