North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

June 18, 2013

Six-generation family appreciates life

By Morgan Turberville
North Jefferson News

GARDENDALE — It’s not every day that one finds a family that can say it has six generations of family members that are all gathered in one place.

The lineage began with Dottie Myers, a native of Toronto, Canada, who was born in 1913. She moved to Chicago in 1923 and received her American citizenship in 1943. She was followed by daughter Carol Hood, born in Chicago in 1930.

Myers and Hood both live in Gardendale.

Hood relocated to Alabama in 1949 after marrying a man from the area; Hood’s daughter Sandy Leslie, who grew up in the Snow Rogers area, was born the same year.

The next in the lineage is Lee Leslie, who moved around in the Army, born in 1968; then came great-grandson Curtis Leslie, who was born in Tacoma, Wash., in 1991. The newest addition, Brody Leslie, was born in Birmingham in 2013.

The family has 100 years worth of generations, spanning from the birth of Myers in 1913, to the birth of Brody Leslie in 2013, a fact that Sandy Leslie says is a “blessing from God.”

“When you sit and think about it, it’s really amazing,” Leslie, who is in the middle of the multi-generation family, said of the fact that the six generations are all still alive and well.

“I can still talk to my grandmother about things that went on in her life,” Leslie said. She also shared the importance of the younger generations to still have a connection with older generations.

“I’m just glad my grandmother lived to see that many generations,” Leslie added.

For a family that is still growing and expanding, the family considers every generation to be a blessing.