I LOVE this sweet photo of my great-grandmother and her cousin. Blanche is my great-grandmother and the creator of this album. Louise is her 1st cousin, daughter of Louise Delina Cheney & George Bloomfield Willis. Their common grandparents are Joseph Thompson Cheney & Louise Maria Austin.
The Louise in the photograph was just a name in my tree before seeing this photo. I still don’t know much about her, but I can see that in FamilySearch she was widowed twice. Her first husband, Joel Alonzo Jenks, died just four years after their marriage. He appears to be a very interesting man. He was twenty-seven years her senior and had two marriages apparently end in divorce before marrying Louise. After his death, Louise married Henry Lawrence Olsen who was a widow. Just shy of two years later, Henry died leaving Louise a widow once again. She married again to John Jacob Dolson. They were married for nearly twenty-seven years until her death in 1976. So far, I have only found evidence of one child for Louise.
This album is causing me to get to know cousins I probably wouldn’t otherwise spend any time on. What a great gift!
Now about that photo… someone had cut it into an oval. I was able to get it mostly edited into a rectangle. But when I got to Louise’s dress, I was stuck! So I reached out to my friend Ashlee and she finished up my editing job lickity-split. Like in a few minutes. She is a Photoshop wiz!!
This photo comes from the twenty-eighth page of the album. Here are pages twenty-eight and twenty-nine to give context for this photo:
This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album. You can learn more about the album here.