Gathering of Ancestors (On mother's side)

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Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun...Ecclesiastes: 6-11

I found this family portrait among my late mother's albums...There are no names or date on the back...but I recognize some of the people on the picture..

The dark haired man sitting down in front was my Great Uncle Virgil Turner who passed away when he was in his early 60's...I only met him a few times when I was very young and he was my mother's favorite uncle...He was married to a sweet little lady by the name of Esther..The man next to him, I don't recognize nor the lady in white with the baby sitting on the other side of him...The woman sitting dressed in black was my Great Aunt Myrtle who I only met once..She had the blackest eyes of anyone I ever knew... and sitting next to her on the end was my Great Aunt Rose who I never met as she died before I was born.. ( She was my mother's favorite Aunt) They were sisters to Virgil...My grandmother is not on this picture who was the oldest sibling in the family..She might have been working at that time as a school teacher.. Nor was their brother Delos who I met years ago before he passed away. The pretty lady standing with a plaid dress was my great Aunt Edith...She died when she was 68 years old and I did meet her and saw her and her husband Will more frequently as she was one of the younger members of the Turner family.. I remember she loved to show the older pictures of her family and the pictures were very interesting to me as a teenager as I thought the Turner girls were beautiful when they were young. Sadly the youngest member of the Turner family, (my grandmother's sister) Gladys passed away when she was 19 years old and she is not on this family picture.

The man standing in back on the far left I don't recognize...but the older couple in the middle were my great grandparents Anna and Charles Turner..(who died long before I was born)..I don't know who the tall lady is standing next to my great grandfather but she looks like she could be his sister. I also don't know who the dark haired lady is who is holding the little blonde haired girl...

Of course all of these relatives are long gone...but I could not help but notice the tiny waist lines they had back then...The picture was probably shot around the early 1900's and it might have been during a Sunday outing with family.

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  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (16 Sep 2012):

    Andrea, Wonderful Family, Outstanding Tribute

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (16 Sep 2012):

    I am very partial to these older family photos. They are very revealing. If you know some of the people, you should be able to complete the identification process. I would date this photo at 1906-08, based on what I see here.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (16 Sep 2012):

    Exceptionally attractive family, too.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (16 Sep 2012):

    Exceptional, I always find it howamazing how tiny they were back then! wonderful to have these vintage images

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (16 Sep 2012):

    I agree with all of the above!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (16 Sep 2012):

    Thank you for your comments...Lynn, I think the reason why the ancestors were so tiny is
    that they didn't have high fructose corn syrup in processed food and also they did not have fast food restaurants. They lacked modern conveniences ...Most of them, did not have cars in
    the early days and had to hitch up a team of horses if they went any distance..or they walked to where they wanted to go.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (16 Sep 2012):

    What a treasure! I've been able to come upon a few of these from my paternal side and even fewer on my maternal side. My immed. family was not good about keeping up with photographs and I still regret that to this day.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (16 Sep 2012):

    This looks like a very happy gathering and the ladies all look especially lovely.. what a fabulous vintage portrait, Andrea!!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (16 Sep 2012):

    It is wonderful that you have this piece of your history and can identify as many of them as you did! It's a really good copy that scanned so good and sharp. They did have tiny waists and for the reasons that you mentioned. Some of that is DNA, I have photos from long ago also and the people do not have tiny waists and neither do I - bummer : )

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    My goodness what a treasure!! I just love their expressions!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    A true piece of family history. I, like you, wish there were names added to these old pictures, as I too have a few precious pixs/

  • je suis moi

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  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (18 Sep 2012):

    Wonderful portrait of family members from a day gone by!!! I love these older, antique photos too, and this is a very beautiful one!!

  • Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s

    Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s gave props (19 Sep 2012):

    Beautiful... Beautiful image! I love this kind of pictures. As Susan said... A treasure!

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