Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #23 Frances “Fannie” WELLS 1892-1975

This is a spin-off of my 52 Ancestors: #14 Albert Spencer LILLIE (1848-1913) ~ Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can blogpost in which I featured a few photos from a collection of old photographs my 4C1R Joe Rooney shared with me. I asked Joe about using the photos and he kindly wrote, Please use them at your will.  I feel it is keeping it in the family and don’t need credit.  If anything, I appreciate your evaluations, identifications and detective work.  I’m hopeful you and yours enjoy them.  On a blog, in a book, above a cloud.”

#23 Frances “Fannie” WELLS 1892-1975

Frances “Fannie” WELLS was the daughter of  Charles Thomas “Tom” WELLS and Mathilda “Tillie” ROYALTY. Her mother Tillie was the sister of Florence ROYALTY who collected most of these wonderful old photographs. Florence and Fannie appear to have had a special relationship as Florence saved many photographs of Fannie from the time she was a little girl until she was married and had her own little ones.

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Tillie, Tom, and Frances ca. 1895
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Frances ca. 1895
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Frances (right) with cousin Mabel Sutherland ca. 1900

Mabel SUTHERLAND was the daughter of John A. SUTHERLAND and Susan Catherine “Kate” WELLS, the sister of Tom WELLS.

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Frances ca. 1915
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Frances with her husband Lee Martin Ross 1915
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Clifford Lee Ross, Frances’ first born. 1917
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Back of above photo. For Aunt Florence.
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Lee and Frances with their sons Clifford (b. 1917) and Frederick (b. ca. 1918) ca. 1918

Links to previous posts in this series may be found in Old Photographs

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Joe Rooney kindly gave me permission to use these photographs on my blog.

Joe ROONEY wrote on 15 February 2015: This collection of photographs was scanned at 300 dpi color by me. The original photos were sent by Sandra Lillie about ten years ago after she found them cleaning out a relative’s garage in Southern Illinois, finding no other takers (suckers). She believes they were a collection by L Vance Lillie. Many of the pictures seemed to be removed from frames or were in albums evidenced by fading characteristics and may have been from other’s collections. I scanned the reverse if there was laboratory advertising or writing. Some of the authors’ identification may be figured out of the handwriting matches. I did not scan the reverse of photos where there was only a three digit number that I believe to be sequence numbers on a roll of film. I didn’t spot any obvious helpful commonalities.

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

As a military brat I've lived in Georgia, France, Idaho, West Virginia, Spain, South Carolina, Texas, and Luxembourg. Married 39 years with two grown children. When I’m not doing genealogy, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful countryside in Luxembourg and surrounding countries.

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