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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Cheek Family Photos--and continuing into the next generation....

Here are three family photos from the Cheek family genealogy site (main site here:  A year ago I used their wonderful chart for deciphering old handwriting, here:   and linked over on the sidebar.  I wrote the owner of the site, Rebecca, to let her know her chart had helped and also asked permission to post these photos here.  She was kind enough to give permission. Thank you, Rebecca!

 Mack & Laura Ennice Cheek Family
Left to Right: Edgar Wood, Laura Ennice (seated holding Mary Lee), John Paul, Bertha, Mack (seated holding Virginia Claire), Ray Richard ("Ted"), Dean (seated), Roy Clyde

The photo and more information about this family are here:

Family of John & Matilda Edwards Choate
Back (L-R): Letcher, Cornelia, Alice, Laura, John, Mathilda, Thomas
Front (L-R): Mattie, Robert, Nannie
Two of the children are not in the photo.

The photo and more information about this family are here:

Here's a slightly newer one.
Joseph S. Johnson (son of Shadrack & Matilda) and some of his children 
Back: Earl, Roy James, Carl 
Front: Etta Lee, Joseph S., Vena Matilda

The link to this photo on the Cheek family site is:

Now this would be an interesting photo if they had one: one Cheek ancestor had 8 children and 67 grandchildren.  (This page says "more than 65," so I checked all the children's pages to count for myself.  Richard and Jenny Cheek's children had 12, 5, 10, 7, 8, 9, 8, and 8 children respectively.)  

I found this unusual, because while there were of course many large families in the past, in many of the genealogies I've seen (including my own), not all of the children in large families parented large families themselves.  Often several would not marry--some would become a priest or a nun, some not find a partner, and others would have passed away too young.  Sometimes a couple would not be physically able to have any or many children.  It seems that chances were that many or most families would have one or more children these would apply to.  (I believe it is possible that this family did have children who died young, for example, who are not listed.)

Do any of your ancestors have large families in which all children have large families in turn?  Please share!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

It's in the eyes....

Initially, by looking at the eyes, I felt that this family photo includes Mom, Dad, and eight biological siblings,plus one in-law, friend,or more distant relative, eg. cousin.  However, on enlarging I see that despite the woman centre back's seemingly different colouring, she has a lot of facial similarity. Nowadays many might assume that the littlest boy is a grandchild, but I feel he could very easily be the youngest sibling of the bunch, especially considering there is a daughter aged between him and the older ones.  I had a baby at 42 myself.  I realize this is all just guesswork. What do you think?

I love noticing details.  Note how the three siblings' glasses are all almost exactly the same.  You'd never find that nowadays.  Also, mom's and dad's glasses are the same as each other's but different from their children's.  Mom's dress has an interesting patterned fabric, looks like it may be the same as daughter back left's belt.  

This family looks very interesting.  I wish I knew them!

I didn't note in the file from where or whom I bought this photo.  Some future day I will find it and note it here.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Scary mustache, happy Christmas kids, stern parents.

Here are three more photos from the same source as the previous couple of posts.  As ever, click on any photo to see it full size. 

Perhaps someone who knows military uniforms can share what service the son top left is in.  The photos were copied in Wausau, Wisconsin, but the father's mustache looks a little out of place in wartime America, don't you think?

Five happy siblings at Christmas!  I'm happy to see the imperfections of real of a new game, it looks like Candy Land, on the floor.  Maybe that's also a new Christmas doll.
From happy and candid to posed and unapproachable.  At least, I think the father here looks a bit scary as a dad!  Thankfully the two younger girls break up the sternness with little smiles.  Oldest daughter has a beautiful dress.  I wonder whether she made it herself.