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Subject: Re: Ismeria
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: March 14, 2010 at 7:34:16 AM
Reply to: Ismeria by Michele Hardy
Anne Catherine Emmerich, a 19th century German mystic, claimed to have had revelations which told her that the parents of St. Anne (and so the maternal grandparents of the Virgin Mary) were named Eliud and Ismeria.

I haven't found yet whether the name Ismeria was ever mentioned before Emmerich's visions. But I would imagine your great-aunt got the name because of the idea that Ismeria was Mary's grandmother. French Canadians seem to have been particularly interested in giving children names of obscure saints back during the 19th century.

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