Photo Corner: Edith and Lily Parker; and William Grover Johnson and Eva Ellen Neely

Edith Parker and daughter LilyContributed by Pam Hammerstein
Pam’s great aunt Edith Parker and her daughter Lily.  Pam’s message said, “They immigrated to America possibly New Jersey and I have been unable to trace them since and I was hoping that if you put the photo on your newsletter someone might recognise it.” A photograph of Edith’s mother, Roseanna, stepfather, William Hatherley Clarke, and one of their children possibly William as a baby can be seen here.

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William Grover Johnson and Eva Ellen NeelyContributed by Sandi Britton-Suggs
Taken in 1907 in Pulaski County, Kentucky of Sandi’s grandparents, William Grover Johnson and Eva Ellen Neely. William was born 02 Feb 1886 in Pulaski County, Kentucky and died at Clarendon, Texas on 09 Feb 1969. Eva was born 24 Dec 1889 in Pulaski County, Kentucky and died 11 Feb 1979 in Clarendon, Texas. They were married for 62 years and had three daughters and three sons.  William was a coal miner in Kentucky and after moving to Texas in late 1919, owned two farms and grew cotton and maize. They are buried next to each other in Rowe Cemetery, Hedley, Donley County, Texas.

4 thoughts on “Photo Corner: Edith and Lily Parker; and William Grover Johnson and Eva Ellen Neely

  1. Is there any story behind why William and Ella look so unhappy in this photo? Or was it just too hard to keep smiling when people had to “freeze” their pose so long for oldtime photographers?

  2. I have often wondered if it was customary not to smile for photographs? I have family pictures taken around that time period and none of the subjects are smiling.

  3. I have back tracked through my AWN and came upon this picture that you submitted. I found it so interesting because one of my husband’s grt. grt. aunts married a William G. Johnson in Ky and as I was searching for them….. your graandfathers name was one that always came up!! He is not our William, but just found it such a coincidence having seen them mentioned in the census records and all. You are lucky to have the photo. I Just “found” our William after seven yrs. of brickwalls on his wife.

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