John Bales

Bloomingport Friends Sunday School circa 1921 [Genealogy Photo]

Bloomingport Friends Sunday School circa 1921 [Genealogy Photo] – This is one of the most adorable photos I have in my possession. These little children dressed in their Sunday best are just super cute. This Sunday School class picture was taken about 1921. These children attended the Bloomingport Friends Church in Randolph County, Indiana. You …

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Randolph County, Indiana Racially Integrated School Photo Circa 1910 – Josephine Gordon, Marshall Sickels, and Many Others

Randolph County, Indiana Racially Integrated School Photo Circa 1910 – Josephine Gordon, Marshall Sickels, and Many Others – This photo was among some items that were in the possession of my grandpa’s Uncle Francis. His family allowed me to scan all their Bales albums. This particular school photo includes children who later married into the …

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Could My Ancestor Have Been One of the Mysterious Melungeons?

Way Back Wednesday: Could My Ancestor Have Been One of the Mysterious Melungeons? – Until two weeks ago the Melungeons were so mysterious to me I didn’t even know they existed. I had encountered Mulattos in census records. I had come across Mestizos in history textbooks. However, Melungeon was a completely foreign word to me …

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Way Back Wednesday – J H Bales – Butter, Eggs, and Poultry Wagon

Way Back Wednesday: J H Bales – Butter, Eggs, & Poultry Wagon – The following large group photo would have likely been taken somewhere near Bloomingport of Randolph County, Indiana around 1910. The photograph includes my great-grandfather, as well as his parents, grandparents, and siblings. There are additional friends and neighbors pictured too. Some I …

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Way Back Wednesday – John and Nancy McMullen Bales Reunion 1896

Way Back Wednesday: John and Nancy McMullen Bales Reunion 1896 – The following is a large family group photo taken at a Bales Reunion in 1896. The individuals pictured are the descendants of John and Nancy (McMullen) Bales. I suspect the photo was taken at Bloomingport in Randolph County, Indiana. John Bales was born about …

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