Results--Who Are the People in the Photo
OOps! I failed my math test. I miscalculated the date of the photo. It should be 1903 vice 1893 (in my original blog). Thus, I have modified the original posting as follows:
As a follow on to yesterday's blog, in which I displayed a photo with 26 people and the caption had 22 names. I spent a couple hours today and think I have done as much as I can to identify the people. I still have some holes; but not sure with what I currently know, I can improve on it. If I can find a cousin with some insight into the photo or individuals in the photo that might help.
|Dean Jones Family Photo (circa 1903)|
The JJ Ranch on the Purgatory River by Frances Bollander Keck
I started by going to my Family Tree Maker program and listing the birth years for all the people in the photo that I could find. Then I found the youngest person in the photo who I thought I could correlate with a name--that was John Blaine, third from the left in the front. Since his birth year was 1898 and I estimated him to be about 5 years old (I wavered between 4 and 5), that made the date of the photo 1903. Based on that, I wrote in the ages of the people whom I thought I could correlate with a name.
In the front row one of the two girls on the left is Mary Ruth Moran; but I don't know which. I am guessing Marshall either overlooked the other girl or didn't know who she was. Minnie Davis is listed to John's left; but I believe Marshall Dean, whom I believe wrote the caption, got the sisters reversed. My files indicate Minnie would be 7 and Clara 5. In between them is Jeannie, age 13. The remainder of the names agree with the caption, with the exception that I am speculating Marshall didn't know the names of the three small children on the right.
The center row of elders is easy and includes my great-great grandparents Spear and Sarah Dean. In the back row, I don't have an age for Lou Blaine, the husband of Minnie in the front right. The next two are as in the caption; but I am not sure of the next two, Alma (a woman's name; but the photo is of a man) Baxter and Cousin Mary. I will have to work further to try and resolve them. The remainder of the row are as listed in the caption.
I earlier speculated that my 2nd cousin, Ed Dean, wrote the caption for the photo because he was listed as the provider of the photo; but I now believe it was his father, Marshall Dean. The reference to cousins and aunts would match for Marshall; whereas, they would be great aunts and cousins once removed for Ed.
I feel comfortable with the 18 people I have noted with ages, plus Lou Blaine. That leaves me just three, of the 22 people in the caption, to try and resolve. I plan to replace the caption with my estimates and send it to some of my Jones and Dean relatives who might be able to help complete or correct my efforts.
I had thought of taking a survey on guessing John Blaine's age and would still solicit your comments about my estimate of his being 5 years old!