This weeks Sepia Saturday themes are Library and Sleep. Sleep came to mind as I acquired my first Post Mortem photo in this album and its Sleep at its Ultimate Rest. Photo will be seen later, keep reading.
I found these in a Phoenix, Az antique shop.
The green album looks to be done by Constance Dewilde. Even though her name is nowhere listed nor is she featured, this album has documentation next to all the photos and the writer says in one photo “Naomi is my mother” and that is how we narrowed it down as she was the only child. This looks almost as if it was a type of family tree album working its way down documenting the family, several photos are missing but there are still many left. Here is a brief run down of what was written in the album around the photos.
This album starts with Jane Boyce and Robert Pink living in Donaghadee, Ireland. They married and moved to America, first they lived in Chicago and then on a farm in Kossuth County, Iowa. They had 5 children. John, Jane, “Rob”, Ellen and Elizabeth. (Click on any of the images for a closer view)
Their daughter Jane married Henry Issac Hawley and lived on a farm in Kossuth County Iowa and later moved to Mason City. Henry was a brakeman and conductor for the Milwaukee Railroad. They had a child named Naomi Jane Hawley.(daughter in middle in photo below)
The other album is the Old White One in the Photo and inside the front cover it reads ” Henry Hawley and Jane Pink, December 24, 1896, A Christmas Present”
When I first purchased these I didnt even know they belonged to the same family, so that was even more exciting to discover when I got them home and began to study them.
This one is full of Cabinet Card and some CDV photos in the back. Also one Post Mortem photo.
The fantastic part about this one is that someone went along and wrote in pen detailed information as to almost who is featured in every single photo and their family relation. This is amazing to have for such an old album.
Due to the amount of documentation and names posted, I expect there will be some family contacts arising from this blog, will be curious to see what happens, since we have several family names and lines mentioned in these albums.
All that I can gather is that Constance had these albums, and she died having no children. She was born on February 11, 1927 and passed away on January 22, 2011. Her husband Ralph Height Jr. was an organist and was killed in a car accident in Iowa in 1965 at a young age and there is no info to indicate she remarried. So these may have been in her possession until her death and just ended up being sold or gotten rid of in her estate?
There are also some photos missing but details written on those pages also. People are listed as follows. (I have added a few photos at this time, the album is put up now but I at least got all the names listed here)
1. (Blank Photo slot reads “Andy Boyce – My Mother’s Cousin” and another blank slot reads “John Haisley – Mother’s cousin, Grandmother Pink’s Sister” then a photo on opposing page that reads “Mary Haisley” – Sis of John Haisley
2. Walter Melvin Duckett – Post Mortem Death Photo and also a Funeral Card. Died November 13, 1903, Bluffton, Ohio and in the notes says “Fiance of Sarah Boyce died before they married”
Sara Boyce – Andy’s sister, Chicago, Ill
Nina Billings, Waterloo, Iowa, School Friend of Mothers
Maree Amesbury – John Pink’s Daughter
Sadie Tellier – Will Lewis Daughter
Anna Schneider – Grandpa Pink’s brothers Daughter
Uncle Rob Pink
Author or Arthur ? Patterson – Aunt Sarah Patterson’s Son, Grandma Pink’s nephew
Arthor Patterson 1st Daughter
Lottie, Sadie, and Billie Lewis, Louisa and Will Lewis’s Kids
Sandy Pink – Son of Alec Pink, John Pink, son of Rob Pink
Mary Stiles (Mommies Friend)
Jimmy Boyce (Henry Boyce’s son brother of andy and author Boyce)
John Pink age 16
Georgie Grimes (Uncle Dave’s Daughter)
Uncle John Pink
Uncle Jin or Jim Pink (brother of Grandpa Robert Pink)
Mary Ann Cultra (Aunt Mary Morris’s mother and Grandpa Pink’s daughter of his first wife)
Johnny Cultra ( Aunt Mary Morris’s brother, any Mary Ann’s son)
Aunt Lou (Daddy’s Sister and Husband, Charlie Buffhan)
Aunt Lou (Daddy’s Sister)
Uncle John Pink
Daddy’s Fathers Mother Grandma Hawley CDV
Aunt Loo ( Daddy’s Sister) Infant CDV Photo
I believe this is my fathers sister Sarah Pink – Jane
Aunt Lou and Daddy CDV Baby and toddler photo
Grandma Grant and Aunt Lou
Katie Boyce – Andy’s Sister (mini cut out photo)