These are some photos that mostly need identification. They come from Ogle, McKendry, Nichols and Shaw families.
A few of the following photos were shared with my by Dennis Shaw, the 2nd great-grandson of Mary McKendry Nichols (via her daughter Mattie Nichols, her daughter Bessie Ogle, and her son Owen Kenneth Shaw, father of Dennis Shaw). My dad is descended from Mattie Nichols’ son William Ogle.
The rest of these photos were shared with me about 7 years ago by a gentleman named Dwight Nichols, who had gotten them from a cousin named Laurence Nichols and they may have come from Laura Nichols as he was the executor of her estate. The moral of the story here, folks, is for pete’s sake! Mark your photos so that when they are separated from you by time and life, they may be identified!
I would like to share these with descendants of the folks in the images, so I’ll reach out to any that I can find, and welcome your comments.
As I said, we have figured out who some of them are, but many are still mysterious. Can you help identify any of these people?
- Harmon and Lucretia Nichols.
Harmon Nichols was born abt 1807 in Loudon County, Virginia. He went to Ohio as a young man, and there he married Lucretia White Nichols, a distant cousin. Lucretia was born 1811 in Belmont County, Ohio. They had five daughters and one son, that I know of. That son was Joel Franklin Nichols, our ancestor, who married Mary Elizabeth McKendry.
Harmon Nichols and Lucretia Nichols
- John McKendry.
Brother of Elijah McKendry, son of Archibald McKendry, Revolutionary War Patriot, and his wife Sarah Houghton Crane.
- Mary Elizabeth McKendry Nichols
I have a number of photos of these two sisters with other people. They were daughters of Elijah McKendry and Susan Kiggen. Mary married Joel Franklin Nichols and had Susan ‘Belle’, George Harmon, William Franklin, and Martha ‘Mattie’ Nichols. Joel went to fight in the Civil War, and it is unclear whether he ever made it home.
Mary McKendry Nichols, her son George Harmon Nichols (b. 1857) and his oldest and youngest children – Lura Agnes Nichols (b. 1888) and Lawrence Nichols (b. 1909).
- Mattie Nichols Ogle and her children.
Mattie Nichols (b. 1868, d. about 1895) was the daughter of Mary Elizabeth McKendry and Joel Nichols (she may have had a different father). She married James ‘Kernel’ Ogle and had three or four children: Homer, Harry, Bessie, and William, who may have been the same person as Homer Ogle.
Martha ‘Mattie’ Nichols Ogle and her children Bessie, Homer and Harry Ogle.
- Bessie Ogle Shaw
The daughter of Mattie Nichols and James Ogle, she was orphaned and adopted by the Shaw family. Eventually, she married their son and lived a happy life until she died in her 30s of cancer.
Bessie Ogle Shaw
Left to Right: Bessie Ogle Shaw (b. 1886), not long before her death; her son Owen Kenneth Shaw (b. 1913), Bessie’s grandmother, Mary Elizabeth McKendry Nichols, and Mary’s sister, Katherine McKendry.
- Katherine McKendry
Mary’s sister, Katherine McKendry appears in many of the photos with Mary. I have not found many records of Katherine, and I don’t know if she ever got married – so maybe some of the folks in the photos are her family. There was also another sister, Adaline. If she is in any of these images, she has not yet been identified.
Mary McKendry Nichols in the black dress on the left, her sister, Katherine McKendry is the woman wearing glasses. The other people are all unidentified.
Mary McKendry Nichols on the left in the long black coat, her sister, Katherine McKendrie is the woman just to the left of her in the dark coat and hat. The other people are unidentified.
Mary McKendry Nichols, and unknown people.
- Leon McKendry
Leon McKendry was the nephew of Mary and Katherine McKendry. He was the son of their brother, Elijah McKendry and his wife Margaret Davis.
- The following images are basically unidentified but belong somehow to this McKendry/Nichols/Shaw/Ogle family. Can you help? Are these your family?
Girl on a horse.
On the back of this photo is a note ‘Taken in 1912’
Two young women in coats.
This is marked ‘Arleen McKenzie, 1940’ I don’t know who she is or how she is related.
Girl with a dog.
Woman in a hat.
Woman in old fashioned boots.
Young woman in a garden.
A group of young women. Maybe a class of teachers?
Family in a garden. Is the older woman the same as the woman in the hat?
Family with twin babies.
Older photo of a family on a porch.
Thanks for any help identifying any of these people!
I have a batch of family photos from my great-grandparents’ lives in Las Vegas, New Mexico. We enjoy these photos immensely and would like to share the joy with other folks whose family members may also be in the photos. I have made high-resolution scans so that you can zoom in on them to see more detail.
Can you identify any of the people in these images? If so, please let me know! Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org ..
- School or Church Orchestra, Las Vegas, New Mexico, c. 1888-1890.
The only person I have identified in this one is my great-grandmother, Augusta Fleck (later O’Malley), the violinist on the far left of the 2nd row in the dark dress with her hand shown holding her bow. I wonder if it is a school or church orchestra, as there is a nun in the center back. Augusta was born 1883, and she is quite young here, I estimate about 16-18 years old.
School or Church Orchestra, Las Vegas, New Mexico, c. 1888-1890. Augusta Fleck (later O’Malley) is 2nd row, left end in dark dress with lace, holding her violin and bow.
- Music Students, Las Vegas, New Mexico, c. 1910-1915. Augusta Fleck O’Malley was a music teacher for over 60 years – she quit school after 8th grade to help support her family by giving piano and violin lessons and taught all the rest of her life. In this photo, she stands behind her seven violin students (her face is partly obscured by the tear).
Music Students, Las Vegas, New Mexico, c. 1910-1915
- Family Picnic and Camping, near Las Vegas, New Mexico, c. 1910s. O’Malleys and friends camping, maybe in the Gallinas near Las Vegas, NM. In the first image, from left, Charles O’Malley, Juliette Fleck (Auntie), Augusta F. O’Malley with the twins, Charlotte and Augusta in front of her. I think the little boy just in front of them must be Uncle Pat, Charles O’Malley, Jr. On the far right, the dark girl is my grandmother, Josephine O’Malley, she was often dubbed the “Gypsy Child” by her family because she was so much darker than the rest. I don’t know who the other people are. The second image shows some of the children again, I believe the same outing; the O’Malley kids are lined up on the right, Josephine, Charlotte, Augusta and little ‘Pat’. The third image shows the same group again, and boy, they look like they were having fun! I can identify Juliette Fleck on the left holding the baby up (not her own), Augusta and Charles O’Malley with their arms around each other on the right. The kids are holding one finger to their noses for some reason. I think it’s one of the twins on the left, and Josephine in the middle with the dark hair.
O’Malleys and friends camping, maybe in the Gallinas near Las Vegas, NM. From left, Charles O’Malley, maybe Juliette Fleck (Auntie), Augusta F. O’Malley with the twins, Charlotte and Augusta. I think the little boy just in front of them must be Uncle Pat, Charles O’Malley, Jr. On the far right, the dark girl is grandmother, Josephine O’Malley, she was often dubbed the “Gypsy Child” by her family because she was so much darker than the rest. I don’t know who the other people are.
Camping Trip, c. 1910, the O’Malley children are the four on the right, Josephine, Augusta, Charlotte, and little ‘Pat’.
Camping Trip, near Las Vegas, NM, c. 1910. Juliette Fleck holding up the baby on the left end, Augusta and Charles O’Malley on the right end with arms around each other. The kids: maybe Augusta O’Malley on the left end, Josephine in the middle with the dark hair.
- Children’s Play, Mutual Theater (later the Campus Theater), Las Vegas, NM, 1912. From a newspaper article which identifies the following children: Carl and Fred Ilfeld, Alfred Rogers, Stella Frank, Russell Nelson, Herman Bachrach, Ellen Rogers (Drake), Jack Reynolds, Waldo and Herman Speiss, Fred and Mildred Cobb; Tillie, Corrine, Rose, Margarita, and Marie C’de Baca; Josephine, Augusta, and Charlotte O’Malley (my grandmother and aunts). The O’Malley girls (I think) are in the middle of the pack, with Charlotte covering her face with a flower, Josephine behind her to the right a bit, and Augusta directly behind her, looking dramatic.
- Patriotism Play, Las Vegas, New Mexico, c. 1915-1917. I don’t recognize any of these children, it may be a production that Augusta directed? The theme seems likely to have been done during WWI. Does anyone recognize the hall with the bas relief above the stage?
Patriotism Play, Las Vegas, New Mexico, c. 1915-1917
- Las Vegas Cowboy Band, 1916. Maybe this was part of the annual Cowboy Reunion festivities held in Las Vegas between 1915 and 1931. My great-grandfather, Charles O’Malley is the fellow in the dark shirt and white suspenders in the middle back with no instrument. Was he the conductor? By Newman Photo.
The Cowboy Band, Las Vegas, NM, 1916. Charles O’Malley is the fellow in the white suspenders in the back center row.
- Music Students, Las Vegas, New Mexico, c. 1918-1920. This photo is dated by the apparent ages of Augusta’s three daughters, who flank her in the back row. Augusta herself is in the middle of the top row in the white blouse. Her twin daughters Charlotte and Augusta flank her, and Josephine (with the bow in her hair and a white dress) is next to Augusta (the daughter) on the right.
Augusta Fleck O’Malley and her Music Students, Las Vegas, New Mexico, c. 1918-1920.
- Las Vegas, NM, Group of Men in Suits, c. 1914-1920. I don’t know who these fellows are, nor when they gathered, but Charles O’Malley is the guy sitting at the front left. I do know he was heavily involved in civic matters, and was considered a town leader. They look pretty happy, too, so maybe celebrating some significant event.
Group of men in Las Vegas, NM, c. 1915. Charles O’Malley seated in foreground.
- Las Vegas, NM, Women’s Club Gypsy Party, church courtyard c. 1940s. Augusta was a member of several women’s groups, and although I’m not certain, I’m guessing it is a church club based on the effigy in glass that appears behind them. I have two group photos of them at their ‘gypsy’ party, one serious, and one just for fun. Augusta is the woman on the end with the accordion in the first image, and in the second she is toward the right, looking back laughing at her friends. Recognize any of these ladies?
Women’s Club Gypsy Party, Las Vegas, New Mexico, c. 1940s
Women’s Club Gypsy Party, Las Vegas, New Mexico, c. 1940s
- Women’s Club, silly hat party, Las Vegas, NM, c. late 1940s. Augusta looks a bit older in this image, but it may be the same group of ladies, this time all wearing fantastic hats! Augusta is seated in the middle front row with the patterned dress and the lace hat tied under her chin.
Las Vegas Women’s Club, 1948, Silly Hat Party. Augusta O’Malley is fifth from left in flowered dress.
That’s what I’ve got – I’d appreciate any help with identifying the people in these images. I also have another batch of photos from the 1914 prize boxing match held in Las Vegas, which I’ll post separately. — Thanks!