Ancestral Journeys

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  • David W. Suddarth

    Welcome to Ancestral Journeys, my genealogy research blog. Researching one's ancestors is like taking a journey back through time. Each of our ancestors have a story and those stories are waiting to be told. I hope to do that, as well as outline research methods and other information relating to genealogy and family history. Even if we do not share the same ancestry, I hope you will find some of the discussion and ideas of benefit. For my complete profile, click on the 'About' tab at the top of the page.

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Pictures

Posted by dwsuddarth on 31 October 2009

I was at my parent’s house recently and was going through some old pictures with my father.  There were two which I was especially excited to find.  I was fortunate in that both of them were labeled by my grandmother when she gave them to my father.

The first is of my second great-grandfather (my father’s mother’s paternal grandfather), William Monroe. Although I do not know too much about this line yet, I do know that William was born in Scotland and came to the United States sometime after 1880, settling in LaSalle County, Illinois.

William Monroe

William Monroe

The second picture is of my great-grandmother (my father’s mother’s mother), Elsie Belle Studebaker. Elsie was the daughter of Jacob Studebaker and Mary Jane Stilwell. Elsie was born in 1884 in LaSalle County, Illinois and married William Monroe’s son, William Hart Monroe, born 1880 in Scotland. William and Elsie had 12 children, one of whom was my grandmother, Mary Ellen Monroe, born 1904 in LaSalle County, Illinois.

Elsie Belle Studebaker

Elsie Belle Studebaker

Although not in the best shape (I believe they are actually photos of tintypes or ambrotypes), it is still exciting to find these pictures. I have made copies of them and have stored them in a safe place, so that future generations may also be able to enjoy them.

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