Wailing at the Robert Nicholas
Written on the back of the picture:
at home of Robert Niclus Sheffield in Missiseepy
first cousin of mine, Gertie
he standing in center with cap on
was taken at a wailing at his home
was called Bob nick
The writing on the back of the picture was
written by Gertrude Ester Rentz Jordan. Robert Sheffield was "Gertie's"
The arrow pointing to the man in the center of
the picture was not drawn on the picture at the same time as the writing on
the back of the picture. The writing on the back of the picture and
the arrow drawn on the picture are in different colors of ink.
This picture was found among the belongings of
Gertrude Ester Rentz Jordan after she passed away. She was called
"Gertie" by her family and friends. Gertie was the daughter
of William James Rentz b.Nov 23, 1844 d. May 10, 1910 and
Elizabeth Sarah Jane Sheffield Rentz b.Jan 24, 1846 d. Dec 27, 1922.
William was called "Tiner" by his family and friends.
Elizabeth was called "Jane" by her family and friends.
William James Rentz and Elizabeth Sarah Jane
Sheffield Rentz are buried in the Rentz Family Cemetery in Baker County, Ga.
Robert Nicholas Sheffield was the son of
Augustus L. Sheffield b. Aug. 16, 1841 and Nancy Bush
Sheffield b.1846. Robert was the grandson of Isham R.
Sheffield b. March 5, 1815 d. Aug. 30, 1884 and Martha Rice
Lane Sheffield b. Feb 22, 1819 d. March 4, 1901.
Isham R. Sheffield was Miller County's first
Representative in 1857. He is buried at the Shepard Cemetery in Miller
County, Ga. Martha Rice Lane is buried at the Roberts Cemetery in
Miller County, Ga.
Most of the Sheffields in the picture are
standing on the porch. Notice there is one white man (wearing a hat)
squatting next to the tree.
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