Thursday, May 22, 2008

Little Girl Wearing Pearls - An Update!

"The time has come," the Walrus said, "to talk of many things."

Thursday, on Shades Of The Departed, will be dedicated to many things,
and nothing in particular.

Many Things Thursday

I recently had a wonderful experience because of my work on Shades. One of the first readers of the Photo of the Week discovered her ancestor. My "little girl wearing pearls," Mary Irene Brunton Reynolds, was found by her Great Granddaughter, Krista Reynolds, as Krista wandered the web looking for clues to her family history. I wrote about this in Going Home, Going Home, I Am Going Home!

Little Girl Wearing Pearls
Mary Irene Brunton Reynolds

Well, Krista has been working over-time to fill in the blanks of her family legacy. I was so excited when she wrote me this week to tell me she had found some information about Mary Reynolds and the best part, other old photographs have been found.

Mary Irene Brunton Reynolds
Edward Brunton Reynolds

This is my "little girl wearing pearls" all grown up with a child of her own. I think I would have known her anywhere. The photograph was taken in the Loehman Studios in Tacoma, Washington.

The baby is Krista's Grandfather, Edward Brunton Reynolds. Krista learned from the writing on the back of this photograph that her Great Grandmother Mary had been called "Meemsie."

I am putting together an article featuring the recently found photographs, but wanted to share this one with you right away! I am so glad my "little girl wearing pearls" life is coming to light. She deserves this and so does her family!



Reynolds, Mary Irene (Brunton). Photograph. ca. 1886. Digital image. Privately held by the footnoteMaven, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Preston, Washington. 2007.

Reynolds, Mary Irene (Brunton). Photograph. Date Not Researched. Digital image. Privately held by the Krista Reynolds, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Oregon. 2008.


Blogger Lidian said...

How wonderful to see Mary Irene Brunton all grown up - and that you have not only reunited her photograph with her family, but have inspired them to find this photograph, too.

May 22, 2008 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Becky Wiseman said...

fM - very cool. Not to be overly critical, but shouldn't that be a "descendant" instead of "ancestor" in the line "One of the first Photos of the Week was discovered by her ancestor.'?? Or am I misunderstanding what you are saying, which is quite possible ;-)

May 22, 2008 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Good catch Becky! I should never write when I'm excited.


May 22, 2008 at 6:30 PM  

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