Family Love — Not as Incestual As It Sounds : A Valentine’s Day Edition

With another Valentine’s Day on its way (tomorrow!) and the idea of love, romance and relationships in the air, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite photos of couples that I’ve found in my research. This may surprise some folks as I’ve gone through a divorce in the last year and I’ve had people assume that I want nothing to do with “lovey-doveyness.”

They couldn’t be more wrong.

I celebrate love. I love, love! ❤

So, without further ado, here are some of the members of my family being adorable, loving and steadfast with each other.


#1: Donald Ellis Blocher & Gladys Louise Stephens – 1951

This first photo is one of my favorites and I really came across it in my research for the first time. This couple is my paternal great-Uncle Don and Aunt Stevie on their wedding day in 1951. They’ve both recently passed away, but you can totally see the love, joy, and celebration in their faces.

#2 – Ellis Elson Blocher & Edith Pauline Milam – 1927


This photo always makes me choke up a bit. I’ve seen it since I was a little girl and every time I do, it makes me smile because they are my family. These are my paternal great-grandparents, Ellis Blocher and Edith Milam. They were absolutely in love and I’ve heard stories from my paternal grandmother about their time together.

Fun fact: Though the title of this post ‘ ‘ is totally in jest, Ellis and Edith were actually second cousins, IRL. O_o

#3 – Joel Daniel Milam & Winnie May Badskey – 1893

In the same paternal line, Joel and Winnie (Edith’s parents) were married in 1893 in Roann, Wabash, Indiana. I don’t know much about them, but through them, I descend, through them, I exist and because of them I exist. Learning more about my family line through research gets me closer to stories about them.

#4 – Amos Henry Blocher & Bessie Hope Kauffman – 1899

Again, with this same side of the family and another set of second great-grandparents…can you tell where my genealogical focus has been lately?! Amos and Bessie were Ellis Blocher’s parents and in the dreary cold spring of 1899, Amos and Bessie were married in a small (now ghost town) village of Knox, North Dakota. In fact, at the time, most of the residents were related in some form or another and most belonged to the Church of the Brethren, an offshoot of the Mennonites.

What family couple photos have you found? Show the love in the comments below! #onfleekfamilyhistory





2 thoughts on “Family Love — Not as Incestual As It Sounds : A Valentine’s Day Edition

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  1. This is just wonderful — not everyone has as many good photos of relatives as you have shared here. I do hope you will write more about their stories — I would love to hear more about Knox, for example, who lived there and why you think that they lived there.

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