Friday, January 20, 2017

Photo Friday :: Blonde Sister

This series was birthed from the large old photo album I rediscovered in the back of my closet. Many of the photos are from my grandmother's side of the family. There are also unknown photos that came with the album. Story goes my dad, an avid garage saler, picked up a celluloid covered Victorian era photo album on one of his scavenges. It already contained photos of an (as yet) unidentified family. My parents put our own vintage family photos in the album alongside the mystery family's.  As children we marveled at the old fashioned clothing and settings, often wondering who these people were and what their lives were like. Of course, we thought that ALL the people in the photos were our relations! It wasn't until my mom passed the album on to me after my dad died that I learned of the mystery family residing alongside our own!

I plan to share these photos over time, sometimes they will be my family, and identifiable, others will be of the mystery family. Thanks to the world wide web, they may find their way home yet!


"Blonde Sister"
"Dicken family, Priscilla Ashby Twining's sister's children"
"Ashby clan"

A little digging uncovered this as Cora Dicken(s) Martin. The youngest daughter of A B Dicken(s) and Hester Ashby. Cora was born in Iowa in 1862. She married Frank G Martin in 1888. The couple had 2 daughters. Cora lived her entire life in Iowa, but for some reason died and was buried in Cook Co, IL in 1940. I have yet to determine the reason. Neither daughter lived in Illinois at the time.

Cora is my 1st cousin 4x removed

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