Mind-Bending Mystery Photo Revisted

Mind-Bending Mystery Photo Revisted

Over a year ago I wrote about this headache-causing mystery photo owned by a husband and wife, Art and Pam Crawford, who claimed the couple pictured as relatives. The problem was that Art and Pam each identified this couple as different people. Are they members of the Jones family or...

Over a year ago I wrote about this headache-causing mystery photo owned by a husband and wife, Art and Pam Crawford, who claimed the couple pictured as relatives. The problem was that Art and Pam each identified this couple as different people. Are they members of the Jones family or are they Crawfords?

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You can read about in the two installment story, Mind Bending Mystery and
Mind Bending Mystery part 2.

In the second post, I dug further into the story and the picture, eliminating Thomas Jefferson Jones and Mary Jane Williams as possibilities.

Now another Crawford family member has come forward to claim the pair. Agnes Crawford is pretty certain that this photo depicts Nathaniel Crawford and Lois Viola Henley. Nathaniel died in 1937.

Agnes has a snapshot of the couple:

This picture has been in her family for years. I’m hoping for more information. Both Art and Agnes say Nathaniel and Lois are their grandparents.

This is a good example of how photos spread through family connections. Photos trickle down in families based on which family members remain close. I’m hoping to introduce Art to his cousin. Maybe she has more family photos!

Another mystery remains: How did Pam’s family come to have a copy and think that this couple were members of their clan?


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    1. I agree with Art that the "younger" couple and older couple are the same folks. I think that Pam’s grandmother was mistaken. It happens, especially when old photos are "labeled" years later….
      The comment re: another marriage, or siblings known or unknown to each other, is intriguing!

    2. As to how somebody has the photo from a relative’s family:
      I have many photos of my mother-in-law’s family in France and the closest cousins there have photos of all our family! Every year, they sent each other photos of important happenings, such as birthday photos, wedddings, christenings, etc.

    3. Perhaps they are not a couple but brother and sister as someone commented. That way if they each married they would be connected to different families. Hope the mystery is solved. I need to buy the book by Maureen, I have a few pictures that I can’t identify.

    4. You wrote – "Another mystery remains: How did Pam’s family come to have a copy and think that this couple were members of their clan?"

      My mother had a photo with her other family pics that she told me was her uncle. My parents divorced when I was very small. Years later, when I met my father and he gave me some family photos, that same photo was one of them. Turns out the photo is my father’s father – not her uncle. The photo was a doughboy in camp during WWI, and the time period fit both men. (Grandpa was older when my dad was born.)