Four Generations of Chambers-Boling Family
Lost and Found
For years, I thought there were no pictures of my dad as a little boy and especially none of his mother Helen Louise Chambers (1911-1944) born in Philadelphia, daughter of Frank Maynard Chambers (1864-1967) from Marion, Pennsylvania and Lottie Taylor (1890-1962) from Culpeper, Virginia.
I had totally forgotten that I made special albums in 2002 for mom for Mother’s Day and Dad for Father’s Day. Lo and behold, dad’s album had the one and only picture that I am aware of that includes not only my dad and his mother together, but also his grandfather Frank Maynard and great grandmother Maude (Little Grandma) Johnston Chambers.
Today was truly the first day that I closely examined this photo. I noticed immediately that my dad’s sister, Aunt Delores Ann Boling Stambaugh (1930-2008) bore a strong resemblance to her mother, Helen.
I also noticed that our newly discovered Grand Uncle (Maynard Nelle Chambers) bears a striking resemblance to his dad and to my dad today. (This Christmas marks the one-year anniversary of Maynard reaching out to our family after reading one of my earlier posts.)
Please note also that Maude’s left arm and hand are not shown. Her top does have a slight bulge at her left side. Perhaps she injured her arm and tucked it within her dress?
And finally, my dad and his mom captured in a photo together is quite significant. As well, as my dad being with his grandfather Frank Maynard. If you have read any of my earlier posts about the Chambers-Taylor-Boling families (listed below) you will remember that Helen estranged herself from her husband Jesse Boling and their children when my dad was only 5. And, Frank Maynard Chambers estranged himself from Lottie and the remaining family members in 1939-40.
My best guess is that this photo was taken when my dad, Frank Burton Boling was 4 or 5–that means it was taken in 1932-33.
And about my dad I just want to say: It takes a strong man to live up to the definition of “father.” But, it takes a remarkable soul to fill the description of “dad.” Wishing you a very happy 86th birthday on Sunday, December 7, 2014, dad.
My Other Blog Posts About The Chambers-Boling-Taylor Families: