How many of you have searched for any kind of photo of an Ancestor and you weren’t able to find one? Especially for one who lived before photography was invented? Have you ever looked through documents like wills, or marriage licenses and you discover that your 3x Great Grandpa had signed it? This signature is a little piece of him that was left behind. By posting it online we can preserve it for future generations.
My Great Grandfather
James Monroe Hughes 1729-1878 From Land Deed dated 1867
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 paternal great grandparents, James Monroe, and Martha Ann (Ogan) Hughes.
This is the oldest Hughes Family photo that I have. I love the look on their faces. I can’t tell if they were terrified or if they were bored. This photo was taken shortly before James passed away in 1876.
James was born August 10, 1829, and Martha was born on March 22, 1828. They married on March 9, 1848, when they both were 18 years old. They had 11 children in 23 years. James had been a homesteader, a farmer, and a cattle broker for most of his life. Martha cared for the home, raised her large family, and she also took care of the farm while James was away fighting in the Civil War. James died on July 15, 1876, at the age of 46. He definitely looked older than that in the photo. Martha lived to be 85 years old, dying on May 10, 1913.
As a side note. This photo is very special because neither James nor Martha have a gravestone to take a photo of. They were buried in Woodard Cemetery just north of Windsor, MO. The cemetery was paved over by the air force when they extended Whitman AFB in 1951. The stones were removed and piled under a tree and have since disappeared.