Ellis Album

Black Ellis Album #1, Page 10

BEA1, page 10


The next page in this lovely album skips ahead several years to the Summer of 1919.  My great-grandparents, Claude Albert Ellis and Blanche Octavia Huband, were married 22 November 1917 in Salt Lake City.  Their first child, Beth Louise Ellis, was born 17 March 1919 in North Ogden, Weber, Utah.  Based on the flowers, bushes, trees, and grass in each photo, and Beth’s apparent age being under one year, these photos were likely taken in the summer of 1919.

Interestingly the yard in these photos appears to be the same yard as seen in two of the photos from the third page of the album taken in 1915.  I wonder if the yard belonged to the home of either Claude or Blanche’s parents?

The first photo on this page features Blanche holding her daughter Beth:


BEA1, img 21, Blanche Octavia Huband & Beth Louise Ellis
Blanche Octavia Huband holding her first child, Beth Louise Ellis, summer 1919


The second photo features Beth in a rolling cradle feeding herself a bottle.  (Note that the cradle is visible in the background of the first photo):


BEA1, image 22, Beth Louise Ellis in cradle
Beth Louise Ellis, summer 1919


The last photo includes Claude Albert Ellis holding his daughter Beth Louise Ellis, standing next to Margaret Noble Bevans.  Margaret was Blanche’s first cousin.  The two women were very close, as evidenced by the many, many photos of them together and of their respective families in each other’s photo albums, despite the geographical distance between them.  Margaret lived in California while Blanche lived most of her life in Utah.  I wonder if Margaret visited Utah to meet Beth?


BEA1, img 23, Claude Albert Ellis holding Beth Louise Ellis, next to Margaret Noble Bevans
l-r:  Margaret Noble Bevans, Claude Albert Ellis holding his daughter Beth Louise Ellis, summer 1919


I look forward to any additional information that my family members might be able to add!  My great-aunt Claudia, daughter of Claude and Blanche, has been so helpful as I work through this album, as well as many of her first cousins.  I am also in contact with a granddaughter of Margaret Noble Bevans who has been very helpful!



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 Monday!  I hope you and yours are healthy, happy, and safe.  xoxo