In my last post I ended with a note about the cowhide chair that now sits on my fireplace hearth. It has been in my family for 125 years and I feel honored to be the caretaker of this beautiful historic piece. In the second pictures you can see there is a little patch that still has hair on it. I’m so amazed that has lasted on there all these years.
Here are some family pictures that I have recently come across. The internet is truly amazing. A cousin of mine was doing family research online and came across some pictures of our family posted by a lady in Texas. We contact her and come to find out she is married to a distant cousin of mine and loves genealogy. I have never met this cousins. We now are comparing notes, sharing pictures and stories catching up via facebook and e-mail. We hope to meet soon. Who knew we both grew up in Florida now live about an hour and a half apart in Texas. They shared some of these wonderful old family pictures with me.
This is a picture of my great-great-great grandparents (seated). See the chairs lined up across the porch. One of these could possibly be the chair I have today. This is truly old Florida living. Yes, my family tree has deep roots in Central Florida and those are orange trees you see. Notice the well pump on the right side of the porch. On the left you will see a separate building that housed the kitchen. The kitchen was built separate from the main house so if there was a fire hopefully the main house would not burn. This picture was taken around 1910. Clayborn Taylor (seated) was born in 1842 and his wife Sally was born in 1850.
In the picture below my great-great grandparents are photographed along with four of their eventual eight children. The wife is the daughter of the older couple in the picture above. The little boy on the left next to his daddy is my great-grandfather Malcolm. I love his short pants and dirty bare feet. Once again, you see similar chairs on the porch. This picture taken around 1900.
I will be leaving this week for a long road trip in the car to Florida. It will be just me and the girls as Buster has to work. Since I’m driving we (I) can take as many bathroom breaks as I want. ;0
I will check in on all your blogs now and then while I’m gone, but probably won’t post until I get back.