The 52 Ancestors theme this week is “comedy.”
What comes to mind when you look at this group of photos? I picture these young men being the life of the party, bringing a little comedy to the lives around them. OK, I got nothing for the theme this week so I’ll just leave it at that, lol.
The photos above (and below) are part of the Bertha Smith Athya collection. Bertha was my husband’s maternal grandmother, born in Paulton, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1898. Sadly, she passed away in 1979, right after I met my husband, so I never got to meet her. Bertha left a wonderful collection of photos behind when she passed away, which we now have. Some are labeled and some aren’t, including the three above. I’m always on a quest to identify unlabeled photos so thought I’d take this opportunity to post a few and ask for help.
I believe I can identify the man on the right as Bertha’s brother George Nelson Smith, born in Apollo, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania in 1885. For comparison, here’s a picture of George that was labeled by Bertha. What do you think?
|George Nelson Smith|
The young man on the left may also be Bertha’s brother—Benjamin Gordon Smith, born in Apollo in 1882. Here are two pictures of Ben that Bertha labeled (sorry, not great but the best I have). What do you think? Same person?
|John Athya with his uncle Ben Smith|