I have slowly (over the past several years) been going through some old photos I obtained from my grandfather - and by some I mean hundreds of old photos dating from probably 1870s to 1960s. Many of the photos are family members, but some of them are friends of my great-grandmother, Mary Erma Nielsen.
As I have been going through these photos and scanning, naming, uploading to my online tree and my website just for my Ivory side of the family (Generation Ivory) I have come across a lot of people in these photos that I have no clue who they are. I have asked several family members if they can identify them. I created several pages of unknown photos on the Generation Ivory website. Although we have been able to identify some of the photos, there are still many that remain a mystery.
One person in particular that appears in several of the unknown photos has me really curious. Of all the photos I have gone through, she is in four photos.
Of these four photos, the only other person in them that I can identify is the first photo on the left. The woman standing to the right of this unknown woman is my 2nd great-grandmother, Mary Ann Swensen.
This unknown woman was obviously a really close friend or family but no one seems to know who she is. When I see photos like these, where no one can identify who is in the photo, it makes me sad because if no one now can identify the photos, it is very unlikely anyone in the future will be able to identify them.
Do you have ancestors from Sanpete County, Utah? If so, go check out the Generation Ivory website to see if you can help identify any of the unknown photos I have posted there. There are many photos I am convinced are not relatives, but possibly friends of my great-grandparents. If I have any photos of your ancestors I am more than happy to provide digital copies or the originals.
The other day when I was doing some research and making sure my family tree was updated with all of the documents pertaining to some of my Ivory family members. As I was reviewing my research journal and tree I decided that I would try again to find Mathew Ivory and his children in the 1870 census.
Mathew's wife, Mary Elizabeth, died in January of 1870. Family "story" has been that she got sick and left her home in Beaver, Beaver County, Utah, and went to go stay with her parents in Moroni, Sanpete County, Utah. I have always been told that she died in Moroni while staying at her parent's house.
The other night I found the 1870 Mortality Schedule where Mary was recorded. Although I had always been told she died in Moroni, I actually found her in the Mortality Schedule in Beaver, Beaver County, Utah.
1870 U.S. Federal Census (Mortality Schedule), Beaver County, Utah Territory, Page 1, Family 115 on Schedule 1 (actually 107), Mary E. Ivory, .jpeg image (Online: Ancestry.com, 2013) [Digital scan of original records in the National Archives, Washington, D.C.], subscription database, (http://www.ancestry.com), accessed December 2013.
After I found Mary in the 1870 Mortality Schedule, I decided I would search again for Mathew and his children in the 1870 census. Since I couldn't find them searching the index on both Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org I figured I would manually search the census page-by-page.
I eventually found Mathew and his children, living in Beaver, Beaver County, Utah. It is understandable why they could not be found on either website's census databases using the index. Both of the images are horrible quality and you can barely read the names.
1870 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule), Beaver, Beaver County, Utah Territory, Page 13 (11 stamped), Dwelling 107, Family 97, Matthew Ivory household, .jpeg image (Online: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 2013) [Digital scan of original records in the National Archives, Washington, D.C.], subscription database, (http://www.familysearch.org), accessed December 2013.
Mathew and his children were recorded at Dwelling 107, Family 97. Below is an abstract of the family on the census:
A.C. Ivory is a professional genealogist, blogger, computer geek and traveler.