Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday's Faces From the Past~

Louvinia Blanche (Thames) Hudson
©Cheri Hudson Passey
 My paternal Great Grandmother Louvinia Blanche (Thames) Hudson was born in Clarendon County, South Carolina on 17 February 1886. 
 She was one of 9 children born to Benjamin Thomas Thames (1854-1931) and Margaret Frances 'Fannie" (Gibson) Thames (1854-1929).
  Blanche married John McSwain Hudson (1880-1961) 3 May 1913.
   The information written on the back of this picture says that it was taken on theThames family property in Sammy Swamp Township, Clarendon County, South Carolina in November of 1908. She would have been 22 years old when the photo was made.
 Don't you just love her hair and clothing? I wish I knew what she was holding in her hand. Maybe a handkerchief?

   Sadly, Blanche died on 1 December 1918 just nine days after giving birth to her first child, my paternal Grandfather, Benjamin Allen Hudson (1918-1976). Her cause of death was "complications of childbirth".

Due to a diligent family member, this picture was identified. Too often, this is not the case. Studying hairstyles, clothing, photo type, photographer. props and where the picture was taken can help. These clues can help narrow down a place and time that can lead to the name of an ancestor.

Did your ancestors think to label family pictures? If not, what have you done to try to identify them?

Are we kin? Please contact me. Together we can find our people.
Thanks so much for stopping by!



  1. An intriguing photo and a nice write up for Blanche. I love photos with notations on the back, but too often I am a fault for not noting my own photos. awhhhh.

    1. I am so thankful that someone wrote on the back of this photo! I have so many that are not identified. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post and leaving a comment, Joan!