Monthly Archives: March 2011

Melvin Kenfield, Lydia Williams & Harriet – New York

I didnt have any scenic photos for New York for this weeks Sepia Saturday, so I have a New York Family picture I found to post this time.

Found this one in an Antique Shop in Temecula, Ca on March 27th, 2011.

Cabinet Card type Photo that says “Lylda Williams, Harriet and Melvin Kenfield

From looking at Census Records Online Ive found the following information

Melvin Adelbert Kenfield. Born August 20th 1847. Residence Ischua, Cattaraugus, New York. Death October 9, 1920

Wife Lydia J. or Ludia Williams of New York. Born October 22, 1850. Died Feb 22, 1923

Daughter Harriet Lydia Kenfield born March 30, 1887 in Franklinville, Cattaraugus, NY. Died September 20, 1958

They had other children not in the photo

Emma Oral Kenfield

John Salmon Kenfield

Lucy Lucetta Kenfield

Harriet married Clarence Oscar MYRICK and had 2 children with him named John Russell MYRICK and Isabel Agnes MYRICK


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Unknown Mother and Children

Found this one in a shop in Lancaster, Ca in 2011


It was professionally framed and mounted, mounted to the point its glued to the backing, sighhh

I was hoping I could check the back of it for info.

Anyone have a guess to what time frame this was from or nationality of these people?


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Stella Ford, Peabody, Kansas Cabinet Card Photo – Sepia Sat

Bringing up a post I did a few months ago for this weeks Sepia Saturday. Since this weeks theme is a photo of a young girl, I thought Id let you all meet Young Stella with her beautiful long hair. I posted this on my blog and later got a response of someone who found my blog while googling stella and they also had a different photo of her.

From all research and census records with what I could come up with I didnt see Stella ever married or with children. She was living with her parents in her late 40s. Such a pretty girl but would have been considered a Spinster eh?

Cabinet Card Photo of a young girl. Says in pencil on back of photo says “Stella Ford”

Photographer H.F. Smith Photo Artist, Peabody, Kansas

From Genealogy research there is a family listed in the 1880 census

Parents Seldon and Mary Ford (Warner) who lived in Peabody, Marion, Kansas

They had a child
Stella Mae Ford born in 1873 in Illinois

Brother Frank Warner Ford born in 1876 in Illinois

(1930s info Frank married Mira / Myra Dodge, and had a child Stoddard Irving Ford born 1909, Pomona, Ca)

Brother Harry Ford born in 1884 in Illinois

The family ended up coming to Pomona, California in 1885

Census records 1920 show her living in Pomona, Ca, Ward 4, La County. 44-47 yrs old and living with her parents.

Please follow and read this link with further info on this family

“In 1885 Mr. Ford came to Pomona and bought twenty acres south of the town, which he planted to deciduous fruits and grapes; but in time he sold the ranch and bought an orange grove of fifteen acres, at the corner of East Holt Street and Central Avenue, and this property he still owns. There he grows both Navel and Valencia oranges, and such has been his good luck as the result of experience and application to the study of the problems involved, that the ten acres has at times produced 8,000 boxes. Through his output, in fact, Mr. Ford has come to be known as one of the successful orange growers of today.

At Odell, Ill., on December 4, 1871, Mr. Ford was married to Mary L. Warner, by whom he has had three children. Besides a daughter, Stella M., there is a son, Frank W., who is manager of the Claremont Citrus Association, and another son, Harry G., who is in charge of his father’s extensive ranch.”

Read all of this and more at

UPDATE: Another photo of Stella has been added. It appears 2 of us have found photos of her, this CDV came out of a shop in Rosamond, Ca and the buyer googled Stella and found my blog. Enjoy!


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