Diggin’ Up Bones

16 Nov

1910-1912 Myron Peter Dermyer 2nd from left in back Parents Frederick and Cora

Yes, that’s the title to an old Randy Travis song. If you haven’t ever heard it, there’s a youtube link at the bottom of this post.

But I’m diggin’ a whole lot deeper than Randy did in his song. I’m diggin’ way back into my past – to my ancestors. This photo includes my great-great-grandparents and all their offspring. It was taken in 1910. How cool is that?!

Aside from the fact that I’m fascinated with my family tree, I’m also gleaning tons of story ideas every time I trace back another root. For instance, the woman sitting in this photo is my great-great-grandmother Cora Rosana Delano. The same Delano family as Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

I don’t know her whole story … but it would be fun to fill in the blanks and create one worthy of telling. I think the fact that she raised nine sons with the help of only one daughter might be story enough to get me started.  😉

The gentleman in the back row, second from the left, is my great-grandfather Myron Peter Dermyer, or as I knew him, Grandpa Pete. I was eight years old when he passed away. My great-uncle still lives in the house Grandpa and Grandma Pete lived in. Good memories.

~ Pegg Thomas

Trooper and Pegg cropped




Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Pegg Thomas, Writing


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4 responses to “Diggin’ Up Bones

  1. Candice Sue Patterson

    November 16, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Nine sons! I can’t imagine… So glad you’re tracing family history. It’s good to know the stories of those who came before us. I need to do this myself.


    • Pegg Thomas

      November 17, 2015 at 9:04 am

      There is a free site you can work on that’s pretty good. is a paid site. It has more bells and whistles, but I don’t have enough time to spend on it to justify the expense right now.


  2. Robin Patchen

    November 16, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I’m jealous of your knowledge about your family tree. I don’t know nearly enough about mine, and though I want to know it, I don’t really have any desire to investigate it. Great photo. And I’m with Candice…nine sons? Yikes!


    • Pegg Thomas

      November 17, 2015 at 9:05 am

      The problem with shaking your family tree, is that it dislodges all the squirrels and nuts. 😉 But they are fun to read about too.



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