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Photograph Showcase: Sarah Jane Marler Four Generation Photo (edited)

Sarah Jane Marler and daughters
Original photo label – left to right: Sarah Jane Marler, ?, Mary Lake, Sarah Lake. Updated photo label – left to right: Sarah Jane Marler; her great-granddaughter Harriet Emily Owen; her daughter Mary Lake; her granddaughter Mary Jane Taylor.

Sarah Jane Marler is my 4th great grandmother.  Her daughter Mary is my 3rd great grandmother.  The photo was not fully labeled.  I imagine the unidentified woman may be Sarah’s other daughter from her first marriage, Philomelia Lake.  She had many other children with her second husband so I suppose it could also be one of her daughters from that marriage.  I really wish I knew for sure.  It makes me want to go label photos right now!  Despite the missing details, it’s a lovely photo.  I’m glad to have it.


17 July 2018 Update:

My wonderful cousin Nancy came across this old post and added some additional details about who is in the photo.  It appears the version I started from was labeled incorrectly for the woman in the upper right.  My photo called her Sarah Lake.  Using Nancy’s wonderful help and then checking the many photos on FamilySearch that have been added since I first shared this photo, I think we can safely call this a four-generation photo.

Sarah Jane Marler is on the bottom left.  Her daughter, Mary Lake, is on the bottom right.  Her daughter, Mary Jane Taylor is in the upper right.  And lastly, her daughter, Harriet Emily Owen is in the upper left.


Thank you, Nancy!

18 thoughts on “Photograph Showcase: Sarah Jane Marler Four Generation Photo (edited)”

      1. No, I did not have the pleasure of meeting her, and neither did my Dad. She died shortly after he was born. But, I carry her genes in me, and I’m sure I have tendencies and things that she had. I just wish I knew what!

  1. Sarah Jane is my 3rd great-grandmother and I believe this is a four generation picture, not a picture of her three daughters.

  2. My grandmother, Mary Jane Taylor Owen, is the person standing on the right. She looks so young to me! But it is her! She was the oldest daughter of Mary Lake & Joseph Allen Taylor. I have several pictures of Sarah Jane Marler & I am not sure she is in this picture. I have some ideas. If it is her, could this be a 4 generation picture? Is so, my Aunt Hattie (Harriet Owen Crane) would be standing on the left. Or: Is Sarah Lake Taylor (Joseph’s plural wife) also seated with her oldest daughter standing on the left?? Onward to a little research!

  3. I pray you receive my notes. I am sure this photo is of 4 generations. I hope you agree. Do you have the picture of the Joseph Allen Taylor & Mary Lake family? My grandmother is wearing the same dress there as in this photo! I believe it was taken about 1901. Standing: Harriet (Hattie) Owen Crane & her mother, Mary Jane Taylor. Seated: Sarah Jane Marler Lake Taylor & her 1st child, Mary Lake Taylor. What say you? I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!

    1. I think you are correct! There are so many more photos available on FS of these women now. It’s very helpful to find a consensus among descendants as to names and faces. Thank you, Nancy!

      1. I recently picked up some family photos that were in the collection of my Uncle James Ivan Owen, the youngest child of Charles Hanford Owen & Mary Jane Taylor Owen. I think I found a 5 generation photo with these 4 women & my Aunt Harriet (Hattie) Crane’s daughter. I need to review to be sure of their identity.

  4. I have forgotten whether I thanked you or not for correcting the names of the people in this photo. Thank you very much. I may have mentioned that I recently received some old photos of Uncle Ivan’s. There is a 5 generation of I believe to be the same people with another daughter. I don’t know who she is. If you ever have time, I love to bring it so you could scan it.

  5. Mary Lake was my great grandmother. So you are a cousin of mine but which one? Sometimes all of those generations & removals boggle my brain!!

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