When we turn our hearts to our ancestors, something changes inside of us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves~Russell M. Nelson

Sunday, October 27, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Oct. 27-Nov. 2

Oct. 28
  My Great Great Grandfather, Arthur Wellington Baker (1857-1940), died 73 years ago in Sumter, SC.  He was 83 years years old.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wordless Wednesday~A Time To Mourn

Frank Price and Beulah Mae Price Roberts
Graniteville Cemetery, Graniteville, SC  1964
©Cheri Hudson Passey

 My Great Grandmother Beulah Mae Price Roberts (1897-1980) with her brother Frank Earle Price (1914-2002) visiting the graves of their Mother Bessie Mae Eargle Price (1884-1943) and their brother David Daniel Price (1904-1937).

© Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, October 20, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Oct. 20-Oct. 26 

Oct. 20
   Emily Vaughn Dargan (1797-1865) , my 4th Great Grandmother, was born on this day in 1797.  She was born 216 years ago in Sumter County, SC.

Oct. 22
   The birthday of my Great Grandmother, Loretta "Etta" McManus Daughrity 
(1894-1936).  She was born 119 years ago in Sumter County, SC.

Oct. 24
   My Great Grandmother, Emma Ruth Baker Early (1901-1993) died  20 years ago at the age of 92 in Columbia, Richland, SC.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, October 13, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Oct. 13-Oct. 19

Oct. 13

 The 101st Anniversary of the marriage of my Maternal Great Grandparents Manning David Daughrity, Jr. (1889-1931) and Loretta McManus (1894-1936). They were married in Bishopville, Lee County, SC. in 1912. David was 23 and Etta was 17.

My Paternal 5th Great Grandmother, Mary Strother Dargan (1772-1822), died 191 years ago. She was 50 years old when she died in Sumter County, SC.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Society Saturday-What I Learned at Our Last Meeting

  Instead of a Genealogical Society in my small town we have a Genealogy Club. We meet once a month at a local library and have scheduled speakers on various topics. Most of the members do not have ancestors that they are researching locally but are either "Snow Birds" or retiree's from other states.
  For our September meeting we were fortunate to have a local photographer come and speak to us about the history of photography.We were told that he was very knowledgeable about the subject and that we should bring any old photos that we needed help in dating.
 Well, I knew right away which photo to bring. Last March I wrote about a mystery picture in this post:
Celebrating Women's History Month: Day 2-Mystery Picture
  Arriving at the library a few minutes early gave me a chance to speak to the photographer before his presentation. He saw my picture and told me that he was glad that I had brought it. He said he would like to use it as part of his presentation and he would tell me then what he thought about the possible time frame in which it was taken. I was excited to see what he had to say.
  The presentation was very well done. Clearly the presenter knew his stuff and had many examples of old photo's. He was able to explain the history of photography and explain the various photo types over the years.
  During his lecture, the photographer came over to me and picked up my picture. He said that he was happy to have an example of a "Crayon Portrait". He explained that photographers would take original pictures or negatives, colorize them with crayons or chalks and then blow the picture up. Many of them were produced in the same oval shape as mine was. This process was done on new pictures as well as older family photo's, sometimes many years after the original was taken.
 If a photographer in the area was not doing Crayon Paintings, often Door to Door Salesman would come and sell the service from out of town photographers. They would take the original and send it away to be made. The owners usually did not get their originals back.
 That makes me wonder what they did with the originals? Are there piles of old pictures in storage rooms of what were once old photo shops?
 In looking at the clothing worn by the woman in the picture he said that, in his opinion, her dress was like those worn in the 1880's and that it was most likely taken during that time frame.  Her family probably then gave the original to a photographer in the early 1900's to become a Crayon Portrait.
 This was great information! I had previously thought her dress looked pre-1900's but with the type of picture I felt it couldn't have been taken that early.
 I have a couple of other pictures from what may be the same family (they were found in the same attic) that were taken in about 1918. I had wondered if they had been taken at the same time. Except for the dress.The only thing I could think of was that she just didn't like the fashions of the day and simply wore an out of style dress!! Now it all makes sense.

Sarah Rebecca Smith Flemming Hudson ?
Copy of original owned by Cheri Hudson Passey
©Cheri Hudson Passey

 I still don't know if this portrait is of Sarah Rebecca Smith Flemming Hudson (1835-1916) but I do have some new clues. If the picture was taken in the 1880's, Sarah would have been in her mid 40's to early 50's. It's hard to judge the age of the woman in the picture but I feel that it could be a woman of the same description. Maybe? Or maybe I just want it to be!
   Learning about different photography styles through the years at my Gene Club meeting certainly shed some light on my mystery picture. If you don't belong to a society or club I encourage everyone to do so. No Club or Society where you live? Then start one! There is so much to learn as we meet and collaborate with others. It's a good thing!

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wednesday's Child- Infant Daughters

Double Marker for Emma and Minnie Early
Bethesda Presbyterian Church
Statesville, Iredell, NC
Photo courtesy of Joy Steele Findagrave.com

                " Infant daughters of R. T. Early and Ellen C. Martin"
 This double marker for Emma F. and Minnie B. Early does not have dates of birth or death.  According to church records Emma and Minnie Early were baptized in May 1880.
  The girls are buried in Bethesda Presbyterian Church Cemetery Statesville, Iredell, NC
     Their parents, Ransom Taylor Early (1829-1888) and Ellen C. Martin (1850-1926), are my Great Great Grandparents.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, October 6, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Oct. 6-Oct. 12

Oct. 6-
  73 years ago my Grandparents, Gilbert Roberts, Sr. and Azile Daughrity, were married. The marriage took place in Lancaster, SC.

Oct. 11- 

  • Ezra A. Hudson, my 2nd Great Grandfather, was born on this day in 1821. He was born in Darlington District, SC.  Ezra would be celebrating his 192nd birthday!
  • My 3rd Great Grandmother, Mary Jane Brown McRady, was born 119 years ago. Jane was born in 1894 possibly in Sumter County, SC.

© Cheri Hudson Passey