Lois Hetrick Stewart, TRPLUS@aol.com, writes the following:
Here are a couple of tintypes sent to me by Ida Mae (KEEFER) COYNER. I believe these were possibly Mae's grandparents on her mother's side, but she didn't know who they were. It appears that Ida Mae was named after my g-uncle John's wife, Ida (LININGER) HETRICK. Ida and Mae's mother were very close friends.
The story goes . . . according to Mae, that her parents moved to Kansas in the late 1800's or early 1900's. Her mother left Kansas and returned to MD with Mae and her older brother and sister. Mae was about two or three at the time. Mae was listed as a border with John and Ida Hetrick at the 1910 Cenus. Mae's mother couldn't care for her children and boarded them out and of course asked Ida if she would take Mae.
From what I gathered, Mae's mother was around and even wanted Mae back after she got on her feet, but Mae stayed with the HETRICKs and to her, they were her parents. Ida gave Mae these tintypes, but Mae doesn't remember who they are and sent them to me to keep. Mae is now 93 and she bears a strong resemblance to the unknown women tintype. These must be her grandparents, very possibly her mother's parents, but I don't have her mother's maiden name.
Do you know who they are?
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