Wednesday, April 8, 2009


It's a beautiful day here; we had a cool morning, but the sun is shining with a bit of a breeze. I know it won't last and it will be in the 90's with 100% humidity, but it's nice now.
Here is my last posting of old pictures for the time being - until I can get the really old stuff scanned. I have a tintype of my mothers maternal grandfather in his Civil War uniform that's amazing. I'll get that up as soon as I can get it scanned. Meanwhile, here are a few pics from my dad's side of the family.

This couple is my dad's maternal grandparents, Sarah Abbie Greenfield Darnold and William Jackson Darnold. I think this is where the "shortness" in the family comes from. And some of the Irish blood. The picture was probably taken somewhere in western Iowa.

And this couple is my dad's parents Lillie Ettie Darnold Galentin and George Dudley Galentin. I don't know when this was taken, but they look fairly young here and it was before grandpa had his stroke - so maybe circa 1920? This was taken in Nebraska, probably Omaha.

And this is my dad, his sisters and his cousin. From the left is Lanora Galentin, Florence Brewer, June, Beatrice and Harold Galentin. I think Lanora got her height from grandpa - dad was the oldest here! Lanora died of rabies at age 13, not too long after this picture was taken I think. (Interesting fact - Florence married Edwin Alfred Grenville Manton in 1936; he was one of the founders of AIG! She did pretty well for herself, I think! Both are gone, now, though. I'm sure Sir Edwin is rolling in his grave over what has been done to his company. ) This was taken in front of the house in Omaha that my grandpa built and my grandma lived in until she died in 1971.

I hope you are enjoying these pictures half as much as I enjoy telling about them. I've always loved family history. If you look at where your family has come from it's like seeing history come alive. My family pretty much started on the east coast in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania before the Revolution and have migrated west with everyone else. There are some amazing people in everyone's family and finding them is like finding a jewel.


  1. I was so happy to see these photos. We are Darnold cousins! William Jackson Darnold is my second great uncle. My line descends from his brother, James William Darnold. I hope I find more photos as I wander your blog. Nice to meet you!

  2. Are you sure you have that right? James William Darnold is William Jackson Darnold's father, not his brother. James' father is William Wallace Darnold. I have pictures of William Wallace Darnold and his wife, Lucinda Quinn, as well as of Elizabeth Mullinax, James William Darnold's wife. I would be glad to email them to you if you leave your email address.


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