Apparently at some point I had it in my hands, since all the writing on the back is mine! There in big bold print is every single name. Originally, I thought the baby was my grandmother. How wrong I was. The little boy second from the left, front row, is my Grandfather Alvin, later married to my Grandmother Grace Perkins.
What a shock!! Although we have information on my Dad's side of the family clear back to the 1600's, I knew little about my mother's side until now. This is some exciting stuff for me!!
Some of my information was correct ... the back five girls belong to Daniel from a previous marriage. His current wife Catherine Christine spit out seven MORE children, including my Grandfather Alvin. YIKES!! On his left is Minnie ... I remember visiting Great Aunt Minnie in Denver Colorado before she passed away. The baby is the mother of cousin Penny, the only redhead in the bunch, who also lived in Denver at that time.
They were apparently pretty well off, as everyone seems to be dressed well for the 1880's when this photo was taken, and can you believe it? They are all looking at the camera!!
I knew my Grandfather Alvin as the big giant of a man who liked to fish. All of the pictures I have of him show a nice creel, a big pole and lots of fish on a string. He died when I was about four years old. Alvin worked on a construction crew to build the road over Walker Pass east of Kernville California. I was told way back when, that my grandmother Grace met him while working as a cook in a big crew tent. They married at age 17 I think.
The only other information I have on my grandmother is this: Mrs. Caroline E. Allen, my great great grandmother, had a daughter (my great grandmother - no name) who married a "damn" Yankee named Perkins and moved to the city of Clay Center, Kansas, where my grandmother was born. All of them were disinherited from the family, which probably means the Allens were slave owners.
Since I'm such a history buff, all this stuff is fascinating to me, so I'm on the hunt for more information. After all, if it weren't for family, I wouldn't be here!!