What did Daddy look like?

Cindi Scott
Sanford Oley Lanham married Ruby Margaret Ramsey.
Sanford's DOB 7/25/1912 DOD 9/1/1940
Ruby's DOB 8/27/1920 DOD 4/15/1980

I am on a mission. A life's mission. About 4 or 5 years ago, my Dad and I were talking and we got to talking of his parents, who are now deceased. He told me that when he was just 10 years old, his father got sick. During the end of his illness, he was hospitalized, for what Dad says was, about 3 months. Then, just three days before Dads 11th birthday, his father died. His mother, not wanting them to forget their father, took each child to the coffin, one at a time, to say goodbye to their father. My Dad says he will never forget the person in the coffin, but it sure wasnt his Daddy. That man was an old man, who was skinny and had white hair. Dad's father was just the opposite of that. You see, during those three months at the hospital, Sanford went through lots of hard times and lost alot of weight. Eventually dying of some kind of Leukemia. My Dad just wants a picture of his father, before he got sick. He doesnt remember what his father actually looked like. Noone in the family has a picture of him and I have been looking for over 4 years now, for one. My Father is getting older and sicker by the day. I pray that one day I can show him what his father looked like. He asked me one day..."If I get in Heaven, do you think I will know who my Dad is?" What could I say? I just closed my eyes and told him that his heart will tell him who his Daddy is. Can you help me find a picture of this man? I am willing to pay for any charges!!
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LindaCarole McIntyre Where were they born and where were they married?
Nov 15, 2008 · Reply
Cindi Scott Sanford Oley Lanham was born July 25, 1912, in Jackson Co, WV, USA. He married Ruby Margaret Ramsey on Sept 30, 1936 in Kanawha, WV. Ruby's DOB Aug 27, 1920 and DOD Apr 15, 1980. Sanford's parent's were Columbus Norman Lanham DOB Apr 2, 1874 and DOD Sept 1, 1940 and Letha Peony Siders DOB Aug 25, 1875 DOD Oct 9, 1936. Letha and Columbus married on May 9, 1899, in Jackson, WV. Ruby's parents were Edward Bailey Ramsey DOB June 2, 1879, Kanawha, WV DOD Mar 17, 1947, Kanawha, WV
and Amanda Leah Jane Ashworth DOB Apr 23, 1895, Kanawha, WV DOD Dec 28, 1948, Kanawha, WV.
Edward and Amanda were married on Feb 9, 1916 in Kanawha, WV.
Nov 18, 2008 · Reply
Susan McKinney Years ago my husband Steve and I started collecting photos. I did it the hard way. I had a dark room and developed the film and printed the photos myself. When we first started out, we went to family members homes. Many didn't want me to even know they had photos and may others were willing to share all they had. Quickly I found out that some of them were afraid I wanted to borrow or take their photos away from the house. I learned that if I brought them a photo of someone in their family as a gift, let them look at the photos I had, then I had time to let them know I had a copy stand and I could copy while they watched. Now days, we can take laptops and scanners or digital cameras. Not available to me when I started. When they realized I would not be taking their photos they would break out the boxes and albums. I learned that if our family had photos of someone else's family, it was a good chance they had photos of our family members. It was always a fun date for Steve and I, and we got to hear lots of fun stories while we were visiting. Good luck in your quest to find your grandfather. PS, never call someone who doesn't know you well and say "I was wondering if you have any old photos" It puts them on guard and they don't hear anything else. Some people have "one of a kind" photos and hold them dear. They have heard horror stories of people borrowing and not bringing then back or the photos getting lost in the mail in the old days. LOL I tried to have something for them and then say either. "I have found an old photo of your dad I would like to bring you" or maybe " I have collected a lot of old photos you might be interested in and would gladly bring you a CD of digitals if you would like" Once you get there. BEG! It's so fun. Susan
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