Vacations are very nice. Unfortunately, at some time I have to admit that it’s past time to return to schedules and the workaday world.
I’ve got a new item on my to-do list (as if the list isn’t long enough already): The Frederick F. and Louise A. Saucier family photograph, circa 1902-03. I’ve spent a fair amount of time staring at the photo for the last few weeks, always referring back to the key that accompanied the photo. Here’s my problem, I’m seeing a few names with question marks after them, and no. 5 in the top row is omitted completely.
Those of you that don’t know me are wholly unaware that I’ve got a wide streak of stubborn, and a mystery like this photo is guaranteed to bring out the mule in me.
Here are the facts: One child from a previous marriage, fifteen children born of this union, one foster daughter. Seventeen possibles but only fourteen children in the photo.
Below I’ve listed all of the Saucier children in order of their birth. I’ve marked in red the people I could either positively ID or eliminate altogether. By the time this photo was taken (1902-03), William would have been in his mid-thirties, long gone from the family hearth, Frederick had died in an accident, and Andrew died as an infant (cholera, or so the story goes). Subtract those three, and we’ve come full circle to the number fourteen again.
William – Married with home of his own
Frederick – Deceased
Andrew – Deceased
Henrietta – Top row, fourth from left
Alexander – Center row, left
James – Top row, far right
Eugene – Bottom row, left
Charles – Bottom row, far right
Mabel – Bottom row, third from left
Ethel – Bottom row, second from left
So I’m asking for help with this project… mayday.
If you don’t instantly recognize your grandparent, grandaunts, or granduncles in this photo, do you have some old photos tucked away for comparisons? Pester your brothers and sisters (I pester my sisters mercilessly, one of the perks of being the baby of the family). Have they seen the photo? If so, do they remember anything they were told at the time? I do see one major stumbling block, Clara, who became a Daughter of Charity, no descendants to appeal to. But if we can ID the other thirteen, all that’s left is Clara – beautiful.
Lastly, I’m not going to post the key, yet. I don’t want to influence you this early in the game, and logic tells me that if you have a copy of the Saucier Family photo, you probably have a key of your own anyway.
Feel free to comment with your guesses, assumptions, or “I was told” stories. If you’d like to chat privately, for whatever reason, just leave a comment saying ’email me’, and I’ll do just that.
Color me anticipating your input.