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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Could this Picture Be the Meriwether or Gibson Family?

Yesterday, I found another picture in my grandmother's album that I am unable to identify.

The picture is very small and is apparently a "family picture." I have no idea which family group this picture represents. The picture was apparently taken outside in an are that had fairly tall pine trees, Attala County or somewhere near, perhaps, and the people in it appear to be dressed in clothing that was worn in the late 1800's, or no later than the very early 1900's.

There is a small lady standing in the very back row, with her face barely visible, who vaguely resembles my great-grandmother, Margaret Susanna Meriwether Porter. For this reason only, I believe the picture may be of the Meriwether or Gibson family.

The individuals in the picture appear to be dressed in their Sunday-best, and the photograph itself appears to have been posed and taken by a hired photographer, possibly one who traveled through rural areas in those days. The older women, maybe a woman and her daughters (or sisters), are sitting in the front rows. The men all appear to be standing.

On the left side of the picture, in the very front, is a man, who is standing somewhat separate from the rest of that row and seems to be looking at the group, rather than being photographed with the group. This man appears to be darker-skinned, and somewhat taller and larger than the rest of the men visible in the picture. The back of this picture bears the marking "Avery Company, Memphis, Tenn."

Maybe someone will recognize a face (or faces) in this pictures. I sincerely hope so.

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