Saturday, February 17, 2018

Family photo: Austin family house in Wilmington, Delaware

This undated, sepia-toned family photo measures 4 inches by 5⅝ inches. According to the writing on the back, it features the "Austin home, 906 Jefferson Street, Wilmington, Del."

It shows many children, some adults wearing proper hats, a dog on the sidewalk and what appears to be a young boy staring forlornly out the first-floor window.

Rachel Matilda Austin Chandler (1829-1907), shown at right, was the grandmother of my great-grandmother Greta Miriam Chandler Adams (1894-1988). So that makes Rachel, deep breath, one of my great-great-great-grandmothers. Her husband was Philemma Chandler, who I mentioned back in December.

And how is the ancestral Austin home doing today? Not well, methinks. According to Google, it's now a parking lot...

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