When my Great Grandfather John M. Hudson died in 1961 my Aunt and Uncle found two pieces of furniture in a barn on the family property in Manning,Clarendon, SC. They took it home and refinished it changing it from its original dark color to the light color shown in the pictures.
John M. Hudson (1880-1961) married Louvinia Blanche Thames (1886-1918) in Clarendon County, SC in 1917. Blanche died a week after giving birth to my Grandfather Benjamin Allen Hudson (1918-1976). In about 1826 John married Blanche's older sister Margaret Ann "Annie" Thames (1875-1960).
|Louvinia Blanche Thames (1886-1918) on left with sister Margaret Ann "Annie" Thames (1875-1960)|
I do not know if the furniture belonged to either of the Thames girls before they were married or if it was something that belonged to the John Hudson family before or after his marriages. There are no identification stamps or marks from the maker. No one in the family knows anything more than it was found in the barn after John and Annie died. Finding out the time period these two pieces may have been made is the reason for this post. Hopefully someone out there may have some knowledge about dating furniture to share with me.. No one in the family knows anything more than it was found in the barn after John and Annie died.
What was the furniture used for in the past? I would love to find out. Today it is being used to display pictures of the Hudson and Thames families. The drawers and cabinets store genealogy books and supplies as well as some memorabilia from my family lines.
Help needed-Can you date my ancestor's furniture?