|Aunt Lu (Louise Shoemaker with Nieces|
|Front: Thomas and Theresa. Back Hugh and Anna.|
A few weeks ago, a cousin from a "lost" branch of my grandmother Pearl Reed Cleage's family found me through Ancestry.com. Her father and his siblings grew up thinking they were of Italian descent. My cousin was trying to find out what ship they came over on when she discovered they weren't Italian, they were African American and my cousins. Since then we have been exchanging information and photographs. The newest one from her is above on the left. It shows her great grandmother, Louise Reed Shoemaker, with two girls. There is no information on the photograph. The photograph on the right is a photograph of Louise and Pearl's brother, Hugh Reed's children. The girls look a little older in my cousin's photo but to me it's clear they are they same people, even though they weren't able to get a good scan yet.