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Monday, December 3, 2007

Van Arkel, Gorenflo, Robertson, Baughman, Shook, Hightower, and Rush families, from Ancient Faces

Photo of Jan and Judith Van Arkel and children. Probably taken about 1880. Another daughter, Marie, born Sept 7, 1863, died at the age of 8 months. This shows 9 children (no in-laws).

The family members are (not in photo order):
Judik (known as Judith) (nee Ver Ploegh) Van Arkel, b Apr 28, 1825
Jan Van Arkel, b Sep 14, 1822
Ellen (nee Van Arkel) Brand, b Jun 23, 1866
Dirkje (known as Dorothy) (nee Van Arkel) DeKock, b Oct 26, 1859
Henry Van Arkel, b Oct 27, 1869
Nicholas Van Arkel, b Nov 20, 1857
Aartje (nee Van Arkel) Ver Ploeg, b Sep 28, 1865
Leendert Van Arkel, b Oct 23, 1855
Martinus ( known as Marion) Van Arkel, b May 2, 1868
Henrietta (nee Van Arkel) VanDer Linden , b Oct 1, 1853
Angeline (nee Van Arkel) De Bruyn, b Feb 14, 1861

The picture is from Ancient Faces, at

This family has 4 children plus one on the way. This is the last family photo taken (January 1919). In April 1919 the father was injured and killed by a train in Madison county NC, 1 month before the baby was born.
L to R: Grover Gorenflo, age 10; Clarence Terry Gorenflo, age 35, holding George Fredrick Gorenflo, age 1; Gladys Gorenflo, age 15; Lelia Treadway Gorenflo, age 34; Clarence T Gorenflo Jr., age 5. The Mother Lelia is pregnant with Learlean Marie Gorenflo (Gibbs).

The picture is from Ancient Faces, from


Jan 2008: Terri writes that Grover, the little boy on the left, is her grandfather. His children are Vista, Era, and Terry. She has other pictures, as well as a baby book of the only child of Gladys, the oldest daughter above, which includes his first hair cut sample. Thank you for writing, Terri, it's wonderful to hear more about these wonderful pictures.

This photo is of the Thomas Haskell Robertson household around 1915 in Mead ,Oklahoma. Thomas died within a year after this photo.
Front, left to right: Thomas H Robertson, 35 yrs, Buck, Birtie, Simon, Clara L (nee Nolty), Mattie, Alice
Back: Fred Nolty,Jr. and Carrie Nolty, relatives of Clara.

The picture is from Ancient Faces, at

Nine of thirteen children and parents in the Phillip H and Elizabeth Jane Baughman family.
Front: Ida Bell BAUGHMAN, 35 yrs, b May 5, 1872; Phillip Henry BAUGHMAN, 70, b Feb 28, 1837; Elizabeth Jane Armstrong BAUGHMAN, 63, b Jan 14, 1844; Mary Catherine, 48, b May 16, 1859
Back: Cora Elizabeth "Lizzie" BAUGHMAN, 26, b Nov 27, 1881; James Franklin BAUGHMAN, 32, b Aug 24, 1875; Charles Thomas BAUGHMAN, 37, b Mar 3, 1870; William Henry BAUGHMAN, 40, b Mar 10, 1867; Samuel Phillip BAUGHMAN, 24, b Aug 15, 1883; John Wesley BAUGHMAN, 43, b Apr 7, 1864; Harvey Walter BAUGHMAN, 19, Jun 17, 1888

The picture is from Ancient Faces, at

Family of George Washington Shook and Emma Holberg Shook.

Front: Emma J Holberg Shook, 40 yrs, b Dec 19, 1885; baby Eldon D Shook, b Feb 1925; George W Shook, 42, b Dec 28, 1883; Forest L Shook, 4, b Aug 13, 1921
Back: Myron Shook, 7, b Aug 7, 1917; Alma Shook, 13, b Dec 5, 1911; Dorothy Shook, 18, b May 23, 1906; Otis Shook, 11, b Jul 31, 1914

I was sure the parents were about 25!

The picture is from Ancient Faces, at

Seven of the eight children of Cora Cantrell & William Pinkney Hightower. Names below are not in photo order, but in date of birth order.
Sanford Lee Hightower, b Nov 24, 1901; John Hightower, b May 17, 1902; Frank Thomas Hightower, b Aug 27, 1903; Floyd Remington Hightower, b Feb 18, 1905; Seeborne Arnold Hightower, b Aug 30, 1906; Lillie Mae Hightower, b Jun 28, 1913; Ora Anthem Hightower, b Jan 31, 1914.

This picture is from Ancient Faces, but I can't locate the exact page to link to.

Front: John Howard Rush, 8 yrs, b 1901; Newton N. Rush, b Apr 21, 1866; Ike Rush; Ethel Simpson Rush; baby Oliver Rush;
Back: Nancy Clementine Floyd Rush, b 1886, Brilla Caroline Rush; and an unknown Simpson (related to Ethel)

The picture is from Ancient Faces, at


Anonymous said...

Ike Rush and Ethel Simpson Rush are my Husband's grandparents - It was great to see this phot, as we don't have it in our records! Thank you so much for posting it.


Natalia said...

Thank you for writing, Sunny! I'm so glad you found this new family photo, and it would be wonderful if this helped you find family members too! The photo is posted at, at Did that site not come up on your search also? It would be great if you were able to contact the contributor and compare notes and enlarge your "family trees."

If you know more about who is who here, (like who is who's child, spouse, etc) please let me know. I had to guess; maybe this isn't even the type I intended to put on my blog - but it was for the best if you found it!

xmeout2dat said...

It was nice to see a picture of my Grandfather and his family! Thank You I did enjoy the find!

Grover Gorenflo looks like my niece and I looked like just Aunt Gladys when I was young. Funny thing DNA