Walking Around in her Genes



I chose this photo for the 300th Sepia Saturday meme.  The young girl on the
 left is my grandmother Lela Mandy Barrett Sutton , with her sister 
Nona. Lela was born in 1909, Nona in 1914 and I would date this from 
mid to late 20's, but definitely before 1929 when Lela married 
my grandfather, Clarence Sutton. I love this photo because I can see my cousin
 in her mama's face, and myself in my grandma's. It's truly amazing to go back in time 
and see little pieces of yourself in your ancestors. 
I love their clothes, their stockings, and the old buildings in the background. Some of you
may remember this post that I wrote about Lela a couple of years ago. 

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55 comments:

  1. it is a great photo. i like looking at others photos almost as much as my own family. I can also see me in my mothers mother and in my dadddy, little pieces of me. i have my aunts ankles, and mother and her sister body ...

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    1. Oh gosh, Sandra, I have my grandma's thighs- no matter my weight. Sigh.

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  2. Great looking old photo! I enjoyed seeing it! :)

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  3. This is a wonderful old photo! I love it when you actually know who are in the the old photos!

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  4. What a lovely photo...the relaxed embrace exudes warmth and love. I love it too when I catch something in a face here or there that confirms that I really do belong to the tribe photographed in my albums.

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  5. Let's hear it for family albums.

    I do like your title.

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  6. But for the clothes, they look like they could be contemporaries.

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  7. A fine photo indeed. Greetings.

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  8. I agree that it's fun to look for ourselves in the faces of our ancestors. That's a cute picture.

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  9. Great picture, blessings Francine....

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  10. You are so very lucky. I have no photos of any relatives other than my immediate family.
    That is a simply gorgeous photo as well.

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  11. Log buildings in the background also. Nice shot to share.

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  12. Good looking gals. Nice to go back and have a look at the years. Picture is lovely!

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  13. It is a great photo. I like that you can see your face in your grandmothers photo. My grandson was born and I was taken aback when I saw him. I didn't say a thing but a year later people started talking about how he looked like me. My two boys look like their mother's family so I thought it interesting. People bring me young pictures of me to show and my grandson says that the photo is of AJ, him. Your photo is a treasure with the clothes and the time of year it was taken.

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    1. I think it is amazing how many little traits we carry on in our genes. A crooked smile, cheekbones, even our ears. My youngest grandson favors his daddy so much...but he favored his mom when younger. It's those genes shaking themselves out!

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  14. I love the old photo. We have been doing the same thing with our old photos, looking to see who resembles whom.

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  15. Wonderful family picture! Such a treasure.

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  16. Nice photo. I wonder where it was taken? The log cabin in the background appears to be falling down a bit?

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  17. It is interesting to see likenesses of our ancestors. the older I get the more I see of Mom or Dad.

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  18. There's no denying those genes. It's so wonderful you have these photos and the history.

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  19. Aren't they just lovely young girls? What a wonderful thing to have such a good photo of them. I love old family pictures..xo Diana

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  20. I love looking at old family photographs.

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  21. Loved the photo and evenI can remember wearing stocking like that.

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  22. What a wonderful treasure, and they are both truly beautiful ,I love the old building behind, was it a barn, a chook shed, or where lambs were sheltered?

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    1. I really don't know. I think they had a chicken house, and a smoke shed. By the time I came along, this shed was gone.

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  23. Love the photo. I adore old photos and wish I had more of them.

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  24. How fun to share such a beautiful image such as this...and read her history and the likeness of family genes!!! Wonderful.

    And I love your previous post too...such a cute, loveable, trusting, face.

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  25. Hi Terri, That's a photo worthy of celebration for sure. And perfect for this sepia meme as well.

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  26. They do have a striking resemblance. Every time I see the photo on the right side of your blog of the young woman I'm always taken by how beautiful she is. For some reason very few people in really old photographs don't look very attractive, but I must say, girl, your genes are really good because the women in your family were definitely beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Kathy- the lady on the side of my blog is the mother of these two girls and my great grandmother, Harriett Barrett.

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  27. Wonderful old photo! I love it. That is a simply gorgeous photo as well. Wonderful memories.

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  28. How wonderful to have that photo. I know my history but have very few photos With photos like that, you can visually trace your genes. So nice to see smiles in that photo. All the ones you usually see, people are frowning big time. I enjoyed reading your former post about Lela. Pretty sure she was wringing that chickens neck. It was the quickest and most humane way.

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  29. It is a very human photograph. I love seeing myself or other family members in old photos.

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  30. I love the old photographs, too. Your grandmother and her sister were pretty girls. I love the thought of seeing yourself and cousin in their faces.

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  31. What a wonderful old photo. I also like trying to find family resemblances in old photos with the younger generation.

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  32. Makes me wonder if many years from now our descendants will be looking at our photos saying the same thing!

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  33. This is a great photo. No doubt a family treasure.

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  34. A lovely natural shot! The opposite of of the SS#300 image in so many ways, but who cares?

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    1. Hi Jo, thank goodness I'm allowed to stray from the theme if I chose to. This is what makes Sepia Saturday an old favorite of mine. Thanks for stopping by- I appreciate your comment

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  35. I love this. I have my great grandparents wedding portrait. It is all original, including the glass and frame, from 1891. It means so much to me because I have no family now.

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  36. I wonder what people will make of our pictures in 50 or 100 years time?

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Stewart- I worry that the only photos my kids are leaving will be on their phones! It seems people don't print photographs anymore like they used to.

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  37. A wonderful old picture...you are so lucky to have some...there are very few in existence with even my mom, let alone grandparents.

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  38. I just love this photo. And the title of the post says it all... I'd really like to start scanning some of the old photos I have .... Sigh, so many fun things to do, so little time! I saw your comment above as I was scrolling down here and agree... If Facebook goes down, my granddaughter would lose every one of the millions of pictures she's taken of her boys.

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  39. Both are such beautiful young girls. My Dad was born in 1914 and I have a few pictures of him younger, but not that young. This is definitely a treasure.

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  40. Even if you set aside being able to see yourself in this photo, it is one to love. Can't you just see the love these two sisters have for each other? And then, because you can see yourself and your cousin in their faces, there is even more reason to cherish it.

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  41. I just adore your historic family photos Terri! Incredible!!!
    Blessings, Aimee

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  42. I do the same thing - search for family traits in old photos.

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  43. A worthy contribution for Sepia Saturday 300. I too often see family resemblances when poring over old photos; it’s part of the pleasure, even if I don’t always know who the ancestor is!

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  44. I remember the first time I saw a picture of my maternal great-grandmother and was stunned because I felt like I was looking in a mirror. She died before my mother was born so I never heard any stories about her. So I understand completely what you're saying.

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