Karen Baker

AncientFaces Member since Jul 02, 2015

About: I am granddaughter of Bessie Edwards Baker (Tennessee). Her mother was Lena Crutchman born in Ohio (parents from Germany)and father George Edwards (married past death of Lena to Aetna or maybe Etena ; the Bakers, Edwards seemed to have been in and around Humphreys County TN and Dickson County, TN; Bruces seemed to be in and arround Sumner County, TN and Davidson County, TN; Then with the generation of my Grandfather, William Russell Bruce, Sr, they spread across TN, Missouri, possibly into TX at a point. Will appreciate any ideas, help or suggestions.

Researching: Shelton, Baker, Edwards, Bruce, Crouch, Crutchman

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This is taken from a picture my mother has long had. We have always thought this may be my grandfather's first wife. We knew she passed away sometime after giving brith to their son. This is all we knew. I have been lucky enough to locate my grandfather and the pretty lady's marriage record (Jan 19,1910),their baby boy's birth and death certificate, and her death certificate. Her name is Esma P Griffin Bruce, DOB Sept 1892 (in Sumner County, TN) DOD: May 26,1911 (Nashville, TN). Her parents: M E Griffin and Sallie G Legg Griffin Her Sisters: Olivie M Griffin and Nola Odis Griffin.
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This is a picture my mom,Betty Jo Bruce Baker, has had a long time of her father William Russell Bruce and his first wife. At the time my grandfather's family lived in Davidson County, TN. We would love to know who thi pretty lady is.
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Feb 22, 2010: no longer a mystery.I have been lucky enough to locate my grandfather and the pretty lady's marriage record (Jan 19,1910),their baby boy's birth and death certificate, and her death certificate. Her name is Esma P Griffin Bruce, DOB Sept 1892 (in Sumner County, TN) DOD: May 26,1911 (Nashville, TN). Her parents: M E Griffin and Sallie G Legg Griffin Her Sisters: Olivie M Griffin and Nola Odis Griffin. ****************************************** This is a picture of my grandfather and his first wife. My Mom has had this picture. I tried to "clean it up" a little. We know that Russell (or sometimes WR Bruce) married my grandmother, Mary Hamilton Crouch (aka: Mamie, Mayme, Mymie,or possiblly more spellings) on Sept 16, 1913. So this would have been taken before then. We were told that she died either during child birth or shortly after. The baby, we believe may have been named Marion, then died, but we are unsure whether he lived days or weeks or months. I'm not sure how the picture is going to come thru, but she seemed very fair complected and seems to have small features. My grandfather was not a large man. I have found that his father was JR Bruce and mother Mary. My grandfather had a large group of siblings. Names include: Curtis,Edmond Spencer, Ocie,Juanita, Savannah, Robert,Perle, George, Henry and others. Any help anyone can give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks...
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Karen Baker I have been lucky enough to locate my grandfather and the pretty lady's marriage record (Jan 19,1910),their baby boy's birth and death certificate, and her death certificate. Her name is Esma P Griffin Bruce, DOB Sept 1892 (in Sumner County, TN) DOD: May 26,1911 (Nashville, TN). Her parents: M E Griffin and Sallie G Legg Griffin Her Sisters: Olivie M Griffin and Nola Odis Griffin.
Feb 22, 2010 · posted to the photo William Russell Bruce (Sr) & unknown first wife