Photographs


A very overdue update! I’m hoping 2021 is looking up for everyone!

Lest you think I’ve disappeared…. Nope! While the pandemic is still seriously unsettling my work flow, I’m still here and slowly but surely making progress on scanning (and posting) pictures. I’m trying something new so please feel free to let me know if this works as a way of presenting a collection for both enjoyment and comment. The first batch have been posted here: Zelma Porter Morris Hanson Reeves Photos. I tried to put them in at least rough chronological order. I think people will be able to comment individually on photos. If you think the id’s are wrong or have any more information about the pictures you’d like to share (place, age, stories, etc.) please feel free to comment or email me.

Enjoy!

Jess

Charles Erwin “Win” Porter on right.

I’ve actually done a fair amount of (virtual) presenting lately which has been different but fun. I haven’t quite gotten my mojo back from the ongoing “fun” of 2020–and don’t see that happening anytime soon. But I’m finding my way and enjoying my research and reading again! That said my Aunt Joan gave me a new project which some of you should get a kick out of. Porter and Holden descendents (plus any Morris, Conant, Eldred cousins out there)–heads up! I’m sorting and scanning Aunt Zelma Porter’s (Morris Hanson Reeves) pictures and I’m hoping to stick them somewhere for family to access.

Happy hunting,

Jess

Photo: Charles Erwin Porter and Lulu Holden Porter, Wedding Portrait, 1904.
This is the wedding photo of (2nd Great) Grandpa and Grandma Charles Erwin and Lulu (Holden) Porter, taken in 1904.

So, this is the point where I look around and realize that I have actually posted the majority of my “favorite” photos over the years I’ve had this blog. Browse the Photographs category for a fun range of pics. As I’ve noted before, photography is something that many parts of my family have gravitated towards–my maternal grandmother’s line in particular left a ton of (unidentified) photos to the family. But for the purposes of this challenge one particular picture did come to mind.

Robert Shea with a Banjo and Cora (Packer) Shea both seated in front of a log cabin.

Robert Shea with a Banjo and Cora (Packer) Shea both seated in front of a log cabin.

This old tinted shot of my maternal grandmother’s parents, Robert and Cora (Packer) Shea, makes me think it should be an old bluegrass album cover. Weirdly, this is the first time I’ve noticed all the shadows in the foreground. They bring to mind Robert’s many brothers–in fact the hat shape of the middle shadow on the right hand side–makes me think immediately of this shot. I don’t know if Grandpa Shea actually played banjo or not. And I’m not sure where this was taken. I suspect though, that it is after their wedding in August of 1922.

Happy hunting,

Cheers,

Jess

JuneRuss1975There’s nothing quite so moving as the slow salute of an honor guard to a fallen comrade or that final verse of Taps… November has been a month of ups and downs culminating in my Uncle Russ‘s funeral this morning. He was a gifted mechanic, veteran, father, uncle, friend and, from my perspective, utterly devoted to my Aunt June. So, perhaps it’s no surprise…

We’ll miss them both.

 

Happy hunting,

Jess

June06When I talk about Henry Massy, it always starts with a request made by my Grandmother and Great Aunt to find his story. And all along the way they were fabulous cheerleaders, attentive in hearing what I uncovered and appreciative of the time and efforts and I was honored to be able to give them back some of the story lost to them. My Great Aunt died this past weekend. She was one of the nicest people you could meet, stubbornly independent, and a beautiful soul.

Jess

MissFiestySomeone’s celebrating this week! Happy birthday to a girl who’s always had her own style! And it’s really only gotten stranger as the years have passed. I love it!

Happy hunting,

Jess

 

Packer & Jones GirlsI’ve been hanging out over in this side of the family with my research for the last few weeks.

This is my 2nd Great Aunt Grace Packer and, I believe, her two oldest nieces Alexia and Edith Jones. There’s only a five or six year  gap in age between Grace and Lexie. This was probably taken around 1914 just before or after her next niece, Doris Jones,was born. The Jones girls were the daughters of Pearl (Packer) and Raymond Jones.

Everyone looks thrilled in this shot!

Happy hunting,

Jess

He has a birthday this month and even as a kid he had the moves! It’s kind of a version of the Running Man.

Happy hunting!

Jess

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Cora Helena (Packer) SheaI’m hoping to get back  on track soon but I’m  just unpacking from move. 

Here’s a more formal picture of my Great Grandmother Cora Helena (Packer) Shea.

Happy hunting,

Jess

 

Gran and us, 1984Summer outings of long ago… This photo is from a day out at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, Michigan, circa 1984. That’s Gran, me and my brother. This is from dad’s photo collection.

Happy hunting!

Jess

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