With the passing of my Grandma Beecher in September 2000, those
who made the way for me have filled my thoughts.
I have begun again in earnest a Family History
that I began some years ago to ensure that my children will
understand and appreciate their rich heritage.
This website is dedicated to the memory of those
who have gone before and left a legacy of which I am immensely
proud, especially to my Grandma Mary Gannam Saraf Beecher and
my Great Aunt Florence "Honey" Gildea. They are now
and always have been my heroes.
Let us remember the lessons our ancestors have
taught us and strive to pass these on to future generations.
And let us remember that we are the ancestors for whom future
generations will search, and let us leave a legacy they will
be proud to find.
you have a Fischer or Gildea ancestor, check out Upton,
Walden, Travers, Beall, Gildea, Ivey, Murken, Konemann, Chalker,
Brannan (Branham), Hannah, Conner, Murray, Highnote, McNorrell,
Keene, Cleary, Ryan, Fischer and Russell. If you have a Saraf
or Gannam ancestor, check out Gannam, Abraham, Saraf, Tabakian,
Tootle, and Beecher.
Some of the photos found in Mother's garage are from a single
roll. Some are bound together in a booklet and some are in pocket
folder from the camera store that developed the film. I've kept
the photos from a single roll together, to maintain the context
in which they were taken, so there may be several families and
events represented in one roll. Follow the links to photo pages.
1 - 1943 to 1955 Page
2 - 1956-1959 Page
3 - 1960-1975
Have fun and hit the pause buttom on your media player to stop the film
and try to identify faces!
If you can identify people I did not, let me know!
1956 - Fischer/Beecher/Gildea
Kim, Iris, Mary Ann, Neil, Bogie, Grandma, Harold, Grandma
Kate, Uncle Bootsie, Jimmy, Chuckie
- Saraf Wedding 1951
Edith Jenkins, Mary Ann, Phyllis, Rose, Antoinette, Phillip,
Neil Fischer, Sr. Daria Gildea, Uncle Mike, Georgie Tabakian,
Mary Valenti, Bob Jenkins, Harold, Grandpa Gannam
- Saraf Wedding 1949
Phyllis, Uncle George, Uncle Phillip, Mary Valenti, Uncle Mike
Gannam, Bob and Edith Jenkins, Rose, Mary Ann, Harold, Grandma
- Saraf Wedding 1955
at the beginning and end, Aunt Rose & Uncle Sam Tootle, Harold,
Grandma, Neil Fischer, Aunt Antoinette & Uncle Charlie, Uncle
George & Aunt Phyllis, Georgie, Kathy, and Cindy Tabakian,
Bogie, Iris, Uncle Mike and Aunt Mariam Gannam, Grandpa Gannam,
Uncle Phillip (Reception at Aunt Phyllis and Uncle George's House)
- Grandma Beecher - 1964
Kids: Kim, Neil, Robert, Steven at 1444 Marlborough Way; Grandma's
house on Hopkins Street - Aunt Phyllis, Uncle George, kids and
boat; Grandma Beecher
Kids 1970 - Fooling around
2, Box 444F, Wilmington Island - Mama in the kitchen, Kim, Neil,
Robert, Steven, Kim's
rabbits, pillow fights
Gannam Video circa 1972-1975
Filmed by Antoine Saraf - Grandpa, Beth, Julie, Brent Saraf. Angela
and Sam Tootle, Grandma Beecher & Harold, Uncle George and
Aunt Phyllis Tabakian
and a couple of the kids, Aunt Nell and Uncle George Saraf and
Karam Gannam Speaks
of Christian Burial Neil J. Fischer, Sr.
Soloist - Ashley Peters
Readers: Catherine Margaret Fischer &
Patrice Hope Fischer
Presentation of the Gifts:
Steven, Gabriella, Alexis and
Mary Sophia Fischer
Removal of Coffin
Pall Bearers: Sons-Neil, Robert & Steven Fischer. Grandsons-Geoffrey
& Robert Fischer, Christopher Peters
Burial with Navy color guard from
St. Mary's Georgia
Navy Submarine Base
postcards, maps and city directories give us a glimpse of the
world in which our ancestors lived.
/ Russell - Jacksonville Pre 1901, Savannah.
Gannam - Manchester, New Hampshire; Savannah.
Saraf - Syria; Troy, New York; Detroit; Jacksonville 1920s;
How to use Obituaries - Powerpoint
Bios and memories, as well as, government and legal documents
may contain factual errors. Example: My transcript from college
lists me as, "KIM PETERS, WHITE MALE" and I am a daughter,
sister, mother - not a MALE. Therefore, I seek at least two sources
in order to verify data. Remember this when using information
whether from a person or a legal document.
I am constantly adding and rearranging information on the site
so links sometimes get broken and go nowhere. If you find a broken
link let me know. If you find mistakes - PLEASE let me know. Most
of all be patient, check back every so often as this will take
years. Special thanks to Iris and David for their efforts to preserve
our Gannam and Saraf family history by scanning photos and documents
and for sharing these with the family on CD ROM. This site would
not be possible without their efforts.
Contact Kim for more info and/or higher quality document images.
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