Tuesday, January 22, 2019

52 Ancestors - LIKE TO MEET: Poodle Woman

This week’s 52 Ancestors challenge is just a cruel joke: someone we would like to meet. Seriously, Amy? Can I just say "the whole fam damily"?

While I certainly would like to meet my oldest known ancestors just to ask, “Who’s your daddy,” I have no way to expand on it. Instead I think I would like to meet this woman:
Sheehan woman 1915  https://jollettetc.blogspot.com
Sheehan sister 1915 and probably Cutey

The human mother of this poodle named Cutey and whoever that other poodle was.
Cutey the poodle and unknown poodle https://jollettetc.blogspot.com
One poodle was named Cutey; the other is unknown.
This photo dates at the time John Jr. was born in 1917.

The mother or grandmother of these two children, John Jr. and “Bob” who was definitely a girl.
Sheehan woman with John Jr and Bob about 1921 beach in New York https://jollettetc.blogspot.com
John Jr and "Bob" with their grandmother (?) AND Cutey
at a beach in New York, possibly Rockaway Beach
Sheehan sister with Bob and John Jr  https://jollettetc.blogspot.com
Woman AND Cutey, "Bob," and John Jr.
Dated March 1922
Back of photo says "while they had whooping cough"

This little family constellation DRIVES. ME. CRAZY.

Why? Because these photos are from a more recent time - 1917-1920ish. Surely I SHOULD be able to identify them.

But I can’t.

All I know is that they are related SOMEHOW to my great-grandmother Mary Theresa Sheehan Killeen Walsh and that they PROBABLY lived in New York City.
Sheehan women, Cutey, John Jr. and Bob 1921 New York City https://jollettetc.blogspot.com
1921 New York
Two older women might be sisters of Mary Theresa Sheehan Killeen Walsh.
Younger woman in the center is possibly mother to "Bob" and John Jr.

Poodle Woman, who are you?

Amy Johnson Crow continues to challenge genealogy bloggers and non-bloggers alike to think about our ancestors and share a story or photo about them. The challenge is “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.”

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  1. If pictures could only talk, what a story they could tell. Hope eventually down the road you can figure out who Poodle Lady might be.


    1. Me too. Or maybe someone will invent that talking photo and make it retroactive.

  2. LOL...'Who's your Daddy'!!! That's one I'd like to ask a few of the Females in my tree. So crazy that the poodle is named and the Lady is not. That was one unforgettable pooch in the eyes of Poodle Lady.

    1. Really! Identify the dog. Identify a child here, a child there. But no last name??? No self-ID??

  3. I have a couple of those photos - name of the cat, not the woman. Whose wedding on a photo of the cake, but no one identified in the group photo. If only we could ask, "Who was your daddy?" LOL! That pretty much sums it up, but then we would have nothing left to do.

    1. I guess if I could get the answers to my burning questions, I would have time to sit and label all my photos for future generations. HA.

  4. On a complete whim I searched for Cutie poodle on Newspapers during the dates you mention and got a hit in the 'LOST' column of Philly Inquirer, April 1919. Any chance your pup and peeps could be from Philly?

  5. Oh, I remember your mystery woman from NYC! Still searching, huh? She is taunting you with her signature pooch. And she certainly is consistent.

  6. Poodle Woman. :-) I am so far behind on this prompt and still thinking about who I want to meet (besides everyone).