Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt is a group of women in hats enjoying a picnic. Dining in the great outdoors was a long-standing tradition among the Jolletts when they all gathered in Harriston, Virginia for the annual reunion.
I don’t know when the reunions began or exactly when they stopped, but photos of the event are dated as early as 1919.
|Standing: Decatur and Vic Breeden, Jack and Emma Coleman,|
Sallie Clift, Laura Sullivan, James Franklin Jollett,
Mary Frances Davis, Leanna Knight, Walter Davis
Seated: Will Sullivan, Ulysses and Sadie Jollett
Besides catching up on the latest news, the Jollett family seemed to have adopted 3 traditions:
EAT – look at that spread! Blue mason jars filled with peaches, applesauce, pickles. Freshly baked cakes and pies and rolls. I wonder what else.
|Left: Arthur Maiden offers the prayer.|
James Franklin Jollett and Emma Coleman
PRAY – Who was the heathen snapping photos during the prayer?
|The bearded man is James Franklin Jollett,|
my 2G-grandfather. Next to him is my
great grandmother Mary Frances Davis
and then my grandmother Lucille Rucker Davis
LOVE – The reunion was a time to get that 4-generation photo.
|4 Generations 1923:|
Emma Coleman, James Franklin Jollett, Virginia Maiden
Standing: Minnie Coleman Maiden
|4 Generations 1925:|
My grandfather Orvin Davis
Mary Frances Davis holding Orvin Jr,
James Franklin Jollett
|4 Generations 1926:|
Mary Frances Davis, James Franklin Jollett,
Orvin Davis and Orvin Jr.
I remember seeing a picture of my mother as a baby sitting on her great-grandfather’s lap at the reunion of 1929. Unfortunately that picture has gone missing, and I really hate that.
Grab your hat and join the picnic at Sepia Saturday.