Thank you for stopping by my blog. The post today is part of a blog circle called "Sisterhood Stories." Take the time to follow the blog links, you'll be glad you did. After you've spent some time here, please pop over to Laura's blog at http://www.sweetdreamsandhoney.blogspot.ca/
|Clan Stuart of Bute Crest|
Meanwhile, John's wife Margaret Potts came from the family who founded Pottstown, Pennsylvania, which was another fun historical lesson for me. (Paintings from the Jerry Dagenhart collection)
Photography is currently so readily available to everyone. But if you step back in time to 1839, Sir John Herschel invented a process of "light writing" using a glass negative. This was followed by Louis Daugerre's more publically adopted photographic process called daguerrotypy, also introduced in 1839, but more widely used starting in the 1860's. As the new art form took hold, people were documented in a new way. The subjects had to sit still for 30 minutes to create a non-blurry image.
This is a daguerreotype of my 3rd Great Grandparents
William Henry Stewart (1810-1860) and Adeline Johnson (1830-1880)
(From the Jerry Dagenhart collection)
I had never seen any of these paintings or photos before ancestry.com, but I must tell you, my grandmother was the spitting image of Adeline, who sadly died from tuberculosis. Aside from the profound improvements in photography over the years, we are also very lucky to live with our more modern medical advances.
As each generation passed, the photo process improved. These are some photos of my Great Great Grandparents. Please note, I discovered that Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain is a distant cousin to my Irish GG Grandfather Daniel.
Daniel Pomeroy 1837-1916 and Sarah Jane 1843-1917
Reuben Yount 1844-1921
I found this Great Great Grandfather's pictured in an online book about Civil War Soldiers of Catawba County. Thanks to the internet we now have instant access to so much information. He had submitted a story of his life for the book, and I learned that he fought at The Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, where he lost his right hand, but luckily not his life.
Alfred Ratchford 1855-1902 and Letitia Ann Jenkins 1858-1906
I spoke with my 90 year old grandmother yesterday, who said the Great Great Grandparents above died young, Alfred had a heart problem, and Letitia died from measles. Aren't we blessed to have immunizations?
Finally, this is the first photo ever taken of me. Photography has come a long way since then. I'm so grateful for our current ability to capture moments so quickly and effortlessly. It's also wonderful to be able to share our photos with friends, family, even distant cousins, all over the world.
I wonder what the next generation of advancements will bring? Thanks again for stopping by and please visit Laura's blog at http://www.sweetdreamsandhoney.blogspot.ca/ .
Here's a little inspiration to get out there and live life fully and savor those moments. Remember, time flies.
Remember When? ~ song by Alan Jackson, "Up" characters by Pixar