52 Photos Week 8: Musical

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Langholf G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)

Music is compelling to the Human Nature as genealogy is to families.

 Resonance is fundamental physics of our universe, string theory and electromagnetic fields. Our Biological relationship to Music composed and played is the communication of our human persona, nature, depth and creativity in forms that are not accomplished by any other method or human perspective.

 Human nature music may be the most unique and lasting contribution Human-kind imparts upon the universe.

Music is as definitive and connected to our genealogy as our DNA. 

Wonderful Challenge .. C'est Bon Magnifique !  

Is this representative of the inclusion of music in the probe that was sent into space?

Greetings Jean Heuer .. 

Yes !  and a great story ! .. Here is some information with extended subject pages.   


C'est Bon .. 

Thank you for elaborating this Voyager venture. It is still so exciting!!

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My great great aunt, Lotta Waugh, who was an opera singer. 

by Alex Stronach G2G6 Pilot (237k points)
This is a lovely photo of your g-g-aunt -- I love the hat. Thank you for sharing it.
Gorgeous photo of your great aunt

I love her hat
That hat is pretty cool. I never knew her, so I can only imagine the personality behind rocking a hat like that!
She look like she was great fun to be around, I found her adorable hat fantastic
+15 votes

Several of my mother's cousins played instruments. I always enjoyed this picture of Esther and Velma, dressed up with their instruments on the family farm.

by Shirley Davis G2G6 Mach 3 (31.8k points)

This is a great photo!

Thank you!
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My cousin's husband relaxing in Cannes in the 1930's. He was a stage entertainer in Paris during the Nazi occupation in the 1940's. 

by Ron Raymer G2G6 Mach 2 (21.2k points)
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This is an 1896 photo of my 3rd great grand aunt Jenny, Jane McCleery. She was my grandmother's, Pearl McCleery, great grand aunt. This was taken in her home with her parlor organ when she was 99. She was known to be the oldest women in Pike Co., Illinois.

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (163k points)
Thank you for sharing this wonderful photo, Alexis.  Jenny looks like a tiny woman.  I noticed the two picture frames sitting on the organ.  I have one similar to those that was made by my grandfather, though the one I have hangs on the wall.
Robin, thank you for your sweet comment. That is interesting about the picture frame being made by your grandfather; I can’t remember ever seeing one like that, and I think they look fascinating.
This is a great photo. I have a parlor organ like this. It was made in 1887. It came from my cousin's estate and it has been in our family for at least three generations.
Marion, thank you for your comment. It is wonderful that it has stayed in your family. Hope you will share a photo of it sometime.
What a magnificent photo of your ggg aunt she is adorable
Thank you Susan, my grandmother clearly remembered her when she was a child, and she loved this photo of her.
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Below is a photo of my cousin, Hal Gustav Rammel ... 

The photo happens to be included in an article about his love of music.  This photo was from 1994.

by Bill Sims G2G6 Mach 5 (58.7k points)
Is that a "bibliolin" he's holding? Did he make the instrument? I wonder how it sounded! I've seen cigar box banjos, but never a violin made out of a book!
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52 Photos Week 8: Musical

This is an easy one for me. My dad came to my mind immediately.


[[Smith-159365|Harold Smith]], my dad is in the back on the three-neck steel guitar. Dad had to retrofit the pedals. 

He has always been musically inclined. Able to play any instrument he picks up by ear. My piano, an accordian, harmonica, no matter what I have challenged him with, he never failed me. But my dad was always my hero - I miss him very much.

by Cheryl Hess G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
edited by Cheryl Hess
Cheryl, your dad is certainly a handsome man, glad you have such good memories. You will have to let us know if you inherited his musical talents.
Alexis, thank you. I always thought he was handsome. To some extent I have - but my nephew is exactly like dad was.

Thank you, my friend.
Fantastic photo my dear friend of your dad thank you for sharing
thank you, sweet Susan. It is so nice to see you back where you belong.
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My Grandmother's half brother, Eddie Reeves, playing the violin.  When he was 6 he emigrated from London, England to New South Wales, Australia with his parents and other members of the family.  The family returned to England for about 7 months in 1920-1921 and my aunts who heard him play at that time told me he was a very good musician.He used to play in concerts and also accompanied a dance class.

by Christine Frost G2G6 Mach 5 (55k points)
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I found a photo with my grandparents’ piano! The guy in front of the piano is my great uncle Robert Brockwink

Missy smiley

by Missy Berryann G2G6 Mach 4 (43.2k points)
Missy, thank you for sharing the delightful photo of Robert with your grandparents piano. Looks like Santa filled his stocking.
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Below are all of my great-great grandmother's brothers. In the late 1920s to 1930s, the five brothers played in a band known as the "Wiley Brothers" in Lauderdale, Alabama. Each member of the Wiley family knew how to play a specific instrument as well - I am unsure of the others but "Bud" Wiley is the young man with the guitar. 

by Marie Wallner G2G2 (2.8k points)
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My late Father-in-law broken heart.  Amazing guitar player!

by Amy Gilpin G2G6 Mach 6 (62.8k points)
Great picture...... he looks Elvis-ish.

Thanks Peggy!  There is a bit of a family resemblance wink  They are distantly related it seems.

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Here is a picture of me playing my theorbo, which is a 14-string bass lute. It has gut strings and wooden tuning pegs, which are not in the picture because the instrument is so large. The white cloth prevents damage to the instrument from direct contact with the skin.

by Marion Ceruti G2G6 Mach 4 (41.9k points)
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My grandmother's step-brother, Edward Starling (Herrage) Davidson. Not sure why he needs the gun - to protect his banjo, perhaps??

My grandmother's step-brother, Edward Starling (Herrage) Davidson. Not sure why he needs the gun - to protect his banjo, perhaps??

by Susan Lewis G2G2 (2.2k points)
edited by Susan Lewis
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Couldn't resist adding a second photo. My g-g-g-grandfather, Silas Mercer Brown, as well as his descendants, as recently as my grandmother, were all Sacred Harp singers. Silas even wrote a few songs that were published in the "Original Sacred Harp" songbook, including the one in the photo here. 

by Susan Lewis G2G2 (2.2k points)
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When I was a child my father used to occasionally play a button accordion. I don't know how much musical ability he had but it sounded good to me although to my ears, every piece sounded the same. He was never a public performer, just for his own enjoyment. 

However as I've been researching my extended family I've found some musical surprises. There was a local 5th cousin in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia who apparently was quite the fiddle player and won awards in provincial fiddling contests. His name was Clell Ellwood Joudrey. He recorded one record album a couple years before his death which is quite rare if it can be found. The picture is from the cover. Clell's father gave him a fiddle on his 8th birthday. Three years later he was offered a chance to tour North America with a group of musicians which of course his parents refused - he was way too young for that. I have to admit that I had not heard of him before now however his name is ranked equally with other Maritime fiddling stars that I do know.

On the other hand, I have found two ladies, both still living, who were Canadian country music singing stars back in the 1970's. The first is Joyce Seamone (centre picture) who still lives locally. Her first song in 1972 "Testing 1-2-3" went to number 1 getting her a gold record. The second is Carroll Baker (right picture) also very well known who was born here but moved to Toronto as a teenager. I have two record albums in my collection from each of them and never knew they were also 5th cousins..

And just this week I learned of a 3rd cousin once removed whose occupation was listed as "musician in a jazz band" in the 1930's-1940's in Weymouth MA named Chester Benjamin Nelson (b. 1908) but I could find very little about him.

by Roderick Corkum G2G4 (4.7k points)
edited by Roderick Corkum


I've never been much of an accordion fan  (YES, songs seem to sound the same).... but your research has turned up some great musical talent.smiley

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My great great grandma Ellen White  was musical.  The inscription on her headstone reads "Her service was in song."  Her grandfather Henry White  was noted as a tenor in local newspapers and in the White Family Recorder in Dryden, New York.

by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (182k points)
Beautiful photo of your gg grandmother she look adorable.

Thank You Caryl for sharing this wonderful photo
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I've struggled all week with this challenge. While our family loves music I struggled to find any photos that could demonstrate it, mostly because we have no musicians. My family lines are filled with other pursuits in the trades and academics. I am taking license with the term "musical" in order to be able to post this week. My husband and I share a strong passion for motorcycles. Anyone who rides will tell you that the sweetest music to their ears is that of a well tuned motorcycle motor with its deep rumbles. So for my answer this week I post this picture of my husband and I's, taken for our engagement. Enjoy!

by Saphyre Rogers-Berry G2G6 Mach 1 (14.5k points)

I love this photo.  You guys look cool.     Glad you shared.

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Musical talent seems to have escaped my entire branch of the family, although I used to play a mean record (LP vinyl). However, I visited a friend in Austin, Texas, in 2007. He spent some time in his life in Brazil and acquired a traditional Brazilian musical instrument called a berimbau. Here is me, posing with the contraption. Did not attempt to play it though. 

by Gary Christopher G2G6 (9.8k points)
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Lincoln played a violin as a child, but played the trombone in high school and later in the US Coast Guard band in the 1940's.  (Lincoln wanted to serve his country during WWII in the navy, but was born deaf in the left ear, so was relegated to the Coast Guard.)

by Jennifer Gonnuscio G2G6 (6.1k points)
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Not many musicians in the family per se before the present day, but both of my grandfathers had musical inclinations.  My mom's dad absolutely loved classical music and had wanted to learn the piano when he was young.  My other grandfather taught himself to play the piano and made sure to have a piano in his house.  He was always thrilled when he had a guest that knew how to play.

by K. Anonymous G2G6 Pilot (100k points)
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This is my wife's first cousin once removed with her accordion, probably in the early 1950s. She's still living and doesn't have a Wikitree profile yet.
What I wish I had are appropriate photos of two people in my father's line. Of one, William Hughes, my father wrote that "In his late years he went blind and used to wander the roads of Richland Township singing in Gaelic." Of the other, Charles Gwinn, my father said "He played the cornet in the local band and I remember seeing him in a parade once. He was a Knight Templar and on special occasions donned his uniform. He was a handsome figure."

by Richard Heritage G2G6 Mach 2 (26.3k points)

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