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Scott Hawley

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Scott Hawley tells us that he is not related to this child in any way.  The photograph was found in the collection of Scott's Great-Grand Aunt, Grace Hafford Ankrom, who identified the woman as a neighbor of the Hafford family who lived on Delaware Avenue in Columbus. Scott goes on to say, "Actually, if a descendent of any of these folks notices these pictures and wants them, they can contact me. I would just want to see how they are related for proof."

Census records and death certificates provide a little background for little Helen Nutt. She was born about October 1889, the daughter of a house carpenter, Henry S. Nutt and his wife Margaret Jane "Maggie" Pritchard. At the time the photograph was made the family resided at 973 Delaware Avenue. Helen was one of three children born to this couple, though only her brother, William was still living in 1900. Henry S. Nutt was born in Zanesville, Muskingum County on July 23, 1855, the son of William Nutt and his wife Sarah Stafford. Margaret Jane Prichard, daughter of Pamgunan Pritchard and his wife, Ella Williams, was born September 5, 1858 in Zanesville where both her parents were born. Henry S. Nutt and Margaret were married about 1882. Their son, William, was born about March 1883. Margaret Jane Prichard Nutt died September 15 and Henry S. Nutt died February 11, 1929; both are buried at Union Cemetery in Columbus.

Helen Nutt was still living with her parents in 1920 and working as a bookkeeper for the telephone company. By 1930 she is the owner of the home at 973 Delaware Avenue and is living there alone and is a typist, still working for the telephone company. There is a bit of a mystery surrounding Helen by 1930 as she is listed in the 1920 census as a single woman; in 1930 she is clearly listed as divorced, but is still using her maiden name. In 1920 her parents had a roomer, Frank A. Sye or Slye, age 32, working in real estate. Perhaps he is Helen's mystery husband.

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