Monday, February 21, 2011

The Family Jewel

Anyone who's researched their family tree knows that photographs of ancestors are the Holy Grail of genealogy.

There was an oil painting done of my Great-Grandfather John Johnson (1857 - 1935), and it has become the jewel of the family. A hidden jewel. Hidden so well, no one will confess to having it, but everyone admits it exists. Each says the other "must have it, because I don't." I've yet to lay eyes on it, but my mother's cousin's 3rd cousin twice removed (removed for what, I don't know) shared with me this ink drawing of Great-Grandpa John, ink being popular back in his day.
To forestall any family infighting amongst my future great-great-great-grandchildren, Sarge and I had a portrait commissioned (translation: we paid a guy), and its disposition will be governed by our living trust.
Oil painting of me and Sarge, Number 37 on my Bucket List.
Do you have family members who guard their photos as if their health depended on it?


injaynesworld said...

What a lovely couple. I love that twinkle in Sarge's eye.

MsALWalker said...

That twinkle is me! LOL

101 Things Before You Die said...

I never knew about the whole photo thing until my grandfather died this past November. My mother brought a photo she had of her parents and her grandparents to add to a memorial board at the funeral and my uncles accused her of having hidden it/stolen it all this time. She didn't know it was a photo that they had been looking for but then she made sure she got it back after!

MsALWalker said...

LOL, so you see what I'm talking about. Yep, the Holy Grail!