A little over a year ago, I first posted this picture in my blog, minus the annotations with the names. I called it the "Christmas Cousins" picture, because it was obviously taken at Christmas time, and because it's of a bunch of Pape first cousins - the seven children of John and Gertrude Kramer Pape, my great-grandparents, and the six children of John's brother Lorenz (or Laurenz) and his first wife Maria Henrietta Kamp Pape.
|Pape cousins at Christmas, probably sometime between 1913 and 1917 inclusive.|
Original photo courtesy Mary Kay Schmidt; initial annotations courtesy Lawrence Pape.
I decided to go ahead and add annotations with the names of the other cousins. As I said earlier, my dad and I are absolutely positive about Clara, Paul, Rhea, and Lee. Cousin Mary Kay and her mom are absolutely positive about Nellie and Maria. Martha is the only girl left, so we are pretty sure that is her in front, but its underexposure makes it hard to be sure. We were kind of guessing on the rest of the guys based on their relative ages, so it's really helpful to have Lawrence's positive identification of his father.
Lawrence also sent a family tree with some additional information. I've been spending my free time the last few days updating my family tree, and doing a little more research, in order to create a descendants chart for Jacob Pape, my great-great-grandfather and our ancestor in common, so I can send it out to these various cousins for review, corrections, and input. So far there are 426 people in the chart (which includes spouses of Jacob's direct descendants, but no stepchildren), and I know that's not everybody! (I also know of at least two more additions coming in the next two months, grandchildren of two of my first cousins.)
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