Marion Arline Erbland nee Brown

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Cattaraugus & Southwestern Erie Counties, NY

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The Shearer Family

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  1. Home of George and Mary Shearer
  2. George Shearer at farm in Connewango Valley
  3. Helen and Genevieve Casten - Grandchildren of Mary Shearer
  4. Ollie and Ruth Shearer with pony
  5. Shearer and Weiser family outside in January
  6. Ollie Shearer, circa 1895
  7. Ollie and Archie Casten, circa 1910
  8. Archie and Ollie Casten at a somewhat older age

 

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The home of George and Mary Shearer.  George was a photographer in South Dayton, NY.  Mary was the sister of Maude Belle Jeffrey.  Late in life they moved to Owosso, Michigan to live with their eldest daughter, Edna.  Owosso is where they both died.  An interesting anecdote concerns the honeymoon of Mary and George.  According to family records, Mary's sister Maude made such a fuss when Mary went to leave on her honeymoon trip that Mary and George took Maude along.  Another piece of family history is that George and Mary gave Maude a wooden rolling pin as a wedding present when Maude and Will Brown got married.  Maude gave the rolling pin to her daughter Marion and Marion gave it to her daughter Marsha.  Marsha still uses it in 2002.

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George Shearer - The reverse of this photo reads, "George Shearer on his farm in Connewango Valley New York Uncle George made my mother's rolling pin. I have used the same one ever since my marriage in 1929- I'm writing this Feb. 5- 1982 Marion Brown Erbland". Conewango Valley is on US Route 62, a straight-line distance of 31 Km SSW of Versailles. George was married to Mary Shearer (nee Jeffrey - Mary Harriet Jeffrey) who was Marion Erbland's Aunt.
George Shearer
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Helen and Genevieve Casten - Grandchildren of Mary Shearer.  Their parents were Ollie (nee Shearer) and Archie Casten.  Ollie Shearer is shown on the left of the photo with the horse.
Helen and Genevieve Casten - Grandchildren of Mary Shearer
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Ollie and Ruth Shearer - The reverse of this photograph reads, "Ollie & Ruth Shearer" and, in a different handwriting, "Ollie and Ruth Shearer Nieces of Maud Jeffrey Brown".
Ollie and Ruth Shearer Nieces of Maud Jeffrey Brown
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Shearer and Weiser - Left to right George Shearer, Mary Shearer (George's wife and sister to Maude Belle Jeffrey), Wesley Weiser and Ruth Weiser (Wesley's wife and George and Mary's daughter). The back of this photograph reads, "This was taken in January and a bright sunshiny day it was to, We did not go out on purpose for a picture Geo. & Wesley were out there digging a big stump out and it was so warm in the house that I had taken my ironing out there and Ruth came to the door and said she wished she had our pictures but of course we would want her in it so she came out with her patching and Wesley went up and got [uncertain - amy Farrilk?] to squeeze the bulb".  This last phrase refers to the actual air-filled rubber bulb that had to be squeezed in order to take the picture. The two words written on the lower left front of this picture are not legible.  
George Shearer, Mary Shearer (George's wife and sister to Maude Belle Jeffrey), Wesley Weiser and Ruth Weiser (Wesley's wife and George and Mary's daughter)

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Olive 'Ollie' Shearer, circa 1895. “Ollie” was born Olive Shearer, on 06-JUN-??, the daughter of George Melvin Shearer and his wife Mary Harriet Jeffrey.  Mary Jeffrey was the daughter of Stephen Jeffrey and Susan Terry.  'Ollie' eventually married Archie Ray Casten (see below).
Olive Shearer, circa 1895
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Ollie and Archie Casten circa 1910.  Archie Ray Casten was born 11-MAY-1886 of parents John G. Casten and Maratha M. Town. 'Ollie' was Olive Shearer (see above.)
Ollie and Archie Casten, cica 1910.
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Archie and 'Ollie' Casten are somewhat older in this photo than in the one above.  The poor quality of the original photo is reflected in the blurriness of this image.
Archie and Ollie Casten
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