With special emphasis on the Irish McKenna/McKenney family of Guernsey, Harrison, Monroe Counties of Ohio, most of the known members of the family moving west in the mid 1800s, and the Kearns family of Mobile, Alabama who immigrated from Ireland during one of the great potato famines.
“This is a photo of my dad, Seldon and his sister, Fannie L. Smith. Aunt Fannie and Daddy were the only ones still living when this photo was taken. Aunt Fannie lived into her 90’s and died just a year or so before Daddy. He was the baby and the last to die.”
Courtesy of Bob Ann Breland.
Youngest son and child of Albert Winston Lang and Narcissus Simmons, Seldon was born Jan 27 1912 and died May 8 1999. He married Beulah Mae Griffith.
The youngest daughter of Albert Winston Lang and Narcissus Simmons, Fannie was born FReb of 1906 and died Oct of 1997. She married Hubert Smith.
Bob Ann Breland didn’t know the occasion for this photo but says this is the entire family except for Clyde, who died as a child. Front row, left to right: Narvil, Seldon, Norman, Fannie Lang Smith; back row, left to right: Iva, Evie Lang Knight, Lillian Lang Lowe, Leslie, Narcis and Albert. (Narvil and Norman were twins, as were Lillian and Leslie.)
I’m going to guess a date somewhere around 1942 based on styles and a 1938 reunion photo.
Albert and Narcis on their 50th wedding anniversary about 1938. The little girl is Euna Claire Rhodes, daughter of Walter and Margie Rester Rhodes. Margie Rhodes is the daughter of Euna Simmons Rester, who was the daughter of Murdock Middleton “Steve” Simmons.
Albert Winston Lang family
Front row, left to right: Leslie, Seldon, Fannie Lang Smith and Narvil. Back row: Albert, Narcis, Iva, Evie Lang Knight and Lillian Lang Lowe.
Albert Winston LANG at his 80th birthday dinner in Oct 1949. Bob Ann Breland writes, “Grandpa had a birthday dinner every year his father, William Perry, died (1936). The family always met for ‘Grandpa Bill’s’ birthday too.”
Family of Albert Winston Lang at his 80th birthday party
Albert Winston Lang’s 80th birthday dinner. A professional photographer from Bogalusa took the photos. Front, seated: Leslie, Seldon and Iva O. Standing: Evie Lang Knight, Fannie Lang Smith, Albert, Lillian Lang Lowe, Norman and Narvil Lang.
The 80th birthday celebration photos were made in 1949 in Washington Parish, Louisiana.
Ethel Hennesy identified the woman to Jean Kearns as Heloise McGuirt. She conjectured she is perhaps shown with Little Jewel, son of Jewel Hennesy and his first wife Heloise McGuirt Hennesy. Jewel Jr. was born abt 1930 in Washington Parish, Louisiana. The photo is perhaps from about 1931-1932. Only 15 years before women were wearing long skirts with their hair religiously bound up in buns. Now we have skirts up to the knees and clothing tremendously relaxed.
However, the cloche hats, T-strap shoes, dress shapes and the coat remind me more of clothing circa 1928-29 which leads me to wonder, as Heloise is with Fannie Lang Smith, if the child is instead Fannie’s, Betty Jean Smith, who was born abt. 1927, placing this image about 1928. It seems more in keeping with the tag end of the 20s, and Heloise and Fannie look as if they’re sporting their Sunday (or Saturday night) dolled up best for the camera.
Fannie Lang Smith and Heloise McGuirt Hennesy
Frances Fannie Lang Smith and Heloise McGuirt.
Ethel Hennesy told Jean Kearns that the woman with Heloise McGuirt was Fannie Lang. Fannie Lang was the daughter of Albert Winston Lang and Narcissus Simmons. Narcissus was a daughter of Robert Reuben Simmons and Frances Smith Simmons.