Be sure to check out the latest issue of Shades of the Departed magazine. Not only is the issue chock full of school days memories and vintage photos, but I was given the opportunity to tell the Friends Album story (see page 36). Enjoy!
While shopping in downtown Easton today, I stopped into an antique store to pick up soup* (yeah, I know, that sounds odd — see below for an explanation). This is the same antique store that sold me the Friends Album earlier this year. I decided to peruse the shop again to see if I could find any more old photos — I wasn’t disappointed.
On the bottom shelf of a glassed-in bookcase were two black photo albums opened to display candid shots of a family in one and scenes of downtown D.C. in another. All of the photos appeared to be from the early 1900s.
One of the shop’s proprietors noticed me eying the albums and asked if I’d like to see them. Well, of course I did! We both paged through them and she showed me a particularly funny series of photos of three ladies in a hammock. Let’s just say that one of the photos is captioned “A Hard Fall.” I can’t wait to write a post about those photos!
Many of the photos are in bad shape and/or are suffering damage by how the are stored in the album. I think this project may be less about researching the folks in the photos (though I will try) and more about rescuing the photos and getting them into better circumstances to prevent further damage.
I have to say that I won’t be too disappointed if I don’t end up reuniting these albums with their original owners’ descendants as I’ve kind of already fallen in love with many of the images and would love to hang onto them.
But you know me. The thrill is in the hunt. There is an intriguing system that someone used to label the photos (although he/she wrote directly on the photos, grrrr…) — almost all are at least dated and I did spy one with a gentleman’s name on the back.
*Shore Boys Cream of Crab Soup is legendary around here, but the restaurant that used to serve and sell it by the pint closed. Now this antique store sells it frozen.
It’s my two-year blogiversary! Has it really been that long? This has been such a fun two years, getting to know all of the other genealogy bloggers out there, posting and learning about my family, and helping others (hopefully) with tips and projects like the Friends Album. I’m currently looking for more projects like the Friends Album about which to blog. If there is anything you’d like to see more of here at Bayside Blog, speak up in the comments below!
I had requested a photo of Calvert Young’s grave when I was researching the folks in the album. It is now available here. His sister, Mary C., is listed on the stone as well. I wonder if it’s the same stone as that of their parents: Cornelia Morris and Henry Young.
Here is Cornelia Morris, as pictured in the Friends Album.
I had the most fun as a guest on Geneabloggers Radio last night. I was invited to talk about the Friends Album project. You can listen to the episode online using the link below. I recommend listening to the entire show. My portion starts at about 64:40. Thanks to Thomas MacEntee for giving me the opportunity!
I’ve had several communications with a Young descendant who also has done genealogy research on the family. He has helped to identify several of the unnamed subjects in the Friends Album by supplying a photo of many Young ancestors in which the family members are id’ed.
He also provided me with the maiden name of Ellis Burton Wilson‘s mother, Susan. Guess what? She was a Young! That means he too was related to all the other known subjects so far. I’m still going to try and reunite the photo of Ellis with one of his grandsons, but barring that, I will send it to be put back in the Friends Album.
It’s really remarkable that everyone in the album may have belonged to the same family. New theories are cropping up among the Young descendants who have contacted me. One thinks that members of a branch of the family in New Jersey may have sold the album after an elderly relative passed away. Another theory is that still another branch of the family settled here in Maryland. Indeed, a Young descendant who lives in St. Michael’s did contact me, but the album did not belong to her family. The plot thickens.
An article ran in The Journal News of New York this morning about the return of the Friends Album to the Young family. It’s so neat to finally see the photo of Stanley Young III and his father, Stanley Young, Jr. I searched for them for so long.
It’s also really interesting to read how they are seeing familiar features in so many of those pictured in the Friends Album — it’s just as I’d hoped. In addition to the identified people in the album, it appears that still more of those in the photographs also are relatives of the Youngs.
I just received a call from one of the descendants of the Young family from the Friends Album. This is the gentleman to whom I mailed a letter with a photo of Cornelia Morris (his 4G-grandmother) and a copy of the family tree that I put together.
He said he just returned from out of the country and my letter was waiting for him amidst a huge stack of mail. He called me as soon as he opened it. He confirmed that I had the right family.*
He said both of his parents are still alive and in their mid-80s. He confirmed the family has strong connections to Danbury, Conn., and Yonkers, N.Y. (where this gentleman was born).
They are thrilled to have the album coming their way — I hope to send it to them this weekend. I can’t even describe how elated I am to be reuniting these photos with the family!
* Updated 7/1/2011: I spoke with Stanley Young III again last night and he said he was mistaken and he actually hadn’t seen the photo of Cornelia Morris before. Nevertheless, he now has the Friends Album and couldn’t wait to show it to his parents over the 4th of July weekend.
I had looked up Ernest on FindaGrave previously, when I was investigating him. No pictures of his tombstone were available, so I requested one. On Sunday, a kind volunteer ventured out to take a photo for me at Land’s End Cemetery (on Hawleyville Road!) in Newtown, Fairfield County, Connecticut.
One interesting date discrepancy — this tombstone says that he died on February 20. His obituary, however, ran on February 19 and indicated that he had died the day before (February 18).
As you can see, the same marker also contains information for Cornelia. She lived until 1975, so perhaps this stone wasn’t carved until that time. Whoever ordered the stone probably wasn’t around in 1905 when Ernest died. I’m guessing they had the wrong information regarding the date of his death.
As I reported a few days ago, I’m still trying to find more information on their son, Ernest G. Hawley.
Oh, I was so sure I had him. A refresher as to how he is related to the Friends Album:
Cornelia Morris + Henry B. Young
Stanley M. Young + Mary L. Morrill
Calvert H. Young + Helen M. ????
Stanley A. Young + Mary Kerr
Stanley A. Young Jr.
First, I found a SSDI record for a Stanley A. Young, Jr. Ancestry.com led me to corresponding United States Obituary Collection records. While not the obituaries themselves, the abstracts for these records do include the names of individuals mentioned in the obituary, where the obituary was published and when. There are several records for this Stanley, as it appears his obit was printed in both Florida and New York newspapers. Here’s one record from the RootsWeb Obituary Daily Times:
YOUNG, Stanley A; 79; Painted Post NY>Dade City FL; Tampa Trib; 2004-5-25; evallie
I should have done a quick look-up of Painted Post at this point, but instead I went to the Tribune web site and there I did luck out. I found the obit. And then my heart sank. It listed a sibling I hadn’t found yet. That finally prompted me to look up Painted Post, N.Y. It’s more than four hours away from Yonkers, where it appears the family of our Stanley hailed from. Darn! Not our guy. I was back to square one, at least with Stanley.
Then I found an intriguing Public Records Index record for a Stanley A. Young in Chappaqua, N.Y. Chappaqua isn’t that far away from Yonkers. I started investigating this Stanley Young using resources that are more fit for living subjects — pipl.com and PeopleFinders.com. These sites can bring up very interesting things, including street addresses, the names of relatives and associates, public records like court cases, social media profiles, etc. (They also can bring up a lot of junk and sponsored links. Be careful what you click on. I usually only stick to the sites with free information.)
When I looked up this Stanley Young, Yonkers came up as a former place of residence. I found the names of his wife and children. I found the street address and phone number for his son.
The problem with sites like pipl.com, especially when searching for people who are advanced in years, is that they don’t always capture the fact that the person you are looking for may actually be deceased. The Stanley Young I’m searching for would be around 85 years old. There’s a very good chance he is alive, but there’s also a chance he isn’t.
I’m going to start with his son. I’m a bit too chicken to call him up, so I’m contemplating writing a letter. I haven’t managed to find his email address yet, which would be ideal.
RootsWeb Obituary Daily Times record, Stanley A. Young; RootsWeb (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ : accessed 27 May 2011).
Social Security Death Index record, Stanley A. Young (Florida); Ancestry. com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 May 2011).