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The creative side of my family

I'd previously told about the woman in my default icon, my 2nd great aunt Amy Olive Horton Fitzpatrick (Born Olive Amy) 1892-1959ish who was one of the first performers overseas during WWI. I also made mention of her sister, Agnes and recently while looking for information on newspapers.com I stumbled across a little more information about her. She was a stage actress who performed in Chicago, New York, Boston, DC, etc. She also had a small part (which appears to be uncredited in IMDB. in a movie. An article I found had this picture of her from 1919

She appeared in the movie version of "Seventeen" which she played the role (it didn't say the name) which she played on stage on the East Coast. Sadly, from what I can find, this version of the movie is considered a "lost" one since there is no copy of it in the Library of Congress. From her obit in 1950, it mentions that she taught art at an art's college in Illinois when she stopped performing.

That side of the family is so artistically creative and I wish I had inherited some of that talent. Agnes and Amy's paternal aunt Lillian Howard was a talented artist and is google searchable. Here is one of her paintings that my cousin posted last week


Their maternal side of the family were what my Dad refered to as 'carnies' (I've posted about them before) and were aerialists that performed with I believe Barnum and called themselves the Aerial Macks. Their last names were McCullough. From what I can find, they may have stopped performing in 1922 when their trapeze rod snapped and Howard McCullough landed on his wife Winnie. He wasn't too injured but evidently she wrenched her ligaments and spine. Poor woman!

I think I'd rather have the drawing or performing talent. I'm fine with not having been a gymnast. Yikes.

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amethyst_witch
Sep. 6th, 2018 08:45 pm (UTC)
Wow :) Your family history is so rich. More! More!! I am especially interested in the "carnies" :> So cool!!
missdiane
Sep. 6th, 2018 09:45 pm (UTC)
That side of the family has some wild stuff. My buddy Emily teases me about my notorious “whores and bastards” and I come back with “yeah, whores and bastards to royalty!” I’m related to this gal
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_Howard
amethyst_witch
Sep. 7th, 2018 02:20 pm (UTC)
Whaaaaat!! Diane this is CRAZY!! I don't I'm related to anyone who ever did anything great lmao
missdiane
Sep. 7th, 2018 02:29 pm (UTC)
As far as you know ;)

I didn't know diddly squat about my ancestry until I started tree building and stuff. Then all hell broke loose.
Catherine is my 3rd cousin 16 times removed
https://www.geni.com/path/Diane-French+is+related+to+Catherine-Howard-5th-wife-of-King-Henry-VIII?from=6000000009364356715&to=6000000001465827019

I have Mayflower folks, multiple Revolutionary War folks, people key on the Underground Railroad. It's wild what you find when you start doing research!
amethyst_witch
Sep. 8th, 2018 06:51 pm (UTC)
Sooo cool!! The Underground Railroad...how inspiring :)

Maybe I should look into it :>
spikesgirl58
Sep. 6th, 2018 09:13 pm (UTC)
Very cool! :D Poor Winnie, though...
missdiane
Sep. 6th, 2018 09:47 pm (UTC)
I know! I found that on my lunch break and didn’t have time to search to see if they ever performed later. Hope I get some time at lunch tomorrow to look
spikesgirl58
Sep. 7th, 2018 01:27 pm (UTC)
Good luck or perhaps I should say, break a leg (but not literally).
a_phoenixdragon
Sep. 7th, 2018 09:24 pm (UTC)
That is so cool! And yay I know now about the icon (and the icon behind it!)
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