Sunday, February 3, 2013


These Photographs of Alfred Bowers were made available by Kathleen Firestone, another descendant of Alfred Bowers. These images show him in uniform, when he served as a Private in the 143rd Regiment of the Volunteer Infantry of the Union Army during the Civil War. He enlisted in August of 1862, and was released in 1865. He would have been around 26 years of age, leaving his wife Mary to manage as she could. A son, Elmer died during his absence, and his wife and daughter Carrie died of Scarlet fever not many years after the war was over.

I have many wonderful images of Alfred as an elderly man, and was extremely grateful to have these depictions of him as a younger fellow, as well. Alfred was Kathleen's and my own  great-grandfather. Thank you, Kathy!

Kathleen is the author of two books of family history, They Came to South Fox Island,  and Swift as a Vanishing Dream. She  is presently working on yet another book, which will expand upon the lives of the Bowers and Starr ancestors, including Alfred and Laura Starr Bowers, and their children. Kathleen is a thorough and accurate researcher, and her books are a great addition to the history of Michigan, and very interesting to read.

Images shown here belong to Kathleen Firestone and are not to be used without her permission. Writing is the copyright © of Ruth Zachary.

Friday, January 4, 2013


Several years ago I began to search for the family history of several branches of ancestors. With hand written family trees from both my mother and father, a great many photographs, some of which were identified, and some not, I tried to get an idea of what the life of these people may have been like. Even if I had a place where they lived, who they married, what they did for a living, and the names of their children, it was a start. With only brief fragments, I tried to record a biographical sketch of their lives. These are the accounts entered on this blog, under the label Biographical Pages, so that my grandchildren and relatives might have this information as a part of their own background.

I feel extremely fortunate to have photographs of many of my great great grandparents, but not all. Seeing what they looked like for the first time has seemed like a great gift! That is why it is so important for all to share such histories if we have a way to do it. It can mean so much. This Blog gives other branches of my family, who share our common ancestry to have access to this information, as much theirs, as mine.

To contact me, please leave a message on this blog.

I hope that other people  with such pictures or information will likewise share what they have with all who might benefit. Happy New Year! From Ruth Zachary.

Information and photographs are  for everyone, but specific wording on the Cuckoo's Child is the © of Ruth Zachary.