Thursday, April 14, 2011

Photo Number 506

This is one of the missing pieces of the Lockwood Family.  I only know about Fay because of her beautiful little tombstone that can be found here.  It is photo number 4851 at the Walnut Hill Cemetery.

Fay Lockwood Seven Months old

Fay Seven months old.  Fay was born right around October 15, 1893.  This photo was taken in May of 1894. Fay died September 07, 1894 at the age of 10 months and 22 days.  Fay was the third daughter born to Stephen and Esther Lockwood.  In 1894 Smallpox was an epidemic in Indiana.  We don’t know what Fay died of..anything is possible..Whooping Cough, Typhoid Fever or Spinal Meningitis were all terrible diseases back then.

The same photographer took several photos that day of the Lockwoods.. Photo Number 467 of Esther Lockwood was taken by the same photographer Hirshburg Bros of Seymour, IND. The photo I will feature tomorrow was taken by the same photographer too, more than likely on the same day as this photo.

Much later sometime after Ruth Dale Lockwood was born in 1897, Stephen and Esther had another daughter and to confuse things even more they named her Fay also.  I am not sure why people did this?  Any ideas?

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  1. I think Fay was named to "honor" a relative (perhaps Esther's mother but I'm not sure) - in any event, when the first Fay died, the desire to "honor" the namesake did not.

    I've a number of the same cases in my family tree - and one where there were two precedecesed babies with the name. My 5-great grandfather Charles (eventually Sr.) had two sons that died before their first year - and one that "finally made it" to adulthood.

    Also, my mom has a theory for May/Mae L. Taylor - she thinks the "L" initial was for Lockwood (as in nee Lockwood) - and the middle name was Indiana. A proud hoosier even if she did move to Ohio. :)

  2. What a beautiful little girl. Families lost so many moms and babies in the past. As my mother-in-law used to say, " The good ole days weren't that good."

  3. The naming conventions of the 19th century and earlier were far different from our modern ones. Plus, death was much more common and dealt with very differently than we do today. A name wasn't retired with the death of a child because they often were used to honor another relative. They also didn't see death as a tarnish on the name, as we would today.

    For instance, the first son born would likely carry the first name of his paternal grandfather and his middle name would be the first name of the paternal greatgrandfather (if he wasn't named for his father). Girls were named opposite, with the first girl named for the maternal grandmother and her middle name from the maternal greatgrandmother. Sequential children's names would come from farther back in the family tree and honoring subsequent great grands.

    Not all families followed this naming convention but many did. It's why we have "family names" that sometimes are odd ball ones. In my family we had 5 Ebenezers in a row and 4 men named Elisha. Eeep!


Hi, Thanks for the comments, your input on these old photos is appreciated! English only please! All comments will be moderated! Connie