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Monday, October 13

The only daughter ...................

The Reid’s magnificent Greek Revival mansions was home to a bustling family of seven children. Reigning supreme was Sarah Elizabeth Reid[16], the only daughter. According the family tradition[17], in 1839, a music teacher from Boston, on the advice of her physician, moved to Eatonton and made arrangements to live with the Reids until her health improved. The teacher arrived by stagecoach and a few days later, her piano was delivered. The piano[18] was unpacked and positioned in the parlor. As the teacher began to play, little five year old Sarah was captivated. Although exposed to string instruments she had never heard anything to compare with the beautiful sounds coming from that piano.

The teacher observed Sarah’s eyes light up when she heard the music and realized this charming child had stolen her heart. She promptly took Sarah as her first pupil. With the capable instruction of the teacher, Sarah’s innate musical talent soon became apparent. With patience remarkable for one so young, Sarah quickly became her prized student.

In 1841, her health much improved, Sarah’s beloved teacher packed her piano and returned to Boston, leaving behind a heartbroken child. Devastated by the loss of her friend and the piano, the child could not be consoled. Her parents contacted the teacher and asked her to arrange construction of a piano exactly like hers from the Chickering & MacKay Company of Boston.

TO BE CONTINUED ............


Margaret said...

G,Day Therese, I rushed through your family history, shouldn't have I know I will get back to it later on . What I am interested inis where your Reids came from before settling in America ? and if any came out to Australia ? I like history also.

Smilingsal said...

Sarah was a fortunate little girl to have had a piano teacher at such a young age, AND to have had parents wealthy enough to get her a piano! Thanks for sharing.

jeanne said...

Theresa, thanks for the email about the paper dolls. It reminded me that Beverly's mother collected famous paper dolls and they were so neat. She had Princess Diana.

Oh how I enjoyed Sarah's story. I can't wait to read more. I love piano music and took lessons long ago. Now I don't think I could play. I gave my piano to my daughter.
Have a happy day and keep those stories coming about your family.

Love, Jeanne

Dawn said...

Theresa that is a great story about Sarah. Did she get her piano? I wish I could play. I think music is a wonderful gift!

take care,

Twice as Nice said...

Please, don't keep us waiting. This is like something out of a novel. I need to know what happened next.

Beverly said...

Theresa, I am so loving reading about your heritage. My husband and I have genealogy as a shared hobby.

Thank you for sharing. And, don't go thinking a thing about that tag. I won't mind even if you don't do it.

Rue said...

Hi Theresa :)

I'm really enjoying your families story. I can't wait to read more!


judicreations said...

Hi Theresa
I have to tell you. I have had your site opened since I wrote to you just enjoying your lovely music. I'm at work. What a lovely selection of music. Thank you.

The W.O.W. factor said...

Can't wait to hear more! Tell us Sara became some world reknown talent!