At my request for our kid’s school veteran’s day project, I asked my mother, Jennifer, to root out some family veteran’s photos.
This set is the oldest vet in the family (on the Flesher side, at least): Henry Flesher. Fought in the Revolutionary War. Obviously, this isn’t a “photo” since they weren’t invented then, but he founded the city of Weston, VA so he got “lithographed” at some point.
And so Jennifer concludes:
I know we had relatives on the Williamson/Parker/Inman/Cake side (Margaret and Gramma Gladys) that fought in the Civil War. Being as everybody was from Tennessee back then, some were on the Union side and some were Confederates. I don’t know if I can come up with photos (or even names) without some serious digging and asking my various Williamson cousins. I know this side of the family also had members who fought in the Revolutionary War; Gramma Gladys was invited to join the Daughters of the American Revolution, in fact (she didn’t). Gramma’s husband Jack was in WWI (Army, I think) but I don’t have a photo at hand.
All said ancestors on both sides are either turning in or applauding from their graves to have ended up with such a bunch of peacenik descendants!