Mystery Monday is a daily prompt at Geneabloggers that asks us to share mystery ancestors or mystery records – anything in our family history research which is currently unsolved. With any luck fellow genealogy bloggers will lend their eyes to what has been found so far and possibly help solve the mystery.
Each March, I like to focus on my Irish ancestors. While I have been successful in identifying the names of my great-grandmother’s sisters in New York and their children, the photos taken during trips to New York go unidentified for the most part. Since the women in the photos bear some resemblance to each other, it is likely they are her sisters Johanna, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Delia, but I cannot determine which is which.
Last week, I presented a photo of one sister that I THINK I have identified as Johanna Sheehan Hederman. The most prominent clue in the photo was the wide gap between the ages of the two children.
Today’s photo just might be Johanna’s daughter Catherine all grown up, a married lady. What is the prominent clue? An only child.
Catherine Hederman married Charles Fraundorf in 1908, and they made their home in the Bronx until shortly after 1930 when they moved to Long Beach in Nassau County. They were childless until 1916 when Catherine gave birth to little Gertrude. Gertrude remained an only child.
|Is this Catherine Hederman?|
Admittedly, this could be any woman and any child. If the woman were looking up instead of down and so proudly at the young girl, I might be able to compare her to this child to see if they were the same person.
The features of the young girl at the beach look similar to those of the girl that I think was her mother. Or am I imagining it? Is this just wishful thinking?
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