Ethel (Simmons) Hennesy on her wedding day, abt. July 17 1924, with Zoe Hennesy

Ethel (Simmons) Hennesy on her wedding day, abt. July 17 1924 (the day the license was granted), with Zoe Hennesy. She was married in Franklinton, Washington Parish, Louisiana.

Original photo

Restored, colored photo

Not knowing the color of Ethel’s wedding dress, I tried a variety of shades. My first inclination was to go with this shade of blue. I also tried various yellows (too bright) and pink. The pink was a nice option but eventually I returned to this shade of blue because it brought out the dress’ texture more than any other color. Zoe’s dress also I chose to do in blue as yellow was far too bright, and pink flattened the image rather than adding any depth to it.

This is a nice photo of Ethel. In later photos she is more severe, quickly becoming the matron. Here she looks like a strong matriarch in the making, but there is a relaxed confidence that is replaced with a certain stark quality later. Her arm thrown about Zoe’s shoulder…it really is a very casual wedding photograph. Her attire also markedly contrasts the more formal attire of her mother’s wedding, and the formal wedding of her daughter Jean. Aware that she had a hard childhood in which she took care of her siblings, one could read into her expression, “All right, I’m out of there. Going to have my own home now.”

Ethel was 18 years old.

Family of Lucius Theodore Simmons and Annie Knight, c. 1911

Family of Lucius Theodore Simmons and Annie Clarinda Knight. Lucius was born 1883 Dec 29 in the Franklinton area of Washington Parish, Louisiana and died 1963 Sep 9 in Bogalusa. Annie was born 1888 Feb 22 in Sheridan, Washington Parish, Louisiana and died 1961 Sep 1 in New Orleans. The pair were married 1904 Nov 17 at the home of Annie’s parents, Marion Thomas Isaac Knight and Frances Breland. Lucius’ parents were Murdock Middleton Simmons and Louisa Clarinda Thigpen.

The order is Annie Knight Simmons with Ethel (Hennesy), Estus, and Lucius holding Desera (I did have Ezra for some reason but I think it must be Desera). As Desera was born in 1910, I think the photo was made about 1911. Ethel would be about 5 and Estus about 3. Lucius would be abt 28 and Annie would be about 22.

The drapery in the background in an outdoor setting leads me to think this was either taken at a fair or by a traveling photographer. A photo of Lucius’ sister Mary Elizabeth Simmons with her husband, Milton Burns Bateman, may show the same drapery, and Mary is dressed similarly to Annie, so the photos may have been taken at the same time.