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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Not My Ancestors! But Maybe Yours?

The following two photos are from the Alice Wilcox Collection (AWC). They belonged to Elma Graver Williams, who was born 13 April 1889 in Illinois. Elma married Howard Pettis Wilcox on 13 November 1920, and their daughter Alice Wilcox was born 7 September 1921 in Rockford, Illinois.

Elma would have been 11 years old when she received the first photo, and 12 when the second photo was taken.

These photos were scanned at 400 dpi, which is a high enough resolution to allow them to be printed a bit larger than the originals. To download a photo, right-click on it and select "Save Image As" from the drop-down menu. Navigate to the folder where you'd like to store the photo, then click Save.

This first photograph was taken at Rowley Studio, De Kalb, Illinois. The original photo is approximately 3" x 4" including the mounting card. It is identified on the back: Stella M. Jordan to Elma, Apr. 1900. In the 1900 census of De Kalb, there is a Stella M. Jordan residing as a lodger with the Benjamin Knoodle family. She was said to be born in June 1877 in Illinois. She was a 22-year-old student at the time. Ancestry doesn't seem to recognize and suggest any other documentation for her.

The second photograph was taken at Appleby's Studio, West Chicago, Illinois. It is identified in pencil on the back: Mabel P. Fairbank, June 1901. In 1900, both the Fairbank family and the Williams family were enumerated in Winfield Township, DuPage County, Illinois. Mabel was born 22 November 1884, according to information posted at Ancestry. The overall dimensions of this photo are about 4" x 8.25".

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

Such wonderful photos. I hope you can find someone interested in them.

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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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