Wednesday, August 7, 2019

TODAY IN OUR FAMILY ~ It’s my great grandmother, Florence Hunter’s birthday–she would have been 150 years old today

Happy birthday to you Florence Hunter.  You were born 150 years ago today!

You are my maternal great grandmother.  I feel as though I know you from all the research I've done.  I’m blessed to have many pictures of you.

You were born on 7 Aug 1869 in Newport, Campbell, Kentucky to James Gillen Hunter (1832-1894) & Susan Caroline Boggs (1842-1913).

You first married Robert Edward Bowden on 10 Mar 1887, at age 17, in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio.  You and Robert had two daughters, my grandmother, also named Florence, born 31 Jan 1888 and Edna, born 1 Jan 1890.

You and Robert divorced in 1899 and you next married George Keatley Bell (1870-1952), on 16 Oct 1904.  You were married until your death in 1946.  He died 2 Nov 1952.

I remember my grandma telling me that you ran a boarding house.  In fact, it was at that very place that she met my grandfather, Joseph A. Milne.

One of the earliest photos I have is actually a 4 generation portrait taken sometime around 1907, after the birth of your first grandchild, Dorothy Irene Milne.
Back row-L-R - Florence Hunter and her daughter Florence.  Seated is Florence Hunter's mother, Susan C. Boggs and baby Dorothy Milne, her first grandchild

The next picture is a lovely group picture of you and five of your six sisters.

Here are several more photos I have put together in a video.  
(You can enlarge the video to full screen in the lower right hand corner)
Click twice if the video doesn't begin

You died 4 years before I was born, on 27 May 1946 at Osteopathic Hospital in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri.  You were 76 years, 9 months and 20 days old.  You died after a fall at home that fractured your right femur.

I wish we could have met.  I have SO many questions I need to ask you.  How fun it would be to sit down and chat.  I bet you would have many stories to tell me.  Your daughter, my grandmother, was the original family historian and passed that love along to me.
Rest in peace great grandmother.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
Copyright ©  2010-2019   Diane Gould Hall


  1. What a fun post Diane! Those photos are wonderful and your video is so fun. What program did you use to create it? Happy Birthday to your great-grandmother, Florence!

    1. Hi Jana. Thanks. I used Photoshop Elements 15. First time I’ve used it to create a video. It was easy and fun. I didn’t like their music choices, so I was able to connect to my own music and select something.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Great job with the video!! You are so lucky to have all the photos.

    1. Thanks Debby. It was fun to do and I think videos make any story more interesting. I see more in my future.

  3. Wonderful post about your dear grandma Florence! I love the video with so many treasured photos ... you did an amazing job honoring your grandmother Diane!

    1. Thanks Gini. It was an absolute accident that I chose to write a "Today in our Family" post and ran across my great grandma Florence's 150th birthday. Not planned at all, but worked out perfectly!


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