Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Great Grandma Driver...........

This is an odd photo of an odd family and I am related to them all.  There are no names written on the photo but I have Great grandmother identified right away.  She is the oldest woman in the photo who is pointing to the camera for some reason.  I suppose she is directing the crowd to look that way.

When you enlarge this photo you find it to be below amateurish.  The one boy has his head tilted and face in shadow while his mother and sister are hidden behind him.  The chair may have been intended for Great Grandma but that plan must not have worked out for them as she seems to be holding an unruly girl.

Great Grandmother Carrie Maxson Brown Driver is the older woman.  She was first married to my Great Grandfather Charles Brown.  They had two boys and one of them was my Grandfather Leroy Brown.  When Leroy was three years old, his dad died Carrie's husband.

Carrie Maxson Brown remarried Thomas Jefferson Driver a few years later and they lived in Iowa. They had five children which made them half  Great Uncles and Aunts of mine.  The two daughters were Ida and Florence and the three sons were Glen, William and Jesse. Most of them lived in the southern Iowa towns of Lorimor, Murray, and Osceola.

Back to the photo above, Carrie Driver then is shown above with her second set of family.  The two daughters and their husbands are in the photo and one stray son is standing behind her.  The odd thing about the family is that the daughters both married and had many children and the threes sons all remained bachelors their entire lives.  The Driver name in this family instance did not pass on as the daughters all had taken their husband's name. I wonder if Thomas Driver is taking the photo or if one of the other two sons that are not in the photo.

Aunt Ida who is one of the women in the photo lived close to downtown of Osceola and my mother kept track of her and all of the cousins.  She and her husband are buried in the Murray cemetery.   My Great Grandmother Carrie and her husband Thomas Jefferson Driver are buried in a small country cemetery north of Osceola.

As an interesting footnote, both my Grandmother and Great Grandmother were with the name of Brown until they both lost their husbands.   As a youngster,  I could never figure out why they called the older one Grandma Driver and my grandma that I knew Grandma Brooks.  The great great had married my Great Great grandfather and the Grandma Brooks had been married to my Grandfather Brown. I would never been around to know one of them and the grandfather died when my my mom was 18 years old.  I may have been slow but my parents were not too good about explaining things.  I actually think before computers my mother really didn't have most of the information correctly in her mind and I am  a lot more clear with it with research on the web.

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Brett Payne said...

You're right about this not being a successful family portrait in the conventional sense, but somewhow this has given it a character which tells you so much more about the individuals. A great image to have in your family collection.

Kathy Morales said...

It's hard to pose a large group - especially with small children involved. Looks like great grandma is trying to point the baby in the direction of the camera. It's a great picture to have!

Alan Burnett said...

A wonderful tour around the odd corners of your family Larry. We share quite a lot don't we, you and I - including our odd families.

barbara and nancy said...

That's a wonderful old photo of your family members. What tales it tells.

Crystal Mary said...

I know why your G/grandma pointed to the camera...for the little one she was holdig. Hey my friend Gorges Smythe would love to see your pic's.