Illinois, Circa 1924, Before They Lost the Farm

My father’s parents Alta (b.1895) on left and Floyd (b.1892) on the right in overalls with the pipe in his mouth, My father’s younger brother Alan (b. 1916) along with Forrest and Martha (don’t know who they are) and my grandmother’s sister, Sis. Farmersville, Illinois.

A Photo with names written on the back

What can we tell from a family photo album? I wonder who took the picture?

“When shall we 3 meet again ”

A page from my grandmothers album. I wish I knew who the photographer was.

When shall we 3 meet again.

That’s the caption written under my grandparents photo in the center of the page

Durand, Illinois 1916. My mother, Marian, is the four year old girl with her brothers John (6) snd Robert (2)

The Judd Dewitt VanSickle and Charlotte Rowley VanSickle family. My maternal grandparents.

My mother is the 4 year old girl

Ancestor born in 1795 – My Father’s Side

Not sure why the info on the back says two years 1862–63 for death date unless it’s an approximation?.

Katherine is from my father’s mother’s line. I wish I knew more.

I don’t see any family resemblance.

My Great Great Grandfather

This commemorative plate now hangs in my grandson Michael’s room, in Columbus, Ohio.

James Armstrong Cannon, born August 6, 1839. served in Co. C 26th Kentucky Infantry Regiment in the “War Between the States”. He was “war wounded and pensioned” and married Louverna Jackson of Shaw’s Point, Illinois. She was born March 25, 1857.

Justice of the Peace, Samuel Cummings officiated their wedding on March 24, 1872 with J.R.Fields and Cordelia Fields as witnesses in Carlinville,Illinois.

James A. Cannon died November 21,1928. his wife Louverna died July 26,1914. They are buried in Bethel Ridge Cemetery near Girard, Illinois.

In a note found by niece Florence Opal Jacobs we read the following: “James A. Cannon and Louverna Jackson Cannon came to Illinois from Kentucky in a covered wagon in about 1884. He was given a land grant in Macoupin County, Illinois for service in the “War Between the States” in which he was wounded and pensioned. They lived just north of Old Rural Church and School, east of Carlinville, Illinois.

My father’s mother, Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks (who taught me to knit) was the first child born to Charles Kerr and Sarah Anna Cannon Kerr (daughter of James A and Louverna) in Womac, Illinois. In the papers I have given to me by my sister, his wife’s name is sometimes spelled differently- Louverna and Laverna but Louverna seems correct as she is listed as daughter of David Jackson 1838-1891 and Rutha Duff Jackson 1830-1893.

James Armstrong Cannon
and
Louverna Jackson Cannon

From My Grandmother’s Album

No identifying marks on the back of this photograph. What is the story of these two women who lived more than a hundred years ago? I don’t think they are my ancestors. But I don’t know. Illinois   Early 1900’s.

One Room Schoolhouse Teachers

My father and mother (b.1912) were teachers in one room schoolhouses in Illinois. And this is BEFORE they went to college, where they met. University of Illinois.

You may have seen these before but I thought these photos were perfect for a Throwback Thursday post.

My mother, back row on the left.

Illinois Grandmother Throwback Thursday

Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks on the right. My father’s mother. Don’t know who the other two women are. Lincoln, Illinois.

My grandmother on the right, the one who taught me to knit.
1973 photograph of me in the middle, my grandmother on the right and Aunt Vesta Kent on the left. Morrisonville, Illinois.

Middle Row, Second from the Left. Throwback Thursday

A faded school photo found in a desk drawer while cleaning.

In the middle row. Second from the left. Charlotte Rowley in the dark dress and her younger sister Edna Rowley next to her. The handwriting of the list of students is unknown to me but I thought it was a good find, to see all the names. No date I could see but Charlotte was born in 1888.

So many old photos are unidentified.

Now the printing on the cardboard is my mother’s hand Historical Pictorial

Farmingdale School. Winnebago County Illinois
Grandmother Charlotte in the dark dress and the girl right next to get, a head shorter, is my Great Aunt Edna

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My Father’s Family – Throwback Thursday

My son Mark was in town for business and we looked at an old photo album he hadn’t seen before. You want your offspring to know who has gone before. Already there are faces in the album for whom I have no names.

But here are my father Roy and his siblings and parents.  To see and older photo of the family you can click this blog post Heritage 

Shirley and Harold “Butch” 

Alan and Roy (my Dad born 1912)

My paternal grandparents Mary Alta and Floyd She taught me to knit when I was four