|The John and Catharine ABRAHAM Family, circa 1898.|
Picture taken at the ABRAHAM Ranch, Elkhorn River Valley, Douglas County, Nebraska in front of the dining room window. John and Catharine lived in the house pictured with their family; later, their son John Willard ABRAHAM and his wife, Maud Evelyn née SUMNER, lived in the house with their children.
Front row, seated left to right: John McCue ABRAHAM, wife Catharine Margaret née BARTLETT, Susannah "Susie" ABRAHAM (John's older sister), and John and Catharine's son James Willard.
Back row, standing left to right: John and Catharine's sons and daughter - Lot William, Roy Clair, Charles, Margaret "Maggie", and Arthur.
Arthur, when he was quite young, accidentally amputated his thumb and part of his forefinger on his right hand while trying to operate a hand-held corn sheller (this is why he was listed on some censuses as maimed). In the photo, he is resting his right hand on the back of James Willard's chair and the lost of his thumb and forefinger is partially noticeable.
Maggie (standing next to Arthur) was supposed to be seated where James Willard is, but she refused to be on the front row because she was pregnant. Maggie was concerned her pregnancy might be evident in the photo so she had her brother James take her place on the front row.
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