The Searcy County Library of Marshall, Arkansas has a Facebook group called Searcy County Arkansas Genealogy Archives. I was pleasantly surprised when the library posted the below photo of my grand-uncles to their Facebook group. I hope they don’t mind that I’ve borrowed their photo for this article!
Minnie Rosetta Bohannon was the daughter of Daniel Bohannon and Ada Barnes. She was a first cousin of the Grahams because her father was Mary Matilda Bohannon’s brother. Minnie would marry Marcus Houston Watts, Alpha’s younger brother, on Sunday, 7 October 1917.
Dating the picture
There’s not much in the photo that might offer a clue to the date. The various weddings mentioned above might have brought all these particular people together. That gives this photo a date range of 1912-1919. I’m leaning toward the 1912 side of that range because of how young Alpha looks here, and some of the later weddings were of his younger siblings. With that in mind, Mary Bohannon and Evisa Graham were both married in September 1912 just three days apart. That could be the month and year of this photo. In 1912, Alpha Watts was thirteen years old, which would account for his youthful appearance. But, I stress, this is just a guess.
Just for fun, I uploaded this image to MyHeritage in order to apply its colorization filter.
“Graham, Bohannon, & Watts Family Photo.” Facebook, Searcy County Arkansas Genealogy Archives, 25 Oct. 2022, https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=pfbid0Ukgw3epY1MGPbiwN3Baza7yTrqrbSWWXMyQfF8zjTvvPZED2MyM6ZdfdHjm12cAml&id=1547050528927986.