Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Family Photographs - Post #1

I'm going to post family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they won't be wordless posts like others do - I simply cannot have a wordless post. Besides, I would need another post to identify the people in the picture, the time frame and the setting.

Here is one of the more interesting photographs from my Smith/Carringer family collection:

Fortunately, my great-grandmother, Della (Smith) Carringer wrote numbers on the bottom of the photograph and on the other side she wrote down the setting, the date, and who the people were.

This photograph was taken in February 1910 at Ocean Beach in the city of San Diego (Ocean Beach is on the ocean side of Point Loma, the peninsula that protects San Diego Bay from wind and waves). It appears to be taken on the sand looking east away from the water.

The people by number are (left to right):

1. Abigail (Vaux) Smith (in back), age 65, mother of Della, Matie and David.

2. Matie (Smith) Cramer (in back), age 43, sister of Della.

3. Maybelle Smith (in front), age 6, niece of Della, daughter of David and Amy (Ashdown) Smith.

4. Thomas Ashdown (in back), father of Amy (Ashdown) Smith, and father-in-law of David Smith.

5. Della (Smith) Carringer (shortest lady), age 48, my great-grandmother.

6. Beulah Dyar (in front), age 3, Della's first cousin once removed, daughter of Bert and Mary (Woodward) Dyar.

7. Amy (Ashdown) Smith (in back), age 43, wife of David Smith, daughter of Thomas Ashdown.

8. Cecil Dyar (in front), age 8, Della's first cousin once removed, son of Bert and Mary (Woodward) Dyar.

9. Mary (Woodward) Dyar (in back of Cecil), age 43, Della's first cousin (daughter of Mary Ann (Vaux) Woodward, sister of Abigail (Vaux) Smith).

10. Lyle Carringer (in back in white suit and hat), age 18, son of Austin and Della (Smith) Carringer, my grandfather.

11. Austin Carringer (in back with hat), age 56, husband of Della (Smith) Carringer.

12. Bert Dyar (in back with hat), age 43, husband of Mary (Woodward) Dyar.

13. David D. Smith (in front with hat), age 46, brother of Della (Smith) Carringer, and husband of Amy (Ashdown) Smith.

The Bert Dyar family moved from Boone County, Nebraska to Los Angeles County, California before 1910. Information about this family can be found here.

This photograph was in the possession of the Carringer family and the original resides in a photograph album currently in the possession of Randy Seaver.


footnoteMaven said...


Great photograph! You are so fortunate that your GGrandmother took the time to identify everyone.

Look forward to more.


Unknown said...

I'm related to those Dyars if they came from Nebraska. I'm from the branch that didn't move out to California.