This will be a continuing story, I'm
sure, as the descendants of the Whartons and Gilliams in The
Wharton Album continue to get in touch with each other and share family
news. They have been very kind to share some of the family history with us!
As some of you know, I found an old
photo album at the Will Rogers Cattle Barn Flea Market last year. I have posted
photos from what I named "The
Wharton Album" in my Victorian
Scrapbook section. The name comes from the single newspaper clipping tucked
inside: the obituary of Joshua F. WHARTON of Blossom, Texas.
As the obituary states, he was survived
by a widow and children, but no names were given. There was, however, a
portrait of him with his wife and oldest child in the album, so I knew that
his wife was Annetta GILLIAM and that his oldest daughter was Mamie
Joshua and Annetta married on October
10, 1892 in Lamar County, Texas, according to information obtained at the Lamar
County, Texas GenWeb site and through the LDS FamilySearch
Annetta's parents were George
and Jane GILLIAM. She apparently had
brothers named Jim GILLIAM,
Arch GILLIAM and George
But who were the other children? Why
was this old album languishing in a dust-covered pile in the Cattle Barn flea
market? Who had collected, labeled, and - ultimately - lost the photos?
Based upon some of the notes added to
the pictures, it seemed apparent that a child of Joshua WHARTON and Jane GILLIAM
had labeled the pictures. And though she
would have been referring to herself in the third person when identifying the
photo of Joshua & Annetta and their baby, I suspected that Mamie WHARTON had
assembled, at least in part, the old album.
Finally, thanks to a kind person
(unknown, at least to me) who forwarded the information about the album to
the newspaper in Paris, Texas, some WHARTON-GILLIAM descendants learned about
this site and got in touch!
Here's a little bit of an update, which I will add
to as more information comes in.
According to Ruth Wharton Ethridge, a
granddaughter of Joshua F. Wharton, the children of J. F. WHARTON and Annetta
Ruth's father was Frank WHARTON, who,
along with her mother, died when she was a very young child, leaving her and her
brother and sister to be raised by their Aunt Mamie WHARTON, who married Albert
DeBARRY. Joshua WHARTON died when his daughter Mamie was about 12, and
Mamie was never close to her mother, and thus Ruth has had very little
information about her WHARTON ancestors.
Check back here for more new
information, which I'll post as time - and puppies and children -