Taking Back What Was Once Lost

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UnknownWomanOne of my all-time favorite pictures, this was in a cache of tintypes that belonged to my great-grandmother, Vannie Harbour in TN. I fantasize that she is a relative of mine…but who? The date is ca. late 1890’s, early 1900’s. Her expression is so mystifying to me. How old do you all think she is?


  1. July 2, 2009    

    This is certainly a very striking image. My guess is that she might be in her twenties.

  2. July 2, 2009    

    I love photographs like this. I just happened by your site while hopping around. I think she’s somewhere between 19 and 22. Amazing photo…

  3. July 2, 2009    

    She’s a beautiful young woman. I would wager she’s in her early twenties.

  4. July 5, 2009    

    What a beautiful picture. she looks to be in her late teens early 20’s.

  5. July 10, 2009    

    It’s a gorgeous picture. I would say her late teens.

  6. July 10, 2009    

    How beautiful was she, and yet how sad was her expression. What her eyes must have seen, and what her life must have entailed.

  7. July 15, 2009    

    She looks to me to be in her late teens. What a tiny waist and it looks like it would be difficult to breathe.

  8. July 17, 2009    

    She is quite beautiful, indeed. I’d wager she’s between 18-22. I would really like to subscribe to your blog, but for some reason I don’t see the link to do so. Can you help?



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I blog, teach, write and lecture about family history research and it's just as rewarding today as it was when I began 18 years ago. This lifelong quest has helped me to better know my past and I've taken back--reclaimed- my kin and some of that lost memory.  

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Hardin, Chester and Lawrence Counties, TN
Holt, Barnes, Harbour, Bradley Springer and Fendricks
Lawrence County, AL
Springer and Fendricks
Montgomery County, MD
Prather, Simpson
Somerset County, MD
Waters, Fountain, Curtis
Duval and Madison County, FL
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"The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past."
-William Faulkner

"Call it a clan, call it a network, all it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one"
- Jane Howard

"Friends are God's apologies for relations."
-Hugh Kingsmill

"No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?"
-Elbert Hubbard

"Families are like fudge; mostly sweet with a few nuts."

"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you might as well make it dance!"

"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city;)"
-George Burns

"Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl. No superior alternative has yet been found."
-Winston Churchill

"The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never ever introduce yourself to had life not done it for you."
-Kendall Hailey

"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all the generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people."
-Thich Nhat Hanh