Picture Perfect Saturday #38 ~ Jessie Olene Hayes

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!

In honor of “Women’s History Month”, each Saturday this March I will be highlighting one of my female ancestors.

Jessie Olene Hayes,1895-1975 is my paternal 2nd cousin. She was born in Richmond, Woodward County, Oklahoma. On December 16, 1918, she married Leslie Irving Ray. This is a photo taken of her in her hat and veil on her wedding day. I wish I could see her full dress, but what I can see gives the appearance of handmade and modest. Also, very feminine with the lace. I really like her glasses, but I thin the thing that stands out the most is the look on her face. Considering she is getting married, she has a serene look on her face. It makes you wonder what she is thinking. Jessie went on to have 3 children, one son and two daughters. She was 77 years old when she died after 52 years of marriage.

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 #37 ~ Matilda M. Divine

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!

In honor of “Women’s History Month”, each Saturday this March I will be highlighting one of my female ancestors.

This week I am showcasing this photo of my maternal 2nd Cousin, Matilda M. Divine with 2 of her daughters, Laura and Myrtle. Matilda was born on May 26, 1855, in Tennessee. She moved to Missouri with her family when she was 2 years old. She was raised in Dade County which was still a developing area at the time, and she learned to hunt and fish alongside her brothers. Matilda married Joseph K. West on March 25, 1875, at the age of 19. The couple moved to Cedarvale, Chautauqua County, Kansas 3 years later. They had 8 daughters and no sons, so Matilda taught all of them to fish and hunt. In this photo, taken in the early 1900s, you see that they are a little over dressed to be out hunting. It appears that they may have gone to Church first and decided to shot dinner afterwards without bothering to change their clothes. Just look at those furs and shoes! Left to right is Laura, Matilda, and Myrtle. Matilda and Myrtle are holding the rabbits and the three of them look as though they are pretty proud of themselves.I am sure they had rabbit stew for dinner.

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 #36 ~ 4 Generations ~ Greenbury White

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 this photo of my maternal 2x Great Uncle Greenbury White. It has him, his daughter Martha Ellen White Burton, grandson George William Burton and great granddaughter Marjorie Burton. The photo was taken about 1925. They look like they just got home from church, all dressed in their Sunday finest. I wonder who or what little Marjorie is looking at. She is adorable, just standing on that chair so she is tall enough to fit in the photo. I love the bonnet she has on, it is bigger than her head.

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 #35 ~ John Higgason Ogan

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 1st cousin 3 times removed, John Higgason Ogan. Johns was born in 1844, in Linn County, Missouri. He moved with his family to California in 1856. He was a rancher. This photo is just perfect! He is looking at his cow like it is his best friend. I like the way he is dressed, especially his hat. If has the look of a very kind man. He died on November 11, 1930, in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 86.

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 #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 #33 ~ James Gibson “Gip” Hardin

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 1st cousin 4 times removed, James Gibson “Gip” Hardin. James was born on March 2, 1823, in Wayne County, Tennessee. This photo was taken about 1862 in Red River County, Texas. Gip was a Circuit Rider Methodist Minister and also the father of John Wesley Hardin. This photo shows him in his “preaching clothes”. Next to his hand on table is his hat. I think he seems pretty relaxed for someone who had to stand still for a long time to get this photo. You can also tell that he is a very good looking gentleman. He died in August 1876, at the age of 53.

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 #32 ~ Hamilton Hayes

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 Grandfather, Hamilton Hayes (1856-1906). Hamilton was raised on a farm in Tazewell, Claiborne Co., Tennessee. He moved to Missouri with his family when he was 13 years. After getting married he purchased his own farm in Cass Co. Missouri. I think that he looks very dapper in this photo. Looking at it, you would never guess that he had farmed all his life because he looks like a professional businessman. He had been born into a well-to-do family so he had grown up having nice suits. I think he is very handsome in this photo.

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 #30 ~ Dora Agnes Rhoads

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 3rd cousin, Dora Agnes Rhoads. She was born on November 02, 1899 in Covelo, Mendocino County, California, the oldest of 4 children born to William Denham Rhoads (1870-1961) and Agnes Hurt (1878-1955).

The look on her face gives the impression that she knows the photographer and that she does this all the time. She gives the idea that she may have been born to be a model as she looks very comfortable here. I wonder if this was taken for a special occasion. Her dress is unwrinkled, and she is wearing high-top shoes and gloves. She has the type of cheeks that you would like to pinch, nicely of course. She would have been a beautiful woman if she had not died at the age of 6 years-old, on March 17, 1906.

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 either Facebook or Twitter @VHughesAuthor.

Picture Perfect Saturday #29 ~ Edgar Poe Anderson and Louise Irvin

I am working on a Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized that 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 maternal 2nd Cousin 5 times removed, Edgar Poe Anderson and his wife Louise K. Irvin. Edgar was a County Farm Demonstration Agent and the couple and their 12 children lived in Greensboro, North Carolina. This photo was taken about 1937 while Edgar and “Lou” were on vacation in Florida. They were dressed very fashionable, even sporting a hat. He was 84 years old and she was 79. Apparently Edgar’s job paid very well as this photo was taken while our Country was in the midst of the Great Depression. I can only hope to look this good when I am their age.

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 #28 ~ Clarence and William Ogan

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 a pair of brothers, Clarence Newall (1879-1961) and William Harrison Ogan (1888-1968), They were born to Clayton Taylor Ogan (1850-1922) and Mary Elizabeth Teters (1852-1937) in Winsor, Henry County, Missouri. In 1889, the brothers moved with their parents and their five siblings to the Indian Territory in Oklahoma. They lived on the Osage/Kaw Indian Reservation where they were given land to farm on. Their mother was Cherokee. This photo was taken in about 1905. Clarence is on the left and William is on the right. It looks like they are hauling some lumber and a chair. I love everything about this photo.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have written two books “Your Family History: Doing I 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.