My great grandmother, Clara Matilda Illick was 19 years old when she married Henry McEwen, son of William and Sarah Rasley McEwen of Richmond, Pennsylvania on December 25, 1878; a Christmas gift they celebrated for the next 64 years! The newly weds made their home with Henry's parents, adding an addition onto the farmhouse that had been the home of Henry's grandparents, Henry and Jane Ayers Rasley.
Clara waited three years for the birth of a child, a boy who only lived a few weeks. It would be another 13 years before William Homer, my grandfather, was born on October 10, 1895. She was 36 years old when she finally became a mother! Homer's birth must have been a joyous occasion indeed for this extended family!
Clara, born September 15, 1859, grew up in a large family of ten children being the eighth child of Samuel and Henrietta Kressler Illick. She was a devout Methodist, played the piano and like all the ladies of her time, did piece work quilting. I remember the old quilts, well used and showing their wear, that we took to the shore every summer. In her day quilts were made from scrapes to be used until they were no more. And that is just what her family did!
|Clara and Henry on the front porch of the farmhouse with their son Homer and family.|
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