Monday, May 17, 2010

Great Grandmothers

Do you know your great-grandmother? That really goes a way back, but sometimes it happens. The only thing I know about my great-grandmother on my father's side of the family is what I learned when my second cousin and I were working on our genealogy book.







Rebecca Caroline Nichols Stowe was born in Wayne Co. Tennessee, and moved to Texas with her husband, Jacob Stowe, and children.


This is a copy of a tintype photo of Rebecca Caroline when she was young. They'd only lived in Texas two years when her husband died in 1878. Rebecca sewed for other people and ran a boarding house.

She was a lovely lady.

10 comments:

  1. At least you were able to find some information!

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  2. A tintype photo is priceless! It's lucky that you found these.

    Reminds me of the Little House books where Laura does sewing for the duration of a summer when she's still in her early teens. How different life was back then!

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  3. Diane - My second cousin, who passed away three years ago at age 98, had so much information and stories to tell. The photos were hers. And she knew Rebecca Carolina.I spent every Monday afternoon at her house for months, putting it all together.

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  4. Photography has come a long way.

    Life certainly was different in those days. My second cousin dictated her story to me about her life and I typed it for her and she had it bound into a book. They were tough people. Had to be to survive.

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  5. It's so nice that you and your second cousin were able to spend the time together working on the book about her life. Family life histories are priceless as are all the old photos!

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  6. It was a wonderful experience for me, Susanne. I gave copies of our book to the boys and grandkids for Christmas one year, so they have at least part of their family history.

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  7. I never knew my gr grandparents. People have told me about them. One of my gr grandmothers was said by some people to be a witch. . . but she wasn't of course! She was one of 20 children and my grandmother (her daughter in law) was said to have not liked her very much. I have a copy of a tin type picture of her and her husband.

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  8. Janet, those tin types are treasures. I wonder how many are lying in people's attics or closets and will never be discovered.

    That's too bad. I guess if a person dislikes someone they might start rumors, even though they know they're not true. Seems like accusing a person of being a witch happened a lot.

    And families had large families years ago. 20 would be quite a houseful.

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  9. Fascinating. Yes indeed...tintype photos are priceless!

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  10. Yes, they are, Donna. I have several from my mother's foster family that I wish I knew who they were. They have no names on them to let me research.

    The people always look so solemn. Nary a smile.

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