Post provided by Karen Kolavalli:
We feel very fortunate to discover this large photograph on canvas of my great-grandmother Nancy Jane Ashlock Babcock Vining. It was in a tumble-down house in rural Madison, Kansas. Demolition was scheduled and before long it would have been gone forever. None of us even knew about this picture. It shows a younger, more vibrant woman than other photos we have of her when she was older.
Nancy Jane Babcock was born in Iowa in 1851, the daughter of Ellenor Nancy Jane Wright and Ezra B. Babcock. When her husband, Burr Ashlock died, she had three young children to raise. She married Henry Vining in 1874.
The youngest of Nancy’s 12 children was my grandmother, Ruth Vining McGhee. Ruth was just a month old when her father died in 1897. The Widow Vining raised her 2 youngest children, Albert and Ruth, in Tyro, Kansas in the early 1900s.
Nancy Jane Ashlock Vining (Rescued and framed by Karen Kolavalli)
You can read more about the discovery of this photo on my sister, Karen’s blog. There you see the condition of this family treasure.
(Virginia Allain touched up the photo shown here)
Well, my first foray into posting on this particular WordPress blog ended in failure! It ended up as a very nice post on my OTHER WordPress blog, so you may just have to visit it to read the post: http://heytoto.wordpress.com/
I don’t see how to add photos to a post on this blog, although I see that you have used photos in your posts, Ginger.
Karen Kolavalli matched the names on the back with the children marked with an X.
Sep 2, 2002 – Notes by Gail Lee Martin
||This is probably where the Vinings lived in Wilson County KS before moving to Woodward, Oklahoma area when Mother (Ruth Vining) was 5 years old. Sure wish we could find school records!l
Sadie (Sarah) born 1876 Wilson County KS & died in 1958 at KS state mental hospital at Osawatama. 2nd child of Henry & Nancy Vining.
Jake (Jacob) born 1878 died 1914, 3rd.child, married Ida? (That is all I have on him)
Francis was (Francis Henry) 6th child born 1883, killed in train-car wreck 1934, father of Lester Vining who is in charge of Vining family.com.
Lucy was 5th child, born 1881
May (Laura May) was 8th child, born 1886 married & died at Woodward OK
Belle was 7th child, born 1884 married in Woodward, died in Wichita, great-grandmother of Debra (Brock) Bateman of the Vining family.com
Bessie was 9th child (in an 1895 Wilson County, Newark township census there is a Bertha not a Bessie listed with Henry’s family, birth date a year different) might just be a miscalculation on my part.
4th child William H., born 22 March 1880 & died June 1880.
Original photo showing students at Pea Ridge School in February 1893.
In March 2016, this post received a comment that throws more light on the school. Here it is:
Below is a collage that Karen Kolavalli created which features the Vining children around the edge.
I’m trying to keep up with a weekly challenge to write about my ancestors for 52 weeks. For your convenience I’ll put the link here for the Vining family. I have 13 postings about them so far.
We’ve also started a Facebook group which has been actively sharing photos and names/dates for the Vinings. You can join the Vining Family Genealogy group so you don’t miss the great information exchanges there. We have 24 members so far.
Irene (Rena) F. Vining Barnett with husband Harry. Irene was James S. Vining’s daughter.
Nancy Henning shared this photo. Isn’t it delightful!