Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Third Great-Grandmother's Photo in a Museum

The blog reader who shared the original daguerreotype of my second great-grandmother, Eliza May Wells, recently notified me that he had discovered a daguerreotype of Eliza's mother, in a book he owns, and he found that the original is in the Nelson-Atkins Museum, which has one of the world's most significant collections of photography.

According to the museum, there is a note taped to the back of the daguerreotype case, in pen:

"I herewith bequeath to the Louisa May
Alcott memorial association at Orchard
House, Concord, Massachusetts, this
daguerreotype of my Grandmother,
Elizabeth Sewall Willis Wells (the daugh-
ter of Elizabeth Sewall May Willis) play
ing chess with her sister-in-law, Mrs.
Phineas Wells. The left hand figure is my

Elizabeth Sewall (Willis) Wells (1820-1900) married Thomas Goodwin Wells (1804-1873). His brother, Phineas Parkhurst Wells (1808-1891) was married to Catherine (French) Wells (1810-1873).

I descend from Elizabeth and Thomas as follows:

Elizabeth Sewall Willis (1820-1900) married Thomas Goodwin Wells
Eliza May Wells (1839-1880) married Samuel Sewall Greeley
Samuel Sewall Greeley (1824-1916) married Eliza May Wells
Ethel May Greeley (1875-1931) married Lowell Copeland
Lowell Townsend Copeland (1900-1974) married Helen Lysle Hunter
My mother

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Pyles and McAlpins

Last week, I shared photographs of Sara Carter (Pyle) McAlpin and an abbreviated family tree showing how a Pyle brother and sister were married to a McAlpin sister and brother. 

All four are all buried next to each other in Evergreen Cemetery in Morristown, New Jersey.

Sara's stone:

Sara Pyle McAlpin
February 9, 1863
May 14, 1949
"Gentle Unto All....
Apt to Teach, Patient, in
Meekness Instructing."


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Wordless Wednesday ~ Sara Carter Pyle

Thank you very much to my third cousin once removed who has recently spent some time going through old family memorabilia and shared the following photographs with me.

All three are of my second great-aunt, Sara Carter Pyle, sister of James Tolman Pyle. Unfortunately only one is dated, though I think they may all be from the 1880s.

Aunt Sarah [sic] Pyle McAlpin
sister of W. S. Pyle senior
William Scott Pyle's father
J.P.D.'s father

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Happy 9th Blogiversary!

I started From Maine to Kentucky nine years ago. I have been mulling over why I haven't been inspired to blog and I think there are two main reasons. One is that I like to write about recent discoveries, and I don't feel that I've had any exciting breakthroughs recently (though I do have a breakthrough but am looking for more evidence to be sure).

The other is that I mostly enjoy researching and writing about ancestors in the 19th and early 20th centuries and I've done quite a bit of blogging about all my known direct ancestors during this period (and even some collateral relatives). Perhaps I'll blog more about some of my interesting distant uncles, aunts, and cousins.

As I have noted at Counting Third Cousins, I have spent almost three years, on and off, doing descendancy research: researching the descendants of all my second great-grandparents. This helps me identify my DNA matches. During the past year, I shared several stories about my half cousins who descend from my second great-grandfather, Samuel Sewall Greeley, and his first wife. (I've identified several DNA matches in this branch.)

I also update my DNA Resources page as I blog about DNA testing and resources.

One of my favorite posts from the past year is Wordless Wednesday ~ MyHeritage In Color™. If you haven't had a chance to colorize some of your old black and white photos, I encourage you to check it out. Here is another one of my grandfather in Wyoming in 1917. I originally blogged about his trip in a series of posts which started at Grandfather Out West.

This is my grandfather, Lowell Townsend Copeland, on the left and his friend, Bill Sidley, on the right.

Thank you to those who continue to follow and read my blog.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Wordless Wednesday ~ MyHeritage In Color™

Well, life got in the way of my good intention of blogging at least once a week in 2020. However, I have wanted to share this cool tool for awhile, and it's now free for just a few weeks.

MyHeritage In Color™ is Now Free and Unlimited for One Month!

MyHeritage In Color™ has been available to subscribers for a couple of months, but until April 22, they are offering unlimited use to everyone as a fun way to pass the time and enjoy colorizing your old black and white photos.

If you have old digitized black and white photos, visit MyHeritage In Color™, create an account and have some fun! Below are just a few of my many black and white photos that I have colorized:

About 1909: Marion Hunter, Margaret Hunter, Aunt Helen Rainey Hunter, Caroline Hunter, Mary Hunter
See a larger image at MyHeritage where you can view it with a slider.  Note that there is a palette icon in the lower left hand corner of the color image indicating that this is not an original photograph, but has been colorized.

About 1909: Margaret, Mary, Marguerite, Helen, Percy, and Caroline Hunter

See larger image at MyHeritage with slider.

About 1904: Charles C Adsit, Jr. and his sister, Elizabeth Adsit

See larger image at MyHeritage with slider. I originally shared the image on the right in 2011.

About 1929: Charles McAlpin Pyle, Jr.
See a larger image at MyHeritage with slider. I originally shared this at Dad's Pet Goat.

I have enjoyed seeing the colorized photos that other genealogists have shared. Share your links in the comments!