I've had the good fortune lately to have found "new" cousins from my mother's father's Flanders family line. They aren't really new, but they're newly-found and newly treasured! This week one of them shared this beautiful photo with me, saying she thought it was a portrait of our great, great, grandmother Jane Ann Wilson, wife of Samuel McMillan.
This chart shows my ancestry to Jane Ann McMillan.
I think the woman in the photo is beautiful. My cousin told me her notes said the woman was"Grandpa Flanders' (C.C.) Grandmother McMillan". The C. C Flanders referred to was a brother of my grandfather Milo Flanders. So that would mean she's Jane Ann Wilson, wife of Samuel McMillan, as shown in the chart above.
I saw that the portrait was taken by F. Beals, 23 Douglas Avenue, Elgin, Illinois. I did some online research about Ferris Beals, photographer, and learned that his studio was open in Elgin 1890-1908. Then I realized Jane Ann Wilson, born in 1823, would have been 67 years old the first year he opened his studio. I'm quite certain the lady in the portrait is not 67 years old. I was disappointed, because I don't know how that could be a portrait of my great, great grandmother.
My cousin and I have considered that it might be a photo of Sarah Jane McMillon Flanders, who was born in 1853. She would have been 37 years old when Ferris Beals opened his studio. But my cousin's note said it was Grandmother McMillon. Sarah Jane would have been Grandmother Flanders. So I guess for now it's a puzzle.