On this Sepia Saturday, I've decided to spend some time using my Ancestry.com membership in an attempt to find any information I can about this woman:
I believe her name is Emaline Bowersox Smith, and I think she would be my great great grandmother. I don't have the original photo in my possession; this is a scan I made about six years ago from another family member's collection. I can't remember if the name was on the photograph, or whether this is merely an assumption on my part. The original photo was extremely faded and yellowed with age, which makes it difficult to see her facial features clearly.
What I find fascinating about her is her clothing style. It seems unusual, at least in my very limited experience, to see a formal portrait this old taken with a young woman in short sleeves. Even more fascinating is her jewelry, especially the matching cuff bracelets. My mother and a few other family members thought she was of Native American descent, but I have no evidence to suggest that. Honestly, I'm not even certain I'm searching on the right side of the family tree!
Wish me luck!
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