Shared Photo: Delavan and wife, Phena Stockwell - wife is smiling!

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I wanted to share this family photo of Delavan and Phena Stockwell with the community. I found this photo interesting because Phena is smiling in this photo. They are the great grand parents of David Hildenbrand. Delavan was born in 1857 and Phena in 1860. Anyone want to guess as to how old they are here?
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asked in Photos by Mary Hildenbrand G2G3 (3.2k points)
They don't look the same age.  He looks 50ish and she 20 something.  Maybe this is a father and one of the daughters!
What a lovely photo!


I'd guess they were about 60-ish .. maybe he very early 60's which would put her late 50's.

(I've seen some really young-looking 60-ish folk.)
There's another photo titled Delavan and Family and in that one you can see the wife looks as old as her husband.  Yet this photo is 15 - 20 years later and he aged while she became younger.  My money is the girl in the photo is the girl in her mother's arms in the older photo.  The photo is from about 1920, the girl has her hair bobbed and an open neckline, typical of a girl of about 20 or so in 1920, not typical of a 60 year old mother of six in 1920.

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This is Delavan and his youngest daughter, Roma. I know this because she is my grandmother.  :) Also, I own the original to this photo, this one is actually cropped.  Fun fact, in the picture, Delavan is holding ferrets!
answered by Tamara Haskett G2G Crew (590 points)
selected by Mary Hildenbrand
Tamara Haskett has cleared up my error on this photo. Delavan is with his daughter, Roma. Thank you to Tamara and all those who commented on this photo. I learn so much from your posts.
Ohh, I want to see the ferrets!

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