Photo Corner

Catherine Thompson Clark, born into slavery in Rappahannock, Virginia, about 1837Contributed by Gail Swan, Los Angeles, CA
Catherine Thompson Clark was born into slavery in Rappahannock, Virginia, about 1837. She was the daughter of Burwell and Catherine Thompson. Catherine married Thomas Clark, son of Benjamin Clark and Elizabeth “Betsy” Crenshaw. Their slave marriage took place in 1856 and was registered with the Rappahannock County Clerk of Court in 1866. As far as census records and the Rappahannock Historical Society can determine, Catherine and Thomas were blessed with ten children, James Edward, Mary Jane, Betty, St. Cyr, Benjamin, Josephine, Thomas, Matilda, Martha and Louella. (The second picture is Catherine’s 10-16-06 James Edward Swan, MD.JPGgreat-grandson, James Edward Swan, MD.)

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Beatrice Mitchell Stiltz and her brother, J. Everett Mitchell of Ewansville, Eastampton Township, NJ,ca. 1908Contributed by Carl Roache
Photo taken of my grandmother, Beatrice Mitchell Stiltz and her brother, J. Everett Mitchell of Ewansville, Eastampton Township, New Jersey (ca. 1908). My grandmother instilled a love of family that served as a real inspiration for my becoming interested in genealogy. One of my favorite memories as a child in the 1950s was listening to Nanny tell family stories as we went through her family pictures.

26 thoughts on “Photo Corner

  1. In the Newsletter that I received on 10/16/06, no photos appeared in the Photo section. This is the first time I’ve received blank boxes. An error somewhere??
    Thanks, Jean

  2. The pictures were blank on my e-mail. First time that has happened. They did not come up whem I clicked on the red x box.

  3. Like the other responses I only got a red x for the photos. The photo with the autumn leaves showed but not the photo corner pictures until I clicked on comments

  4. The HTML source code for the two photo images specifies a file extension of “jpg%20” which causes a “file not found” condition when the resulting webpage is constructed by my web browser (Internet Explorer 6.0). If I access the file with the same file name but an extension of “jpg”, I successfully load the photos. Sorry for the “tech talk”. Hope this helps tech support.

  5. I used to live in S. Illinois, Hardin County. In Gallatin county (next county) there was what they called the Crenshaw Mansion. It housed slaves during the Civil War. They even had them hidden in the attic when Abraham Lincoln spent the night there. The Crenshaws secretly brought slaves in to work in the salt mines there. I suppose they brought them across the Ohio River from Kentucky. It is still standing and is a tourist site. I wonder if the Crenshaws were related to Gail Swan’s Crenshaws?

  6. Ditto all of the above except the “red x’s”. As I am Mac I had red “?”.

  7. I enjoy seeing this photos so much. It really doesn’t matter whose family they belong to, I enjoy how the people back then looked so regal and elegant. Much time was taken to pose a photo or portrait. And the clothes they wore. I wish we could start looking that good all the time. I’m tired of seeing jeans and tee shirts. I hope more people send in more photos for us to enjoy!

  8. Obviously just a glitch in the link – as with the others above, I just clicked on the “print or comment” link, and enjoyed them here. The joys of technology, right?

    Were all of our problems this easy to solve!

  9. I couldn’t get the pictures either until I clicked on the comments part of the email.

  10. Whenever I receive my issue of the Weekly Journal, I always get a message under the header saying that pictures have been blocked to prevent the sender from identifying my computer and to click here to view the pictures. Perhaps, this is a safety feature of my internet provider, Comcast and Outlook Express.
    At any rate, when I do as told in the header, the issue comes up with all illustrations and pictures.
    I do hope that you enjoy the picture of my grandmother and her brother that I submitted this week.
    Carl James Roache

  11. Isn’t it amazing how much Catherine Thompson Clark’s great- grandson, James Edward Swan,looked like her..I love seeing the old photographs. Like the previous e-mail said , if we only knew how much trouble they went to to get dressed up for these photo’s. Not only that but also how much time and preperation it took the photographer to get his equipment ready to take the photo’s! This was in the Newsletter, on October 16, 2008

  12. I love looking at all the pictures . I like to see the hair and manner of dress of the times. I would like to put a photo of my dad and his brother and sister together when my dad was 5 years old but i do not know how to do it.

  13. No pictures were on mine either,but I clicked on “Print or comment on these pictures ” and up they popped!! Thank you

  14. Did any of you folks who couldn’t see the pictures try going to the blog, instead of through the email newsletter?

  15. My apologies for the missing photos in the newsletter this week. I use Dreamweaver to code the html version of the newsletter and for some unknown reason (at least unknown to me!), it will randomly deposit %20 in some URLs. I haven’t been able to figure out what causes it but try to remember to do a “Find and Replace” for them, but I must have forgotten this week.

    As mentioned, they are available above on the blog version, and I have corrected the links on the printer-friendly version in the library.
    (It may be a few hours before this one rolls, but the photos should appear late this afternoon.

    Again, my apologies for the slip.

    Have a good week!

    P.S. If anyone knows what causes these things to pop up, I’d love to hear it. I’m still a bit of a rookie with the html stuff! 😉

  16. I enjoy viewing the photos at the end of the newsletter. One of these days when my grandson is available, I will ask his help in sending in some of my ancestory pictures. Anyway the screen was blank. In reading the other messages, I am not the only one that was unable to view the photos. Hope the problem is corrected for the next time.

  17. Isn’t it funny? I agree with Donna Rippy. I’ll have to have my son help me scan and email my old photos for others to enjoy. We were just talking today about how companies now want resumes emailed. I told him (I’m in dentistry) that dentists just ask for resumes to be faxed. He teased me by saying “that’s because you are all pre-information age!” He had to admit that his being 36 he is in the cusp of the group that was not brought up with computers in the classroom. 😉

  18. I really loved the pictures Jim Roache sent in. Those children were darling! What does the script say on the photo, Jim? Also I agree Dr. Swan looks like his great grandmother-I noticed that right off. I can’t wait to see more photos.

  19. Hi,Kim,
    The photo is actually done on a postcard. What is on the front is a comment about how the rainy weather had prevented my grandmother’s Aunt Nellie from visiting the previous weekend. It is a continuation of a message on the back from Aunt Nellie indicating that she had had several copies made of the photo which was apparently taken in a portrait studio in Camden ,NJ. She mentions the names of the family members to whom she was sending the card and also comments on how well-behaved my grandmother and her brother were during their visit.
    Thank you for asking!

  20. I’m just curious are you related to a Thomas Baird Stiltz? He’s my grandfather. I enjoyed this picture I just wondered if somewhere down the line I’m related. Well Thank you. I’ll visit this site again later.
    Gabrielle Stiltz

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