I was scanning photos from my grandmother's album last weekend in preparation for a visit with my aunt, the oldest and last living relative I know on that side of the family. She identified the couple at right as Edna and Russell Pugh. She wasn't sure about Edna's maiden name and didn't know how Edna was related to her. However, she knew Edna had a sister named Zerelda and that the two sisters had lived with her aunts.
Edna's maiden name is Hendricks. Her parents were Hannah Elizabeth Meinzen and John Harrison Hendricks. Hannah is my maternal grandfather William Carl Robert Meinzen's oldest sister. Hannah was born in 1875 and married in 1907. In quick succession she had three daughters: Edna in January, 1908; Elizabeth Zerelda in May, 1909; and Anna Bell in August, 1910. Hannah died two weeks after Anna was born. The three girls were sent to live with other family members. Edna lived with Naomi and Russel Rhome, Hannah's sister and brother-in-law. Zerelda lived with Lula and Charles Sticker, another of Hannah's sisters. And little Anna went to live with her father's family. Anna died a few months later.
When I look at the two ladies side-by-side I can't help but wonder if the woman on the right is Hannah, Edna's mother. The pose and expression are slightly different but there's something about the eyes and eyebrows that seem similar. Maybe the mouth, too, though one is smiling and one isn't. What do see? Is there a resemblance or am I imagining things?
I will never solve this puzzle: everyone who ever knew Hannah is long gone and I know of no surviving relatives who could identify her. If you are a collateral relative and recognize the lady in the photo at right, I would love to hear from you.
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