Eternally in My Heart

Eternally in My Heart
Lord, grant Charles eternal rest in Your loving arms.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

ABC Wednesday: Xenodochium

sited on Ellis Island
where the Rudes entered. 

My pa's ancestors
from Stratford-upon-Avon
emigrated here.

defintion of xenodochium
a building for reception of strangers

I think that the building on Ellis Island
certainly qualifies as a xenodochium
since it received innumerable strangers
faring their way into our country.

Eternal thanks to my brother's widow
who began the search for both of our parents' ancestors
many, many years ago.  Additionally, it was through
her efforts that our family's name is posted on a wall
at Ellis Island.

my middle son 
standing by our family's name

sharing with ABC Wednesday


Reader Wil said...

Interesting building. It looks like a medieval castle! Thanks for this piece of historie.
Wil, ABCW Team.

Roger Owen Green said...

GREAT word. Never saw it before, though recognize the prefix.

Leslie: said...

Perfect for our X week! Love your photos!

abcw team

MeOfCourse said...

That is wonderful Norma. Your son looks very proud and you sound very proud as well you should be.

Ann said...

Oh yes Ellis Island was a xenodochium. My relatives from Scotland came through there.

Norma Ruttan said...

Ann, my sister-in-law discovered that some of our grandmother's family also came from Scotland, but we're unsure if they came that same way.

Norma Ruttan said...

One forgets that the whole world doesn't know about Ellis Island. I'm glad to share it with you.

Norma Ruttan said...

thanks, Roger, I got it from Phronistery.