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The Story of Photo GJ8585

Photo found in Antique shop in Colorado: "There was no identification information on the photograph.

We posted the photograph with the keywords of Colorado and Antique Shop

Identified on 9/3/14 by a person who saw the photo: "This woman is Agnes (Leahy) Hawk. Agnes was b. Dec 1870 Wisconsin, the daughter of Michael Anthony Leahy b. Ireland abt. 1817 and his wife Catherine H. Roache b. 1822 Rothcormac, Cork, Ireland. Agnes Leahy's siblings were: Hanora (Leahy) Higgins; Thomas J. Leahy; Michael Patrick Leahy; Mary Leahy; David Leahy; Catherine Ann Leahy; Elizabeth Leahy and John Leahy. Her parents came from Ireland to New York, in 1845. They met on the boat coming over, and after arriving in New York, they married. From New York, they moved to Michigan late 1856 and next to Darlington, Wisconsin in the 1860's. Their next journey took them to Pocahontas, IA abt. 1870-1871. Most of the family stayed in that vicinity, however, her brother, Michael Patrick Leahy (my gr. grandfather) had a son, Joseph Michael Leahy, who lived in the Boulder, Colorado area 1920-1921, after WWI. Most likely, this was one of his photos of Aunt Agnes Leahy. Joseph was married in Boulder Colorado in 1923, and lived there for a while, then moved to Ft. Worth, TX in the 1940's. Joseph died in 1950 and is buried in Denver, Colorado."

A few words from the identifier

"For the past 29 years I've been researching my family tree, but have not been one of the fortunate people to have photographs of my ancestors prior to my grandparents.  Because of this, my goal has been to find a distant family cousin that does.  In all those years, I found only one relative who had 3 photographs to share with me and he passed away 8 years ago.

I came across the Identify A Photo website by chance last Fall, when I ran a search for "idaphoto".  That turned out to be a great day for me!  The Identify A Photo website was just what I was looking for.  The site is easy to navigate and their photo listings are conveniently organized.  Their search engine makes little work of your request, even for folks who have no prior experience searching.  The site is simple and straight forward.  The founder, Vickie Ortiz has done a great job making it a pleasant experience!  When contacting her, she responded the very next day and stayed in contact with information and help.  Thanks to Vickie, I will soon have my first actual photograph (not a scan) of my great grandfather's sister Agnes Leahy.  My thanks go to the Identify A Photo team for all your time, hard work and most of all your kindness in helping to join us with our past!"     


The Story of Photo SYSO-05

Information given on 8/28/13 from the contributor: "Unknown Hammers. Believed to be from the Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania area. Believed to be descended from Johann Frantz or Francis Hammer and Rebekah Eisin. Time estimated to be the late 1800's, early 1900's."

We posted the photograph with the keywords of Hamer and Eisen for the surnames as well as Pennsylvania for the state.

Identified on 10/28/13 by a person who saw the photo: "This picture I have it. It is my great-grandparents Samuel and Lydia Faust not the Hammers. They lived in Somerset county PA near Cambria. Were there any other pictures found with them, please let me know."


We contacted both parties and was given permission to exchange their names & email addresses. The person that identified the photo was the great granddaughter of the people in the photo. We obtained a 100% positive identification.

A few words from the photo's Contributor

"I am thankful for Idaphoto and its staff, and I know that this site would be very useful for those of you who have a legacy of unidentified photos. I am also impressed with the detailed e-mail message that I received from Vicki, who is on their staff. She wrote a very complete explanation to me and then sent my e-mail address, with my permission, to the lady who had identified the photo.I am excited to correspond with this descendant of the Fousts."


The Story of Photo KASU-01

Information given on 8/25/13 from the contributor: "This is a portrait of Orvil and William Raney taken in 1911. I found it in a lot of postcards I bought at auction. Orvil and William, were the sons of Orvil W. and Anna D. Raney in Sharon, Pennsylvania. They were about 5 and 1 in this picture. Anna D. Raney was Anna Douglass before her marriage. In the 1940 census, Orvil is living with his wife, May and daughter Carol May, age 3, on South Oakland Avenue in Sharon. May Gladys Raney, age 92, wife of the late Orvil Douglass Raney died Aiken, South Carolina. She was survived by her son William D. Raney of Orlando, Florida, her daughter, Carol Scott of Aiken, South Carolina, six grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. I would love to return this picture to any of Mr. Raney's children, grandchildren or great grandchildren."

We posted the photograph with the keywords of Hamer and Eisen for the surnames as well as Pennsylvania for the state.

Identified on 10/27/13 from a person who saw the photo: "Orvil and Robert are my 1st cousins 2X removed. Their father Orvil was the brother of my great-grandmother Sadie Bertha Raney. (Macdonald). Thanks to someone on ancestry.com, I discovered your website and was made aware of this photo."


We contacted both parties and was given permission to exchange their names & email addresses. The person that identified the photo was the first cousin 2x removed of the people in the photo so we have obtained a 100% positive identification.

A few words from the photo's Contributor

"What a wonderful way to return orphaned photos to their ancestors...Cheers to you!!! I've found a new website to add to my favorites…”