Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2nd great-grandma Jess

Got in touch with a third cousin I found on Ancestry.com, who had posted a picture of my 3rd great grandparents George Albert and Hannah Melissa (SPECHT) BAKER (his second greats). I shared them here previously.

This cousin was good enough to send some more photos, and one of them was a very nice portrait of Jessie May Baker Simmonds, my great-great grandmother:


Jessie May Baker as a teen

In the above photo, Jessie appears to be in her teens, which would date the portrait to between about 1887 and 1892. In the 1891, she is listed in Census of Canada as 17 years old and living in the household of her parents, George and Hannah. So the above photo was most likely taken in Nova Scotia.

She married my 2nd great-grandfather Thomas Parker Simmonds in Waltham, Massachusetts on 4 Aug 1892; on that same day, just 60 miles away in the town of Fall River, the most famous murder of the 19th century took place.

I imagine that this event probably put something of a damper on her wedding day.

Ancestry chain:
George BAKER (1842-1914) m. Hannah Melissa SPECHT
Jessie May BAKER (1873-1927) m. Thomas Parker SIMMONDS
Estelle May SIMMONDS (1893-1930) m. Horace William HOWES
Henry Richard HOWES (1913-1987) m. Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father
Me (b. 1974)