This picture has been in my “most wanted” section for over a year. It was found in my Aunt Elaine Webster’s collection after her death. Thanks to Bill Atkinson of Winfield, Alabama, we now have names to go with these faces. Front left to right: Samuel M. Atkinson, Nancy Atkinson, Susan Nix Atkinson. Rear left to right: William Charles Atkinson, Bascom Poole Atkinson, and David Hollis Atkinson. Samuel and Susan were “next door” neighbors as children in Pickens County, South Carolina. They married there in the early 1870’s and started a family. By the early 1880’s they had moved to Georgia (don’t know the county since the 1890 census burned up). They relocated to Fayette County, Alabama in the early 1890’s.
That’s actually good news. I just recently discovered that the folks over at familysearch have apparently made all the U.S. Census images available there and they can be viewed for free. Their search function is not as capable as the ones at ancestry.com and other pay sites but the price is certainly better. This was really good timing for me as I was nearing my disk quota limits on the site so I can save a lot of space by linking to the images at the family search site. The only downside is that if they ever change their url’s, all the links here (and there are a lot of them) will be broken. I’ve put enough information on the link descriptions so that, even if that happens, you should still be able to find the images on their site. Browse your relatives on the site and if you see this icon you can click it to view the census image.
I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history. – Cardinal Francis George (2010)
Today would have been my cousin Rosa’s 87th birthday. We lost her last August but she will always linger near in our hearts. Anyone who has an interest in our family history and roots owes a huge debt to her. She spent massive amounts of time and money digging out records to trace our ancestors. This was well before the internet made these kinds of efforts so much easier. She was always generous in sharing what she found and is, in large part, responsible for planting the interest in me.
When I was just out of college and working outside of Washington, D.C., I made a couple of trips to places in Virginia to run down some information for her. During that time she sent me a lot of photocopied correspondence from various state and county officials there. In those days, there were no searchable databases. You would
Ellen Wright, my cousin Rosa’s daughter, has been going through her mother’s collection of family photos and has come across some real gems. With her permission, I’ll be adding a lot of these to the site. I did want to put a couple here in the blog since these are some of the relatives that stayed behind in Switzerland. The first one is a very nice shot of our family kin. Mother, Selina Kull was the sister of Fred and Julius. She was married to Adolph Hammerli and they had six children that I know of – Selina, Friedrich, Elsa, Eugen, Julius, and Arthur.
Ellen’s information had the two young men as being possible spouses of Elsa and Selina. I think it is more likely that they are brothers. The one on the right looks like another