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    Rescued Photo: Medley Family Photo

    Shelley Cardiel rescues photographs from flea markets, eBay, you name it. She does what research she can to identify the family and then posts her findings on mailing lists, message boards, and photo sites in an attempt to reunite the pictures with family. What she does is awesome. I contacted her recently to see if she thought including them here might help. I hope it does! Please contact Shelley if you have information about her photos or project.


    Rescued 000-006:  Eleanor E. Medley c. early 1900s

    Rescued 000-006: Eleanor E. Medley c. early 1900s

    I’ve “rescued” an old photograph identified as Luther MEDLEY’S Baby which was taken at the Sextus Ross Studio in Marshall, IL. The photograph appears to have been taken in the early 1900’s with the baby about 1 year old at the time the photograph was taken. I believe that this is a photograph of Luther’s daughter Eleanor E. MEDLEY. Based on limited research I was able to gather the following information regarding this family:

    Eleanor E. MEDLEY was b. abt 1909 in Wabash Township, Clark Co., IL to parents Martin Luther MEDLEY (b. 26 Aug 1877-d. 18 Jun 1927 in Marshall, IL – son of George MEDLEY and Elizabeth CHISLER) and Estelle “Stella” MORGAN or CRUMRINE (1872-1932). Eleanor’s father Martin Luther was a Storekeeper in Marshall, IL when he registered for the draft in 1918. He is buried in the Livingston Cemetery in Marshall, IL.

    Census records provide the following details:

    1880 census of Sugar Creek, IN:
    George MEDLEY, age 41
    Elizabeth MEDLEY, age 39
    Alice MEDLEY, age 15
    Benjamin MEDLEY, age 12
    Callie B. MEDLEY, age 9
    Martin L. MEDLEY, age 2

    1900 census of Wabash, IL:
    George MEDLEY, age 60, born Dec 1839, married 38 years, born IN, parents born IN, a Farmer
    Elizabeth MEDLEY, wife, age 55, born Jul 1844, married 38 years, 4 children/4 living, born PA, parents born PA/VA
    Benjamin MEDLEY, son, age 32, born Oct 1867, born IN, a Farm Laborer
    Arabell MEDLEY, dau, age 28, born Dec 1871, born IN
    Martin L. MEDLEY, son, age 22, born Aug 1877, born IN, a Farm Laborer

    1910 census of Wabash, IL:
    George W. MEDLEY, age 71, a widower, born IN, parents born NC/KY, a Farmer
    Luther MEDLEY, son, age 33, married 6 years, born IN, parents born IN/PA, a Farm Laborer
    Estella MEDLEY, dau-in-law, age 34, married 6 years, 1 child/1 living, born IL, parents born IL
    Elner E. MEDLEY, granddau, age 1 year and 11 months, born IL

    1920 census of Wabash, IL:
    Luther MEDLEY, age 42, born IL, parents born IN/PA, a Grocery Store Clerk
    Estella MEDLEY, wife, age 46, born IL, parents born NC/IL
    Eleanor MEDLEY, dau, age 11, born IL

    I am hoping to locate someone from this MEDLEY Family so that I can return the photograph to their care. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me.

    Shelley Cardiel

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