Today, I would like to honor my maternal Grandmother, Julia Caroline Wood (Bushnell). Yesterday, you met my paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Rachael Holden. Now this is grandma Bushnell’s Mother’s Day remembrance.

Maternal – Grandmother, Julia Caroline and Grandpa Horace Chester Bushnell, taken AUG 3, 1924

Julia Caroline Wood was born in the Town of Butternuts, now Gilbertsville, New York. She arrived 26 Nov 1862 as the third child of thirteen brothers and sisters. Her parents, my great-grandparents, were Gilbert Wood (1829-1885) and Elvira F Halbert (1833-1909).

Horace Chester and Julia Caroline Bushnell, Family AUG 3, 1924 (Charles sitting with wife, Bertha behind. Uncle Gilbert and Isabelle, Arthur Iverson and my mother sitting in front of him. That may be Homer in front – Charles’ son)

After having their first two children, Sarah Lovina 1859 and William Halbert 1860, my great grandfather joined the military from 1862-1863 (Civil War).

Julia Caroline was born 26 Nov 1862 while he was serving. Here are all her siblings:

  • Sara Lovina 1859
  • William Halbert – 1860-1931
  • Julia Caroline – 1862-1948
  • Charles Henry – 1864-1950
  • Lemuel Cady – 1866-1927
  • Samuel – Abt 187
  • Elvira Lena – Abt 1869
  • Lillian May – 1870-1953
  • Gilbert Morris – 1872-1875
  • Howard S – 1874-1875
  • Winey D – 1876-
  • Archie Lee – 1879-1922
  • Harvey Gilbert Jr. – 1880-1941
Bushnell Family
Bushnell Family – Grandfather Horace on left, Uncle Charles, Isabelle, Aunt Bertha, Uncle Gilbert, my mom and dad, behind my grandmother.

Julia Caroline married Horace Chester Bushnell on 8 Jul 1857 in Butternuts, New York. They had four children, of which my mother, Gertrude, was the last one born.

  • Charles Ross Bushnell 19 Dec 1889
  • Elizabeth W (Bessie) Bushnell – June 1891 and died at 19 years of age in 1910
  • Gilbert Lucius Bushnell – 28 Jan 1893 – 17 Jan 1965
  • Gertrude Viola Bushnell – 30 Sep 1900 – 11 Jul 1957 (my Mother)

When I was about five, my mother took four of us kids out to New York to visit my grandparents. That is the only time I remember seeing her.

“Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:20 NKJV)

Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
(Deuteronomy 5:16 NKJV)

My Grandmother, Julia Caroline, passed on to glory on 27 Jul 1948 in Gilbertsville, New York. This is another grandparent that I will be looking for when I get to heaven.