Phoebe's last name was Brown, which is interesting because her oldest daughter, Iona - my great grandmother - married a Brown of no relation. Phoebe and her sister, Hattie, had a less than ideal upbringing. Their mother died in childbirth for a brother that also died, and then their father died 9 months later of diphtheria. Phoebe and Hattie were raised by their grandparents. Phoebe died in 1943, but Robert lived til the 50s. He was at my grandmother's wedding and gave her the cake plate.
Robert & Phoebe's wedding picture, 1899.
Left to right: John Hawthorne (brother), Robert Hawthorne (great-great-grandfather), Annie Hawthorne, standing (sister), Phoebe Brown, sitting (great-great-grandmother), unknown man, Hattie Brown (Phoebe's sister),
This picture was taken around the time of the wedding. The back of the picture is below with some dates and information recorded by Hazel (Hawthorne) Labelle - Phoebe and Robert's daughter.
Probably in the early 40s... since Phoebe died in '43.
Not sure who the child is, but my grandmother thinks it's Glen Clarke - my aunt Ruth's first child.
I love the wedding picture. It's become a real treasure. My cousin, where the pictures come from, said that she found the wedding picture at her uncle's - which was the original farm of the Hawthorne family - and that it was on the ground outside after everyone had moved the things out for the last time before selling it. I think that's sad. But I'm glad she had the foresight to get it.