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Are You My Cousin?: Talented Tuesday - Music In The Carr Family

Are You My Cousin?

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I tell the stories of my ancestors’ lives. Whether they lived 20 years ago or 200 years ago, they each have a story to tell. Some ancestors tell their stories willingly. Others must have their stories carefully teased from the records. Sometimes the stories are sad. Sometimes the stories are happy. Sometimes the stories are just funny. Regardless, my ancestors’ stories shaped their lives and the lives of those that followed. Come and share in the tales!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Talented Tuesday - Music In The Carr Family

Winnie Haley Carr
I think these photographs tell the story of how important music was in the Carr (and Haley) family. When the extended family gathered there was always music and dancing.

 Above is Winnie Carr, my great grandmother.  Not only did she play the guitar, she also played the banjo.  Her banjo is still in the family today.  Below is her oldest son Lawrence.

Lawrence Baker Carr
Lawrence also played the guitar and sang.   He and his younger brother Ernest even performed on the local radio station.  I believe this was in Danville, VA.  [Cousins -Let me know if I have the wrong location.]  Ernest had a good singing voice and sang in worship services while serving in the navy during WWII.

Carr and Haley Cousins - Do you have photographs of other family members with musical instruments? I'd love to share them here.

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Blogger Nancy said...

That is a beautiful photograph of Winnie. We are so used to having the radio, internet, and TV at the ready to entertain us. Before there were any of those things people (for the most part) had to make their own music. Lovely that your great-grandmother had that ability.

November 15, 2011 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

How interesting to have photos with instruments and to have a banjo that belonged to your great-grandmother is just amazing. I wouldn't be surprised if Danville is correct because that's one of the towns along the Crooked Road, a string of towns known for blue grass music and musical families.

January 24, 2012 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Thanks, Wendy! I was not familiar with the Crooked Road. I'll have to ask the family about it.

January 25, 2012 at 7:14 AM  

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