“Just barely past their adolescence, most would never again darken the door of their childhood home and accepted this reality of the new life ahead,” he said.
“For those leaving the various British Isles, it was not uncommon the “reminder” would be in a floral form.
“There is, in our front yard, such a plant,” he said. It is a plant highly prized by his family.
Whaley said his “mother knew her family history very well. She cherished and guarded an heirloom rose that was passed down mother to daughter since being brought ‘from the old country’ — many generations earlier by a young girl. Wrapped in a handkerchief, it was carried about the ship in her hands to always be kept protected”
He gave his genealogical line from mother, as Hazel Pauline Lindsey Whaley (1917-1992); Margaret Emline Boring Lindsey (1891-1959); Texanna Sandra Randa Rillis Cavern/ Calvern/Cavin Boring (1870-1938); Sarah Elizabeth Murphy Cavern/Calvern/Cavin (1843-1924); Mary Ann “Polly” Smith Murphy (1811-1894); Margaret McCutcheon Smith (1766 -1848); andElizabeth Fulton McCutcheon (circa 1732-1815) born in Ireland daughter of Sarah Campbell Fulton and James (Hugh) Campbell
Whaley said the chain was broken at his mother, since he had no sister. His mother had two boys.
Whaley said the rose only took a little detour, because he hast two daughters.
“Through the years I’ve been a good steward for the rose, moving my plant each time we relocated. It’s a red velvet – not an exact name but a general horticultural description of color and petal texture.
“Based on family names and chronology, it’s a 300-year-old Irish rose, still blooming faithfully every Mother’s Day,” he said.