The Minor Family Album: Continuing The Search for Mr. Chin Whisker’s Identity

My last post contained a LOT of information about the face that greets me when I open the Minor Family Album.  Mr. Chin Whiskers was originally thought to be our family patriarch, John Pearson (Pierson) Minor, but that hypothesis was thrown out when a cousin shared copy of a labeled tintype of John P. Minor.  My … Continue reading The Minor Family Album: Continuing The Search for Mr. Chin Whisker’s Identity

Minor Details: The Guynns of Missouri

In 1861, Vincent Guynn (Gwynn) and wife Hannah set out from Greene County, Pennsylvania with their first born son to land in Illinois; and eventually emigrated on to Henry County, Missouri, where the growing family settled on farmland in Bear Creek Township in 1867.  The couple had seven children: Reuben Alfred, b. 1861; Melissa Jane "Jennie" Sagesser, … Continue reading Minor Details: The Guynns of Missouri

Wordless Wednesday: Minors of Greene County – 1875

With my trusty Flip Pal scanner, I captured this image of a family heirloom.  The photograph is snugly framed, with a sturdily nailed backing that I didn't want to disturb.  So I did the best I could and scanned from on top of the glass.  The image  will be useful in identifying other photographs that … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday: Minors of Greene County – 1875

The 110th Anniversary of Anna Florette Sayles Strickland’s Birth

Today is the anniversary of the birth of my grandmother. Born December 4, 1901 to two middle-aged farmers in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, Anna Florette Sayles was a bit of a miracle girl. Her father, Clifton Duvall Sayles, had five children from his first marriage to Anna McCullough, both Yankees drawn to the south after the … Continue reading The 110th Anniversary of Anna Florette Sayles Strickland’s Birth