Sunday, August 29, 2021

On This Day: Frank and Eliza Tie the Knot

One of my favorite photos!
Eliza Jane Coleman and James Franklin Jollett
and a dog - wonder what his name was
at their home in Harriston, Augusta Co, VA

On this day, 29 August 1885, my 2X great-grandfather James Franklin Jollett married his second wife Eliza Jane Coleman. His wife Lucy Ann Shiflett had died from “childbed fever,” leaving her widowed husband with 9 children to take care of, although the oldest were quite capable of taking care of themselves.

Eliza Jane was the only grandmother that my grandfather and his sisters ever knew.


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  1. I had many, well several that were more recent, second marriages where the father of many children needed someone to cook/clean/care for them. Usually because there wasn't an oldest daughter available, nor sisters nor aunties. I have enjoyed finding some of my half sister/brother ancestors through the years and their line of descendants.

  2. That really is a great photograph, Wendy. If it were of my family, I'm sure it would be one of my favorites, too. He looks like a pleasant person.
    Do you happen to know about the date this photo was taken?