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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Some Identified Photos from the Alice Wilcox Collection


As an aid to understanding who's who in Alice Wilcox's family tree, I offer this graphic with the usual caveat: Do your own research! This chart is of the quick & dirty variety, and although there's a lot of supporting documentation available on the Ancestry website, there still may be errors. Nevertheless, I'll use it as a visual aid as I work with items from the Alice Wilcox Collection.

There were two photographs in the Collection which were identified on the back:

Mrs. William Graver
Taken at Green Bay, Wis.
August 1899

They were taken at the Kurz Photography Studio, which was located at 210-212 Cherry Street. 


William Graver was a great-grandfather on Alice's mother's side. He was born 9 May 1842 in Pennsylvania, of German parents, Phillip and Christina Graver. According to the 1900 census of Chicago, he'd been married for 33 years. That would mean he was married about 1867. His wife, in the photos above, was Christina Penman, who is thought to have been born 11 March 1848 in Scotland.  This information doesn't agree with the birth date recorded in the 1900 census, which was clearly based on an arithmetic error. According to this census, Christina had given birth to nine children, but only seven were still living.

Of those children, it appears only two were girls. One of them was Alice Wilcox's maternal grandmother, Alice Penman Graver, born 7 April 1868 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. The other was Elizabeth Margaret Graver, born 4 July 1874. Because Elizabeth was the only sister of Alice, I am inclined to believe it was she who wrote this on the back of the photo below, also taken by Kurz:

With love to sister Alice and "A Happy New Year" Jan 1, 1904


Elizabeth Graver was married 21 June 1898 to Edwin Martin Krippner. They had four children. The first two, both born in Brown County, Wisconsin, were Philip Graver Krippner, born 11 November 1899, and Dorothy L. Krippner, born 9 February 1901. The photograph below (Kurz again) is identified this way on the back:

For Grandpa Graver from Philip and Dorothy Krippner
wishing him "A Merry Christmas" — December 25 — 1903


Reader, if you are a descendant of William Graver and Christina Penman, you might be able to help me identify some of the other photographs in this collection. Please contact me via the Contact form at the top of this page.

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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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