Rensler’s Photography

Oral History: BARWICK Sisters Reminisce About Their Rosie Lee!:)

Hannah & Lena BARWICKThis morning I woke with the goal of doing one thing — calling my Great Aunts Hannah BARWICK SLAUGHTER and Rev. Lena BARWICK HALL in Cincinnati! My Great Aunts are 92.5 and 91.5 years old respectively. They are the younger sisters, of Mom’s Father, William C. BARWICK.

I needed to alert my Aunts to the parcel that will show up at their doors soon. They needed the “story” of how I came into possession of a Rensler’s image, that I believe is their baby sister, Rosie Lee BARWICK.

I reached Aunt Lena first and what she shared allowed me to clearly see the real reason why Rosia Lee’s image flowed into my hands via an unwitting PhotoSmith from Cincinnati.

From Aunt Lena I learned their sister Rosie Lee (b. Jan 5 1929) was named after Aunt “Rosie” BARWICK (b. 1895) and Uncle Leroy “Lee” BARWICK (my Great Grandfather Raymond BARWICK’s siblings). That she was very sickly and died 1 day after her 11th birthday on January 6 1940 (confirmed by Ohio Death Certifcate). Although Rosie Lee’s cause of death was unknown, Aunt Lena told me the family always believed it was Tuberculosis. Aunt Lena said Rosie Lee’s personality was very much like their Aunt Rosie’s and that she was 18 years old, graduating from Woodward High School, when Rosie Lee passed.

Aunt Lena also shared that she thinks of Rosie Lee often and because there are no pictures of her, she can’t see Rosie […]

Rensler’s Photography Studio: Rev. Lena BARWICK HALL

Very encouraged after a polite email, folks at Black History Album contacted me, agreeing to take Aunt Lena’s Rensler image down from the Black History Album Tumblr! They asked if I’d ever consider featuring my family images for visibility to a broader audience and I explained, it’s not about visibility – it’s about restoring & preserving family.

I did suggest that Black History Album consider joining our Facebook African-American genealogy & Slave Ancestry research group and allow some of our researchers to assist in giving the MANY Ancestors that populate the BHA site their names and stories back!

Our Ancestors were more than eye-candy. They deserve more from us than a PIN, TWEET or POST.

LenaHallBarwickRev. Lena BARWICK HALL

{91.5 years young and going STRONG!}

By |August 23rd, 2013|Barwick, Journal|1 Comment

Rensler’s Revisited: Well… I Did Say Stranger Things Have Happened?!

RosaLee-RENSLER--2Early this morning I posted a few “non-related” Rensler Photography Studio images in the hope these Ancestors would eventually be noticed and reunited with a living descendant researching online. By this evening, to my surprise I had this comment to the blog:

“Wow! This is an unexpected surprise Rosia Lee Barwick! This is the aunt that I heard about but never saw her image until now. She was sickly and passed away in her youth is all I know of her. She was definitely a Barwick and very very lovely! This is indeed touching. Regards, Greg”

Greg is the youngest son of my Great-Aunt Hannah BARWICK SLAUGHTER. Aunt Hannah and William Charles BARWICK (my Grandfather) were siblings. The Rosia Lee BARWICK Greg is referencing is their younger sister who died as a young girl!

Now, neither I nor Greg have ever seen a picture of Rosia/Rosie Lee. Sure her features look McKENZIE/BARWICK and several of the Rensler images of the BARWICK siblings feature the same pedastal, but to be 100% sure we need validation. And the only folks alive to confirm this is our Rosia Lee are in Cincinnati — my 92.5 and 91.5 year old Great Aunts Hannah and Lena BARWICK, Rosia’s older sisters!

So what’s a genea-sleuth to do?! The scan of Rosia Lee will be in the mail first thing tomorrow morning for confirmation!:)

The coolest thing about this whole thing, should my Aunts confirm this is our Rosia Lee, is that I’d never seen the 3 images posted this morning or even knew they were coming before Brad sent them […]

ANCESTORS: Rensler’s Studio Images {Not Related}

Rensler's Photography StudioRensler’s Photography Studio {605 and 925 Vine Street} in Cincinnati, Ohio  was one of few studios willing to photograph African-American people at the turn of the century. After 83 years in business, Rensler’s closed its doors in 1989.

Both my Cincinnati (BARWICK & MCKENZIE descent) and Washington-Wilkes (WINGFIELD & DORSEY descent) Ancestors were photographed there, and I’ve been blessed to inherit many of their images that are so special to me.

Due to my interest in these rare vintage images, I’ve also been blessed to “inherit” Rensler images of Ancestors who though not related to me, are also very special. I would love to place these images in the hands of their descendants!

I’ll continue to post as I get them in the hope a face or name will spark familiar with one of my visitors, and we’ll be able to send these Ancestors home. I’ve been researching a VERY long time, trust me… stranger things have happened!:)

Luckie

Rosa Lee ~ Rensler's Photography StudioBack of image: To uncle with love Rosia Lee

Unknown Rensler 1

Unknown Rensler 3Back of image: Rensler’s Jul 18 1970 925 Vine St.