Tuesday, March 4, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - #9 - J. R. Lancaster

Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small, issued the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. The premise: write once a week about a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, a research problem — any that focuses on that one ancestor. 

This is a rare family photograph of "Judge" Joseph R. Lancaster (right), his son, O.R. Lancaster, daughter-in-law, Eleanor Thomas Lancaster, and his third wife, Mary Shropshire Lancaster.

Joseph was born in Josephine, Scott County, Kentucky, in June 1876.  He died on April 10, 1962 in Georgetown, Scott County, Kentucky.  He is buried in the Georgetown Cemetery between his first and third wives.

Joseph Lancaster was a teacher, school superintendent, newspaper owner, County Judge Executive, and farmer.  O. R. was his only child that lived beyond infancy and was by his first wife, Mary Lizzie Redding, who died in 1910.

The photo was taken about 1950 on the farm owned by O. R.. Lancaster.  It was taken by Joseph's only granddaughter, Eleanor Lancaster.

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