Monday, March 3, 2014
Twenty years separated the birth of the oldest and youngest of the nine children of N.B. "Bonie" Pierce and Julia L. Moody of Mobile, Alabama. They didn't often get together for a photo. One occasion when they did was the marriage in 1948 of Beatrice V. Pierce to Ralph E. Poore.
From left to right and from youngest to the oldest above are, Raymond Lamont Pierce (1923-1981), Beatrice Valara Pierce (1921-1993), Ralph Bailey Pierce (1917-1984), Velma Moree Pierce (1913-1993), George Carl Pierce (1916-1989) always called Carl, Wilson Taft "W.T" Pierce (1910-1983), Hazel Lee Pierce (1905-1985), Cecil Alvy Pierce (1907-1975), and Ina Mae Pierce (1903-1977).
Monday, February 24, 2014
Did your family have a tradition going visiting on Sundays? That was the case with many of my family members.
Frequent visitors to the Wilmer, Alabama, farm home of N.B. "Bonie" Pierce and Julia L. Moody included Arvis Brown. Arvis appears in the above photo with a woman identified only by her last name of Tanner.
Notice that they were photographed with a field crop behind them, but it is difficult to identify the kind of plants growing there. Also Arvis and the young woman appear to be dressed in their Sunday finery. Perhaps they dropped by the Pierce home for a visit after church. This was a common custom among young people of the time.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Ina Mae Pierce (1903-1977), daughter of N. B. "Bonie" Pierce and Julia L. Moody of Wilmer, Alabama, appears in a number of family photos with Clifford York.
The top photo appears to be the earliest (and the poorest quality) of the photos. The couple may have been teenagers when they posed for this photo, perhaps along the dirt road in front of the family farmhouse.
In the middle photo, Ina Mae and Clifford may be on an outing, perhaps going for a sail on a Mobile Bay boat, as they seem to be posing on a dock in front of a boat. Ina Mae seems rather formally dressed. Clifford either played the ukulele or else hammed it up for the camera with the four-string guitar that belonged to someone else.
Does anyone have more info on Clifford and his family?
Monday, February 17, 2014
Here is a good reason to carefully record all the information you can about a photo.
This woman who posed with her small patch of flowers for this photo was identified only as Aunt Howell, an aunt of N.B. "Bonie" Pierce (1880-1964).
Here are some things you can record that may prove helpful in your family history research:
Date you record the following information
Photograph owner’s name
About the photo print
- Type of image
- Size (Height x Width)
- Type of mount or paper and thickness
- Original or copy print
- Date of copy print
- Whereabouts of negative
About the photographer
- Photographer’s name
- Photographer’s imprint
- Dates of operation
About the content of the photo
- Names and birthdates of the people in the photo
- Location the photograph was taken
- Props or background
- Costume description
- Costume time frame
Other information you may have
Monday, February 3, 2014
Do you appear in some childhood group photos in which you can no longer identify yourself accurately? This can easily happen in photos of brothers or sisters who resemble each other and are close in age.
In the case of the above photo, confusion of seems to have occurred because the two girls on the right have similar hair styles, even though they are of different ages and heights. And they are not in same family.
The children of N.B. "Bonie" Pierce and Julia L. Moody often played with the children of their neighbor, the Brannan family.
Beatrice Pierce Poore (1921-1993) identified the children, from left, as: Mallory Brannan, Calvin Brannan, Raymond Pierce (1923-1981), an unidentifed Brannan child being held by Beatrice Pierce and Laverne Brannan.
But Mallory Brannan identified the girl holding the child as Laverne, the child as May Brannan and the last girl as Beatrice.
One clue as to whether Beatrice or Mallory was correct in their identifications comes from the fact that the
|Beatrice Pierce school photo|
The photo also gives a glimpse of what the backyard and back of the Pierce home looked like. I think this is the Pierce home, but I'm not totally sure. Since the Pierce family took lots of photos and this one was in the family photos, it seems reasonable to believe this is the Pierce home.
Does anyone recognize the equipment in the background? The tower appears to be a water tank.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Almost every family has photos of a proud mother holding one of her children. Take another look at such photos. They may tell you more than just that a mother loves her child.
Julia Lavinia Moody Pierce (1886-1965) is holding her son Wilson Taft Pierce (1910-1983) in the above photo. She is wearing a light-colored blouse with a high, lace collar. Baby "W.T.," as he was always called, is also wearing white in what appears to be a christening gown.
Julia and her husband Napoleon Bonaparte "Bonie" Pierce were members of the Methodist Church, where christening is a practiced. This photo then would tend to confirm that the Pierces had a strong faith and were bringing up their children in it.
The photographer's imprint is Novelty Studio, 205 Dauphin St., Mobile, Alabama. Do you have any information about this studio and its photographers?
Monday, January 13, 2014
We spend a third or more of our lives at work. That work provides our means for living and it is often the place where we meet our spouses and make friends. Yet we rarely make a photographic record of what we do and who we work with.
In the above photo, delivery driver Malcolm Johnson stands with his foot on the running board of his truck outside the Reservoir Inn, owned by N.B. "Bonie" Pierce. Malcolm became a long-time friend of the Pierce family. The boy in the photo is not identified.
Malcolm's white uniform, the white truck, and the "Where Quality and Purity Count" slogan on the truck suggest that he delivered milk.
The Reservoir Inn was also a favorite after-work watering hole for many men who worked at dairies between Forest Hill, where the Reservoir Inn was located outside the western city limits of Mobile, and the farming community of Wilmer, Ala., near the Mississippi state line.
Do you have photos of family and friends at work? What do the photos tell you about them?