Week 3 of #52ancestors is all about a favourite photo. I have so few photos of my ancestors the few I have are all favourites and I found it really hard to choose which one to talk about. In the end I have picked two, of the same woman.
Nahomi Vincent born 1850 in Cuckfield, Sussex was my great x 2 grandmother. In 1875 she married Gaius Diana Winchester in Staplefield and came with him to live in Earlsdown, near Heathfield in Sussex where his family farmed some land.
The first photo is taken of them together, it has been suggested around the time of their engagement but I do not have enough knowledge of clothing or hairstyle periods to be able to confirm that.
She looks rather wistful in the photo. As I look at this photo I wonder what they were thinking and what they were up to. I like this photo because Gaius can be seen in many of his descendants, my second cousins once removed in particular. There is a very strong family resemblance. Gaius died in 1897 and Nahomi lived and worked the family farm for at least another 20 years with the help of her sons. The 1921 census finds her retired and living in a cottage with another elderly widow, a distant relative.
The second picture is taken years later, again it has not been dated. It has been commented that she looks quite severe but I don't see that, she looks to me like she resembles many of my relatives, no nonsense and strong women. Presumably this is after Gaius has died and she was widowed. I would have liked to have known her. Nahomi died in 1923 in Lower Dicker, Sussex where she was living with one of her sons.