Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ At the fireside

Samuel Sewall Greeley (1824-1916)

According to the back of the photo, this is my second great grandfather at about 85 years old sitting at the fireside of the home of his daughter's parents-in-law: Henry Clay Copeland (1832-1912) and Sarah (Lowell) Copeland (1833-1916), who lived on Main Street in Calais, Maine.

Following shows how I descend from my maternal grandfather's grandparents:

       Samuel Sewall Greeley m. Eliza May Wells             Henry Clay Copeland m. Sarah Lowell
|                                      |
Ethel May Greeley    m.    Lowell Copeland
Lowell Townsend Copeland
My mother


  1. Awesome photograph! He looks so comfy there. And the details in the photo are amazing too - the rocking chair in the foreground, the candelabra on the fireplace, and the tiny chair next to the fireplace opposite your 2nd great-grandfather. Very cool!

  2. Wonderful photo! You can really get a sense of what the room was like. I'm also curious about who wrote the note of the back. The wobbly writing--and the crossed out date--suggest that someone was trying really hard to accurately label it after much time had passed.

  3. I agree with both of you. I love the detail of this photo. It makes me wish I knew him! I must remember to ask my mother to try to identify the handwriting on the back of the photo. It's possibly my grandfather's handwriting.

    Thank you for reading and commenting.

  4. I'm writhing with jealousy that you have so many photos of your ancestors! Very cool photo too... for that candelabra above the fireplace kind of looks like a menorah, heh (I've been attempting to kind out about my paternal grandfather's family, so I'm in a "Jewish" mode, heh).

    I have Greeleys in my family tree too, btw... descended from Andrew Greeley (1617-1697), who married Mary Moyse-- I suspect you are too. Their daughter Mary married Ephraim Winsley (the name would change to Winslow around the turn of the 18th century).

    1. Karen, yes that candelabra does look like a menorah. (My other blog is about my husband's Jewish roots.) And yes, Andrew Greeley (1617-1697) is my 8th great grandfather.