|Willard Elmer Towson and his wife|
Emily/Emma Hatton and daughter
Manie Cooper Towson. Kobe Japan June 1890.
Manie was born in Healdsburg, CA, Dec 3, 1889.
According to the announcement in the paper she was
"a 10 pounder!"
On November 3, 2011, I had posted an image of a man, woman, and Japanese child taken in Kobe Japan, 1890, and posted it to The Victorian Hoarders blog. The picture was taken by a rather famous Japanese photographer named S. Ichida. We had no idea who the people were. Friends? Family? Missionaries was a sure bet but other than that, no clue.
Then last night I came across the Enterprise entry again and wondered who Emma Hatton was and how she was a cousin to Sophia Riley Gunn Moran. So I took a few minutes to see what I could dig up. I wasn't able to find their ancestor in common as yet but I did find that Emma Hatton had married Willard Elmore Towson, a Methodist Preacher, and that the couple had spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as Missionaries, along with Emma's mother Sophie K. Reilly Hatton. Sophie Hatton was married to General Robert Hopkins Hatton. There is an excellent article about General Hatton including genealogical information about his parents, siblings, wife and children.
|Sophie K. Reilly Hatton|
Bells and whistles were going off all over the place for me. I immediately was struck by the similarity of names for Sophia K Reilly and Sophia Riley Gunn. The next thing I remembered was a picture taken in Japan of a missionary couple that I had written about in November. I think it is safe to say that the couple in the picture is Willard Elmer Towson and his wife Emma Hatton Towson. On a side note, census records list her as Emily H. Towson. Emily was probably her given name but she was probably called Emma by family and friends.
With that mystery cleared up I am now on the trail of the Moran/Gunn/Reilly/Hatton family connection.