This portrait was one of many photographs belonging to Sarah Ophelia Barnes, née Rose (1863-1936). Ophelia lived for many years in Goldsboro, Wayne County, North Carolina. Her great-granddaughter, Betsy Coleman, shared the pictures with our Barnes family, in the hopes that more folks could be identified.
I’m not sure if these two charming cute children are boys or girls, or one of each, but most likely they were siblings. They could have been twins or born one year apart. The dresses may have been christening outfits. Both children look like they belong to the Barnes family, and the one in the back looks a lot like Ophelia’s granddaughter, Helen Barnes Golden, as a child, but we know it isn’t her. We have another portrait from this same photo studio in Goldsboro, dated 1909.
The photographer, Captain Albert Oliver Clement, was born September 15, 1882 and he died April 25, 1936 in Goldsboro, Wayne County, NC. He was buried at Rockfish Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Wallace, Duplin County, NC (source: http://www.findagrave.com Find A Grave Memorial# 54795614).
Looking at newspaper archives online at Genealogy Bank I found a short death notice for Capt. Clement in the Greensboro Daily News, Greensboro, NC, from Saturday, May 23, 1936. I would think the Wayne County Public Library, in Goldsboro, NC will have more information about the A. O. Clement Photo Studio. One of these days I have to plan a trip there for more research on our Barnes Family!
Here is another portrait from the A. O. Clement Studio, of a pretty young girl with a bow in her hair. This child favors the Rose side of the family. Many in the Rose family had thick dark brown hair and large expressive dark eyes.
Any help in identifying or dating these two portraits will be much appreciated! Friday’s Faces From the Past is a blogging prompt suggested by Geneabloggers.