Ghostly treatment of a mysterious photo.
Who is this lady? I am not sure I will ever know. In my family-search on my father's side, I have come up with a few theories. She might be my father's grandmother, Margaret (Maggie) Maglenon (born 1856, death unknown), in her later years.
Maggie had quite the life. Before my grandfather was born, she had a son by a man called James Bailie, but they never married. My grandfather, Joseph was born a few years later, by another man, called Davison. They never married. Much later, she did marry—a man called John Stratton, who, according to the Irish Census, was 12 years her junior! They married when she was 41, and he was 29.
I'll tell you one thing, she must have been a handsome woman.
I have not one single picture of her, unless this is the woman herself, but the woman in this photo could just as easily be my great-grandfather's mother, Ellen Flanagan, born in 1841, whose death is unknown (at least to me).
Then again, she might be someone else entirely, but why, oh why, did my father have this picture in his little tin box that he kept on his closet-shelf along with all the other of his sparse collection? I wish I could ask him, but since this Sunday, he will have been gone five years already, that's just not possible.
Here's what the photo really looks like:
Just a sweet little old lady striking a pose. I'll bet it's Maggie.
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