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The Lund children of Elof & Clara Lund: Blanche, Clarence, George, Walter, Archie and Alice.

Life as a farmer is a hard life in the mid-west. It can also be a rewarding life. I have been fortunate to have ancestors who believed in keeping a pictorial record of their families. I have a four-generation picture of mothers of the Lund family:


Mary "Millie" Monismith nee Brown
Ella Mae Lund nee Brown
Dorothy Jeanette Lund nee Mitchell nee Canfield
Dorothy Virginia Lund

Many of my grandparents lived to see grandchildren wed. Many of their siblings did not.

Walter L. & Dorothy J. Lund

Raised in California, by the time I was out of the military (1973), and was admitted to the State Bar of California (1982), most of my mid-west relatives had passed away. I missed getting to know them and, from those who remain, believe they were pretty wonderful people.

The family of my paternal grandmother, Mary Floroence Hurt, have been traced back to William Hurt (1628-1701) and Margaret Hurt (nee Glover - 1635-1704), who emigrated to Virginia, in 1650, thirty years after the landing of the Mayflower. The family stayed in the Virginia colony until four generations later, my GGGF, John S. (1779-1852) and Catherine B. Hurt (nee Bowles - 1808-1866), moved with their children to Mississippi. My GGF, Jefferson Jackson Hurt (1840-1898) and Mary Millie Ann Hurt (nee Burns - 1859 - ), brought my paternal grandmother, Mary Florence Dutton nee Hurt, into this world.


Edward Byron Dutton & Mary Florence Dutton nee Hurt

She was the daughter-in-law of Rebbecca Jane Dutton nee Tucker (above - spouse of James Cass Dutton Jr.), and wife of my grandfather, Edward Byron Dutton.

Since my father died when I was fifteen, I did not get to know him as a person as well as many have the opportunity. If your dad and mom are still with you and circumstances allow it, I strongly encourage you to talk to them, listen to and record their stories, travels, adventures, and the stuff about friends they had and have that you will never know if you don't take the iniative. For the fathers who saw comabt or military service, I urge similar advice. I am presently rated at 80% service connected disability. In California, state veterans' benefits paid for one daughter's university education through her M.S. in Biology. The price for me was steep but her education was worth it. After years of therapy, I now take opportunities to talk about my combat service to classes, my older grandchildren, and friends. It makes the pain easier to bear. And your progeny will never understand why most combat veterans stress that war is not to be sought out; but you go to war when it's necessary. They need to understand these lessons. The last time I hugged my dad, I was about fourteen and I will never forget the smell of a tinge of sweat and Old Spice; mixed with deep love.

 

 

  
Dorothy Virginia Dutton nee Lund
and Edward Jefferson Dutton

 

Presently, the eight Dutton siblings, children of Edward Jefferson and Dorothy Viriginia Dutton (nee Lund) have altogether 14 children and twelve grandchildren. I do not include names or other information about our live siblings or children. A few pictures fills out the family.

 

 
Lacey & Clancy
(empty-nest syndrome kids)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I sent the oldest grandson the entire set of the Hardy Boy series of adventure books. Some were given to me when I was young and they engaged my imagination and sense of adventure. Value your family while you have them.