The Garner Family


The above photograph depicts John Jacob Garner (1873-1958), his wife Lydia Mae Royer (1871-1950), and two of their four children. The Garners were members of the Church of the Brethren and Lydia appears in traditional headgear as she does in the photograph seen here on her memorial page.

Sitting on her mother’s lap is Gladys M. Garner (1905-1910). I was unable to find out how Gladys died at such a young age. She was enumerated in the Census of 1910 on 20 April 1910 in Manchester, MD. She is buried with her parents, brother Jonas Sterling Garner (1910-2009), and sister Rachel H. Garner, in Meadow Branch Cemetery, Westminster, MD (61586941, 61586920, 42503690, and 6158696.)

To the left is her brother, Ralph L. Garner (1902-1989). He married Anna V. Myers (1908-1983) in 1930. They did not have children. They are buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Westminster, MD. Their obituaries are here, 54071591 and 54071594.

It is worth noting that many members of the extended family spent their last years living in the Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home.

Below is the back of the insert to the frame which contained the photograph. I bought the photograph and insert at an antique store in the Baltimore neighborhood of Hampden in October 2016.



8 thoughts on “The Garner Family

  1. Great image! There are so many possible causes of death for a five-year-old child in 1910 before vaccinations for Dyptheria etc, it’s very hard to say. Typhoid killed a lot of children in Baltimore but I don’t know about Manchester.

  2. I’m a garner let get in touch I’m looking for my family history. Here is my number 202xxxxxxx my name is David Mathew garner please5get to me

  3. Hi,

    Was Rachel Garner a leader in the Eager beavers 11th Brethren service unit back in 1951? I might have a book she owned with her writing in it.

    1. I can’t verify that with precision but I do know that Rachel Garner spent 26 months in Germany with the World Brethren Service and returned home in July 1955. I also know she was in Germany doing relief work in 1945 but have no specifics on that.

      1. No, I would not. Is it just a signature, or did she write something more?

        Did you find the book in MD or VA?

  4. It seems like it’s a bunch of personial logs. The book was published in 1951 Eager Beavers 11th Brethren Volunteer Service Unit. One of the leaders was Rachel Garner at Route 7, Westminster, Maryland

    I took pictures but I’m not sure if I can post them to this thread

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