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… Continue reading Bloomingport Friends Sunday School circa 1921 [Genealogy Photo]
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… Continue reading Randolph County, Indiana Racially Integrated School Photo Circa 1910 – Josephine Gordon, Marshall Sickels, and Many Others
Update on the Search for the Secret Uncle (Genealogy) – It’s been a while since I initially shared The Search for the Secret Lovechild of My Great-Grandfather, Ralph Edgar Bales. I followed a couple of leads, and I figured it was time to share my progress. In the last post, I shared everything I knew… Continue reading Update on the Search for the Secret Uncle (Genealogy)
John and Nancy (McMullen) Bales Reunion 1906 – Considering this Sunday is the annual Bales Reunion, I thought it would be fun to feature a Bales Reunion photo from a few years back. Okay, so maybe that’s an understatement. I suppose a century is more than a few years. *This post contains affiliate links. This… Continue reading John and Nancy McMullen Bales Reunion 1906 [Genealogy Photo]
Way Back Wednesday: Ozro Bales Kidnapping Bertha Root – What on earth is going on in this photo? My great-great-grandmother Estella (Sharp) Bales is the one holding the gun aimed at her husband Ozro Bales. The handwriting scrawled on the back of the photograph says, “Carl took the picture.” Carl is presumably Carl Root who… Continue reading Ozro Bales Kidnapping Bertha Root [Genealogy Photo]
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… Continue reading Could My Ancestor Have Been One of the Mysterious Melungeons?
Way Back Wednesday: What Ethnicity Was Ozro Bales? – My great-great-grandfather Ozro Bales was born to parents who trace their documented lines back to England or Ireland. His parents appear to be Caucasian as expected according to all of the lines I’ve been able to follow, and yet Ozro appears to have something other than… Continue reading Way Back Wednesday – What Ethnicity Was Ozro Bales?
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… Continue reading Way Back Wednesday – J H Bales – Butter, Eggs, and Poultry Wagon
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… Continue reading Way Back Wednesday – John and Nancy McMullen Bales Reunion 1896