Saturday, February 10, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Relatives With Facial Hair

It's Saturday Night - 
time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  This week we're going to look for men's facial hair in our photograph collections.

2)  Find one or more photographs of men in your ancestral families that have facial hair - a mustache and/or a beard.  

3)  Show the photograph if you have it and tell us a bit about the person shown.   If you don't have a digital photograph, please describe the man and his facial hair the best you can.

4)  Write your own blog post, or a comment to this blog post, or a comment on Facebook or Google+.

Here's mine:

1)  Devier J. Smith (1839-1894) is my second great-grandfather, born in Jefferson County, New York and died in McCook, Red Willow County, Nebraska.  I have two photos of him with facial hair.  Here is the best "formal" photograph:

This photo was taken in Concordia, Kansas between 1875 and 1885.  Devier was a livery business owner, horse trader and land speculator in his adult years.  I think that is probably a buggy whip in his right hand.  

2)  James Richman (1821-1912) is my second great-grandfather, born in Hilperton, Wiltshire, England, and died in Putnam, Windham County, Connecticut.  Here is a photograph of James with a white beard:

This photograph was taken in about 1900-1910, in Putnam, Connecticut, when James was elderly.

3)  I have several relatives who had mustaches - I'll save them for another time.


The URL for this post is:

Copyright (c) 2018, Randall J. Seaver

Please comment on this post on the website by clicking the URL above and then the "Comments" link at the bottom of each post.  Share it on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Pinterest using the icons below.  Or contact me by email at


Dorene from Ohio said...

Randy - Here is my post:

What a fun SNGF !!

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

I don't have many ancestors with facial hair (that I know of) but here's one of my grandfather when he grew out one for a contest.

Janice M. Sellers said...

All the ancestors with beards I could find photos of were great-great-grandfathers.

Marian B. Wood said...

I have a wonderful photo I call "The Young Man with the Mustache." I don't know his full name, but I can tell by his face that part of my Birck/Birk/Berk/Burk/Berg family, from Gargzdai, Lithuania.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here's my family with facial hair - and Dave's, too.

Nancy said...

I'm late but I'm in, Randy. Here's the link to my post:

Both of your ancestors look very distinguished but in different ways. Your James Richman looks like he could have been a professor or a minister.