I believe this to be a lovely photograph of Rosalia Rudd Colter, who was featured recently with her children. Rose / Rosa / Rosalia was the daughter of William Mann Rudd and Catherine Eliza Rudd. This photo is similar to the previous family portrait in her clothing and hair styling, although her dress and hair are different. Rose looks serene and lovely in this portrait. The framing of the image is also quite lovely and while I have seen similar types of framing I have not seen one quite as nice as this. Unfortunately, the photographer did not add his studio information to his cards. By the clothing this can be dated to the 1890s.
10 Dec 2012 2 Comments
05 Dec 2012 10 Comments
This photograph, undated and with no location, was included with the other Rudd family photographs. The back of the photo identifies the family as follows:
Seated = Ed, Fred, Harry
Standing = Maude, Rosa, Bert J
And the last name Colter written beside that.
I must note that Harry, presumably the lad on the right front, is actually standing.
I started poking around on Ancestry because I really wanted to try to identify this family. That site really is wonderful. I am going to tentatively date this photo to 1895 based on young Harry’s birth in 1890. Who are we looking at?
This is Rosalia Rudd Colter (4-29-59 to 2-11-22), married to James Henniger Gilbert Colter (12-28-47 to 7-10-22). Together they had several children:
Abigail – 1877-1878
Fred Tuttle – 1879-1944
Edward – 1880-
Eliza Maude – 1882-1975
Herbert or James Burton – 1887-1980
Harrison E – 1890-1937
For some reason James was not in the photograph. They lived in New Mexico in 1880 and 1900, so my guess is the photo was made in that locality. You may remember that Rosalia’s father was William Mann Rudd.
There’s some confusing and titillating information on James H. Colter, suggesting he was married to two women at the same time. James was born in Hartford, Nova Scotia, Canada. Well, the census records and family trees indicate he was married to Annie Colter, born 1858 in Nova Scotia, and having children John (1880), Lessettie (1889) and Cecil (1891) together. However, there is another record showing that James and Rosalia married February 22, 1877. I couldn’t find much other information, but it does make me wonder. Was James in Canada at the time of the photo? Maybe that’s why Rosa doesn’t look terribly happy. By 1900 she listed herself as widowed on the census, but other sources indicate that James lived until 1922 – and those sources are the Mormons and they don’t often get this stuff wrong!
Rosa died in San Jose, CA and is buried in Springerville, AZ, while James died in Prescott, AZ and is buried in Springerville, AZ. It adds to my curiosity. Did he leave her and she just claimed widowhood to save her dignity? Did he disappear and was presumed dead, only to turn up alive and able to survive Rosa by 7 months? They are quite likely buried in the same cemetery, and that indicates the family knew all along where the two were in order to bring them back together in death, and it is interesting that he was not returned for burial in Nova Scotia with his mystery family.
It is quite a lot of speculation and quite a story!
26 Nov 2012 11 Comments
Three beautiful little girls pose for their photograph by an unknown photographer in an unknown location. We are lucky that someone identified them as Mary, Belle & Kate, children of Emma Rudd McGinnis. Iggy found that Emma Kate Rudd McGinnis was the daughter of William Mann Rudd. You can view Emma’s photograph in my first post about the Rudd family.
Emma was born as the seventh of twelve children to Dr. William Mann Rudd and Catherine Eliza Rudd. As I was trying to sort this out, I realized that the Dr and his son Jr, who is pictured here, were many years apart in age. Dr was born in 1827 and was 51 when Jr was born in 1878. His youngest child Catherine was born in 1881 when Dr was 54 years old. The children were as follows:
James – 1855
Nancy – 1857
Elvira – 1859
Rosalia – 1860
Davis – 1861
Charles – 1864
Emma – 1867
Virginia – 1871
Alome/Olney – 1874
Ida – 1876
William Jr – 1878
Yes, in the days without effective birth control, a woman could be in a state of pregnancy, nursing or otherwise caring for children for thirty years. Wow.
Emma married Bernard McGinnis (1852-?) in 1889 at the age of 19. Their daughters soon followed, Isabelle in 1889, Anna Kate in 1891 and Mary in 1892. Unfortunately, Emma passed away in 1902. While Belle and Mary both do not have living descendants, Anna does. Hopefully one of them may come upon this site and be able to provide some insight into this large family.
16 Nov 2012 13 Comments
Fading with time, before we lose the image altogether, here’s a photograph of William Mann Rudd Jr in the 1890s. The edges of the card have that deckled cutwork that was popular at the time. This makes him about 13 or 14 years of age in this image.
For other images of the Rudd family, enter “Rudd” in the search box.
I have been quite busy with ahem, cough, work, cough, cough, something this afternoon and have as yet to figure a way to tie this to Sepia Saturday. So, in the interest of time I’m not going to, haha. For great sepia images of boys at the library, books, study, and more, click over to Sepia Saturday.
12 Nov 2012 9 Comments
Here are two photos from the Rudd collection that feature people looking remarkably similar!
The top photograph is identified as Catherine Eliza Rudd, Kitty and Dr William Mann Rudd. Interestingly, another photo in the set identifies the adults as Dr William Mann Rudd and Eliza Catherine Mann. It was pretty common to intermarry among families, twisting lines around cousins first and second, etc. Further research may tell us how William and Eliza/Catherine were related.
The second photo is identified as Grandpa and Grandma Rain (or Rains) and Minnie. Also written in a large scrawl in pencil is “This is Minnie’s.”
The family came from Rudd, Arkansas apparently. Iggy found some good information for the women shown on my previous post and I suspect he is correct. More to come, this was a family that enjoyed photos and correspondence!