Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Old pictures are such a treasure !

What family is this?
If you are reading this blog, you might be related.
Any guesses? See anyone who looks familiar?
This is James Thomas Rich and Emma Elizabeth Hemming Rich and their children.
In this picture, taken in approx. 1899, James is 44 and Emma is 40.  They have already buried a son William who died at age 9, a baby girl and boy twins who died at birth, a 3 year old little girl Elsie, and a still born.
Their remaining children here are James Henry 17 years, Charles Alfred 15 years, Lydia 13, Charlotte 10, Emma 8, and Eliza (baby).
Charles is Roger's Grandfather.  Doesn't he look so serious?  I guess they all do.  When they took pictures back then, you had to hold still for several minutes, and it was easier to hold still without a smile.
Emma was born in New York, and came to Utah with her parents who were converts to the church, at a young age.  James was born in Centerville, Utah. 
They married in 1878, so at the taking of this picture they had been married 21 years. They were married in the Endowment House in Salt Lake because the Salt Lake Temple hadn't been completed. They made their home in Richville where James worked as a farmer.   Their home has been torn down now, but was where Von Rich had his modular home, and where Justin Preece is now building his home now (2016). 
Emma was Relief Society President in the Richville ward for 27 years !  Wow.  James died at age 63.  His death certificate says he died from hardening of the arteries, brought on by mental worry. Emma was a widow for 22 more years, and suffered a paralyzing stroke, at age 78, and lived three more years, passing away in 1940.

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