52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #35 Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond Yearbook Picture

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #35 Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond Yearbook Picture --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Cambridge High and Latin High School Yearbook Photo
Cambridge, Massachusetts. Year:  1942. Source Information
Ancestry.com. U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Dorothy Thelma Pierce 

Amy Johnson Crow, the author of the blog No Story Too Small, is the host of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blog Prompt series. If you are not familiar with the project please click on the following link:  Announcing 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 Edition.

Week 35 (August 27 – September 2) – School Days: Many kids have returned to school by this time. What do you know about your ancestors’ school days? Do you have any yearbooks? Have you found him or her in a local school census?

I decided to go along with this week's prompt because I love this yearbook picture I found of a cousin of mine and this seemed like the perfect time to share it. The picture is of my 2nd cousin 2x removed, Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond.

Here's how Dorothy and I are connected on my maternal line.


52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #35 Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond Yearbook Picture --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Bristow/Brister Harris was my 3rd great grandfather and he had two families. The family headed up by Rose Anderson resided in Wilmington, NC while the one headed up by Amy Brown resided in New Bern, NC. You can learn more about my 3rd great grandfather in the following post:  52 Ancestors: #22-- Bristow Harris Or Was It Bristoe, Brister or Bristol?  I am a descendant of Bristow's New Bern family while Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond was a descendant of his Wilmington family. 

This picture of Dorothy I think shows a lot of her personality. I never knew her but she seems like she was a real down to earth person. She probably had a real good sense of humor. I love her smile.

Dorothy Thelma Pierce was born on December 31, 1923 in New Rochelle, NY based on information found on her U.S. Social Security Application. Her parents were a Bertha F Lawson of Ossining, NY and a Henry C Pierce from Boston, MA. The family resided at 119 Winthrope Ave in New Rochelle, NY in 1930. 


52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #35 Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond Yearbook Picture --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Source Information Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Source CitationYear: 1930; Census Place: New Rochelle, Westchester, New York; Roll: 1663; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0273; Image: 991.0; FHL microfilm: 2341397

By 1935, the family had moved to Henry Pierce's hometown of Boston. This is where Bertha Pierce did most of her growing up.

Yearbooks can provide helpful details about the lives of our ancestors. On the page where I found her yearbook picture I also found this.

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #35 Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond Yearbook Picture --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Cambridge High and Latin High School Yearbook 
Cambridge, Massachusetts. Year:  1942. Source Information
Ancestry.com. U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Things learned:

Address in 1942:  14 Clarendon Avenue
Grammar School:  Ellis Grammar
Clubs:  Member of the drama committee
Career interest:  She wished to become a nurse and was training at Boston City Hospital


52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #35 Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond Yearbook Picture --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Cambridge High and Latin High School Yearbook 
Cambridge, Massachusetts. Year:  1942. Source Information
Ancestry.com. U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.



52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #35 Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond Yearbook Picture --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
 Cambridge High and Latin High School Yearbook Photo
Cambridge, Massachusetts. Year:  1942. Source Information
Ancestry.com. U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Image from the 1942 Yearbook of the
 Cambridge High and Latin School in Boston, MA.


After high school, my 2nd cousin 2x removed resided in Boston with her husband, James C Bond. Dorothy outlived her husband James, who died on died July 6, 1981. Dorothy passed away on April 9, 2005 in Silver Spring, MD.



Comments

  1. She looks really cute! Did she become a nurse?

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    1. I am still trying to figure this out Kristin. I will write an update when I know more. Thanks as always for reading :)

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  2. She looked so friendly and sweet. I see a resemblance in the smile. Loved all the photos of that time period. Great Post.

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    1. Thanks True! She really looked like someone who was easy to talk to.

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