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December 30, 2010


Aimee E Newell

Hello: Thanks so much for reading our blog and for commenting. I don't think we can say for sure who this woman is, unfortunately. There were thousands of members of the Good Templars and without even knowing where this woman (in the photo) was from, it's like looking for a needle in a haystack. The photo definitely dates from later in the 1800s (after the 1850s), as well, and was donated to us by a collector, so we don't know where it originally came from, I'm afraid. I do appreciate your enthusiasm - I know how frustrating it can be to look for those little bits of information about your ancestors. Thanks again for your interest in our blog and good luck with your continued research.

Harriet Sutherland

I have been working on genealogy on my husband's lines. We have an ancestor whose name is Mary E. Sutherland.(1816-1856) I recently received her obituary sent from West Pittston, Luzerne, Pennsylvania. In there, it states that she was a member of the Good Templars, and "the first to be taken from the Order by death." Is there any change that the "Unidentified Woman" you have in the December 30,2010 issue could be her? She's a bit earlier than your dates(1880-1890), but she was a female member of the Good Templars. I would appreciate any response.

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