One of our family heirlooms is a photo album from 1916. It’s a leather-bound album containing pictures of Joseph Charles Varley and his family.

Joseph was married to Mary, and they had seven children, Lulu May, Lotta (Lottie), William M, James Garfield, Jessie, Lillian and Thomas Harold. Jessie died at the age of 1 in 1885. William (pictured in the background of the second photo of the album) died in 1898, when he was 19 years old.

Along with the Varley’s are two other family members, Willnetta Coy and Mary Barnes. Willnetta is Lillian’s daughter and Mary is Lottie’s daughter.

The photographs were taken in 1916 by Miss Lucia Weeks in Mansfield, Ohio. Below is one of the many ad’s she took out in the Mansfield newspapers.

Lucia Weeks Adfrom Mansfield News (1)

All the captions in this album are copied directly from the album, including names.

Some tips for viewing the album:

– The thumbnails are resized (automatically) and cut off parts of the photograph. Click the image to see it in it’s entirety. You can click on the image again to enlarge it further.

– Once in the album, you can use the arrows at the bottom to scroll between pictures (they’ll say “Next Attachment” or “Previous Attachment”).


1) Mansfield News (Mansfield, Ohio) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.