Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Four Generations

Here is baby Richard Groff Dyer-Hurdon (08 Jun 1916 – Dec 1955). His mother, top right is Sarah Groff (09 Feb 1888 – Jan 1976). Bottom right is Sarah’s mother, Jennie Partington Killman (Mrs. John Michael Groff), born about 1860.

The lady on the left, holding Richard, is shown as “Aunt” Sarah. I can’t find her.

The notation on the bottom of the photograph says “4 generations” and three generations are quite clear. Logically then, this “aunt” would be the sister of one of the eight, fourth generation, great-great-great grandparents. I searched all eight of them and found no sibling Sarah. Records back that far sometimes get rather sketchy but I found strong family trees for all eight. But there was no one that could be called a fourth generation “Aunt” Sarah.

The only Sarah I could find is Jennie Partington Killman’s mother, Sarah Killman (1833-) but she would not be an aunt, she would be a great grandmother and a direct line to Richard Groff Dyer-Hurdon.

So perhaps “Aunt” Sarah is just a term of endearment. Or perhaps Sarah was the aunt of the person making the identification and was not Richard’s aunt at all.

That would make a straight line. Richard's mother is Sarah Dyer-Hurdon. Sarah's mother is Jennie Killman. Jennie's mother is Sarah Killman. That makes a neat "4 generation" photograph.

I found the photograph in Fort Smith, Arkansas. I think I will see if I can find the "niece" or "nephew" that might have made the notes. Almost all of the family I've looked at so far stayed in the Buffalo, New York, area.

Family portrait
Family portrait
Family portrait

On reverse:
Richard Groff Dyer-Hurdon
age 4 months.

(This photograph apparently was taken in October of 1916)

De La Franier
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Buffalo, New York
(embossed on front)

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