IN LIFE AS IN THE DANCE : GRACE GLIDES

ON BLISTERED FEET.
---Alice Abrams

Monday, April 02, 2007

Manic Monday - Branch


My dad's parents, August 21, 1913


My Branch of the Family Tree

This is the oldest known family photo and comes from a restored daguerreotype and dates from the 1840's. Before the Civil War, Jesse was reportedly the richest man in Kansas City, but lost his whole fortune when Union General Thomas Ewing banned Jesse from the city because Ewing suspected Jesse had been bankrolling Quantril's raiders. Jesse died a pauper.

34 comments:

Meloncutter said...

I seriously thought of going with the family tree thing this week. But being a redneck, my tree looks like a telephone pole.

I think old photos like this are neat. When I look at old family photos I often wonder if they thought about things like we do now, if humor has changed from then to now or maybe if they had gas when the picture was taken.

Good Post.

Later Y'all

Gattina said...

That's a good idea with the family tree ! and very interesting. Sad for you that your g g grandfather lost his fortune ! I also like these old wedding pictures, the couples always look so serious as if it was a funeral and not a wedding, lol !

Crazy Working Mom said...

Oh, wow! Those are awesome photos. It's great that they have stuck around after all these years!

Akelamalu said...

Fantastic, I love old family photos

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

danged yankees anyways!!! and your grandmother is gorgeous!!!

smiles, bee

Sarge Charlie said...

very good gracie, the mellon cutter just cracks me up

Mags said...

Very cool Gracie-I love the old photos. How come they always seem to have more character than ours?

Also, I love that Jesse posed with a pool cue.

Smalltown RN said...

great idea.....and i love the photos and the stories to go along with it....thank you for sharing....and thank you for dropping by my blog.....

Happy Monday!

Last Minute Lyn said...

Love the old photos, great idea

lisa said...

the photos are great! how sad about Jesse...

Queenie said...

Great photos, loved the music. Great blog.......

SGT DUB said...

Amazing photos from Amazing Grace, it must be neat to know your history and actually have pictures that far back. Very nice.

Desert Songbird said...

I love old photos; I wish my family had photographic evidence like this. My husband's father can trace his ancestry all the way back to the first white child born west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Great post, Gracie!

Skittles said...

So cool! Amazing that you have those photos!

Morgen said...

You have very attractive ancestors!
All the old pics of my ancestors look "mean and ugly" in the words of my mother!!!
This is a great 'branch' post!
cheers,
Manic Mo

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Great pictures!! I love the seriousness of the first picture. They are such a handsome couple too. I am so sorry about your side of the family but a lot of things happened like that unfortunately. I have a lot of old pictures. I do scrapbooking. I want to try to preseve pictures so that one day people will actually KNOW who is in that picture!! Sandy

Comedy + said...

Amazing Gracie, These are wonderful photographs. How nice that you have them.

The Melon is killing me today. He must really be on a roll!!!

Heart of Rachel said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful old photos. Your grandparents look really great. It's wonderful that you have kept the photos in good condition after all these years.

eph2810 said...

Very sad story. I think it is awesome thought that you have those pictures :)

Blessings on your Monday and always.

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

How cool! Thanks for sharing that with us.

Loving Annie said...

My goodness Gracie, those pictures are fascinating ! How interesting to know your history like that !!!

Linda said...

Those are some great family photos, you are very lucky to have them.

So sorry to hear about Jesse, though. So many people lost their fortunes during Civil War times. It was an ugly, ugly period of our history but one that I am totally fascinated with.

Danielle said...

I really liked the old photographs. Thank you for your warm words on my first Manic Monday.

Wishing you well

A.J.Reams said...

Oh wow, how cool is this post! You are very lucky to have these photos!

Callie Ann said...

I love this post. I hope you will share more stories with us. That was neat. Thanks Girl

Lizza said...

Wow, those photos just made me pause. They're tangible links to the past. Great MM post!

Travis said...

My stepdad has some amazing old photos. They are really fascinating. It's wonderful to have that kind of history in your hands.

Princess Young 春子 said...

I Love Them ! Great !

and i do not even think at that time we have camera in china... lolzzz but i do keep my grand-grandpa's photos...

Twisted Cinderella said...

What wonderful pictures!

Stine said...

Great pictures! I've done some digging into the old roots, too, and it's so great when photos turn up! Thanks for visiting!

Natalie said...

wow you are so lucky to have a record of your family like that.

Katie said...

what a wonderful family history! you are so lucky to have such beautiful photo's!

Sarge Charlie said...

I loved this post 1st time around, it gets better with age.

the teach said...

Just a beautiful wedding picture! I've never quite seen anything like it, Grace!