Something Wonderful just happened. I am looking into the face of my Great-grandmother, Harriet Barker for the very first time! What a thrill. I’ve never known what she looked like. She is the mother of my Grandpa Franklin Smuin who was born in 1896. Tonight I found a photo of her posted on FamilySearch. She married John M. Smuin on 25 July 1878 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. She died on 7 December 1918 at age 59. I know very little about her, but I know now that she was beautiful and when I look into her face, I love her immediately. She feels familiar to me. She feels dear. I am thrilled to see you, great-grandma.
Please, if you know anything about Harriet, I would love to know more.
Update: This is the photo of Harriet Barker Chase, b. 1835, my 2nd great-grandaunt. Need to do a little checking. I found this picture with the caption. I think I need to keep looking for Harriet Barker. Sad.