Saturday, February 23, 2008


My cousin sent me some family photos that I had never seen before.

These are my great-great-grandparents, Stephen Allen Bemis and Hannah Jane Thomas Bemis, taken, as the caption notes, in July 1854. As far as I know, this is the earliest photo of my ancestors.

Stephen was born in 1828 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He later wrote a book called Reflections of a Long and Somewhat Uneventful Life, but from what I can gather, through tales of my father and my own research, it was anything but uneventful. (Perhaps it’s from him that I get my dry sense of humor.)