Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Family Photographs - Post 43:The DD Smith Family?

I'm posting old family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they won't be wordless posts like others do - I simply am incapable of having a wordless post.

This photograph is from my grandfather's photo album that I scanned during Scanfest last month:



I am not sure who the persons are, what the setting is, or when this picture was taken. Perhaps others more skilled in the art can provide date clues from the clothing.

Since it is in my grandfather's photo album which encompasses approximately 1908 to 1925, and since the photo is on one of the first five pages, I'm going to guess that it is from the 1908 to 1910 time frame.

I believe that I recognize the man in the hat on the left. I think that he is David Devier Smith (1863-1920), the son of Devier J. and Abigail (Vaux) Smith, the brother of Della (Smith) Carringer (Lyle's mother), and therefore the uncle of Lyle L. Carringer. I have other photos of "Uncle Davey" and the stout form and the face match well.

Who are the other three persons? I believe that they are, from left:

* Maybelle C. Smith (1902-1964), daughter of David D. and Amy (Ashdown) Smith.
* Amy (Ashdown) Smith (1867-1939), second wife of David D. Smith, and daughter of Thomas and Sarah (--?--) Ashdown.
* Thomas Ashdown (1839-????), the father of Amy (Ashdown) Smith.

The apparent age (say, age 6 to 10?) of the girl certainly supports my theory that this was taken in the 1908 to 1912 time period.

In the 1910 US census, the David D. Smith family resided at 1431 Union Street in San Diego, just to the northwest of downtown San Diego. At this time, Davey was a wharfman, and worked for a steamship company. The address is several blocks from the wharfs on San Diego Bay in 1910.

If I am correct, then these are the only photographs I have of Maybelle Smith, Amy (Ashdown) Smith and Thomas Ashdown.

This picture was in the album of Lyle L. Carringer (1891-1976), was handed down in 1977 to his daughter, Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver, and then to me in 1988.

2 comments:

TamuraJones said...

An important announcement in the latest Zuckerman blog post you mention is that there is now a "Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities" group on Facebook itself.

TamuraJones said...

Oops, that was meant for the previous topic. I blame you - you blog too fast ;-)