Although the borders of this photograph have been trimmed, the note on the back has survived so we know that the woman is my maternal third great aunt Rebecca Groves (1847-1881) together with her husband George Bedford Graves (1843-1914)* and the couple's only child William O. Graves (1867-?).**
[Courtesy of Olive Slater-Kennedy]
Rebecca was one of the six daughters of Leah (Bixler) and Frederick Grove; her older sister was my great great grandmother Delilah Grove.
Seven years after Rebecca's death, George married a young woman named Jane Baya (who was about the age of his oldest son) with whom he had seven more children.
Jacob W. Miller (1841-1907) had a photography studio in Anamosa, Iowa, for many years.***
*George's occupation is listed in the 1880 U.S. Census as "Saloon Keeper."
**I've not been able to trace William with any certainty past the 1870 U.S. Census.
***The number 253 is a reference number we used to identify the images while scanning the photographs.
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