Please e-mail me if you have details about these photos.
“The unidentified photograph is the bane of the otherwise cheerful genealogy hobbyist. Who could it be? Who is there left to ask? Why didn’t the blooming dunderheads write down the identity, or identities, and the date, for God’s sake, on the back? How could they have been so stupid? But wait a blithering minute here. Would you like to check the pictures you yourself have taken of your own little family and friends, meticulously snapped ever since you’ve been old enough to learn to operate a camera? Are they all identified? Of course not, you say, that’s silly. I know who all the people are in my pictures. Uh, huh. You see how it happens?”
Further Undertakings of a Dead Relative Collector by Laverne Galeener-Moore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Md., 1989. Page 59-60.
Updated Aug. 3, 2017
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A visitor to this site shared a photo found in Mechanicsville, Va., labeled Raymond Vest.
Vest Family Photos
2. Is this Iva Richmond? Iva is the daughter of Wriston Richmond and wife Callie Vest Richmond of White Oak Mountain, W.Va. (Vest/Cochran - Page 3) Callie, daughter of Columbus and Malinda Vest, died 08 Dec 1935. The little girl in the picture may be Iva. The photo was taken in 1936. 3. Photos belonging to the family of Ethiel Vest and wife Sarah Justice. (Vest/Cochran - Page 3) Ethiel was a son of Columbus Washington Vest and wife Malinda Jane Cochran of White Oak Mountain, W.Va. The family believes that these were photos of White Oak Mountain people: 4. Photos belonging to either Verna Vest Bennett (1908-80) or Golda Vest Smith (1911-91), daughters of Leonard Haliburton Vest and his wife Emma Stella Gadd. The Vest family lived on White Oak Mountain, Raleigh County, West Virginia. The sisters, both teachers, married two men from Abraham, Richmond District, Raleigh County. Verna was the wife of Fred Bennett and Golda the wife of Earl George Smith. (More about the Leonard Vest and Stella Gadd families: Vest/Cochran - Page 3, Gadd - Page 2.) on I have no information on some photos. Others were labeled by Mrs. Smith but I'm not sure who the people are or how they fit into my family tree.
- Vest boys? Postcard photo, labeled on back: For Ordie Vest, Order No 184, Knife No 118, John C Niblett agt. ____ together. Stamped: APR7 – 1927. In the Vest family tree there is Ordie Jennings Vest (See Mary Ellen Gadd Vest, Gadd Page 2) who has a son Ordie Robert Vest, born in 1925. New Information: I've received one response -- that they could be Ordie Jennings Vest's oldest boys, Ordie Robert and Ellis.
- Grace Anderson. A picture given to Golda Vest. Grace could be a daughter of Hiram Angus Anderson and wife Carrie Redden of Shady Spring, W.Va. The age fits and Golda went to school at Shady Spring High School. Also the girl in this photo looks similar to Grace, daughter of Hiram and Carrie, in The History of Shady Spring District.
- Three young men ( photo closeup ) -- Real photo postcard* of young men at a table with drinks. One has a gun. Somewhere I read that a tableau of the "seven deadly sins" was a popular pose. This photo was taken at a Columbus, Ohio, studio. But I believe it may be of West Virginians. New information: the young man on the left, holding a gun, is Omer O. Vest, son of Green Vest and wife Eliza Jane Moten (name also seen as Lisa Moten). (Thank you, Jan.)
- Album page -- This has several photos. Closeup. The woman in the top left may be Avenell Fink. The woman, bottom row, third from left, looks a lot like Leonard Vest. If you need a close-up of any of these people, let me know.
- Two WWI soldiers -- This a real photo postcard of two men in a car, in the background there is a studio backdrop.
- Bride and groom. Both have flowers so I am guessing this is a newly married couple. Notice the face in the window.
- Girl from Raleigh. Golda Vest Smith wrote, "An old friend when we lived in Raleigh." Meaning the community of Raleigh, Raleigh County, W.Va. The stampbox marking indicates the photo was taken 1904-18.
Walter Martin. This photo is labeled Walter Martin, so technically it is identified. But I don't know who Mr. Martin is or how he fits into my Martin family tree. For more information about "my" Martins, go to Gadd/Martin Page 2. West Virginia students, Shady Spring High School or Concord College, around 1926. Fifth from the left is Verna Veatrice Vest (1908-80), a graduate of Shady Spring and Concord. For more about Verna's family, go to Vest/Cochran Page 3.
Daryl Lynn Keatley has shared several photos believed to be family or friends of George Washington Keatley (died 14 Nov 1932) and wife C. Mary Martin (14 Nov 1932/21 June 1877), daughter of David Martin and wife Hester Ann Shumate. (David was a brother to my ancestor, Adam Martin. Martin and Gadd page.) The photos were collected by their granddaughter Mary Jane Keatley-Keaton. Some are labeled on the back. If you have information about the people in these photos, please e-mail me. In some cases I have found “clues” about people bearing the same name who may or may not be the same.
- Keatleys of Summers County? Ora Jeanons, Frank, Dorsey Thrasher, George Wm., Alena Mae, Jesse, Rufus Randolf, Charles Opie, John Erastas and Agustus (Augustus?). New information: they are children of Charles William Keatley and Jurietta Ballard. (Thank you, Mary.)
- John Price, Charles Bowles & Levi Bird -- all married to Keatley women. New information: John Price and wife Essie May Keatley are buried in Athens Cemetery, W.Va. Charles Bowles married Bessie Mae Keatley, daughter of G.W. Keatley and Cynthia Mary Jane Keatley. Levi Bird married Lydia Jane Keatley, sister to Bessie Mae. (Thank you, Mary.)
- Casey Shumate. New information. David Ray Shumate, son of Naomi Jean Riddle Shumate and William Wirt Shumate. (Thank you, Sam.)
- Postcard (Bamforth & Co., Publishers, Holmfirth, England, and New York) of a couple at the grave of Wright Beaumont. The postcard was addressed to Mr. James H. Keatley. Front Back (address)
- Watson Clark. Clues: census records – Watson Clark, 1900, Jumping Branch, Summers County, W.Va., son of John and Nancy Clark, and Watson Clark, 1930, Shady Spring, W.Va., married to Mattie V. Clark. Social Security Death Index: born 23 March 1895, died July 1964.
- Charles Emerson Ford. Identified (Thank you, Laurie!) Charles Emerson Ford, born 04 June 1928, the oldest son of Rev. Troy E. Ford (1903-1975) and his wife Margaret Helen Ratliff (1910 - 1965). Charles died on 17 Oct 17 1981.
- “Meadows brothers (Minnie’s brothers). Minnie Meadows. Cyrus Pettry.” Clues: There are records for Cyrus Pettrey (about 1891, Mercer Co.) married to Minnie (born about 1890). Ancestry tree: Minnie Ardella Meador (1887-1947), wife of Cyrus and daughter of Jacob and Eliza. Another tree says her father’s name was Gordon.
- Ed and Cora Roach. “To Hester Bird.” Clues: There is a 1894 Summers County, W.Va., marriage record for Robert E.L. Roach and Cora M. Bird. An Ancestry tree lists Cora Malinda Bird (1874-1929) daughter of Hester Vermillion and husband Harmon Walker Bird, married to Robert E.S. Roach (born 1869).
- Unidentified 2 - couple. Note: Daryl sees a resemblance between the women in Unidentified 1 & 2 and the women in the Ada Marie Christian/Gene Robertson photo. See the three pictures together in this collage. What do you think?
Picture of motherless children. Moved to Mystery Solved at bottom of page.
Unidentified studio portrait taken by Kruger, New Kensington, Pa. This picture was in the possession of Margie Johnson Barker, Morgantown, W.Va., daughter of Leslie Johnson (1872-) and wife Ethlyn Mary Hendershot (1874-1944), both Pennsylvania natives. Leslie's name also seen as Gillespie D. Johnson. He had a brother Chauncey Johnson (various spellings).
Raleigh County Family
Submitted by Russell E. Bennett Jr.: Does anyone know the people in this Raleigh County, W.Va., family group picture? The only one identified is Catherine Plumley, born 16 March 1948, a daughter of George Washington Plumley and Catherine Bennett Plumley. She died 28 Feb1922. Catherine married Jackson Bennett, 06 July 1865; William Ballard Smith, 05 April 1906; and John Rufus Bennett, 04 March 1908, all in Raleigh County. If you want to communicate directly with the contributor, e-mail me and I'll give you his contact information. UPDATE 01 Dec 2009 by Mr. Bennett: I believe the photo is the post funeral picture of Jackson Bennett (husband of Catherine Plumley) who died about 1886 and subjects in the picture are every living child of Jackson and Catherine Plumley Bennett around1886. If I am correct the subjects would be as follows:
Back Row (L-R)
Sarah Elizabeth Bennett June 20, 1869 - Sept 11, 1938
Catherine Plumley Bennett Mar 16, 1848 - Feb 28, 1922
William Marion Bennett Jan 30, 1873 - Jul 19, 1950
Front Row (L-R)
Joseph Campbell Bennett Oct 17, 1880 - June 24, 1965
George Washington Bennett Jun 15, 1866 - Dec 31, 1945
Lewis Marshall Bennett Dec 25, 1867 - Sept 16, 1923
John Allen Bennett April 14, 1871 - Jul 7, 1889
- Sarah Elizabeth Bennett married John Harvey Vance on November 1, 1886. They had no children. It could be that this is the wedding photo but I am not inclined to believe so because John Harvey Vance is not pictured and there are no flowers or anything resembling a wedding assessory. The hand on chest of the two young boys could be symbolic of a farewell or heavy heart gesture.
- William Marion (Marion) Bennett married Mary Victoria Vance, the sister of John Harvey Vance. They had four children who grew into adulthood, William John (Johnny) Bennett, Cecil Marion (Cecil) Bennett, Irene Bennett, and Woodrow Wilson (Woodrow) Bennett. I have worked these descendents for information without any success. I note this subject has a "stick" ear. Photos of Marion in my possession shows that he had a "stick" ear.
- Joseph Campbell (Joe) Bennett married Lucy Farley. They had no children.
- George Washington (Washie) Bennett married 1. Mary Ellen Bennett and 2. Cynthia Jane Smith. I have been in contact with the oldest surviving grandchild of Washie and Jane. Unfortunately the grandchild cannot or will not say with certainty that the subject is her grandfather. The grandchild was raised by Washie and Jane. Later day photos known to be that of Washie appear to match the subject believed by me to be that of Washie.
- Lewis Marshall (Marshall) Bennett married 1. Rachel Adkins and 2. Rebecca Adkins. Marshall died in Spencer State Hospital. I have been able to locate but two surviving grandchildren who were both born long after his death in 1923. No photo has been discovered to date.
- John Allen Bennett drowned in the New River (1889). He was never married.
Can anyone now confirm or dispute whom these subjects are?
Submitted by Robert: Unidentified photographs from the album of Estaline Redden (1877-1948) of Raleigh County, W.Va., daughter of Michael Redden and Marion Plumley. She was the wife of Warner Redden (1873 in Raleigh Co./1952, Summers County), son of Harrison Redden and Mary Polly Kidwell.
Nebraska photo found in Kentucky: Mother and child photo found in a Georgetown, Scott County, Ky., antique store. On the back: Ruth Cathrine Benner, age four months. M. Leschinsky, Loup City and Arcadia, Nebraska. The photo is scratched, especially the baby's face. But still a nice photo.
Hager and Reed families
Kodak-Album: Photos circa 1920s that were probably collected by Walter John "Stubby" Carroll of Ashland, Ky. Stubby Carroll was a son of George B. Carroll (19 Apr 1862, Carter County, Ky./03 Jul 1931, Ashland, Boyd County, Ky. Memorial Record ) and his wife Nancy Jane Canterbury (17 Dec 1867, Gallia County, Ohio/02 Feb 1957). I can identify Stubby and his wife Anna Dale Russell. But I don’t know the other people. Please e-mail me if you can ID anyone or have information about the locations. The Carroll family was from Carter and Boyd counties in Kentucky. Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
- Glenn Aubert Fowler with his children. His wife was Mabel Johnson Fowler: Picture of motherless children with notation: Uncle Glen - Margie’s sister had just died & these were her children & husband. What was Glen's last name and was he married to Mabel Johnson? Margie was Margaret Johnson Barker, daughter of Leslie Johnson & wife Mary Ethalyn Hendershot. I believe the sister in question was Mabel Johnson based on a photo labeled Aunt Mabel, 1st row left. Her In-laws. A man in the photo looks like Glen. Children of Leslie and Ethalyn: daughters, Margaret, Ruth, Mabel, Daisy, Mildred and Ethalyn (Couldn't find marriage records for Margaret's sisters at the West Virginia Vital Records Project site or information on Ancestry.com or NewspaperArchives.) and sons Carl, Clarence & Harold Jacob. The Johnsons were a Pennsylvania family that moved to Morgantown, W.Va.
- Elick and Cora Plumley of Raleigh County, W.Va., parents of Kessler and Clifford Plumley. (Elick is probably Alexander: birth record.) 1976 article, farmer of the year, Clifford's son Robert: Part 1 and 2. 1966 column: Genesis of Richmond District Plumleys (quoting Kessler). Go to the Smith/Biars Page 1 for additional Plumley articles including one about Clifford. New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Abraham, W.Va., mid-1970s photos: Fred Richmond, Lonnie Plumley, Carl Patton, Kessler Plumley and Elvie Plumley Correction on the following photo. Previously I labeled this Earl Richmond: Jessie Richmond and Clifford Plumley. Link to USDA: "Kessler Plumley and his favored team, Daisey and Billey."
- James Kelly James Kelly taken in 1943 at Cunard Mr. Kelly is a son of Martha Vest and husband Edward Kelly. (See Vest/Cochran page) "James did live at Cunard in the 1940's with his third wife Polly Ramsey. He later moved to Gatewood and lived there until his death in the late 1960's. He is buried in the Confederate Cemetery in Oak Hill, WV." (Thank you, Geraldine.)