I stopped over to my grandparents house a couple of weeks ago to get their spit for some 23andme dna tests. I finally decided it would be interesting enough to get their data into 23andme that I’d buy them kits.
My grandpa started telling a story about his Great Uncle Delos and his bayonet from the civil war. Then we talked about Delos’s brother Carl, who was a meat dealer that liked to eat raw sausage. I wonder if he mostly did that to freak people out. My grandma went to find some pictures of Delos and Carl. There were some awesome pictures of Carl.
I also spotted this photo. The hats and hairstyles were interesting so I took it home to scan. I spent the next week obsessively figuring out who the people in the pictures were. A few months ago my aunt found a transcribed copy of a diary by 12 year old, Orsamus Gilbert in 1812. If I hadn’t seen that, and tried to figure out who he was, I never would have puzzled out these people, because they were part of an undocumented branch in our family tree.
Here it is with the labels from the back superimposed over the people.
After spending a week on wikitree and familysearch I fleshed out the family tree a bit more and now I’m confident that I know all but one of the people in the photo. John Gilbert is probably Vine’s son but I can’t find any solid documentation aside from other people’s family trees.
Vine is my great great great grandfather.
Mary Isabelle is his daughter and Oliver Avery is her Husband.
Mary Louisa is their daughter, my great great grandmother.