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    Posted 2 years ago

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    Just some random family photos.

    1. My great grandfather, JQ 1824-1901, about 1885. It took me several years to find this photo. I finally found it in the closet of the widow of a step great grandson of JQ's where it had been in a box of possessions of JQ's deceased granddaughter for over 30 years. Quite a story behind that search. My Dad, the only person living who could identify him, died two years after I found it.
    2. My great great grandmother Sophie age 16 in 1868. I have the necklace and locket she is wearing. She is on my Dad's side.
    3. My mother, 1913-2001, and oldest brother about 1934. This photo was made from a glass plate negative that I tracked down and which probably later ended up in a dumpster.
    4. Signature of my cousin, Walker Daniel, from a letter to Benjamin Harrison, governor of Virginia. Walker was the first Attorney General of Kentucky, one of the original trustees of the Transylvania Seminary, etc. He was shot from ambush and scalped by Indians on 12 August 1784 in Kentucky on the way to visit his brother Robert at the Salt Works in present day Bullitt County, KY.

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    1. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      I have some anscestor photos from that time too. Always good to have.
    2. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Great family photos and history, it is wonderful that you saved some items that belonged to your great great grandmother. Love that cursive signature, amazing how the handwriting was so elegant back then. Thanks for sharing these Kevin
    3. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 2 years ago
      Nice Kevin, I've been waiting to get a large photograph of my great great Grandparents, holding my Grandfather, and his twin Sister, when they were babies, around 1898 in Missouri, just before my great grandparents left for California with my Grandfather and his twin Sister. I've seen the Photograph a few times, and when my 3rd cousin and I get together again, it will be in My Care! :^D Thanks for showing your Family Photographs, and History! :^)
    4. RichmondLori RichmondLori, 2 years ago
      Wonderful family history.
      The special treasures are added joy. - very nice post.!

      on a humorous side here:
      I can see the family resemblance in you and your Great Grandfather have similar beards :)
    5. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      @fortapache - Thanks! I am the family historian, so I have thousands of photos and negatives. I taken custody of several cousins entire pile of photos.

      @Newfld - Thanks for your comments, Jenni! I think that I am the fourth person in the chain of family who has inherited that necklace. My third great grandmother was Swiss and she brought it to America with her.

      @billretirecoll - Thanks for your comments. It is a serious responsibility to take over care of the family photos. I have started copying what I have and putting them on so that they won't get lost. There have been a couple of major events in my family where many photos and other documents were lost.

      @RichmondLori - Thanks for your comments! Yeah, we both had/have bald spots on our chins, apparently.

      Thanks for taking a look at my family photos Vynil33rpm, bobby725, Thomas, Hoot60, iggy, billretirecoll, Kevin, Jenni, blunderbuss2 and fortapache!
    6. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 2 years ago
      Hey Kevin, when I first saw the photo of your Great Grandfather, I thought it was John Muir, but really they don't look any more alike than a lot of Old Men with long beards, but when I was searching for John Muir, I found this short video about John Muir, that was made by a man from Martinez, California John Muir's Home National Monument and Museum, here's the Video:

      It's calming, with views of Yosemite National Park and words written by Muir, ending with an image of John Muir. Enjoy, I did! :^)
    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the video! I am an outdoorsman, and nature is where I go to meditate and get new energy.

      Pretty soon I am going to look like John Muir, too!
    8. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 2 years ago
      My G-G-Grandfather came to California in 1850, and bought land on the Klamath River, married a Karuk Native, and started a Goldmine(just a little history), but we have photos of him around 1900, with a full long beard also, so that's probably where I got mine! :^{D> Now days I only grow it for 6 months, but if I let it go, it would cover my chest! :^)
    9. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Interesting! Several of my ancestors went to California in 1849 for the Gold Rush. Most were from Pike County, MO. The term "Pikers" is sometimes attributed to them:,_Missouri

      Most eventually returned to Pike County, but some stayed. None of my direct ancestors stayed. One of them first went to Texas in 1836, back to Pike County and then to California before the Gold Rush. One day, on the way to California, a group of Indian warriors rode into the family camp in all their finery with a string of horses and attempted to buy some of his daughters. He declined. He eventually returned to Pike County and died there an old man.
    10. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 2 years ago
      It's interesting, that's where my Father's Father came from, when they came to California from Missouri, because Fishing had gotten so bad there, and the Sacramento River in California, was full of fish just waiting to be caught! :^D My Father's Mother's side were from the Northern California Klamath River area, was English/Dutch, from Steubenville, Ohio, and Pennsylvania before that in late 1600's. I collect Family History too! Thanks for more History Kevin! :^)
    11. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 2 years ago
      was suppose to read:
      Mother's side were from the Northern California Klamath River area, ~~and my G-G-Grandfather~~ was English/Dutch, from Steubenville, Ohio
    12. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      We might be cousins! I had 25 direct ancestors in the 1850 census of Pike County. My mother was born there. Names in my direct line in Pike County include Benn, Campbell, Gibson, Hostetter, Bishop, Templeton, Jordan, Henderson, Shoemaker, Burroughs, Price, Barber, Baxter, Wood... Just off the top of my head...
    13. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      If you want to compare family history, my email is included on my art collection web site, which can be accessed from my CW biography....
    14. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 2 years ago
      One thing that the Sacramento Bee News Paper did is post the Names of all the People, that came into California through Donner's Pass, so Friends, and Relatives, would know that they had made it. I found my G-G-Grandfather's name printed there as New Arrivals in 1850 archives! :^)
    15. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 2 years ago
      Thanks Kevin, maybe we're related! :^D
    16. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 2 years ago
      The names don't sound familiar, my Grandfather was born in Pemiscot County, but my G-Grandfather, was from Pike County, before that it was Jamestown Virginia, 1638 and later the Tobacco Plantations! I think, not counting my Karuk Native Heritage, 24+- generations in America. :^D Sometimes I think I must be somehow related to everyone in the United States by now! :^)
    17. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      My earliest direct paternal line ancestor came to Virginia in 1653, but that is only 11 generations for me. I come from a long line of 4th sons and men in my line were long lived. I have an American Indian ancestor in Virginia in the 1680s but I know nothing about her. Tobacco and horses for my family until the 1920s. We left Virginia in the 1780s but i have lots of connections to that state. Thanks for sharing!
    18. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for taking a look at my photos LaurenRedmond and valentino97!
    19. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 years ago
      Family history can be a full time job. Your story, along with Bill’s ,sounds somewhat similar to my families. Came to California from Missouri. Bill, have you ever heard of See Canyon in San Luis Obispo county? It was named after my Great, Great Grandfather Joseph See. It is famous for the apple ranches that go along a 4 mile road. At one point my family owned most of the canyon. Five years ago, I sold the last 45 acres, too much work to keep up. At one point had over 600 apple/ fruit trees. Wow, I’m sorry, did I digress or what?
      I find it admirable that you take an interest in your family history Kevin & Bill. Not so many do, which is sad. I have some charcoal portraits dating from the early 1800’s of my Great Grandmother, Rachel See, and her husband, William Calloway. He was kicked in the mouth while shoeing a horse and developed “lock- jaw”. No antibiotics in those days....
    20. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 2 years ago
      Hey Eileen, I've never heard of See Canyon, but my son and his wife are moving to that area in August, from Austin, Texas and I'll probably be down there helping. When I find out where and when, we should try to meet each other if it's close to you! :^D They should be finding out soon, so I will too! I hope! :^)
    21. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for your comment Elaine!

      Thanks for looking at my photos officialfuel, ttomtucker, Elaine and CoralSun!

      I've actually written two books on family genealogies and a genealogy "how to" book for beginners. This all took a huge amount of time and effort, many thousands of dollars and hours, but I didn't do it to make money. I reached a point in my research where I realized that if I died without documenting what I had learned and discovered, that information may have been lost to my family. Plus, family history is such a multifaceted endeavor, touching on history, law, geography, agriculture, mining, DNA, etc. Fun and interesting.
    22. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you aura!
    23. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 1 year ago
      Kevin, I so admire what you have done to save your family’s history, and by writing those books, helping others to do the same.
      Several people in my “family” have lots of documentation. But it’s all over the place. My Grandmother and Grandfather had 15 children ( Catholic Portuguese), and the family tree is huge! Some pictures and stories are in local books about SLO county ( Avila Beach, See Canyon) as they were pioneers here, but not nearly enough to tell the whole story. I need to take those old charcoal portraits and give them to the local museum, only if they promise not to put them in the cellar. So many stories...there’s a canyon called “crowbar canyon” near Montana De Oro Beach, and my Father told me why it was called that. Seems my Grandparents got a flat, and Grandma nearly clobbered Grandpa with it while he was changing the tire, by accident. It’s on the map, right close to “Ruda” canyon, ( Grandpa's name, my maiden name) ok, enough of this, maybe I should be putting this all down on paper, cuz I could go on and on and on...
    24. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Thanks for your comments Elaine. If you haven't done so already, you should take pictures of the portraits and put them on line so that others can see them and put copies in their files so they won't be lost. I have put many of my family photos on sites like (not free) and (free). Carrying and caring for the family history is both a burden and a responsibility, but will earn the gratitude of generations yet unborn. I try to spread copies of documentation and photos as much as possible as there have been a few disastrous losses of both which I have learned of, house fires, wanton discarding/destruction, etc., in my research. I am starting take family members on road trips to show them things that now deceased family member showed to me.

      Thanks for taking a look at my family photos Roycroftbooksfromme1!
    25. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 1 year ago
      Kevin, if you would like to see these portraits, I’ll post them. And you are right, I don’t want them lost in time. I gave Grandma & Grandpa’s portraits to my cousin. They are hanging in his kitchen, Ha! But kept Great Grandparents....
    26. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      I would like to seem them, Eileen! Apologies for forgetting how to spell your name earlier!
    27. kwqd kwqd, 12 months ago
      Thanks for taking a look at my family photos Theonlyone and ttomtucker!

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