Ellis Album

Black Ellis Album #1, Page 19


This lovely album page includes a first for me — a photo of an ancestor reading.  I love to read so I was delighted to see my Great-Grandma Ellis enjoying a book outside!

The first photo includes my great-grandfather, Claude Albert Ellis, and a woman named May Raybould.  The caption reads, “Down in the Cornfield.  July 1915.”  I must admit I was slightly puzzled by this photo at first.  My great-grandparents began their courtship in 1914, so why was he so cozy with May Raybould in July 1915?

After some sleuthing, I believe I have figured it out.  Grandpa Ellis had a first cousin named Clara May Raybould.  Clara May’s mother, Elizabeth Ellis, and Claude’s father, Frederick William Ellis, were siblings.  Clara May and Claude shared a set of grandparents, Edmund Ellis and Martha Oatley.  If May Raybould in the photo was Claude’s first cousin Clara May Raybould, this photo suddenly makes a lot more sense.  Unfortunately, there are no photos of Clara May on FamilySearch or Ancestry to compare this photo to.


“Down in the Cornfield.” July 1915. May Raybould & Claude Albert Ellis


The second photo is one of my new favorites featuring my great-grandmother, Blanche Octavia Huband, reading.  The photo is dated 1 August 1915.


Blanche Octavia Huband, 1 August 1915


I asked Blanche’s daughter, my Great-Aunt Claudia, if Blanche liked to read.  This was Aunt Claudia’s response:

“I don’t remember her reading a lot.  But years down the road she belonged to a book club — they met once a month and took turns once a year doing a book review — then the following month it was their turn to do the dinner in their home.  So 12 women belonged . . . Naomi Randall was in the club.  She was on the General Primary board (all the ladies were from North Ogden).  Naomi wrote the words to “I Am A Child of God.”


This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album.  You can learn more about the album here.  A digital version of this photo album can be viewed on Flickr here.



Happy New Year!  I hope you and your loved ones are happy, safe, and healthy!!  xoxo




2 thoughts on “Black Ellis Album #1, Page 19”

    1. Thank you, Virginia! Yes, definitely showing off for the camera. This album has been really fun to work with. I don’t have any memories of these great-grandparents but I definitely feel like I’m getting to know them as I work through their pictures. ❤️

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