With that in mind, I have had this picture of my great-great-great grandparents for many years. I uploaded it last year with the intention of photoshopping and restoring it but never got around to it. I was messing with picmonkey yesterday while making a new Halloween banner for my blog, so I decided to go ahead and edit the picture while I was at it. I didn't have an intention of altering it at the time.
This is a picture my grandfather's great-grandparents, Colsby (aka Colby, Caleb) Lyon and his wife Phoebe Jayne Lyon.The original photo is a drawing and it is falling apart, which makes it particularly tricky to work with. Colby, as my pappaw always called him, was the son of Jesse Lyon who founded Blaine KY, where they settled. Colby was the great grandson of William Lyon who fought in the Revolutionary war and immigrated to America directly from Scotland.
It is this part of my family tree that stems directly to the Queen Mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.
|My grandfather, John Lyon and his identical twin brother, Ed, (a.k.a. "Sonny and Buddy") were great-grandsons of Colby and Phoebe Jayne Lyon.|
I am very blessed that my dear grandfather and uncle were so diligent in collecting information about our interesting genealogy long before there was ancestry.com. They spent many hours traveling and researching, gathering interesting pictures, artifacts and information that has made it so easy for me while doing my own research. I remember seeing this particular photo as a very young girl and being fascinated by it.
Here is the best I could do using pickmonkey. I like the canvas grain tool that gives the effect of a painting. I am thinking of printing this on cardstock and decopauging it on a wooden plaque.
I love my Lyon family history, and I even love the ancestors that I could never possibly have met. Because of my Pappaw, I have so much information about these people that I do feel as if I know them. One aspect about my Clan Lyon family that is certain--- we all have very strong senses of humor and love to joke and cut up. My dad keeps us all in stitches at family gatherings and my grandfather and his brothers and were the same way. With that in mind, I didn't feel as if I had disrespected my anscestors by creating this...
Eventually I will get the picture professionally restored, but for now, I feel so happy to have made this little piece of art as a tribute to family members that I somehow know in my heart. To some this may seem disrespectful, but I truly feel that if they knew that almost 150 years later one of their descendant grandchildren would care enough about them to proudly display their picture as art in her home, they would be touched and pleased. I hope my descendants will one day read my blog with interest too!
Yes, Grandpa Colby, you added many branches to the Lyon family tree, and yes, Grandma Phoebe, we most certainly did inherit your good looks and sense of humor!
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