Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt seemed almost too easy. After all, I have plenty of photos to fit the theme of newlyweds and babies. In reviewing the many possibilities, something happened that has never happened to me in preparing for Sepia Saturday. I experienced an epiphany. A breakthrough. A mystery solved. All thanks to the prompt.
For years, I have been sure of the identity of only half the people in these photos.
|Orvin and Orvin Jr. on the right|
That’s my maternal grandfather Orvin Davis as a young father to first born Orvin Jr.
And that’s my grandmother Lucille Rucker Davis as a young first-time mother.
|Lucille Davis and Orvin Jr. on the right|
But who the other man and baby were was the question. A friend? A relative? And the woman? That the baby was possibly the same baby had never entered into the equation. Somewhere in time I tricked myself into assuming the man was a relative and the woman was my grandmother’s girlfriend. Years of just thinking it had somehow made it so, preventing me from considering any other options.
|Children of Ben Davis|
and this one.
I knew the first one was the children of Benjamin Davis, my grandfather’s first cousin. The number of the girls in the second photo matched the number of girls in Ben and Fleeta Davis’s family. Those lovely socks tied the last two photos together.
Forehead slap – I coulda had a V8. Orvin and Lucille had their baby boy in 1925; so did Ben and Fleeta. Then it all made sense. “Let’s get a picture of the dads with the babies.” “Now let’s get a picture of the moms with the babies.”
Probably only another family historian can appreciate that moment of recognition. Even though I’ve looked at the photos hundreds of times, this week I saw my distant cousin Ben Davis and his wife Fleeta for the “first” time.
Newlyweds and babies await all visitors at Sepia Saturday. Please, no gifts.
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