Friday, July 23, 2010
Not my family but historic inhabitants.........
The couple above are Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Jackson. This card does not state the photo company on the front of the card. It was found with a pile of loose photos in the house at Osceola. It comes with all the treasures that were in the previous old house where my parents owned the property.
This card is one that I believe is taken of the same couple. I can't see the resemblance in the woman but it is the same man with the same trimmed beard. I could be mistaken that they may be brothers but I don't think so. The woman is in profile in this one so it is hard to be sure if it is the same woman. The Graves Brothers Photographers took this as they are identified on the card. It is dated as January 12, 1887. I think that the second card is the older picture of the two.
I have a diary that was found in that house in which my father tore down due to it's bad condition. The diary is written by a woman who does not identify her first name, but she is Mrs. Walter Hill. Her son's name is Dan and he is in high school. She wrote the complete year out page by page in a book that was intended for note taking for a medical professional and the calendar year is 1917. She writes of everyday happenings each day, from cooking a rabbit for supper to who visited who on the day. There are a couple of cake recipes included on certain days with notes jotted at the top of the page as to who died or got married that day. She mentions often that she does not feel well and that her husband bakes a cake once in a while, and to their going out to buy monuments for their graves including the prices they paid.
You are wondering where I am going with all of this but I do have a theory. The woman who wrote the diary in 1912 seems to validate my idea that the above couple in the photos did not live in the house my dad demolished. I believe that the man and woman lived in Osceola and were probably related to the diary writer, either as a brother or a sister to her. The name of the diary writer is Hill and the man in the photograph is Jackson.
I have two large albums of the family photos from those who lived in the house as well as of their relatives. I have yet to dig through that but I have noticed that their are sequenced pictures of people getting older. Their are only first names written on some of the cards.
The things that I know that I can eventually do to find out about the diary writer are numerous. Her son Dan had to graduate from Osceola High School between 1912 and 1914. I should be able to get that info from the school. I really do think I could fine the graves of Mr. and Mrs. Hill in the Osceola Cemetery. I could look for the Jackson couple in the cemetery. Lastly I am sure that once I try I should be able to find something on the different net programs that help you find ancestors. Not my ancestors but of the family group.
Not my relatives, but I have handled a lot of their possessions. I have large sections of hand sawed paneling from their home. I have the pictures and I walk where they use to walk in the downstairs cave. I have their canning jars in which Mrs. Hill made applesauce and canned meat. Their are books that showed they belonged to a lodge, leather postcards and their are knick knacks from other countries. I have this need to know more as it will give me the faces and names and not just people from the past. My albums may have Mr. and Mrs. Hill in them with Dan's picture also but at this point I can't identify them, but I need to know more.
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