Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Fearless Females Series - Emma Katherine Dawson

Thanks so much to Lisa of The Accidental Genealogist blog for posting a series of blog prompts titled Fearless Females for the month of March, Women's History Month.  One thing that I love about blog posts series - they make me go look at what I know, and often don't know. 

Today's prompt reads - Post a photo of one of your female ancestors.   Who is in the photo?  When was it taken?  Why did you select this photo?
This is a photo of my 3rd Great Grandmother, Emma Katherine Dawson Horsman Beckwith. A cousin was kind enough to share this with me about 10 years ago.  Emma Dawson is someone that I've not done much research on - nor have I ever really posted anything about the Dawson family on my blog - and this is why I chose her.    She was born in 1865 in Virginia and died in 1936 in Vienna, Fairfax County, Virginia.  Emma was married twice; first to John Thomas Horsman (my 3rd Great Grandfather), and then to Benjamin Beckwith.  She was the mother of 11 children. 


  1. What a great picture. My mother's name is Emma Katherine. And she spells Katherine the same way.

  2. I love this photograph. She looks serisou, but also very intent/intense. You have some wonderful old photographs on your blog. I'm just a little envious!

  3. YOu said about the month of woman history "One thing that I love about blog posts series - they make me go look at what I know, and often don't know." which I found to be true myself. I found reminders of the undone, and why it is important to get death certificates and satements from the church archives. In order to tell a story, we have to have our time line pretty much mapped out.
    I like your post, sometimes you wonder what they are thinking about as they sit there an hour or more for the picture.