Friday, January 4, 2013

Photo Friday - Marion Moran ca. 1890

Marion Moran is on the right. We aren't sure
who the other girl is and with a plethora of cousins it's
anyone's guess as to which branch of the family
she belongs to.

Today's Photograph is dedicated to Marion Agnes Moran, the youngest child of John Williamson Moran and Sophia Riley Gunn.  Marion always touches my heart in so many ways.  We don't know the exact date of her birth, just that it happened in 1885 and we only know that from her headstone.  Marion was just 10 years old when her mother died.  From some of the letters it seems that she may have been a lonely girl and it appears there was some concern about her finding a husband.  I think she was considered the "homely" child.  However, Marion did marry, Charles H. Cobb of Union City, but it doesn't appear to have been a happy marriage and she ended up committing suicide October 1934.  They had one child, Carolyn Elizabeth Cobb


Closeup of  the two
holding hands.
Closeup of unknown girls necklace.
We don't know who the other little girl is except that she could belong to any number of the Moran cousins from the Irvines, Scotts, Fergusons and maybe even the Gunns.   I love the details in this photograph and the contrast between the two girls.  They are both dressed ornately but Marion's outfit is more subdued.  She has a simple dark ribbon in her hair and no jewelry.  The other little girl appears to be a bit older than Marion and she's dressed more like an adult than a child from the long train to the two bracelets, necklace and even what looks to be at least one gold hair pin.
I love the way the older girl is holding Marion's hand, as if to say I'm here and I'll take care of you.

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