Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Celebrating Women's History Month-Day 6: Grandmom's Crawling Baby Doll

Blog Prompt Day 6 from The Accidental Genealogist
Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor (wedding ring or other jewelry, china, clothing, etc.) If you don’t have any, then write about a specific object you remember from your mother or grandmother, or aunt (a scarf, a hat, cooking utensil, furniture, etc.)

 I had a hard time choosing what to write about today! I have been blessed to have been given several heirloom items from different branches of my family tree. I finally decided that I would share the first heirloom I was given.

Azile Juanita Daugrity
Mid 1920's
© Cheri Hudson Passey

     When my maternal Grandmother Azile Daughrity Roberts Sullivan was a child, her father Manning David Daughrity,Jr. worked as a clerk in a department store in downtown Sumter, SC.
 One day he brought his youngest daughter, my grandmother, a beautiful new doll that they had just received in the store. The story told is that they only received two of those dolls and she was one of the lucky little girls to get one.

Manning David Daughrity ,Jr.-In light suit
Sumter, SC Department Store
©Cheri Hudson Passey

   My Grandmom told me how much she loved that doll and how thrilled she was to get it. The best thing about it? It crawled! Something new for the mid 1920's.

When she was telling me the story about her father bringing her the doll, she looked at me and said  "Do you want that old thing?"  Ummm,,,,,,yes! It is now in a  display case in my living room.  

  Azile Daughrity's Crawling Doll- mid 1920's
Doll in possession of Cheri Hudson Passsey
© Cheri Hudson Passey

Azile Daaughrity's Crawling Doll - mid 1920's
Doll in possession of Cheri Hudson Passey
© Cheri Hudson Passey


  1. Great story! Amazing how a "old thing" can take so much meaning!

  2. What a great treasure Cheri! I love the story behind it, especially when your grandmother asks if you'd like that old thing! LOL! I enjoyed reading your rememberance.

    1. It's funny that she said that to me because my Mom says she would never let her touch it when she was a child! I was thrilled when she let me have it.
      Thanks for stopping by Cindy!

  3. Downtown Sumter! Our ancestors really are from the same neck of the woods! It is amazing that doll has held up so well for all these years. I can tell its age by the material. And I notice that it is dressed in both pink and blue!

  4. Yes they were! I hope that we will find a connection one day! Maybe they at least knew each other if not related.
    I appreciate your support so much!