This is my Great-Grandmother Cornelia Elizabeth Akins Mix Simpson. She was born an Akins in Lockwood, Tioga County, New York, and married a Mix (my great-grandfather), then married a Simpson.
She's standing here with her half-brother, George F. Akins. They shared the same father, John Francis Akins.
I'm guessing from her dress that this picture was taken in the 1940s. It's likely on his or her farm up in the Finger Lakes region of New York, probably Tioga or Tompkins county, or somewhere near there.
I don't know this for sure because the Akin's are IMPOSSIBLE to find ANY information on other than the bare minimum. I think they must have hid from the census taker's and never got any marriage license's because according to the records, they DON'T EXIST. I say this after a day spent poring through censuses (census's? censi?) and NOT finding them. I figured after waiting a decade or so after doing a first look that something would have come up, but NO!!
Part of the problem is that Akins can also be Akin, Aken, Akens, Aiken, Aikens, Aikin, Aikins, and probably more I haven't figure out yet, thus the lack of finding ANYTHING!
But as usual, I digress.
Taking another look at the picture, you will notice that they are holding the skin of a timber wolf (at least that's according to what's written on the back of the photograph). Yes, wolves used to be all over the place, even New York state, before we (Americans) nearly killed them all off, so I'm assuming that this is a proud farmer showing off the skin of a wolf he killed. What can I say, times were different.
But now, if you still haven't noticed it, take another look, there's something else.
Something to do with George.
Something to do with George's hat.
See it? There is a.......chicken.....on Great-Great-Uncle George's hat.
Oh so many questions...
- Did he always wear a chicken on his hat?
- Is this chicken special in some way?
- Does the chicken lay eggs up there?
- Does he have different chickens for different days, like a sunday-best chicken?
- Did he save the chicken-on-the-hat just for special occasions, like when you are showing off your timber wolf skin with your half-sister?