Monday, September 29, 2008
Louise and Leversa 11 years old in 1890
While I'm on the subject of unidentified photographs, here is another one. This one was in the antique Curtis family photograph album originally owned by Mary Lavantia Curtis, daughter of Benjamin Kingman Curtis and Sarah Lavantia Card. Written on the back of the photo is "Louise and Leversa age 11 years May 30th 1890." The girls are twins, but that is all we know about them. This photograph was taken in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our Curtis family lived in Tallmadge and Lamont, both of which were in Ottawa county, Michigan. Tallmadge is 11 miles away from Grand Rapids and Lamont is eighteen miles away. Even in the horse and buggy days, the trip into Grand Rapids was possible, although it likely took an entire day to get there.
Maybe the twins were friends of the Curtis family, maybe they were related, possibly cousins. Census records is an option to use when trying to find out who the girls are. The 1890 census was destroyed in a fire, so that's out. They would have been 21 years old during the 1900 census and 31 in 1910. I've tried to find them in the 1900 census, but no luck. If they both were living at home with their parents in 1900, we might be able to find them based entirely upon their given names. Without knowing what their surnames were, it will be harder to find them. It's also possible they were married before the 1900 census, so finding them based upon given name would be more difficult. If anyone knows anything about the the twins, please leave a comment on this blog post. Thank you!!!
I posted this photo on the Dead Fred Genealogy Photo Archive website. Maybe we will find out who these girls are!