If Samuel hadn’t had a daughter called Sophia in 1793 whose sons were blacksmiths
If Mary (born 1796), and a widow at 26, hadn’t gone on to marry James and had a son called Eli
If James and Mary hadn’t had an 8th child, a daughter called Sarah, born in 1798
If Samuel and Elizabeth hadn’t had a son John in 1799
If Stephen hadn’t married Hannah (born 1785) in 1805 and had six children
If William and Ann hadn’t had a son called John in 1806
If John hadn’t married Kitty (born 1814) who worked in a cotton mill from the age of 7, and had a daughter called Ann
If John and Sarah hadn’t had a daughter Rebecca in 1824
If Jemima (born 1801) hadn’t married John in 1825 and had a daughter called Elizabeth
If Joseph (born 1805) hadn’t married Mary, a cotton spinner, (born 1801) and had a son Ralph in 1835
If John hadn’t married Sarah in 1826 and had a daughter called Sarah
If Sarah hadn’t married William in 1847
If Eli hadn’t married Rebecca in 1848 and had 7 children, the 4th a son, John
If Frederick and Elizabeth hadn’t had a daughter called Rosa in 1859
If Rosa hadn’t married John and had a son Alfred who fought in the Boer War
If Sarah Jane hadn’t run a pub and had a daughter called Millicent who was a dressmaker
If Alfred and Millicent hadn’t married and had 13 children
I wouldn’t have been born.
That’s awesome………………………. isn’t it?
I’m only on this planet because of all these people and what they did in their lives. Without any one of them, I wouldn’t exist.
And neither would my art.
I find that somehow very humbling……………………….