Loppington is a village and parish in Shropshire, England. The village has a rich history and many historical buildings, including the Church of St. Michael, dating back to the 14th century and having traces of a Norman building with characteristic Norman architecture.
The Church was the marriage place of my 4th great-grandparents, Richard and Elizabeth Kynaston. Their son, John Kynaston was born 30 June 1829 (according to his obituary) and christened at St. Michael on 19 July 1929. Richard and Elizabeth had six known children, all of them born in the Loppington area. Richard died in April 1843 and was buried at St. Michael on 12 April 1843. Elizabeth lived another 40 years as a widow until she died in early 1883 in Loppington.
Ole Soren (front-left holding the drum sticks) was my 3rd-great grandfather. He was born 5 October 1842 in Oppland, Norway. He immigrated to the United States prior to the Civil War. During the Civil War he was a drummer boy. He later migrated to Utah where he died on 19 February 1902 in Salem, Utah County, Utah.
Ole was very musical throughout his life and later played in the Salem Silver Band. This band owned a dance hall where the old Salem Fort was once located and played for dances there a number of years around 1890. This photo was likely taken in the 1890s. Photo credit: George Edward Anderson (1860-1928)
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.
A.C. Ivory is a professional genealogist, blogger, product manager, ux designer, computer geek, and traveler.