Ruth's Genealogy

“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”

The word prompt for the 11th Edition of Smile For The Camera is brothers & sisters? Were they battling brothers, shy little sisters, or was it brother & sister against the world? Our ancestors often had only their siblings for company. Were they best friends or not?


Jack Dixon Carr & Mamie Inez Carr Clark

my great-uncle and my grandmother

ca 1975



Henry Thomas Fair & John Thomas Stanley

ca 1901

my 2nd great-uncle and my great-grandfather

Henry and John were abandoned about 1900 and Henry was adopted by John and Martha Fair, John was adopted by Miles and Trilla Stanley. Martha Fair and Trilla Stanley were sisters and next-door neighbors, so although the boys were adopted into separate families, they still grew up together.



Mary Tennessee Turner Rogers, holding Miles Francis Stanley III, with Jan Marie Stanley, Maryland Sue Stanley (my great-grandmother, my uncle, my aunt and my Mom) at grave of Charles Arthur Rogers, ca 1943, Greenwood Cemetery, Fort Worth, Texas.


Brother And Sister

by Lewis Carroll

Sister, sister, go to bed!
Go and rest your weary head.”
Thus the prudent brother said.

“Do you want a battered hide,
Or scratches to your face applied?”
Thus his sister calm replied.

“Sister, do not raise my wrath.
I’d make you into mutton broth
As easily as kill a moth”

The sister raised her beaming eye
And looked on him indignantly
And sternly answered, “Only try!”

Off to the cook he quickly ran.
“Dear Cook, please lend a frying-pan
To me as quickly as you can.”

And wherefore should I lend it you?”
“The reason, Cook, is plain to view.
I wish to make an Irish stew.”

“What meat is in that stew to go?”
“My sister’ll be the contents!”
“You’ll lend the pan to me, Cook?”

4 thoughts on “Smile for the Camera!

  1. Ruth Stephens says:

    Or your two older brothers! ;)


  2. John says:

    I enjoyed the Lewis Carroll poem. It’s one of his earlier poems which had ‘morals’ attached to them. The one for this poem was: “Never stew your sister.” Which is pretty good advice, I must say.


  3. Love the link with the poem by Lewis Carroll – I’m going to use it as a writing prompt in my classroom!
    Evelyn in Montreal


  4. wendylittrell says:

    Ruth – wonderful story and great pictures! I love the name Mary Tennessee Turner Rogers!


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