Picture Perfect Saturday #37 ~ Matilda M. Divine

I am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!

In honor of “Women’s History Month”, each Saturday this March I will be highlighting one of my female ancestors.

This week I am showcasing this photo of my maternal 2nd Cousin, Matilda M. Divine with 2 of her daughters, Laura and Myrtle. Matilda was born on May 26, 1855, in Tennessee. She moved to Missouri with her family when she was 2 years old. She was raised in Dade County which was still a developing area at the time, and she learned to hunt and fish alongside her brothers. Matilda married Joseph K. West on March 25, 1875, at the age of 19. The couple moved to Cedarvale, Chautauqua County, Kansas 3 years later. They had 8 daughters and no sons, so Matilda taught all of them to fish and hunt. In this photo, taken in the early 1900s, you see that they are a little over dressed to be out hunting. It appears that they may have gone to Church first and decided to shot dinner afterwards without bothering to change their clothes. Just look at those furs and shoes! Left to right is Laura, Matilda, and Myrtle. Matilda and Myrtle are holding the rabbits and the three of them look as though they are pretty proud of themselves.I am sure they had rabbit stew for dinner.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have written two books “Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time” and “Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip”, both available on Amazon. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter @VHughesAuthor.