Saturday, March 2, 2013

Celebrating Women's History Month Day Two: Mystery Picture

Celebrating Women's History Month- Day Two

Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo?

 I chose a picture that I need to positively identify.This photograph was in my Grandmother Mary Baker Hudson's attic. When my father found it he knew I would want it! Thankfully he sent it to me.
 Mimi, as I called my Grandmother, thought that it was a picture of her late husband Benjamin Allen Hudson's grandmother. At the time she didn't know her name, she just said that she thought it was Ben's paternal grandmother.
 I know her name to be Sarah Rebecca Smith Flemming Hudson (1835-1916) but is she the woman in this picture?

© Cheri Hudson Passey
   There are no markings on the photo. It was most likely taken in either Sumter County or Clarendon County,South Carolina.

 I have contacted some of the members of the Hudson, Smith and Flemming families to see if they have any other pictures of Sarah to compare with this one or if they are familiar with this picture.  No one seems to know or have any other pictures.

   No pictures have been found of her son, my Great Great Grandfather John M. Hudson, but I was sent a picture of Sarah's daughter Ila O. Hudson Flemming.

Ila O. Hudson
© Cheri Hudson Passey

  And here is a close up of what is believed to be Sarah Smith Hudson Flemming

© Cheri Hudson Passey
  I  have run facial recognition on Picsa but it did not find any matches. What do you think? Could these two be Mother and Daughter?
For more information on the blogging prompts for Women's History Month visit Lisa Alzo's Blog The Accidental Genealogist


  1. I think it's a possibility. I sure hope you find out!

  2. The moment I saw the daughter, I thought she was a match for the mother, even before I had seen the close-up of the mother's picture (scrolling down). I don't know how facial recognition software works, but I do notice that their heads are slanted in different directions. So maybe that fooled the software!

    Of course any guess could be wrong. But I see the same shape of cheeks and chin, the mouth slightly slanted to the same side (our left), the same distance between eyes and eyebrows, the same shape of nose and nostrils.

    I hope some cousins contact you from this photo reach-out! And sooner or later, you and I will find a surname in common -- the areas we come from are so close, it seems so likely! I do have a "Baker" in my family, but it's a woman back in the 1600s.

    1. Thanks for your comments "Cousin" Mariann! I think it looks like her too.
      Gosh I hope someone comes forward with some information about this picture. In my heart it is Sarah, but without more proof I don't think I can put her name to it.