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Photographic Memories

Photographic Memories

This portrait of Rana Williams’ great-grandma, great-great grandma and family was taken only 30 years after the end of the U.S. Civil War.

When I was just a kid I loved looking through the photo albums at my grandma’s house. A particular favorite of mine is a photo of my great-great grandma with my great-grandma and my great-great aunts and uncles when they were all younger. I can remember that my grandma loved this photo too. It is a reminder of the days of cowboy hats, long dresses and better times for some. And during this time most everyone lived on a farm and had large families.

This old family photo also reminds me about all the times my grandma would speak about it. Grandma often mentioned that the photo was taken in 1895, and that my great-grandma was only four years old in the photo. She also mentioned that my great-grandma stood on the left next to my great-great grandma who is pictured in the center.

Everyone in the photo was dressed in their Sunday best. Back in those days, family photos were scarcely taken because most did not have the time or the money. I am very happy I have this photo. It is a way to remember my ancestors, and their way of living, a long, long time ago.

Rana Williams, Hayesville, Blue Ridge Mountain EMC

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