I did some research this week. I had a photo of the family that raised my maternal Grandmother Elsie. They were August and Elizabeth Anderson..Elizabeth was my Grandmothers Aunt.
Here she is..is that a chamber pot in her hand..I am not certain, but it certainly appears to be. Elizabeth..or Elisa as it was noted in one of the census records. Of course she was known as most women were in those days as Mrs. August Anderson. My Mother could not remember this ladies first name as she was always known as Grandma Anderson. Finally I found her in the census records!
I was also able to figure out a few things about this photo..
I believe this to be a photo taken right around 1915. Left to right are John-25, Lena-?, Annie-28, Lizzie ( Elizabeth)-21, Elizabeth-59, Elsie ( My Grandmother)â€“5, August-75, August-35 and William-15. This photo was just called the Anderson Family Photo. Now the faces have some names. In the 1920 census my grandmother appears as the adopted daughter. She went to live with this family in 1912 probably around Christmas timeâ€¦after her mother died and her father did not want to care for her. On a side note..August seemed to have had some huge friendly dogs! I am not absolutely certain of the identity of all the men in the photo..but they seem to fit the census records and how the photo was labeled.
From what I understand this was a safe home for my Grandmother, she worked hard there..and when she became old enough she was â€œShoved from pillar to post to work in the fields or cared for babies wherever she was needed the most.â€ She was married at the age of 15.
She had a good relationship with her adopted sisters..I met them many times when I was little..I just thought that they were a bunch of old ladies that visited my Grandma all the time.
This is how I remember these ladies, always in dresses with black little old lady shoes worn with thick stockings. One more piece of family history solved:)