Perhaps nothing is more of a determination of one's Ancestorial Branching of the Family Tree as the Letters X and Y. Before the Science of Genetics and the XY Chromosomal discovery, ancient scholars believed that the sex of an infant was a matter of male and female insemination.
Whew...I was dreading this 'Birds and Bee's explanation of my Family Tree's
*First...look at the background. The photos were taken in the same studio.
*Now look at the faces of the two boys in pants here and the two girls in skirts standing beside their father. Same eyes, same faces.
*I'm looking at Stephen B. and Martha Jane's June 14, 1900 Census Record now...hope you are still with me...it says:
Stephen (27) and Jannie (23) Carroll, married 3 years, Othella (2) daughter and Merritt (1) son.
Well, that explains ONE of the skirts and makes the above photo a strong maybe as being Stephen, Martha Jane, Merritt and my Grandmother Estella born June 22, 1900...she's the baby and the photo was probably taken late 1900 or early 1901.'To make a long story short' or 'short work of 'Photo/Census Research', I'll tell you that the 'couple is indeed Stephen B. and Martha J. Carroll and their three children taken in 1901 before my grandmother's first birthday. And that Othella is really a boy that the 1900 Census Taker mistakenly put an A at the end of his name instead of an O. One look at him in that skirt, and I'd have done the same thing.
The photo labeled 'sons and daughters of MJ Carroll' was taken in the fall of 1903 after the death of their father, Stephen, on June 23, 1903 at 30 years of age. The fourth child, Mary Ella was born the year before on July 14, 1902.
I imagine that my widowed Great Grandmother was very grateful to have these four children, and never gave a thought to the 'How's and Why's of their X's and Y's.
I know...I sure am!!!
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