December 27th, 2013

Cover Photos
Top Center- William Palmer Holman And Wife Lois Grant Holman
2nd Row From Left- George Waitt And Wife Ella Holman Waitt ; Holman Waitt And Hazel Palmer Waitt
3rd Row From Left-Dr. William Armstead And Wife Minnie Griffin Armstead; George Gaston And Wife Amy Johnston Gaston
4th Row From Left- William Gaston And Wife Mildred Armstead Gaston; Theodore Waitt And Wife Elaine Leary Waitt
5th Row- Joan Gaston Waitt And Husband Norman Waitt Senior
6th Row-Norman Waitt, Jr., Cynthia Waitt, Marcia Waitt, Theodore Waitt
My thanks to the designer, the astoundingly good Chris Radloff at

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family, wherever you are, you need one”.  Jane Howard

Every family has a historian, or at least, I hope they do, and in my family, I must have at some point raised my hand and said, “I’ll do it” and they said, “that works”.  So, I do it.

With my great grandfather, Holman Waitt,  Lois's grandson, in the late 1950's.

With my great grandfather, Holman Waitt in the late 1950’s.

I must have gotten my enthusiasm listening to my wonderful great grandfather Holman Waitt, above and top right on the book cover, for the Waitt side of things.  My mother, Joan Gaston Waitt, has done a good job passing on stories from her side. Both sides of the family have, in some parts, been in America for close to 400 years.

So, this year, I decided to cut and paste a few blog posts I’ve written over the last couple of years, piece them together, call someone good at making it all look right, and give these little books out to my family.  I think it worked well.  My niece Stephanie had originally encouraged me.  Being a mother herself now, she wanted something to give to her grandchildren.

There are ten chapters, starting in 1856 and ending this year.  I hope it’s just volume one, and I think in a few years, it could need updating, particularly as this group below are and will be making their own history.

waitt cousins

From left, Ben Waitt Hunnel, Natalie Waitt Gibson, Stephanie Campbell, Max Waitt, Hailey Waitt, Emily Waitt, and Sophie Waitt.

and for this guy too, my nephew Sam Waitt

sam grad

Sam Waitt

My mother had also hoped I’d do something like this.  She’s a bit challenging to buy for, and has a critical eye, to say the least, but what she said to me today was this, ” I loved the book, I read it straight through, and even though it’s about all of us, I couldn’t put it down”.

I understood what she said.  After all, history is really just stories, and every human who walks the earth has a story that’s completely their own.  If you tell them well enough, people will read them, even the not -yet- born grandchildren of Stephanie.   That’s why I do this.


4 Comments on “Stories”

  1. Deb Donovan said at 5:54 am on December 27th, 2013:

    Cindy, I think what you have done for your family is profound and sweet. I can understand why your mother was so touched and impressed. I did something much more limited, but similar, for my boys while I was living in England. I made each of them pictorial histories of their lives to that point, including not only family, but others who were dear to them or pivotal in their respective lives. Even though they were young adults at the time of my divorce from their dad, the fact that I lived in England couldn’t help but put a strain on our relationship. They treasured their gifts and still bring them out now and again when we are gathered as a family.

    Soon, I hope to supplement that gift with expanded (photos, when available) copies of their family tree. A gift of memory is on a plane by itself in terms of its unique and special nature. Kudos to you for doing that for your family!

    Warmly, Deb

  2. cindy said at 1:31 am on December 28th, 2013:

    Oh, thank you, Deb. It’s so great to read that others have helped preserve those precious memories!!! Hope you are well, and thanks for writing.
    Warmly back to you, Cindy

  3. Stephanie said at 1:45 am on December 29th, 2013:


    What a beautiful, thoughtful and meaningful gift for your family! Taking the time to capture the stories and doing so given your talent for writing, I am sure it is a gift that will be appreciated for generations to come. All the best,


  4. cindy said at 9:18 pm on December 29th, 2013:

    Thank you, Stephanie. It was fun to put together. I’m hoping to inspire others to explore their roots and history. Another way people do this is making a video or a voice recording. Happy New Year to you!

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