Wednesday, October 10, 2012

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY - Lilian Adele GRAVES Wisner





Lilian Adele GRAVES, eldest of the 3 daughters born to Charles Giles GRAVES & Harriet Philena ORMSBEE.  Lilian was b. 25 Nov 1853 in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York.  My greatgrandmother was the 2nd-born Clara Augusta "Gussie" GRAVES, and the youngest was Florence Estelle GRAVES.

Lilian married Gabriel W. Wisner in 1877, a lawyer, and they eventually settled in Pittsburgh after all 4 of their children were born in Elmira, New York.   Interestingly, Lilian named their daughter Florence for her sister, and Florence named her own daughter for her sister Lilian.

This very glossy photo was found on eBay by my first cousin, and we managed to buy it for a 'reasonable' price.  The other bidder wanted it because it was a lovely example of a pretty woman of the times, with all the lovely details of hair, clothing, and jewelry.

4 comments:

Susan Clark said...

What a treasure! I'm amazed you found her and were able to snag her. Reasonable price is even better (though I suspect reasonable is a subjective term).

Diane Hewson said...

what a great story. You were obviously meant to have this picture.

Celia Lewis said...

My Cuz is good about having Alerts on eBay on various names of our ancestors "just in case". Turned out wonderfully in this case! Of course we have no idea how the photo got 'thrown out' in the first place...

Celia Lewis said...

Thanks Diane - I'm very happy about this photo in my collection. We have so few photos of this family even though they were quite well-off and certainly would have taken many photos... where are those treasures now?!

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