I am originally from Coatesville, though like many family members, I was born at
Chester County Hospital
in West Chester. Many of my family – on both
parents’ sides – lived at one time or another in Coatesville. Family members
who have lived in Coatesville at some point in their life are simply too
numerous to name (that and many are still living).
I was raised Roman Catholic. Many family members on my maternal grandmother’s side were Catholic, or at least raised Catholic. Like many, I left the Catholic faith. Like many of my dad’s side, I now practice Orthodoxy. Specifically I am Ukrainian Orthodox.
Growing up, I attended
. One of
my cousins was in the same grade as me. At least three cousins and my sister
attended there as well. After CACES, I went to Coatesville Catholic
Elementary School .
To my knowledge, only my sister and I attended there, although a cousin works
there now. After high school, I attended Octorara High School .
While I think I was the only one to attend LHU, my Aunt Helen (Helen Still
Webster) also attended a Lock Haven State University . She attended State
School . West Chester State Normal School
Obviously my genealogy is my obsession! My Aunt Helen was such an asset. She provided so much information of family members she could recall. Her recollections, as well as copies from the family bibles, took me back several generations when I first started back in high school.
There are so many similarities between myself and many family members. I also have many differences, which will be discussed in next week’s 52 Ancestors! Until then …
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is a weekly genealogical challenge issued by Amy Johnson Crow, of No Story Too Small.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015