Wordless Wednesday – Francis Family Portrait

I was at a cemetery this weekend, visiting and photographing the grave of my great-grandfather’s sister, and happened to meet a relative I had never met before! This relative was an elderly lady who was the daughter of one of my great-grandfather’s other sisters. We met again on Monday, and she gave me all of her photos of the family, including this one! I had never seen photos of my great-great-grandparents Roberts and Doroteja before.

Photo is c. 1910. There is a 21 year age difference between the oldest child (Alise) and the youngest (Margrieta).

Standing along the back, left to right: Alise (born 1885, died 1984, owner of the diary that I’ve been posting), Arvīds (my great-grandfather, born 1894, died 1941), Bruno (born 1891, killed in action during WW1), Vera (born 1890, died 1970s-1980s), Jānis (born 1898, died 1941).

Seated: The patriarch Roberts Jūlijs Francis (born 1859, died 1922), matriarch Doroteja Matilde (maiden name Plūme, born 1865, died 1918 of the Spanish flu).

Standing in front: Margrieta (born 1906, died 1980s), Velta (born 1903, died 1930s of tuberculosis).

(Click to enlarge)

3 comments on this post.
  1. Chelli:

    Wow that was lucky to bump into a relative!!
    Nice photo! I love old photos. Isn’t it awesome to finally see an ancestor’s face you’d never seen before? This just happened to me a few weeks ago too (only I “bumped into” my relative on Facebook!)

  2. Pauline:

    I’m really pleased for you Antra! That must have been such an incredible experience. Brilliant blogs!

  3. Alice:

    Great picture!

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