The theme for week 32 in my 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is Youngest.
Let me introduce you to my mother’s father’s youngest sister, Marion Wren.
In this picture, Marion is the smiling bundle of excitement on the floor in the middle of the picture. She looks like a happy little child, doesn’t she?
Marion Wren was born 5 Jun 1904 in Sutton, Nevada County, Arkansas. She was the third child and third daughter of Sam Scott Wren and Pearl Hudson Wren. Her two older sisters, Mildred and Norvelle Wren, adored her and talked about her often.
Look closely at the picture. It looks like Pearl is pregnant. That would be the soon to be born Henry Hudson Wren, my grandfather. He was born 18 July 1906 in Sutton.
Little Marion’s story is short and sad. The family lived out in the country and had fires for heat in the house. One day in November, after her little brother, Hudson, was born, Marion was playing with the baby in his crib. She was just two years old herself.
I guess the crib must have been near one of the fires or stoves. As Norvelle and Mildred told it, little Marion was leaning over the crib and her little skirt brushed through the fire, caught fire, and she was burned to death. She died 24 Nov 1906 and was buried at Harmony Church Cemetery in Nevada County, Arkansas.
Even though she had a short life, over eighty years later, her sisters still talked about her smile.