Photograph Showcase: Proud of His Plane



DUVAL, Francis Henry by his plane, with his mechanic

Francis Henry Duval (on the right) posing with his plane and his mechanic.


Isn’t this such a cool photo?


My great grandfather, Francis Henry Duval, owned a plane with his brother-in-law, Bill Hunter.  Bill was married to Grandpa Duval’s older sister Vera.  They owned the plane for a few years until it burned.  This was during the time that Grandpa was making moonshine so I wonder if they ever used the plane to run their bootleg whiskey?  Hmmmm… maybe I can get to the bottom of that.


Happy Thursday!  Do you have any plane-owning or moonshine-making ancestors?  They are fascinating!



Author: thegenealogygirl

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20 thoughts on “Photograph Showcase: Proud of His Plane

  1. It burned? That sounds like a story! Great photo.

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  2. Hi Amberly, When I was driving up Division Street yesterday I saw that they tore down the house on Walton. My favorite house in the world…..I am so sad. I hope you found the recording sim card.

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    • Oh! That is sad. Vicki and I almost drove there on Tuesday of last week but I was running late so we didn’t. It’s a good thing, we would have been sad AND late. I haven’t found it yet, but I did remember something that I think will help. ❤️


  3. Yup! My great-granduncles were rum-running racecar drivers. I even have an affidavit sworn to by my great grandfather about making deliveries with one of them, and about how he saw the sheriff and his deputies at the bootlegger’s picnic back in the ’20s. Family legend is that the racing brothers turned down a partnership with Hudson because it would’ve interfered with the bootlegging business, which was more lucrative than their circuit careers.

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  4. Great photo! And the possible stories pique the imagination. Good luck researching so they don’t just turn out to be the dreaded untrue family lore. :o)

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  5. Wonderful pic!!! Haha, no, I don’t think I have any plane-owning or moonshine-making ancestors! Gosh, my relatives are sure boring!

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  6. Brilliant photo! (And what a handsome gt grandfather you had!)

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  7. I’m with Luanne. I found a few publicans in my past, but nothing as exciting as making moonshine. Not to mention owning a plane and bootlegging 🙂

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