Monday, October 31, 2011

Little Babies - Sweet Babies

The little baby is my grandmother Leatha Clarissa (Ashley) Harriman, born November 1906

The baby shoes belonged to my grandfather Gilbert Samuel Harriman, born November 1898

Both items were items were given to me by my Aunt Mary. 
Mary is the daughter of Gilbert and Leatha Harriman.

I stuffed bit of honey colored organza inside the shoes to fill out their shape.  Am I losing my mind, or can you see creases in the leather defining his little toes? 
Ah Mary, thank you so much for letting me display these wonderful treasures in my home.

My grandfather
detail of Gilbert Samuel Harriman, c1902
Lebanon, Missouri
Gilbert, age 4 - 1902
Family Reunion, Lebanon Missouri
Backrow standing: Walter Ray Harriman, Nettie Viola Harriman, Francis Marion Harriman, Benjamin Hollandsworth husband of Pearl Harriman, Pearl Harriman, John William Harriman, Harley Harriman
Seated adults: James "Howard" Harriman and his wife Edna Irene (Snow) Harriman and their son Gilbert Samuel Harriman--my grandfather. 
Center of the photograph is Mother, Mary Elizabeth (Stevens) Harriman, patriarch of the family. 
Father, Samuel Harriman (deceased, not shown in this photograph)
Next to Mother, is Anna Harriman Butts and her husband James with their infant son Ray.
Bottom right is the youngest sibling: Verna Mae Harriman Mills.  Verna had 13 children; she named her 11th children Finis (the end), but it wasn't.

detail, 1907 photo of my grandmother
Leatha Clarissa (Ashley) Harriman

1908 photo of my grandmother Leatha Clarissa (Ashley) Hariman
with her parents Annie Laurie (Miller) Ashley, and William Arthur Ashley

We are so blessed to have many remarkable images and personal family items that my Aunt Mary gave me to display in our old Victorian.
It makes me smile every time I walk by.  Sometimes I stop to touch them.

There is another trunk of family items to photograph and post (heirlooms from Aunt Mary)
And one more suitcase of old, old photographs to scan and post that Dad found and sent my way.
Oh my, I'll do my best to get the task done and load them up on


  1. Oh, your grandmother was such a cute baby! And yes, I do see your grandfather's toes in the leather, lol! You are so fortunate to have such beautifully preserved photos of your family. It's wonderful that you are such a dutiful genealogical researcher, and have cataloged your gedcom on Ancestry. I joined for a few years and eventually came to a bunch of dead ends. I must say, your great-grandparents look so very young! They probably were. :-)


  2. I love displaying family treasures too, love how you displayed the shoes!

  3. Sounds like your Aunt Mary is similar to my Great Aunt Annie. Blessed to have so many family heirlooms and to enjoy them today and pass them on to the next generation.
    your great grandparents looked so young! and the pic are so similar to my grandmothers who was born in 1904

  4. Hello Linda,
    I agree, you are blessed to have so many photographs of your ancestors- priceless.