Before My Time is about the ancestry and extended family of my four grandparents: John Samuel Krentz (Indiana/North Dakota), Margreta Tjode Hedwig (Gertie) Buss (North Dakota), Rosmer Pettis Kerr (Pennsylvania/Michigan), and Evelyn Elvina Hauer (Michigan), and other topics in genealogy and family history.

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Thursday, October 02, 2008


Rosmer Pettis Kerr and his mother Kate, ca. 1896


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Cheryl said...

This is the best photo I have EVER seen. How great that somebody caught this on film!

Jasia said...

Oh my gosh! How absolutely charming!!! This one takes the cake.

Becky said...

Absolutely precious. I love the mother's expression.

Nikki-ann said...

Brilliant! What a funny photo... unusual for that time, I bet. :) Thanks for sharing this funny bone with us!

footnoteMaven said...

This is a great photograph and perfect for the Smile Carnival!

I love the fact that through the carnival we get to see photographs that would not normally be available to us.


T.K. said...

Many thanks for your comments, fellow Genea-Bloggers, and I apologize for being slow to acknowledge!

I think Nikki-Ann is right about this being an unusual photo for that era, as it does include motions, albeit the small motions of laughter and the feather, but I guess maybe that's why it's a little on the blurry side. What a pity we don't all have photos of our ancestors laughing. All those somber portraits we see--I think they give the impression that those were humorless times. This one makes me imagine Kate not just as a mother but as a mom. And Rosmer--well, I knew him, and I would have to say the Grandpa I knew was pretty much the same guy as the kid in the picture, with a subtle sense of fun and teasing.

When Rosmer was three, his father died. Whether that was before or after this photo, I do not know.

looking4ancestors said...

Greetings T.K.,
This is my first visit to your blog. I have enjoyed reading your posts, but I had to comment on this photo. It is marvelous! How wonderful to see your ancestors in such a light-hearted moment.

T.K. said...

Thanks for coming by, Kathryn. This was my first post for Smile for the Camera. I've been a little slow catching up on all the goings-on among the genea-bloggers this year. "Funny Bone" was a great prompt for me--I thought of this photo right away and had to share it!

Msteri said...

Hi t.k. You chose a perfect carnival to join in on! What a wonderful photo! It is so unusual for that time to see the smiles......absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing!


T.K. said...

Thanks for visiting, Msteri. Welcome! I'm already looking forward to the next Smile carnival... Oh Baby! I have a cutie for that one too!

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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