Tuesday, March 30, 2010
This is the tombstone for William Henry Haley and Clara Holt Haley. They are buried at New Hope UMC in Randolph, VA. Interestingly enough, William's birth date is incorrect. He was born in 1861, not 1860. I base this on the information he provided on his marriage registration and on the information from his death certificate.
Monday, March 29, 2010
The information William provided on his marriage registration in 1883 stated his parents as S C Haley and Mary A (not Margaret as I originally thought). I then ordered a copy of William's death certificate in hopes of learning more definitively who his parents were. According to the death certificate, his parents were "Kays [Case] Haley" and "Ann Triplet" both of Halifax County, VA. This information was provided by William's son-in-law George Nichols, husband of Daisy Haley. Putting these two pieces of information together along side the Halifax County census records for 1860-1880 I concluded that S C Haley was likely Stephen C [Case] Haley married to Mary A [Ann] Tribble. I believe Ann Triplett was actually Ann Tribble. S C Haley and his wife lived next door and close to many Tribble families. I found no evidence of the surname Triplett in that area.
Other mysteries abound, but I'll save telling them for next time.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Notice the mention of being married? Esther was married the following November to Boss Henry Talbott.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
I found these pictures among my Aunt Elma Talbott Solomon's things recently. Elma's husband Lonnie Solomon was in the US Navy when they got married. I found a number of photos taken at the Hunting Estate in New York where Lonnie and Elma spent R and R with friends.
The quality of the photos is not good, but I love the subjects. I do not know who the individual couples are, but the story is clear.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
As a very young girl Elma lost her mother and then her older sister Ruth and younger brother Garnett a year later to influenza. Like many rural families in the 1920's the young family lived close to grandparents, aunts and uncles. After her mother's death, her father moved the family in with his parents Joseph Merritt and Rosa (Bowen) Talbott.
Elma and husband Lonnie
Going through the many pictures from Elma's life has brought back memories of this lovely lady I was fortunate to know. One of the things that struck me as I have studied her pictures is her resemblance to her mother. I had never noticed that before. She had the tall, lean build of her father, but I see the Richardson side of the family in her facial features. I wonder what else I'll discover as I complete the inventory of her pictures.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
The card is dated 2 Apr 1913 which is not Harriett's birthday. Her birthday was actually 14 Oct 1871. I believe this was a case of a frugal sender using the card she had available.
How are you feeling today? O. K. I hope We are all well at present I am coming to see you Fri. if I can and want you to meet me at the depot I will just bring the baby and will come in the morning train. love to all I am as ever your sister
Ruth Ricketts (1877-1962) was Harriett's sister-in-law, sister to Daniel Thomas Richardson. Of note, Daniel Richardson died in Nov 1912, about 4 months prior to this card being written.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
This cute little cat is a door stop that belonged to my great grandmother Winnie Haley Carr. Today it holds a hall door open in my home and makes me smile when I pass. I don't know a lot about antique door stops, but this one is very heavy!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
The card is postmarked 1 Jan 1915 in Everett Mass.
The transcription reads:
My dear Henry:-
A very happy birthday to you. I will write you a long letter soon. After you see all the folks and rest up a little I want you to make me a visit. Walter seconds my wishes too.
Lots of love
There are several things about this card that I find interesting from a family history view point. First off, I have no idea who Mrs Chandler, Henry or Billy are. There are no Chandlers in my database nor any ancestors from the New England area. Also, the card is addressed to Mrs. T F Chandler, but the salutation is to Henry.
Another interesting question is how did this card end up among my great-mother's things in South Boston, VA?
Friday, March 5, 2010
The clothing is quite dirty. The child's white gown has dark brown stains on it. I think these pieces may have been packed away for years in my great-grandfather's trunk after their respective deaths.
Here's my question....
How do I clean them/restore them? Is this something I can do or does it require a professional?
If any readers have any experience or advice, please comment. I would be ever so appreciative.