Family History Items

Nantucket Baskets

I was too young to miss all of the fun on Nantucket when our entire tribe would go there each Summer for a month.  My stylish grandmother (pictured below) would arrange everything.  She passed away shortly after I was born. Notice her Nantucket Basket perched beside her.

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In my house I have a water color of an ancestor's ship- the Caroline Ellems Mastered by Ira Brewster Ellems.  My first name is really Ira….so this is where my name originated. He was a direct decendant of William Brewster who headed the pilgrim church.

The caption on the painting reads:

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This is on the bottom of my Aunt's Nantucket basket with a depiction of the boat on the top.

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The bottom of the basket shows the signature of the famous Jose Formosa Reyes who created the basket in 1963

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Here is the watercolor of the ship

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