This is my great-great grandfather (right), Hector MacInnis Cantelo, and his son John William “Billy” Cantelo.
Hector was born on September 16th, 1840, and died on November 15th, 1933. John was born on October 29, 1876, and died in February 1960. This picture was taken sometime around 1900, when Hector and John came over to Maine from Prince Edward Island to visit relatives (possibly my great-grandmother) for about a month. Apparently Hector used to write dozens and dozens of songs and poems with which to entertain family and friends. There’s a possibility that one of his hand-written poems is still in the possession of the lady I’ve been communicating with via Ancestry.com. She provided me with this photo a few days ago.
Hector wrote poems and songs.
Jessie (Hector’s daughter, my great-grandmother) wrote poems.
My grandmother’s sister Peggy wrote poetry.
The lady I’ve been communicating with, my grandmother’s first cousin once removed, is an English teacher.
My mother wrote short stories.
And then there’s me.
And, according to my sister, my niece Sable loves to write.
Apparently this writing thing runs in the family.