The mystery of the photo I mentioned in a previous e-mail is now solved. It
is definitely a photo of Daniel Gill, his wife Lucinda Pyle, their daughter
Alara Gill (b. 1859), and Daniel's younger sister, Isabelle "Belle" Gill
1857). By using techniques to date the style of dress, and also knowing the
approximates ages of the four people involved, we know the photo was
probably taken about 1873. It is a carte-de-visite, and has the studio
imprint of Stacy & Wheatly, DuQuoin.
It's embarrassing that I didn't think of it before, but I was so intent on
finding two sisters that I didn't think about the fact the two girls in the
photo could be aunt and niece, but only a few years apart.
I had forgotten that Isabelle was enumerated with Daniel and Lucinda on the
1870 Perry Co. census. Daniel's and Isabelle's father, George Washington
Gill, died in 1863, and their mother, Martha Pelisha "Patsy" (Gresham) Gill
died in 1867. Isabelle would have been only ten years old, and apparently
went to live with her older brother and his wife. Alara Gill was an only
child, and since the two girls were so close in age, they must have been
raised as sisters.
These photos showed up in a box in Carthage, MO along with other photos of
the Taylor and Gill familes. My immediate Taylor/Gill line moved from
DuQuoin to Jasper Co., MO in 1868. Not only did they apparently bring
family photos with them, but their families back in DuQuoin must have sent
many photos to them through the mail.
Even though I have already thanked them privately, I want to say 'thanks"
again to Jeanette and Stella, who sent info and suggestions to me in an
effort to help solve the mystery.