Saturday, May 29, 2010
Two eras and two mysteries.......
This first photo was a postcard photo that was labeled Marie Brown, Lewiston, Illinois. My mother has written on the postcard saying that it is my Grandfather Leroy Brown. The girl is an unknown to me. All written history says that my grandfather and his brother were the only children born before their dad, my great grandfather had died. Leroy was 3 years old at the time. His mother remarried and he and his brother became half brothers to a family with the last names of Driver. My mother said on the side of the postcard that the Marie Brown was her namesake as my mom had Marie as her middle name. It makes me wonder if she died young as I have never heard of anything about her ever.
I have work to do to find out if it could have been Leroy's niece, his older brother's daughter. I know nothing about that brother. but it would have been the only way she could have had the last name of Brown. In the photo my grandfather looks very young and is still living in Illinois. It is said that when that family left Illinois that they moved to one of the Dakota's where they experienced a drought. So they traveled to Iowa. I can date the photo at about 1880's as my Grandfather married my Grandmother in 1913. Leroy died in 1937.
A bonus picture from American culture. I don't know who is in the photo. I suspect it is two of my Great Uncle Lee Wheeler's kids. He had one boy and three girls. What I like is the little girl with all her dolls and the little boy with all his Roy Rogers attire and banjo. The photo says January 1948. I too will work on this one to find out who it actually is. I really think they are Madison County relatives, cousins.
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