My great-aunt, Frances Harper Merritt, died over sixteen years ago, but I only recently acquired some of her belongings from my uncle’s widow. Frances, my grandfather Fred’s twin sister, never had any children of her own to pass things down to. My Uncle Johnny inherited her things after she passed away in the care of a nursing home in 2001. It’s unknown what happened to many of her photos…all I have is empty squares in an old photo album.
However, there are a few photos, Bibles and old documents I was given. I was hoping for photos of the Harper family or photos of Frances’ mother, Ismay Tidwell and her family. They may be among the unlabeled photos. I had to chuckle when I found this photo in her collection and flipped it over:
Sorry, Aunt Frances, I don’t think I can figure it out! lol
One photo that really got my attention was in a woven star picture frame. I decided to take the photo out to see if there was a name on the back of it. Spoiler alert: There wasn’t a name.
Since Frances probably inherited some of her grandmother Nannie Jordan Harper’s photos, I think the lady might be Nannie’s mother, Virginia Crouch Jordan. I emailed the photo to Virginia’s grandson to see if he recognizes her. Here’s a photo of Virginia Crouch Jordan for reference. I can’t make a positive identification.
Beyond the photo of the lady, the colorful woven 8-point star picture frame looks to be handmade and is very neat. I’ve tried to Google its history, but I haven’t found much about the pattern’s origins or that particular style. For me, it’s one of a kind!