Our ancestors, like us, lived in uncertain times. As I’m trying to prepare our family and home, I keep thinking of them. They did hard things, and if you look at your own history, I’m sure you’ll find the same.
That’s what I’ve loved most about posting these stories for Women’s History Month. These women are so amazing. They survived. They thrived. We stand on their shoulders. I’m inspired to keep on going because of them.
Today I’d like you to meet my ancestor, Martha Cragun Cox. She is my great great grandmother on my mother’s side. She is important to not only my family, but to the history of women BECAUSE – she kept a 300-page handwritten autobiographical record (start writing, friends! Someday your story WILL be interesting to someone – they might even quote from it).
I grew up listening to stories of Martha from my mother. Martha begins her journal by saying:
“There are few lives so uneventful that a true record of them would not be of some worth, in which there are no happenings that can serve as guide or warning to those that follow. It is to be hoped that in the pages that follow there will be some things found that may be taken as good lessons to those who read.”
My mother recently reminded me of a story: Martha dreamed of being covered with chains and being told to take them off. One chain had to do with holding onto to the grief of losing her first baby at birth. She was in the habit of taking out her little shoes and dress and weeping over them. One day, a Native American woman of the Ute tribe, carrying her cold baby girl, came begging at Martha’s door. Remembering her dream and the chains she was carrying, Martha gave the woman the baby clothes.
Lessons from Martha: Unchain yourself from the past. Let go. Move forward. Have faith. It will work out.
Thank you, Martha.
Source: my mother! and Supporting Saints