Picture Perfect Saturday #34 ~ The Hayes Sisters ~ Rachel, Ida, Sadie, & Rosie

I am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!

This week I am showcasing 4 of my paternal Great Aunts. Left to Right – Back Row: Rachel Minerva Hayes Relaford, Ida May Hayes Willard Front Row: Sadie L. Hayes Hughes, Rosa Lucille Hayes. The oldest is Ida (1884-1973), then Rachel (1889-1967), then Sadie (1891-1967), and last is Rosa (1901-1988).

These four women were very close and you can tell they are sisters at first glance. They had 21 children total with Rosa never getting married nor having any children. They were hard-working women, the 3 married ones were farmers wives and Rosa was a nurse. I love their floral dresses and their hairstyles. To me, they all look like they were the kind of women you would want to be friends with.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have written two books “Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time” and “Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip”, both available on Amazon. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter @VHughesAuthor.

Picture Perfect Saturday #17 ~ Rosie Hayes and Orville Hughes

I am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!
This week I am showcasing my Grand Aunt Rosa “Rosie” Hayes and my Uncle Charles Orville Hughes. Aunt Rosie is my Grandmother, Virginia Bell (Hayes) Hughes’, youngest sibling. There is a 21-year difference in their ages. Orville is the firstborn child of my Grandmother, and he is only 4 years younger than his Aunt! So, they were raised more like siblings and friends, then Aunt and Nephew.

Aunt Rosie was a very adventurous woman. She loved the outdoors and riding horses. She played baseball with the boys and it is said she could run faster than any of them. After graduating, Rosie became a nurse and she loved caring for people. She never got married nor had any children of her own. Instead, she poured all her love into her large extended family.

Orville grew up to be a farmer. He got married when he was 23 years old, and they had 3 children, one son and two daughters, The firstborn, a daughter, is the only one that lived to adulthood. Aunt Rosie was there, taking care of the family throughout this difficult time.

I absolutely love this photo. It shows the close relationship that they shared. Aunt Rosie’s hat shows her fashion sense and the fact that she is riding sidesaddle shows she was attempting to be a proper lady. Orville’s face shows that he is not happy about having his picture taken! I also love the 2 carriages in the background. This photo was taken around 1914 at the Hughes Family farm outside Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri.
I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

Picture Perfect Saturday ~ #3

I am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!

This week I am featuring some of my Hayes Family. This photo was taken in 1933 in Dover, Lafayette County, Missouri.

Zoretta, Rachel, elvira,Sadie, Myra, Rosa, Ida FR Walter hughes, wilburn, john, jim BR

Left to Right Front row: Zorretta Crawley, Rachel Minerva Hayes, Elvira Register Hayes, Sadie L. Hayes, Myra Lee Settle. Rosa Hayes, and Ida May Hayes

Left to Right Back row: Walter Hughes, Wilburn Hayes, John David Hayes, and James William Hayes

I really love this photo because it shows what a close family the Hayes’ were. I estimate the year as 1933 as Elvira Register Hayes who is my Great Grandmother, died in 1936.

Wilburn Hayes is married to Zorretta Crawly, Sadie Hayes is married to Walter Hughes (who is my 1st cousin as well as my Uncle!), and John David Hayes is married to Myra Lee Settle. My Great Grandfather died in 1908 so of course, he is not here. All the other Aunts and Uncles are married but their spouses are missing (camera shy?) Rosa never got married. I don’t know why my Grandmother Virginia Hayes Hughes is not here but that is the only thing that could make this photo better.

 

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

Extraordinary Service ~ Rosa Lucille Hayes ~ 52 Ancestors #19

Aunt Rosie HayesRosa Lucille Hayes is my paternal Great Aunt. She was born March 23, 1901, in Pleasant Hill, Cass County, Missouri, to Hamilton and Elvira (Register) Hayes. She was the youngest of 9 children. From a very young age, she loved taking care of things, from the family pets to the farm animals and the others in her household. This desire began when she was 5 years old and she helped nurse her ailing father who died later that year.

In 1920, at the age of 19, Rosie enrolled in Nursing School. This had been a lifelongRosie on a horse dream. After graduation, she began her career at Lexington Memorial Hospital in Lexington, Missouri. Rosie was what was referred to as a “Modern” woman. She wasn’t interested in getting married and she never did. She enjoyed dating and courting but she just wanted to live her life her way. She loved the outdoors and animals.

She dedicated her life to helping others. She took care of any relative that was ill and she sat by the bedside of her dying kin often being the last one to speak with them. She volunteered many hours taking care of children in the hospitals and rescuing cats and dogs. She was a woman of great love and strength.

MO RiverThere is a family story that tells of a time when Rosie was about 30 years old. She was attending a family reunion that was held on the banks of the Missouri River in Lexington, Missouri. The Hayes family was very large and included tons of children. As the adults were sitting on their blankets talking and enjoying their day, they suddenly heard some of the children screaming. Without a moment thought Aunt Rosie jumped up and took off in the direction of the noise. One of the teenage boys was in the river flailing around trying to get out. The current was too strong for him to remain standing long enough to get to shore. Rosie ran straight into the river and swam out to the boy. The boy hung on to her neck and she started trying to swim to the edge of the water but the water was too strong. My Uncle Wilburn had run to his truck and grabbed a rope throwing it out to Rosie. After a few attempts, she finally grabbed it and the men pulled them to shore. During the struggle in the river, the boy had swallowed a lot of water. Once they got out Rosie began CPR, saving the boys’ life. When the boy began to breathe well enough to get up Rosie stood up and said: “There is no way you will ever convince me that a man is better than a woman!” With that, she walked to her car and drove herself home to change into something dry.

Aunt Rosie outlived all of her sisters and brothers except one, dying on May 9, 1988, at the age of 87. Her Tombstone inscription says it all!

aunt rosies headstone

 

 

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.