Thursday, August 27, 2009


I know little about Eliza, except that she was my mother’s mother’s mother, and that her husband, Henry, who was born in 1835 and much older, died after a fall from a horse. This picture of her was taken when she was sixteen, around 1880 or a little before. My guess is that it was done somewhere in the East, before she and Henry settled in California’s gold country. After Henry’s death, she remarried and had more children, one of whom, my mother used to fondly recall, bought her ice cream on his visits when she was a little girl. Eliza died in Sonora and is buried there.

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Recently Linked: My thanks to Ken Flett for signing on as a follower of Recently Banned Literature. Ken is showing off some amazing work on his blog, Shaping Stones. A link can also be found in the “Reading Room.” My thanks also to Aleksandra, who posted an entry introducing Ken, as well as sidebar links to my main website and Useless Information page. (I always get those two mixed up!)

“Eliza” added to Penny Thoughts and Photographs.

In the Forum: Yawp Bone Willie.


Momo Luna said...

I love this post a lot. A beautiful old photograph. I always wonder who the people are on those photo's, what they wer doing etc.... So it's nice to read a story by this photograph.

Momo Luna said...

Sorry, by this photo... has to be: about this... (?)

William Michaelian said...

Well, yes, “about this” would be better. But let’s not worry about such things. I’m glad you like this entry. Thanks. Old pictures always get the imagination going.

ALeks said...

Lovely! :O)

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Aleksandra. So nice of you to follow Henry here.