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Saturday, November 05, 2016

With a little help from my grandparents' photo collection . . .

This morning I was able to identify two photographs from the box of family history treasures I received yesterday. The first was a snapshot which measures 4.5" x 2.75" including the white border. Unlike most of the photos in the box, this one had writing on the back: "Taken at Dells, by some girls who just sent us the film to have some printed. Our glasses make our eyes look queer."

I scanned it at 720 dpi so I'd be able to enlarge it. Fortunately it was quite a clear image and enlarged well:

I wouldn't have guessed who the woman was, but I recognized the man right away. He is Rufus James Haight, who was born about 1857 in Louisiana, and died 18 February 1940 in Chicago. On 16 June 1921, he became the husband of Anna Grace Pettis, daughter of Irving Sedgwick Pettis and Martha Ophelia Treat. Grace was born 9 August 1862 in New York, and died 27 March 1949.

As I mentioned yesterday, the box contained only one photograph I recognized, a portrait of Grace Pettis as a young woman. In my original post about Grace's portrait, I also shared a snapshot which had been identified as "Rufus and Grace." The woman in that portrait was elderly and in profile, so I couldn't be sure it was Grace Pettis. It was much later that I found the record of her marriage to Rufus, which confirmed the identities in that snapshot. And if you've looked at that one, reader, you will recognize Rufus in this one, as he's quite unmistakable. As a result, I am also very sure that it's Grace with him in the snapshot above.

In its tiny paper form, it's nearly impossible to see that they're wearing glasses, but with the comment and the enlargement, there they are. And suddenly, seeing that, I realized there was another photo in the box, a 4" x 6" portrait of a beautiful woman who was also wearing glasses. It was one of my favorite photographs in the box and I'd been terribly disappointed to find it unidentified.

Quickly I went through the box again to find and compare it with the snapshot above. I'm so happy to see that it is Anna Grace Pettis.


Diane Gould Hall said...

Very nice photos and they are very clear. Discovering new family photos always feels like Christmas.

TK said...

Thanks for your comment, Diane, I agree. The pictures are wonderful--so many, maybe equally divided between portraits and snapshots, although I haven't done an actual count. I'll be needing a lot of kitchen help from Dinty Moore this winter--no time to cook now!

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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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