2019: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 8 (Feb. 18- Feb. 24) Family Photo

2019: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 8 (Feb. 18- Feb. 24) Family Photo

“first” joined Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on its “first” year in 2014… and what a whirlwind year that was… writing, editing and researching daily for 365 days! As much as I wanted to continue the following year, I found that I didn’t have the time to continue another year with that type of research… although I did continue blogging and writing stories at my own pace, which allowed me to write on other topics as well as family stories when ideas came my way… but I’ve often missed it. The first year were no specific weekly prompts like today… but I’m taking a different spin on them. There will be some posts on a specific ancestor, but most will be memories that spring from those prompts. Head over to 2014 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks to read about my ancestors in the first years challenge.

If you’re new to genealogy, make your “first” stop to Amy’s website for genealogy ideas or even join in on this 52 Week challenge… you learn by doing… not procrastinating! There is no right or wrong… anything you do is a start!

Week 8 (Feb 18- Feb. 24) Family Photo

I came across a blog post from Randy Seaver’s blog  and it fit in perfect for my “family photo” weekly 8 prompt… so with a slight change of using only one family photo, I twisted it into family photos of only “one” line… unbroken!

And in Randy’s words… ” yes you will hum the music mentioned”!

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music!), is to…

1)   How many generations do you have photographs or portraits of your ancestors and descendants?  It can be any line…it just can’t be broken!

2)  Tell us the line, or better yet, show us the unbroken line.  Provide birth-death years, and the approximate date that the photograph or portrait was made.


I’ve chosen to take this challenge for Week 8 – Family Photo… taking a slight twist back through my ancestor “Bryan” family unbroken line of photos… begining with my oldest generation photo of James Bryan.


Generation 1:

James Bryan (4x grandfather 1791-1885), daughter Parthenia (4x aunt: 1840-1934), and Elizabeth Cain (4x grandmother 1800-1882) (I believe this photo to have been taken between 1870 – 1880)


Bryan BC and Berilla Free Cain

Generation 2:

Berrien Clark Bryan (3x grandfather 1823-1923) and Berilla Priscilla Free (3x grandmother 1828-1898) (Photo taken abt. 1870)


WM Bryan

3rd Generation:

William Madison Bryan (2x grandfather 1849-1921) and Francis Jemima A. “Fannie” Fortner (2x grandmother 1851-1893) (Painting made bef. 1893)


WC Bryan Sara Jewell Bryan (2)FIX

4th Generation:

William Clark Bryan (2x grandfather 1876-1954), son Jewell Bryan (2x uncle 1921-2010) and Sara Turner (2x grandmother 1881-1939) (Photo taken abt. 1925)



5th Generation:

Paul Pinkney Bryan (grandfather 1903-1990) and Evelyn Irene Little (grandmother 1906-1987) (Photo taken abt. 1960)

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6th Generation:

Harold “Clayton” Bryan (father 1928-1983), Helen Rebecca McKinley (mother – 1930 – ) Jeanne Lee Bryan (Me – 1952 -) (Photo taken abt. 1961)

I guess my mother wasn’t pleased with the photo shoot at Olan Mills as I found a couple different styles of this photo. I had the top one colorized in wanting to see the color of her embroidery work she did on my dress

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My mother embroidered several of the dresses she sewed for me!


me with paintingfix

7th Generation:

Jeanne Lee Bryan (1952 – ) (Photo taken 2018)

Me visiting Books on the Bay in Savannah, Georgia… hoping to fill in some voids in my Nancy Drew collection!


8th Generation continues with my two children: Stephen & Melissa


Steve inNorthCarolina

8th Generation:

Stephen (son), Ella, Ana, Nina and Rose (Petrazzuoli) Insalaco (Photo taken 2018)


Gillon family 2018

8th Generation:

Daughter: Melissa Lee (Insalaco), McKinley Lee (granddaughter), Frank William Gillon (son in law) and Grace Kathryn  (granddaughter) – Photo taken on a family vacation to Bermuda… and by the looks on my granddaughters faces… I think they were sending a message to the photographer… We are Done! (Photo taken 2017)


my family

Rare photo of both my children (8th generation) and spouses and all 5 granddaughters (9th generation)! (Photo taken 2016)

xmas 2016 with girlsFIX

9th Generation of granddaughters

L.toR.: Ella, Ana, Nina, McKinley and Grace (the two redheads belong to my daughter Melissa Gillon, and the three dark haired girls belong to my son Stephen Insalaco) (Photo taken 2017)


Stay tuned for Week 9… “At the Courthouse”

Feb 2019 52 Weeks

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8 Responses to 2019: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 8 (Feb. 18- Feb. 24) Family Photo

  1. Jeanne,
    I would to have 9 generations of photos! That is such a treasure! I think your post is going to make me take a closer look at all of my photos, and see what I have.

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  2. Antoinette Truglio Martin says:


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