Colter Boys

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I recognize these three boys from the previous photograph of the Colter family shown recently. I believe this to be Bert, Ed and Fred. Note the backdrop, straw mat, and faux tree look like the same ones used in the linked photo, and also the same as in the photo of the McGinnis girls.

We have been blessed with a family member who found these pictures and has commented on several of them. I’m going to have to add a “Rudd” category so they will all be easily found in one location on the site! Once the photos and postcards have been scanned for posting, I will be sending them all home. The wonderful part of the story of course is that the photos will be with family, but the sad part is that for them to have been sold on ebay means that who ever owned them probably passed away and the photos were sold at an estate sale. I can only say that I’m so glad to have been the high bidder, making me able to reunite these family treasures with Rudd, McGinnis and Colter descendants.

Rosalia Rudd Colter

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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.

Colter Family

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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!

Mary, Belle, Kate

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

Catherine 1881

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.

Wm Mann Rudd Jr

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.

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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!

Odd cropping

Sepia Saturday this week encourages us to look at women, and although I don’t have a photo of women talking on the phone, operating office machines or other possible directions the prompt could go, I do have some women from a recent purchase that I am ready to explore. These three photos have rather odd cropping.

This cabinet card has the deckled edges popular in the 1890s, and the clothing also suggests that same time frame. You notice the image appears to have been cut in a rounded fashion along the lower portion of the girls’ bodies, and then placed on a brown field. Just under the girl on the left it says “me here” I think. The back identifies them as Ida & Catherine Rudd.

Another cabinet card with the strange rounded cropping. The clothing is indicative of the 1890s again, so my first impression that it was a photo cut out of another photograph and remounted. That could still be the case, but it isn’t an older photo reprint, as was often done. This one was identified as Emma Rudd.

This image was clearly cut from another and reprinted. You can see behind the curls of her hair, a lighter backdrop than the dark brown one used here. The cutting was done carefully, but it is still possible to see where the scissors changed direction on the rounded edge at the bottom of the image. This is definitely another Rudd family member as the facial resemblance is quite strong, but it was not identified. None of the photos have any photographer’s information so at first I wasn’t even sure where they were from geographically. However, another photo in the batch was made in Los Angeles, CA, so that gives us a jumping off point for genealogical research. More to come with this family as I have a variety of cabinet cards, snapshots and possible even some postcards (mailed ones even!) to explore.

For other images of women doing interesting things (oh my!) click over to Sepia Saturday. You will be happy you did!

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