Saturday, July 20, 2013

Old vs. young

 More baby pictures with after and before shots – this time of brothers Cecil Davis and Albert Davis -- and an amazing portrait of the Brothers Davis as young tough guys.  First Albert –

Albert Davis, my great uncle, who I knew as Unk, had a personality that shines through in his photographs – he had a real zest for life.

Albert Davis 1960
Albert Davis - about 1919
Albert Davis 1903

Cecil Davis was a musician – an accomplished pianist.

 And I can't resist this comparison of the Brothers Davis as boys to men.

Cecil, George and Will Davis about 1900
George, Will, Albert, Will Sr., Cecil abt 1917-19

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Cute babies!

So this week we go from rather serious looking women to...BABIES!  What's amazing is that the men I knew as old guys--grandpa, uncles-- were once cute little babies.  So here they are with some after and before shots.

George L.A. Davis
Baby George

William A. Davis, Jr.
Baby William A. Davis, Jr.

Will, Jr. is my great uncle.  But I never knew him.

William A. Davis, Sr.
Will Davis, Sr. as 4 yr old (1866)

Will Davis, Sr. was my great-grandpa.  Someone who I never met.

Cecil Davis

Albert Davis (Unk)

I'm not finding the baby pictures of Uncle Cecil and Unk.  But I know I've got them.  Unk looks almost like a baby in this teenage picture.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Maggie the Mystery Woman 2

As we continue with the Maggie the Mystery Woman of the Armstrong-Davis Family Album, I couldn’t help but see a resemblance between her and Annie Graham Davis. 


But, I’m flummoxed by Maggie’s identity.  I haven’t found any Maggies (or Margarets) in this Davis line so far.  Some possibilities: 
1.  She could be a cousin of W. Hunter Davis. 
2.  Her resemblance to Annie makes me wonder if she’s a Graham who could have married a Davis also. 
3.  Maybe her photo was mislabeled. 

In an attempt to date the photo I’ve been going through Savannah City directories to determine the years the photographers (Launey & Gloebel) were in business.  The engraving on the back of the cabinet card print provides an address:  141 & 143 Broughton St.

It's pretty time consuming to go through the Savannah City directories on Ancestry.  I'm lucky that some of the photographs in my album show photographs from the late 1890s that were taken by Launey's studios without Goebel.  By the look of the rather puffy sleeves on Maggie's dress, this photo was most likely taken in the early 1890s.

Still, it will take a lot more research to figure out the identity of Maggie the Mystery woman.