A mystery.....photo found among dad's things
I'm hoping someone out there can help me solve a mystery that I've been trying to figure out for over 10 years now. It's a photo found among my parent's things after my dad died in 1998.
I know immediately it's dad's family. I recognize the features of my Aunt Helen, dad's sister. That lady is the one standing on the left of the seated woman. I recognize the curly hair, the eye and mouth shape. If I put a photo of my Aunt Helen next to that woman's photo, other than the distance of time, they could be siblings.
The only thing I know about the photo is that it was taken in Culver, IN. I've posted it in the Marshall County Historical Society and tried the local paper without results. The photographer is no longer in business and I've been unable to trace someone who might have records or a thread connecting back to this photography shop.
My dad was born Russell Myrl Foss on October 17, 1012 in Culver, IN. His parents were Moncton H and Harritte Lucinda Cox-Foss. Hattie, as she was called, died in October 1919 of TB when she was only 29 years old. Although my grandfather remarried her sister, that woman had a total hatred of us and to say we were estranged would be an understatement. In her mind, we were no relation to her. That might have been for the best, considering the horror stories my aunts told of their growing up with her.
Dad, in the meantime, was removed and raised by his grandmother in Montana. He did not return to Culver until he was 18 years old.
Moncton was born to William Adney and Lovinia Delphine Youngs-Foss. Hattie was born to Alfred Tailor and Florence Huldah Taylor-Cox. The Coxes were Native American....
Alfred T Cox was born in Fulton Co to Daniel Alexander and Lucinda Jackson-Cox. She was born in NC and Daniel was born in Bartholomew Co, IN - which is where they met and married. Lucinda was born to Hiram and Mary Catherine Whitaker-Jackson. It's thought Hiram's parents were Jesse and Susannah Whitaker-Jackson; Mary Catherine Whitaker's parents were William and Mary Canada/Canaday/Kennedy-Whitaker. Mary Canada was from VA.
William O Taylor was born in Ohio to O. and Deborah Hinton-Taylor in Delaware Co, Ohio. He was married first to a Chipawa woman from Michigan who died in childbirth. He later moved with his parents to Northern Indiana, where they farmed. William drove stage from South Bend to Vincennes, IN, where he met Mary Catherine Hewitt - an orphan - working in the stage house in Vincennes. They took with them several of her younger siblings to raise (can't even imagine that today!)
Hoping something along the way in all that info will help lead to the ID of the ladies in the photo. Meanwhile, I continue my search.