Saturday, May 28, 2016
John McFadden (abt 1844-1863)
I recently received the pension file filled out by his parents after his death and all the names, dates and locations do add up so I am as certain as can be that this is the brother of my great grandfather Dennis McFadden (1847-1924).
Unfortunately I do not have any photographs of my known ancestors in their military uniforms. According to the pension file filled out by John's parents, after his death their house burned and with it all photographs, letters and the like. They should have, as I have to remind myself, back things up on an external hard drive and store it at another location!
I do have a few pictures of Navy seamen and a soldier from the WWI area but so far I haven't been able to identify them.
This is most likely the oldest photograph in my collection. It is a tintype and to me it appears to be around the 1880s. I have no idea who it is, if he is a family member or if he is part of my maternal grandmother or grandfather's line. He features also don't resemble anyone I know of.
The only other tintype in my collection is of my maternal great grandmother Roxie Hughes 1876-1961. It could be from the same time period but so far there is no way to know if they are related.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
This mystery photograph was recently given to me by an aunt on my McFadden line and it is one of the few family photographs that actually has something written on the back, unfortunately, it includes two names of who it might be.
I think this is Clara Gross or it is Harriet Wagner. Dan
The note was written by Daniel O'Connell McFadden (1900-1996) the brother of my grandmother Ruth McFadden Webb (1905-1985)
Clara Madeline (Schildhauer) Gross (1895-1989) was my mother's second cousin. So far I have not come across the name Harriet Wagner in my research so she could be a family member or a friend or acquaintance.