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Many years ago, I discovered a treasure trove of old family
photos that were in my mother’s possession, having been passed down to our
family by deceased family members. Unfortunately,
many of these old photos were unidentified.
Further complicating the matter was the fact that I don’t know for sure
from which side of the family, mother or father, the photos descended.
Please take the time to review these old gems and contact me
if you see anything or anybody that looks remotely familiar (be sure to
include the photo number on the entry).
As my wife Carol Anne sagely put it, “You really aren’t dead as
long as someone remembers.”
I’d like to believe the proper identification of these photos
would ensure longevity of memories for these folks.
All of the following photos were of a very small size (maybe
about 1" tall) and were found in an antique photo album. I believe
them to have belonged to my paternal grandmother (Mary Frances Speer
Childress, 1875-1957), but cannot be sure about that.
(Click on the thumbnail sketches below to see enlarged
The following first two photos were found in the same photo
album as above. In addition, however, the larger picture on the right
turned up later in another box. It appears that all of the individuals in
the smaller photos appear in the larger one, in addition to the lady whose photo
also appears in the adjacent photo.
Shown below are a few photos that seem to me to have some family
resemblance to my immediate family. The first photo on the left has
remarkable similarity to my father, John F. Childress, Sr.
(1918-1977). The second family group reminds me of the Mathis side
of the family, while the third photo is quite possibly a Mathis as well,
particularly with the flinty blue eyes. The last photo was originally
believed to have been of David Franklin Childress (1862-1937); however, I
now do not believe that to be the case, given the makeup of the photo and his
age at death. He does, however, have the same prominent ears as my
grandfather (his nephew), William Thomas Childress (1874-1959).
I have no clues as to the identity of the following individuals,
although for some reason I associate the first lady with the Speer
More Unidentified Photos:
For additions, corrections or comments, please send an e-mail to Patrick