I’ve been scrounging through photos lately and I keep coming back to this set. I don’t know who everyone in the pictures is but these were taken around my Great Aunt Rachel (York) Elliot’s funeral in 1971 and the majority of the men are York brothers and in-laws.

Can any Yorks/Trotters or other Bradley County folk recognize any of my unknowns? Or, for that matter, correct our identifications?

Happy hunting,

Jess

Between Dad & I, we think we have identified…

Grandpa Levie Trotter & the York Brothers, c.1971

Picture 1 (L to R): Oscar York, Levie Trotter, Arverse York, Preston York, UNKNOWN, and The York Brothers, c.1971Herman York

Picture 2 (L to R): Arverse York, Preston York, UNKNOWN, Herman York, Ernest York, UNKNOWN, and UNKNOWN

The York Brothers, c.1971

Picture 3 (L to R):  Herman York, Ernest York, UNKNOWN, UNKNOWN, and UNKNOWN

I’m the product of a two child household so the concept of a Christmas for a family of 10 (8 kids) is a bit foreign. Check out this tree… to my eyes the presents go on forever. This is taken in my grandparents home in Detroit, Michigan during Christmas of 1971.

Happy hunting and happy holidays!

Jess

I cannot express how much I love this shot! Grandma all dressed up and and Daddy looking too cool for college in front of his Duster. This was taken on the campus of Michigan State University around 1973.

I love this picture! These are the oldest of the Trotter brothers—three of my uncles and my father. This was probably taken around 1965 or 1966 based on their sister’s graduation photo on the mantel behind them.

Happy hunting,

Jess

This is the headstone of my Great Grandparents. I never met either Harrison or Rhodie but I’ve heard stories and seen fabulous pictures. They are buried in the cemetery at the Palestine AME Church in Johnsville, Bradley County, AR.

I learned more about my family walking around this cemetery with my Father, Aunt, Grandmother, and a few cousins for a couple of hours in 1999 than I did in years of solitary research. It is a memory I treasure.

Happy Hunting!

Jess

My two youngest paternal uncles ca. 1966.  I can’t tell who the third person behind the car is. This was at my grandparents’ home in Detroit, Michigan.

Happy hunting,

Jess