Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday's Obituary ~ Anna Claudine Freeland, 1952

More about my second great grand aunt, Anna Claudine Freeland.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 15, 1952, page 31,

Miss Anna Freeland
Miss Anna Claudine Freeland, 97, of 4716 Bayard St. [Pittsburgh], died at her home yesterday [June 14, 1952] from pneumonia contracted after a fall two weeks ago.
  Miss Freeland was born in Old Allegheny Dec. 11, 1854. She taught in grade schools in Allegheny and later Pittsburgh for many years.
  She is survived by two nephew, J. R. (Jack) Hunter, of Pittsburgh, and Chester A. Freeland [sic] of Morgantown, W. Va.
  Funeral arrangements are being made by H. Samson's, 537 Neville St., Oakland.
My comments:
Those who were of "Old Allegheny" were very proud of it and always made mention of it.

The two nephews listed are sons of her sister, Mary (Freeland) Hunter, her only sibling to have children. Mary and her husband James Hunter were parents to ten children, so "Aunt Claude" outlived eight of those ten nephews and nieces, including my great-grandfather, Percy Earle Hunter, who died in 1935.

Nephew Jack Hunter lived to be 102, dying in 1984.

What is not mentioned is that she was also survived by several great nephews and great nieces, my grandmother and her sisters included, and great-great nephews and great-great nieces, including my mother and her sisters.

Although I don't know the exact date, it was this spring of 1952 that my mother graduated from high school.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Great Aunt Claude Freeland

Anna Claudine Freeland fascinated me because my mother remembers meeting "Aunt Claude" when she was a child in the early 1940s. She also was found by several different names in the federal census records. She is my mother's great grand aunt and my second great grand aunt.

In a post about my third great-grandmother, Nancy (Rainey) Freeland, I listed her children as:
Mary (1850-1902) - my second great-grandmother and the only one to marry and have children, listed here.
William (1854-1918)
Anna Claudine (1854-1952)
Edward (1858-1877) - twin
Emma (1858-1893) - twin

Census records show the following for my second great grand aunt:
Year      Name                          Age     Occupation            Head of Household
1860     Hannah E. Freeland      5            -                         her parents, James and Nancy
1870     Clara Freeland            15         at school               her widowed mother, Nancy
1880     Claude A. Freeland     25        School Teacher     her widowed mother, Nancy
1900     Anna C. Freeland        43        School Teacher     her widowed mother, Nancy

Aunt Claude
In 1904, I find Claude A. Freeland in a Pittsburgh City Directory living at 3623 Perrysville Avenue in Allegheny. This is the house that her sister's son, Percy Hunter, lived in for a couple of decades. See a photo of the house here and photos of people in front of the house here. The image here is of Aunt Claude in one of the photos.

By 1910, her mother had died, and "Claudie Freeland" was living with her unmarried brother, William, who was a conductor on the railroad. She is 41 [!] years old and a School Teacher.

By 1920, her brother William had died and "Glaudine Frieland," age 50, was a lodger in a boardinghouse and was still a teacher. (Actually, her age was about 65 so she was probably about to retire.)

In all of these censuses so far, she is living in Allegheny City, which became the North Side of Pittsburgh in 1907.

In 1930, I find Anna Claudine Freeland as a 75-year-old "Roomer" in Orlando, Florida. With her birthplace as Pennsylvania, her father's birthplace as Scotland, and her mother's birthplace as Ireland, I'm sure this is my second great grand aunt. No occupation is listed. I wonder why she was enumerated in Florida in this U.S. Federal Census? Was she living there or just visiting?

In 1940, Claudine Freeland, age 85, is back in Pittsburgh as one of ten lodgers in a lodging house, no occupation listed. Interestingly, three of the other lodgers are teachers. I find it interesting to see that after she retires from teaching, she is willing to share her real age with the census takers.

And when the 1950 U.S. Census becomes available in 2022, I will be able to find her again, as she didn't die until June 14, 1952 about six months shy of her 98th birthday.

She was enumerated in ten U.S. Federal Censuses! I can only show eight, as the 1890 U.S. Census was destroyed after suffering damage in a fire and the 1950 U.S. Census is not yet available.

Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 (Provo, UT, USA, Operations, Inc., 2014),
Death Certificate No. 48672 / 4229. Record for Anna Claudine Freeland, died 14 June 1952.
Sadly, Aunt Claude died of an accident. The cause of death on her death certificate is listed as: "Hypostatic Pneumonia due to fracture of right hip caused by fall to floor." It is from her death certificate that I finally confirm her full name: Anna Claudine Freeland, and her date of birth: December 11, 1854. Both parents' names are accurately listed: James Freeland and Nancy Rainey. The informant, Samuel Knox Hunter, Jr. is a great-nephew (son of her sister Mary's son). She had the fall on June 5 and died eleven days later.

Along with so many members of my grandmother's immediate ancestors and extended family, Great Aunt Claude is buried at Uniondale Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. See her FindAGrave memorial here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~ Passport Photos's U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, is a great database to explore. Many of the passport applications from the early 1900s include photographs.

Recently I was exploring my connection to the Rockefeller family and came across the following passport photos for my second great uncle and his wife and daughter from April 1921.

David Hunter McAlpin

Emma Rockefeller McAlpin

Elaine Rockefeller McAlpin

I love the fact that they all signed their full names on their passport photos.

Friday, November 28, 2014

My Connection to the Rockefellers

My great grandmother, Frances Adelaide McAlpin, was the only daughter of the ten children of David Hunter McAlpin (1816-1901) and his first wife Frances Adelaide Rose (1829-1870). Several of her brothers died young; the ones who survived did well for themselves.

Her next younger brother was named David Hunter McAlpin, Jr. (after his father, and an older brother who died as a toddler in 1853). He was born June 2, 1862, in New York City.

On December 12, 1895, David Hunter McAlpin, Jr. married Emma Rockefeller, daughter of William Rockefeller and niece of John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil. (The links bring you to their Wikipedia pages.)

Searching for Emma Rockefeller in December 1895 in any newspaper database will bring up dozens of reports from all around the U.S. of this grand wedding.

To give you just a taste of the wedding description, I share just a few paragraphs of a very long wedding announcement found on page 2 of the December 13, 1895, Boston Daily Advertiser (from

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day ~ Charles M. Pyle, Jr. in WWII

My dad, Charles McAlpin Pyle, Jr., briefly served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force towards the end of World War II. He was a navigator in a B-24 and would have seen a great deal more action had the war not ended in August 1945.

Here are some photos of him, likely taken in June 1944. He turned 20 years old that month.

Austin Studios, California

During his training, he was in Hawaii and sent the following to his mother and step-father:

[From:] Lt. Charles M Pyle, Jr.
C.C.R.C., Crew 44315
A.P.O 966, ℅ Post
San Francisco, Cal.

[To:] Mr. and Mrs. Edgar C. Rust
The White Elephant
Nantucket, Mass.

I think this was postmarked July 10, 1945 and the stamp toward the bottom looks like it was approved by the censor. Inside he innocuously wrote:

                      Greetings from HAWAIIAN ISLANDS
Hi -
It's a beautiful spot, and perhaps someday
we'll all be able to see it together. Saw some
of the sights on the way in.
                                           Love, Chas.

This first image is "Sunset on Diamond Head, Honolulu." It unfolds to show more than a dozen images of various sights in Hawaii.

If Dad spoke much about his service, unfortunately, I didn't pay much attention because I wasn't interested at the time. He died on April 12, 1993.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hallowell Grant ~ Guysborough County, Nova Scotia

In my recent Surname Saturday post about my Hull ancestral line, I mentioned that Moses Hull arrived in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, from Connecticut, with the Hallowell Grant settlers.

Guysborough County, Nova Scotia
Wikipedia Commons

As I have mentioned before, my favorite "go-to" book for Guysborough County is Guysborough Sketches and Essays, by A.C. Jost (originally published in 1950 by Kentville Publishing Company, revised edition published Trafford Publishing Co., in 2009). There is a chapter titled "The Hallowell Grant Settlers" which is my source for most of this information.

The Hallowell Grant was a grant of land to one Benjamin Hallowell, a Customs Commissioner from Boston. On October 22, 1765, he officially acquired 20,000 acres of land, located on the north side of Chedabucto Bay, which in the image above is the area of water with the arrow going through it noting roughly where the community of Boylston is. (Manchester is just next to Boylston.)

In 1765, this was barren land with few inhabitants. In fact, this wasn't even known as Guysborough County yet.

As a Customs Officer in the city of Boston at the start of the Revolution, Hallowell was not a popular man. By April 1776, he fled Boston, ultimately returning to London. In 1785, Hallowell wrote to a colleague that he wanted to return to Nova Scotia to "look after his property," but it is not known if he ever did. Hallowell did recognize the value of the land and looked to somehow develop it, in order to improve his financial situation, which needless to say, had declined during the war. Ownership passed to his two sons, Benjamin Hallowell, Jr., a successful British naval officer, and Ward Nicholas Boylston, who had taken the name of a maternal uncle with the promise that he would inherit lands in Boston. (See Ward Nicholas Boylston's FindAGrave memorial here.)

A town plot, named Boylston, in honor of his son, was developed, providing for sixty town lots, with a town common, and farm lots of varying sizes, averaging about 150 acres. The surveying was completed by the summer off 1786, when the settlers arrived. The brothers mentioned above, recruited settlers from the New England states, especially Connecticut. They were referred to as "The New England Colonists" and were more adaptable to the conditions in the area than some of the previous settlers who had come from the Carolinas and New York. (Stephen Pyle came from New York, and George Whitman came from South Carolina.)

For those of you with colonial Connecticut ancestors, you might be interested in the names of the men who settled on the land known as the Hallowell Grant, in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia:
Mansfield Munson          David Smith
Andrew Leet                   Ira Atwater
Gideon Bryant                Samuel Hull [son of Moses, and brother of Elizabeth]
Willis Stillman                William Atwater
Aaron Andrews              Theophilus Yale
Isaac Andrews               Josiah Hart
David Scranton              William Atwater, Jr.
Matthew Hawley             Moses Hull [father of Samuel above]
Walter Munson               Ebenezer Merriman

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Surname Saturday ~ Hull of Connecticut

My immigrant Hull ancestor (my paternal line) is the father of John Hull, of New Haven, Connecticut. Several sources suggest that John Hull's father was Richard Hull, but Robert Charles Anderson's sketch for Richard Hull in The Great Migration Begins states: "Savage and others make him the same as a Richard Hull of New Haven in 1640 and later, but there is no particular reason to believe this. Likewise there is no obvious connection to the "Richard Hull, carpenter" who was in Boston in 1637."

So technically, I'm not sure of the origin of this Hull line, but it is likely somewhere in England. So the first generation of this Hull line that I am sure of is John Hull, who was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in May 1640.

New Haven County, Connecticut
Wikipedia Commons
Generation 2:
John Hull (1640-1711) spent his life in what was known as New Haven Colony until 1666, and then became New Haven County, Connecticut. He was baptized on May 24, 1640, and he married Mary Beach.

John was a doctor and was enticed to move to Wallingford to be that town's first physician.

John and Mary had nine children: John (b. 1662), Samuel (b. 1664), Mary (b. 1666), Joseph (b. 1669), Benjamin (b. 1672), Richard (b. 1674), Ebenezer (b. 1678), Jeremiah (b. 1679) and Andrew (b. 1685). Based on what is recorded in Families of Ancient New Haven [note 2], he lived in different towns in Connecticut during his life: Stratford, Derby, and Wallingford, where he died on December 6, 1711. has a memorial for him with a photo of his gravestone. The stone reads:
John Hull
The first Physician Who
Settled in Wallingford
Dec. 6, 1711
AE. 80 Years.
To induce Dr. Hull to
come here the inhabitants
at a Town meeting voted
him a tract of land over
one mile square.

I descend from his second to youngest son, Jeremiah.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Today is Home Movie Day

According to a blog post from Dick Eastman, today is Home Movie Day. According to Dick, "Home Movie Day is an internationally organized event that began in 2003, when a small group of film archivists decided to try and save the countless reels of home movies shot on film during the 20th century." Read his post for a lot more about Home Movie Day.

Years ago, I collected the 8 mm home movies from my childhood (roughly 1969-1981) and had them put on a VHS video cassette. (Silly me, I didn't think I needed to keep the 8 mm films, so they no longer exist.)

Last spring, I had the VHS video digitized (at Play It Again Video in Newton, Mass.). It wasn't cheap, but in a way, you can't put a price tag on digitizing your childhood movies so I felt it was worth it!

The video is almost two hours long and is comprised of many, many three minute clips, which I believe was the length of each 8 mm reel. Luckily my dad marked each one with the date and sometimes the subject, and I did have the sense to put them in chronological order before they were combined on the VHS video. I now have an almost two hour video that I can edit in iMovie.

Following is a brief snippet of a 1971 home movie of me and my three younger brothers all sledding on a toboggan with my mother.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Grandfather Out West ~ Photos #3

Here are more photographs my my Grandfather Lowell Townsend Copeland's 1917 trip to Wyoming and Montana. See the first group of photos here and group #2 here.

Wyoming 1917
"Bear-Tooth" Mountain and Lake

You can search the Internet for images of Beartooth Mountain and see recent photographs of this same mountain.

Wyoming Montana 1917
Mrs. Sidley and me/I [Lowell Townsend Copeland] at "Bear-Tooth" Lake.

Montana 1917
Mr. Sidley and Bill.

I wonder what they're doing hanging over the water?

Montana 1917
Bill and his horse "Bluebell" on our way to Red Lodge, Montana

And for the last photo: Can you figure out what is going on here before reading the caption?

Montana 1917
Bill + Mrs. Sidley.
Bill is having his hair washed at the last camp.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Grandfather Out West ~ Photos #2

More photos from Grandfather Lowell Townsend Copeland's 1917 trip west. See the first installment of photos here.

Wyoming 1917
Pack horses fording a stream just before coming into a camp.

Wyoming 1917
Taken from the top of the "Great Divide" which was about 11,000 ft. above sea level.

Wyoming 1917
"Tex" and the pack horses on top of the "Great Divide."

I believe Tex was one of the group's guides on this trip.

Wyoming 1917
Taken from the top of the "Great Divide."

Wyoming 1917
L.T.C. [Lowell Townsend Copeland], Bill [Sidley], Mrs. Sidley, Miss Holt, and Mr. Sidley.
Index Peaks in the background, which marks the boundary line between Wyoming and Montana.

From the captions on this group of photographs, I can tell that my grandfather visited Wyoming and Montana, seeing the "Great Divide," Yellowstone National Park, Index Peak, Beartooth Mountains and Lake, and Red Lodge.

See the last installment of photos here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~ Grandfather Out West

In the summer of 1917, when my grandfather, Lowell Townsend Copeland, was not yet 17 (he was born December 21, 1900), he took a trip out west.

I have a set of 27 photographs that were taken during this trip, and they are all labeled on the back (likely Grandfather's handwriting). I will share a few each day for the next few days.

Wyoming 1917
Mrs. Sidley, Miss Holt, and Mr. Sidley
I don't know who Mr. and Mrs. Sidley or Miss Holt are.

I know the head is partially cropped in the following photo, but it is the only closeup photo in the collection of Bill Sidley, who looks like he might have been grandfather's age.

Wyoming 1917
Bill Sidley

Wyoming 1917
L.T.C. [Lowell Townsend Copeland] and Bill all ready for a day of fishing.
Catch anything? [unknown handwriting]

Wyoming 1917
L.T.C. [Lowell Townsend Copeland] in his fishing outfit with his rod.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

My Great Migration Ancestors (1620-1635)

I am trying to go through some older files - printouts of things that I can get or have already gotten online - to see that I have updated my genealogy program to reflect these sources.
The Great Migration Begins has three volumes.
Image from

The Great Migration series of books by Robert Charles Anderson and published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society include the following:

The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633 (3 volumes)
Great Migration 1634-1635 (7 volumes, alphabetically)

These have been available on the NEHGS website ( for several years (depending on publication date), but I still have printouts that I don't need and I'm trying to remove from my office files any paper that I don't need.

You can find a variety of resources at the Great Migration Study Project website at, including a list of over 2,400 sketches published in the Great Migration series and a link to where you can search for a family name. (Note you have to be a member of NEHGS to view results of these searches.) From the website:
"The aim of the Great Migration Study Project is to compile comprehensive genealogical and biographical accounts of every person who settled in New England between 1620 and 1640. Between these years about twenty thousand English men, women, and children crossed the Atlantic to settle New England. For a century and a half genealogists have been studying these families, and thousands of books and articles have been published as a result."
In going through my old printouts and looking at the list of names of my Great Migration ancestors, I am amazed at how many I have. I may have more, but there are plenty of my ancestral lines which I have not managed to trace back this far.

From The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633:

Maternal ancestors: William Bassett (9th ggf), Thomas Blossom (9th ggf), Daniel Brewer (9th ggf), Bernard Capen (11th ggf), James Chilton (12th ggf - Mayflower), Aaron Cooke (1st husband of 10th ggm), Thomas Ford (10th ggf), Simon Huntington (10th ggf), William Knopp (10th ggf), Richard Lyman (10th ggf), Thomas Mayhew (9th ggf), Francis Plummer (10th ggf), Edmund Quincy (9th ggf), Edward Rainsford (10th ggf), Thomas Richards (10th ggf), William Rockwell (10th ggf), Richard Silvester (9th ggf), Thomas Willett (9th ggf), John Winslow (11th ggf).

Paternal ancestors: William Cheeseborough (10th ggf), John Gallop (10th ggf), Giles Gibbs (9th ggf), Stephen Hart (8th ggf), John Howland (10th ggf - Mayflower), Thomas Minor (10th ggf), Walter Palmer (11th ggf), Valentine Prentice (10th ggf), John Tilley (11th ggf - Mayflower), Andrew Ward (9th ggf).

Both maternal and paternal (yes, my parents are distantly related): William Denison (10th ggf)

From Great Migration 1634-1635, Volume I (A-B):
William Beardsley (P 9th ggf), Thomas Blodgett (M 9th ggf)), Edmund Bushnell (M 9th ggf).

From Great Migration 1634-1635, Volume II (C-F):
Simon Crosby (M 9th ggf 2x), Robert Dibble (P 10th ggf), Thomas Ewer (M 9th ggf), John Farrow (M 9th ggf), Henry Flint/Flynt (M 9th ggf), Edmond Freeman (M 10th ggf), William French (M 8th ggf).

From Great Migration 1634-1635, Volume III (G-H):
Peter Gardner (M 8th ggf), John Gore (M 8th ggf), Samuel Hinckley (M 10th ggf), Robert Hull (M 9th ggf)

From Great Migration 1634-1635, Volume IV (I-L):
Henry Kingman (M 10th ggf), Thomas Lord (P 10th ggf), John Lothrop (P 9th ggf)

From Great Migration 1634-1635, Volume V (M-P):
Francis Newcomb (M 10th ggf)

From Great Migration 1634-1635, Volume VI (R-S):
Martin Saunders (M 10th ggf), Edmund Sherman (P 10th ggf) , Thomas Stanton (P 9th ggf)

From Great Migration 1634-1635, Volume VII (T-Y):
William Tuttle (P 9th ggf)

M = maternal line (all through Grandfather Copeland)
P = paternal line (some even through both my grandmother Adsit and grandfather Pyle)
ggf = great grandfather
ggm = great grandmother
2x = I descend from Simon Crosby in two lines: my maternal grandfather's parents are distantly related.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

One Lovely Blog Award

I have to thank two fellow geneabloggers for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award: Heather Rojo, who writes Nutfield Genealogy, and Dana Leeds, who writes The Enthusiastic Genealogist.

Here are the 'rules' for this One Lovely Blog Award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog
2. Share seven things about yourself
3. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of!)
4. Contact your bloggers to let them know that you've tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award

So, first, thanks again to Heather Rojo and Dana Leeds. (See links above.)

Seven things about me:
1. I write a second blog, A Jewish Genealogy Journey, about my husband's ancestry.
2. I have been singing in choral groups most of my life. I currently sing with the Dedham Choral Society.
3. I am involved with local politics and local League of Women Voters.
4. I was a math major in college, and have always loved math.
5. I volunteer at the local elementary school providing math enrichment to bright fifth graders.
6. I have volunteered for the New England Historic Genealogical Society for several years. I do proofreading, indexing, and transcribing of records that ultimately end up on their website.
7. I have two college-age sons and I hope at least one of them ultimately shows an interest in genealogy...

Nominations for the award, in alphabetical order:
1. Emily Garber, who writes (going) The Extra Yad
2. Jacqi Stevens, who writes A Family Tapestry
3. Sheryl Lazarus, who writes A Hundred Years Ago and Fashion A Hundred Years Ago.
4. Devon Lee, who writes A Patient Genealogist
5. Jenny Lanctot, who writes Are My Roots Showing
6. Marian Burk Wood, who writes Climbing My Family Tree
7. Pam Schaffner, who writes Digging Down East
8. Elyse Doerflinger, who writes Elyse's Genealogy Blog
9. Erica Dakin Voolich, who writes Erica's Adventures in Genealogy
10. John Tew, who writes Filiopietism Prism
11. Michael Lacopo, who writes Hoosier Daddy?
12. Jana Last, who writes Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
13. Lara Diamond, who writes Lara's Family Search
14. Catherine Pendleton, who writes The Pendleton Genealogy Post
15. Jim Craig, who writes Under Every Stone

I hope you find an interesting new blog to read in this list. I now have to notify those whom I have nominated.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Roosevelt and Rust - Harvard Class of 1904

Watching Ken Burns' The Roosevelts - An Intimate History on PBS this week reminds me of the connection my dad's step-father, Edgar C. Rust, had with FDR: they both graduated from Harvard in 1904.

The following newspaper clipping is in one of the scrapbooks in my paternal grandmother's collection.

Classmates Meet Again, Unknown newspaper.

The caption reads:
Edgar C. Rust              Governor Roosevelt             Carl B. Marshall
Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York enjoying a bite with two classmates of Harvard '04, in the college yard at Cambridge during reunion of commencement. Rust
is a resident of Boston, while Marshall hails from Providence, R. I. (Associated Press
[cut off]).

1929 would have been their 25th college reunion, and before Edgar Rust's first wife died.

Five years later was their 30th college reunion and my grandmother's scrapbook also has the following invitation:

The President and Mrs. Roosevelt
At Home
Saturday afternoon
April the twenty-first
at four o'clock

The White House
Admit at East Gate
April 21, 1934

Thank you to my husband who found FDR: Day by Day website at the FDR Presidential Library website.

I searched for April 21 on the FDR: Day by Day page, and I found his calendar for that day, which included:

4:30pm –   Received 754 in Harvard 1904 Class Reunion in Blue Parlor         White House STE, USH
    6:10pm      Note: Stenographer's Diary indicates a Lawn Party for Law Class

STE: Stenographer's Diary; USH - White House Usher's Diary (see below for images).

From FDR's Stenographer's Diary - April 21, 1934
From FDR's Usher's Diary - April 21, 1934

Although many of Roosevelt's Harvard classmates may not have agreed with some of his policies, I'm sure they weren't going to turn down an invitation to visit him in the White House for their 30th college reunion! I'm sure my step-grandfather and my grandmother, Libby, attended.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~ Your Picture in an Automobile

Dick Eastman just shared a blog post Your Picture in an Automobile (do go read this for another way to look at your photos from the first decade of the last century) and it made me think of the following picture that I have had in my collection for years.

The back of this photo post card has 1907 in handwriting that is either my grandmother's or my great-grandmother's. The rest is in my mother's handwriting:
3d seat
Marion Lysle Hunter
Eliza Lysle
(Aunt Lyde)

Marion Lysle Hunter was the oldest of the five Hunter sisters, of which my grandmother was the youngest. (See a photo of the five sisters here.) Marion died in 1913.

I don't know anyone else in the photo.

Eliza Lysle (1845-1928), known as Aunt Lyde, was an unmarried great aunt of Marion's. They lived in Pittsburgh, so perhaps they had gone on a trip to Denver and posed for a photo in a new-fangled automobile, as was described in Dick Eastman's post.