Category Archives: Photo Album

Tuesday’s Tip – Ganging up on unlabeled pictures


As I updated you all yesterday about what I have been doing to keep myself busy the last couple of months, I thought I’d pass along a little tip I have picked up.

Unfortunately, not all of the pictures in my piles can be forwarded to unsuspecting I mean lucky recipients. This is because they have not been labeled or identified as of yet.

What is a researching genealogist to do?

How about enlisting help from the distant cousin mentioned earlier? The main reason I “enlisted” his help in this project is because he has a different set of pictures and a different knowledge base than I do. So I thought the two of us might be able to “gang up” on the unlabeled pictures in both of our collections.

Here’s a couple examples of our successes:

First case – I emailed Cousin Joe a picture I know was taken at a family reunion and based on my mother’s apparent age in the picture was taken in the 40’s. I listed the names of the people I knew in the picture (which was only my mother, her parents and siblings) and asked Joe if he could name the people in the picture which he knew. He emails me back the next day with the name of everyone else in the picture. Success #1

Second case – Cousin Joe emails me two pictures of unknowns in his collection and ask me if I knew anything about either one of them. The first picture was of a couple with which I was unfamiliar. Fail #1 But the second one was of a baby sitting outside in a rocking chair. I immediately recognized this baby as one I had in my collection. Not only did I know the name of the baby, I could tell him the month and year the picture was taken. I was only able to do this because I had the companion picture to his picture. My picture contained my mother’s oldest sister standing beside the very same rocking chair holding the very same baby……my mother’s oldest brother. The information on the back of my picture was written by my grandmother so I am pretty certain as to the accuracy of the information. Success #2

In most of the pictures we have been questioning each other about, we have been able to help each other probably a good 40% of the time.

So if you have a group of pictures you aren’t sure who the people are in them (who doesn’t have those?) try “ganging up” on them with a fellow researcher, distant cousin, elderly relative or neighbors that lived near your families.

Hope you enjoyed, glad you stopped by and please come back again 😉


Treasure Chest Thursday – Slemmons Album page 24 & 25


Well here we are at the last two pages of the album.

Here are pages 24 & 25:

As all of the other times here is page 24:

I really like this picture. The paper at the bottom of the picture states, “August 1898 Mrs. J. W. Munday has Carl T. in her lap. Earl Franklin was born in Oct 1898. J. W. is behind her chair. Fannie 1, Richard 2, Lillie 3, Waller 4, Asher 5 by grandpa Slemmons. Willie 6, by Grandma Slemmons. The occasion was the celebration of one of the grandparents birthdays. The last reunion before their death.” Well, that pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? In case you don’t remember from previous postings the children of James Munday and Emily Slemmons are listed with the numbers beside them. There is at least one more person from the family in this picture then what is written. Sarah Frances Slemmons Johnson, daughter of Asher and Martha, has been in this album on a couple of other occasions. The last is here. Who are the other people in the picture, sadly no one has written down who they are. My guess is that they are neighbors or other relatives that I don’t have a picture of to reference and recognize them.

One bit of information that I can add is this. Martha Franklin Slemmons was born on 26 Aug 1824, so the grandparent’s birthday that was mentioned above was hers. Also Martha died on 9 Apr 1900 and Asher died on 21 Apr 1900. Both are buried in the Bagby-Slemmons-Munday Cemetery, located on what was then their property in Wisdom, Metcalfe County, Kentucky.

As a side note: I would love to know how much a copy of this picture would cost at the time it was taken, 1898. My curiosity is piqued because my aunt has 4 copies of this picture. All of the copies are identical to this picture, on the same cardboard stock and look to have been created at the same time.  Four copies of the same picture, when most people couldn’t afford to have one picture made! Hmmm, interesting.

Here is page 25:

Here is a close up of page 25:

And last but not least a close up of the bottom of page 25 that has the writing:

Ok, here is what the paper label of this one states: “Dripping Springs School about 1904 (1 Richard, 2 Willie, 3 Carl, 4 Lillie, 5 Earl Munday, 6 Arthur Pedigo, 7 Joel Bagby, 8 Lizzie Bagby, 9 Orpha Duke, 10 Della Duke, 11 Jim Duke, 12 Blaine Price (not sure of that last name), 13 Lela Douglas Pedigo.” So we have the Munday children and some of their friends and neighbors listed in this picture. I have been told that Carl didn’t like his picture so he is the one that scratched his face out. Well, who hasn’t had that feeling about a picture that they have had made? I know I have.

Well gentle reader that concludes the Slemmons Photo Album series that I started so long ago! Yea for me! I do consider it a minor victory that I was able to accomplish the posting of all of these pages. As I have said before I will be posting more pictures from my aunt’s collection. I will try and post a couple of things from my other families so we won’t get overload on this one family.

As always,

Hope you enjoyed, glad you stopped by and please come back again 😉

Treasure Chest Thursday – Slemmons Album page 23


Well here we are drawing toward the close of this album. It’s sort of bitter sweet, but have no fear! I have plenty more pictures that I can post. 🙂

This is page 23

Here is the picture from the top left:

This is Henry Johnson. We’ve seen Henry before here and here. From the frequency at which he appears in this album, and other pictures that I haven’t even gotten to yet, it makes me think that his mother, Fannie Johnson, was a very early “shutterbug.” Anyway, this is a cute baby picture. I especially love his hair. Neither one of my kids had this much hair….I think I might be a little envious! hee!hee!
Here is a close up of Henry:

Here is the picture from the top right:

The paper label states: “Uncle Pete Depp.” This one of those cases where the label doesn’t really tell the true story. I say that because Pete Depp is not related to this family. Now he is related to someone that married into this family. However, I do vaguely recall hearing my aunt say that all of the neighbors called him “uncle.” But be that as it may because of the non-familial status I haven’t done any research on him.

Here is the bottom left picture:

The paper label states: “Richard Slemmons Fannie Barton’s dad.” Well here is Richard Slemmons….again. I mean for pete’s sake we just saw the man on the previous page located here. Well anyway that will save me from writing about him again.

Here is the close up of him:

Here is the bottom right picture:

The paper label states: “Waller Munday” This is one of Emily C Slemmons and James W Munday’s sons. We have seen a picture of him and the rest of the family found here. Waller was born 13 Mar 1889 and sadly he died 2 July 1919. Such a handsome young man.

Here is a close up of this picture:

Well that is all for me this week. But stayed tune because next week will bring the final two pages…..Please don’t get so excited remember your heart. Ha!Ha! Just kidding.

Hope you enjoyed, glad you stopped by and please come back again 😉

Treasure Chest Thursday – Slemmons Photo Album page 22


Here are the next to the last two pages. I am pretty excited about finishing the album so that I start sharing more of the interesting things that I have for this family. So with that said I’ll get on with the show.

Here is the next two pages in the album. Pages 22 & 23:

I’ll be focusing on the left page this week. Here is page 22:

Here is the top left picture:

What is written on the photograph is different than the paper label. I lean toward believing what is written on the photograph. The photo says: “Fannie Munday” and right under that is written something in pencil. When I zoom in on it, it appears to say “F. B. Inf.” Given the evidence on other pictures I believe this is to mean, “Fannie Belle Munday as an infant.” Written under the picture it states: “Eula Bagby Ray, sister of Dolph Bagby” Well I think what has happened is that there was a picture of Eula Bagby Ray in the spot but someone took it out and replaced it with this picture of Fannie. Fannie Belle Munday is the daughter of Emily C Slemmons and James W Munday. She was born on Jan 13, 1884 in Metcalfe County, Kentucky. On 11 Apr 1921 she married William W Yates in Metcalfe County, Kentucky.

The next picture is the one from the bottom left hand corner:

The paper label of this one states: “Fannie Johnson.” We have seen this Fannie before with her husband and their son in a posting found here. She is the daughter of Asher and Martha Slemmons and sister to Emily C Slemmons Munday. As I have discussed before Fannie married Andrew C Johnson. We have also see their son Henry Johnson in this posting. I really do like this picture. I like the way that her hair is looped in the front.

Next picture is the top right hand corner:

I have a personal affinity toward this picture. This is my grandfather, Richard Slemmons Munday. The bottom of the picture states: “1886 – 1 yr old.” The rest of the his story is that he is the son of Emily C Slemmons and James W Munday. He was born 20 Sept 1885 in Metcalfe County, Kentucky. He married Gussie Otto DeSpain on 1 Jun 1921 in Green County, Kentucky. I have a picture that was taken at the time of their marriage.

Next picture is from the bottom right hand corner:

This is Richard Washington Slemmons, son of Asher and Martha Slemmons. I have posted information about Richard before in posting found here and here and here.

Here he is a little closer:

See ya next week!

Hope you enjoyed, glad you stopped by and please come back again 😉

Treasure Chest Thursday – Slemmons Album page 21


Here we are again with more pictures from this cotton-pickin’ album. 🙂 I mean I really like posting these pictures that way other people can see them and they can be “saved” for posterity.  But come on how long is this album? Well I looked at it and there are four more pages before the album is done. So that is four more weeks before it is over. I think I can do that….no I know I will do that. Ok, enough of my non-private pep-talk to myself on with this week’s edition.

Here is page 21:

The first picture on the top left:
Georgia SlemmonsAccording to the paper label this is “Georgia Slemmons, cousin of Richard Munday.” According to my research Georgia is the daughter of William Thompson Slemmons and Mary Henly Parrish, they will show up in a latter posting. Georgia was born about Sept 1887/8 in Cumberland County, Kentucky. Before 11 Aug 1909 she married Timothy William English and they moved to Texas. Georgia is buried in Calloway Cemetery, Tarrant County, Texas. I find it amazing that as long as I had been researching this family and all that I had heard about it over the years it wasn’t until I started doing this blog and posting the pictures from this album that I found out about Georgia.

A close-up of little miss Georgia:
Georgia Slemmons - close-up
Isn’t she cute? I especially love the way her hair is fixed.

Ok, here is the top right picture:
R. W. Slemmons
This is Richard Washington Slemmons, son of Asher and Martha Slemmons and father to Fannie Slemmons Barton who we saw in an earlier posting found here and here.

The next picture is from the bottom left corner:
William Neal
This paper label tells a lot about this man. Across the bottom it states: “Rev William Neal Cumberland Presbyterian He said cermony[sic] for J. W. Munday and Emily C Slemmons 5 Oct 1881.” Across the left it states, “Also said cermony[sic] Mary Slemmons and Dudley William Jul 1881.” Well as we have talked about before here Mary Slemmons and Emily C Slemmons were sisters and both daughters of Asher and Martha Slemmons. So here we have the culprit (he!he!) that married the two sisters. Emily thought so much of him that she gave her daughter Lillie the middle name of Neal. I haven’t done any research to find anything out about him, but with this picture we at least know what he looks like.

Here is a close-up of Rev. Neal:
William Neal - close-up
Nice facial hair!

And last but not least is the bottom right hand picture:

Sallie Dean Slemmons Jones

This is Sallie Dean Slemmons, sister of Asher Slemmons. Sallie was born 26 Feb 1813 in Barren County, Kentucky and died 1 May 1873 I believe in Barren County, Kentucky. She married 1st to Candor Daugherty/Dougherty on 17 Dec 1833 in Barren County, Kentucky. Just a little fun trivia for you: Sallie and her mother, Elizabeth Crenshaw Slemmons, both gave birth to a child after their husbands died. Nothing scandalous mind you both within the allotted 9 months after the husband’s death. Candor Sr died 10 Mar 1838 and Sallie gave birth to Candor Jr on 11 Apr 1838. Unfortunately, Candor Jr died in 1841. Sallie married a second time to Thomas Jones on 5 Feb 1846. According to my research they did not have any children together. I have found some published letters that Thomas Jones had written to other family members during the civil war and in these letters he refers to “Old Miss” and “Your Aunt Sally.” I believe he is talking about Sallie. I have always like this picture because she looks like a woman that is so “matter of fact.” Like if there were any family secrets she would know them and would be ashamed to tell them.

Well I guess that is all for me today.

Hope you enjoyed, glad you stopped by and please come back again 😉