- Both photographs are clearly of the same family. Same number of people, same relative ages, same general appearances.
- Neither photograph was taken in a studio. They both appear to have been taken on a farm. Perhaps they were taken by a traveling photographer.
- Although the baby looks to be about the same age in both photos, I am guessing that the sepia photo (below) is later because the son appears to be wearing the same jacket as in the other photo, but is outgrowing it. He is also taller in relation to his seated father.
- The mother is wearing the same dress in both photos, although she is wearing a tie at the neck in one photo but not the other.. The quilt behind her is also the same.
- The father is wearing the same suit. His hair seems a bit longer in the first photo (above). Perhaps he got a haircut.
- In both photos, the father is holding a folded document of some sort. This was often done to indicate an educated person.
The more I looked at these photos, I began wondering if the father might be Charles William Edmonds, born Fayette County Alabama, lived in Hill County Texas. I sent the photos to my second cousin Beverly and her husband Fred to see if they knew who the family was. Beverly is a descendent of Charles William Edmonds.
Bingo! We now have names!
- Father: Charles William Edmonds
- Mother: Manerva Josephine Davis Edmonds
- Older son: Curtis Leon Edmonds
- Older daughter: Abba Gertrude Edmonds
- Younger daughters: Hestra and Celestia Urline Edmonds
- Baby: Augustus Hill Edmonds
Fred and Beverly believe that the photos might have been taken on the same day, perhaps on Augustus Hill’s christening day. What do you think?