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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hower Family of Kentucky: A Photo Identification Project

Harry Reid Bright, great-grandson of Peter Hower of Shelbyville, Kentucky, donated some very interesting family photos to Kentucky Historical Society's Ohio River Portrait Project (click to see the photos; all but the last one on the page were donated by Mr. Bright).

The most exciting one for me was a large group photo he identified as the Hower family. There are 41 people in the photo, but Harry only identified two: his father Harry Hower Bright (1897-1951) and his father's sister. He did not identify the sister by name, but based upon family tree information, I believe it would have been Annette Bright (1905-1984). This brings up an important question about the date of the photograph. On the Kentucky Historical Society website, the date of the photo is said to be 1903. However, that date may have been estimated, either by Harry or by someone working on the photo project, and if Harry is correct about the little girl, the date of the photo would have to be later, probably about 1907 or 1908. It appears to have been taken in the summertime, and may have been a celebration of Peter Hower and Martha Jane Neale's July 3rd wedding anniversary.

I am hoping to identify many more Hower family members in this photo with help from my readers. To that end, I've given a number to each person in the photo, and I ask that if you recognize someone in this family portrait, please click to use my Contact form to correspond with me privately about it, and please include your email address so I can reply to you if I have questions because, no doubt, I will! And I'll want to thank you profusely!

As I get more information, I will add it to the identification list below the photo.

To view the photo larger, right-click on it and select View Image. Click again to enlarge.

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10. Annette Bright (1905-1984), identified by her brother's son Harry Reid Bright.
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15. Peter Hower (1829-1908), tentatively identified by TK Sand based upon the title of the photo (Hower Family Photograph, Shelbyville, KY), the approximate date of the photo, the fact that Peter Hower and Martha Jane Neale were the senior members of this family and these two people appear to be the eldest people in the group and are positioned in the center of the group, and the fact that the size of the group is fairly close to the number of Hower descendants who would have been living at the time of the photo. If this identification is correct, the photo can be dated no later than 1908, because Peter died on December 14th of that year.
16. Martha Jane (nee Neale) Hower (1844-1913), tentatively identified by TK Sand based upon the title of the photo (Hower Family Photograph, Shelbyville, KY), the approximate date of the photo, the fact that Peter Hower and Martha Jane Neale were the senior members of this family and these two people appear to be the eldest people in the group and are positioned in the center of the group, and the fact that the size of the group is fairly close to the number of Hower descendants who would have been living at the time of the photo.
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18. Harry Hower Bright (1897-1951), identified by his son Harry Reid Bright.
19. Clifton Fleming Bright (1863-1949), tentatively identified by TK Sand based upon visual similarity to a photo of Clifton and Margaret Bright identified by their grandson Harry Reid Bright.
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30. Sarah Margaret (nee Hower) Bright (1869-1944), tentatively identified by TK Sand based upon visual similarity to a photo of Clifton and Margaret Bright identified by their grandson Harry Reid Bright.
31. Peter Hower Jr., identified by his grandson Gilbert Morrison Ellis.
32. Martha Ann "Mattie" (nee Smith) Hower, identified by her grandson Gilbert Morrison Ellis.
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As a finding aid to bring interested search-engine users to this page, I'm including a list below of Hower family members (with estimated age in 1908 in parentheses) who may appear in this photo. Or they may not! I don't know! But I hope we'll find out someday.

Dr. Thomas Jefferson Hower (46), his wife Amanda Stivers (43), daughter Anna M. Hower (20)

Mary Ann (Mollie) Hower (44), her husband Stephen Boulware (44), daughter Maymie Starling Boulware (19)

Allene Hower (18), Bernice Hower (16), Pryor Campbell Hower (9) -- their parents were present and are already identified

Raymond W. Bright (5) -- his parents and siblings were present and are already identified

Minnie Belle Hower (36), her husband Octavius Newton Banta (42), daughter Lucille Banta (14), daughter Isabelle H. Banta (12), son James Newton Banta (9)

James Samuel Hower (34), his wife Achie Anna Wilborn (30), daughter Leone Kincaid Hower (11), daughter Phyllis Hower (9), son Carl Ridgeway Hower (7), daughter Margaret Elizabeth Hower (3)

Henrietta Todd Hower (32), her husband Erasmus Brent Banta (34), daughter Grace Banta (13), son Peter Ralph Banta (9), daughter Annabell Banta (7), daughter Virginia Banta (4), son Neale Wilson Banta (b. Jan 1907)

Georgia Hower (28), her husband John Kapp (43), and possibly John's brother Peter Kapp (33)

John William Hower (25), his wife Mary Bell Wood (22) -- they were married 7 April 1908.


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  • 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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