Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #46 Husband and Wife

Original title was: Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #46 Mother and Son

UPDATE: The photograph featured here was partly mis-identified. Corrections were posted in Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #45 Three LILLIE Men and #46 Husband and Wife (Corrections)

This photograph was most likely taken the same day (late 1920s or early 1930s) as #45 Three LILLIE Men in front of the apartment Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE (1895-1979) rented at 2122 Marantette St. in Detroit, Michigan.

ReeseFlorenceReese Gentry LILLIE with his mother Florence ROYALTY

Isaac Spencer “Ike” LILLIE and his wife Florence ROYALTY

Reese Gentry LILLIE (1892-1965) lived in Brookport, Massac County, Illinois, with his second wife Nora Belle REED (1893-1961), his children from his first marriage and his daughter from his second marriage. His first wife Dovie DEEN (1894-1918) died soon after giving birth to their youngest son Ervin Preston LILLIE (1918-1945). Reese was the oldest son of Isaac Spencer “Ike” LILLIE (1872-1932) and Florence ROYALTY (1868-1946).

Florence, the original collector of these old photographs, lived with her son Roy in Michigan. Her children Raymond Egbert “Splitty” LILLIE (1904-1970) and Ruth Joanna LILLIE (1907-1986) also lived with them in Michigan. Her husband Ike was not in the 1930 household in Detroit and may have come up to visit his wife and children with his son Reese (no photo of Reese was found in this collection) with his brother George Wyte LILLIE. Their youngest daughter Ruby Pernecia LILLIE (1909-1981) was living in Washington DC and working as a stenographer for the US Government.

An aside, I wonder if Florence named her children with names starting with an R for her maiden name ROYALTY – Reese, Roy, Raymond, Ruth, and Ruby.

More about this collection, how it came to be in my possession,
and links to previous posts in the series can be found here.

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Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

5 thoughts on “Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #46 Husband and Wife”

  1. I love modern naming patterns. They are often subtle and completely made up by individual families. My grandparents used my grandma’s maiden name as the middle name for all four of their sons. My children are each named after a grandpa and 2nd great grandpa – but their middle names. My husband has cousins whose names are alphabetical – A-O. The family was hoping to make it through the entire alphabet. Can you imagine having 26 kids?! You are probably on to something with the R being for her maiden name.


  2. Well, it’s not as bad as George Foreman naming all his kids George, but still rather amusing! And to think my daughter had a hard time coming up with ONE named that started with R when they were trying to pick a name to honor her husband’s recently deceased grandmother. (They ended up with Remy.)

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