The genealogy goddesses are smiling on me this week.
My head was still spinning over yesterday’s fantastic findagrave.com find of my great, great-grandmother Temple Burton’s tombstone when I received the above photo. It’s a portrait of my great, great-grandfather, Col. W. R. Stuart painted by renown portrait artist, George P.A. Healy. Healy also painted a portrait of Abraham Lincoln in the White House.
The picture and the information come via Joel Brink, author of A Tale of Two Families: A New Orleans Rendezvous. The book chronicles his wife’s family (Howcott) which intersects with my Stuart line.
Brink said the photo originally hung in my great, great-grandfather’s parlor in Ocean Springs, MS, along with the portrait pictured at the bottom of this post of his wife, Elizabeth McCauley Stuart. The portraits were painted in New Orleans in 1861 when the Colonel was 41 and his wife, 20. The couple had been married for three years.
They now hang in Howcott family homes.
It’s no longer wordless Wednesday, but I am at a bit of a loss to convey just how precious these pieces of my family history are to me and my gratitude to those who put them in my grasp. So, I’ll keep it simple and just say thanks to Francis Howcutt for alerting me to Joel Brink’s book. Thanks Joel for forwarding these photos. Thanks again Ann Nash for finding Temple Burton’s grave and volunteering at findagrave.com. Finally, thanks to Ray Bellande whose website first alerted me to the most detailed information about my great, great-grandparents and jump-started my journey.
I’d like to put my thank yous into action, so I’m joining findagrave.com to hopefully help others find graves of relatives. How else might I show some genealogy love?