Sunday, January 10, 2010

Photo Number Seventy-Eight


This is Joe, his last name looks like Grennan or maybe Gremran or Gremnan.  I tried to scan it but the photo backing is dark and  did not scan well..I had to hold the photo to the light to read it. I believe that we have had this type of photo before..the oval glued onto the photo card.  This photo was taken at Haynes in Sterling, ILL.  I will guess around 1910.
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*** Update from Abra:  The name is Grennan. He was living at 606 W 6th ST in Sterling when he registered for the WWI draft. He was born Sept 18, 1887, and he was 29, married & had 3 children when he registered. He was of medium height, heavy build, gray eyes, black hair, & his left arm was off at shoulder. (The rest of the info is blurry & hard to read.) In 1900 he was living Hahanaman & Montmorency Twshps (Whiteside Co. ILL), along with parents Michael(53) & Bridget(42). There are 10 children in the family, ranging in ages from 3 to 23. Also, Thomas Murphy & Frank Fox, but I forgot to check relationships on them. In 1910, the family is living in Sterling (same county), there are only 3 children, with Joseph being 22, & Annie 20, & Katharyn 13. There should have still been 2 others at home (17 & 15), so either they are boarding or they have passed on in that 10 years. (I might be able to find more by searching family trees, but I won't have time right now). In 1920, Joseph is still in Sterling, age 32, and has five children. In 1930, he has 6 children and is living in Amboy, Lee county, Ill. (Della from picture 70 was also born/resided in Lee County--her pic, btw, is now posted with her info in her family tree). I could not find a relationship between Della & Joseph, but I think there must be some common thread between these, due to the residency counties. Perhaps Jinglebob has an idea on this.


Update: Jan 21, 2010 
I spoke with a gal by the name of Kay, she lives in Springfield, IL  Joe in photo number seventy-eight is her cousin..she was thrilled to find the photo..I will mail it off tomorrow.. another photo headed home!! She has assured me if she finds anything else out about Joe or perhaps how he lost his arm that she will leave a comment here:) Connie

9 comments:

  1. Sterling, Illinois produced a lot of photos. You have had quite a few from that location. It is a small town. It must have had a good photography studio back then.

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  2. Good morning. I believe Grennan is correct. I have found Joe/Joseph in several censuses, WWI draft registration, and many family trees. How much do you want to know--cause I could write a book? :-) There are different dates/spellings in different sources. Basically, I will use draft registration when in doubt.

    He was living at 606 W 6th ST in Sterling when he registered for the WWI draft. He was born Sept 18, 1887, and he was 29, married & had 3 children when he registered. He was of medium height, heavy build, gray eyes, black hair, & his left arm was off at shoulder. (The rest of the info is blurry & hard to read.) In 1900 he was living Hahanaman & Montmorency Twshps (Whiteside Co. ILL), along with parents Michael(53) & Bridget(42). There are 10 children in the family, ranging in ages from 3 to 23. Also, Thomas Murphy & Frank Fox, but I forgot to check relationships on them. In 1910, the family is living in Sterling (same county), there are only 3 children, with Joseph being 22, & Annie 20, & Katharyn 13. There should have still been 2 others at home (17 & 15), so either they are boarding or they have passed on in that 10 years. (I might be able to find more by searching family trees, but I won't have time right now). In 1920, Joseph is still in Sterling, age 32, and has five children. In 1930, he has 6 children and is living in Amboy, Lee county, Ill. (Della from picture 70 was also born/resided in Lee County--her pic, btw, is now posted with her info in her family tree). I could not find a relationship between Della & Joseph, but I think there must be some common thread between these, due to the residency counties. Perhaps Jinglebob has an idea on this.

    Joseph is listed in several family trees, so I will send some messages and see if you get some responses; I will email you if I get any hits. Have a happy Sunday.

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  3. What a fascinating blog, such a lovely idea to try and match up the forgotten pictures with family.
    Love Granny

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  4. I sometimes go out and look at the Ancestry site -- but I get so frustrated. Our relatives names are often misspelled -- by whoever wrote them in.

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  5. Hi,
    I wrote a few days ago about Joseph Grennan (photo 78).He is mt first cousin thrice removed. I would be very happy to reimburse your cost for mailing him or if you prefer just scan a photo that I can upload on my ancestry trees. Thanks so much for your interest in old photos.My cell number is --- What other info can I provide? Or tell me where to send a check.Thanks.

    I took out the phone number of this anonymous reply..and I will contact this person today..perhaps we have another photo going home! :) Connie

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  6. I spoke with a gal by the name of Kay, she lives in Springfield, IL Joe in photo number seventy-eight is her cousin..she was thrilled to find the photo..I will mail it off tomorrow.. another photo headed home!! She has assured me if she finds anything else out about Joe or perhaps how he lost his arm that she will leave a comment here:) Connie

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  7. I am so excited that another photo is going home!! I sure hope to get back on track soon so I can look up a few of the later photos.

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  8. That is teriffic!! I imagine I would be filled with delight if someone contacted me about a photo of a relative they had found. The joy!

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Connie