Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

My Grandmother Allen

This is my grandmother Allen- a studio portrait. She hated having her picture taken- don't we all?- and particularly despised this one. Sorry, Granny, but your great grandson would like to see you.

She was born Mary Vectis Jackson. Vectis is the Roman name for the Isle of Wight- where she grew up. There's a family story- religiously passed down- about some Jackson relative who once shared the deck of the Isle of Wight ferry with no less a person than Alfred Lord Tennyson but was too timid to approach him.  

She trained as a woodcarver- I have examples of her work- married late and was widowed early. She was a lovely person- artistic, strong-willed and- from a small boy's perspective- lots of fun.
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