I have decided to accept the challenge of Amy Johnson Crow over at No Story Too Small blog. Amy challenges us: 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks. I think this is an excellent challenge as I tend to focus on my brick walls, and this will force me to fan out in my tree and focus on other ancestors.
This is week 12, and my 12th post in the challenge. Please meet my 3rd great-grandmother, Mary George (Hooker) Herring Bickley.
Mary George Hooker Herring Bickley
Mary, is the daughter of Alfred Hooker and Martha (Clark) Hooker. According to the family bible, which you can find a copy of all the pages posted here: Bible of Mary George Hooker Herring, Mary was born 11 Jan 1835, and according to census records, she was born in Alabama. Her father was listed in the 1840 census, as living in Franklin Co., Alabama.
Bible Record of the Birth of Mary George Herring
Unfortunately, her death was not listed in this bible, and I have been unable to find when she died or where she is buried. I have talked about this before on Tombstone Tuesday – Where is Mary George (Hooker) Herring Bickley’s Tombstone?
So, instead of retyping all the information I listed in the above blog post, such as her husband’s and children, and where she was when, I’ll just share some more photos of Mary that our family is very fortunate to have. Thank you to Martha (Harris) Horn and her brother Butch Harris for kindly sharing the bible and photos with me.
Now, none of these photos were labeled, but from the ones that were labeled, I can tell these photos are of her. If you disagree, let me know.
Mary George (Hooker) Herring
Here is a favorite of mine. I don’t know who the lady on the left is, but Mary is on the right. Don’t they look beautiful? I wonder if the lady on the left is her sister? The sister (Sarah C R (Hooker) Bickley) that was first married to Mary’s second husband? Sounds juicy right? I think it was pretty typical for the day. Her sister died, and years later after Mary’s husband J.F. Herring passed, she remarried to J.J. Bickley.
Mary George (Hooker) Herring Bickley on right
I’m also very fond of this close up of Mary.
Mary George (Hooker) Herring Bickley
Now, this one I’m not even sure what to think about this. Even Martha was a little creeped out by it when she was showing it to me while I was scanning other pictures that she was letting me copy. Do you think this is a postmortem picture of her? I simply can’t tell, but it has a little creepy edge to it for sure. I think it’s Mary’s eyes that do it for me! Her daughter Martha (Herring) Harris is sitting on the step of the porch.
Left: Martha A (Herring) Harris and Right: Mary George (Hooker) Herring Bickley
I wish we knew more about Mary, but we just don’t. We haven’t found her final resting place or her death certificate and I haven’t been in touch with any Herring’s or Hooker’s from this area that might know something on her or the family. It would be wonderful if I could make that connection.
This is how I descend from Mary: