I once wrote an article for APPO (Association of Professional Photo Organizers) called Who Do You Think You Look Like? The Mystery of Family Resemblances. It featured a small selection of photos from both sides of my family.
This time, in honor of Father’s Day, I’ve gathered photos from six consecutive generations of Thornton fathers and sons. I only recently found the oldest two photos — Calvin and Nathan — in the course of my never-ending genealogy research. Once again, I find the similarities between all of these men striking, don’t you?
From the APPO article:
Calvin and his parents Nathan Thornton and Charity Cook were Quaker pioneers, which I discussed in the recently-updated Thornton Family History Lost & Found.
I asked my brother, Mike, if any of these photos “resonated” with him. I thought he might pick Calvin, because I think he most resembles Calvin. Instead, he picked Nathan, saying, “He looks like he could have a sense of humor.” This cracked me up, since to me Nathan looks like the sternest of the bunch, which tells you something about Mike’s own dry sense of humor.
The daguerreotype was the first publicly announced and commercially viable photographic process. Considering that it was not introduced until 1839, I don’t expect to be finding any images of my 4th great-grandfather, Thomas J. Thornton Jr. (1762-1834), or any his ancestors, as thrilling as that would be.
What are the oldest photos you have of your ancestors? Have you tried looking for them online? (I found the two oldest photos on newspapers.com and ancestry.com.) Who are the look-alikes in your family?
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