This picture is actually of John A. Hymas (Great grandfather) and the children of his first wife, Mary Ann Pitman, who died young, and his second wife Mary Jane Watkins. Our Great grandmother was Mary Jane Pitman Hymas, who was deceased at the time of this photograph. We are the direct decendants of Benjamin Pitman Hymas, a son of John A. Hymas, and his first wife Mary Ann Pitman.
This photo shows the sons of John A. Hymas. Hyrum, whose photo is being held here, had passed away before these pictures were taken.
It was a remarkable family. I'm glad that we all hove some of their blood running through our veins and hope we can all measure up to the legacy of faith which they left us.
Thanks to Erin's comment I decided to see what else I could find. Thanks to some other cousins, who are much more capable and devoted to researching and preserving the history of those gone by than am I. I was able to find this more interested and detailed history of my great grandfather John A. Hymas. I hope this is more meaningful than just the pictures which I ran on to the other day. We live in a marvelous age. I think an unseen hand is involved in every aspect of this work, from the little comment made by Erin, to the great work of research done by Edith Haddock, to those who actually first recognized the truth of the restored gospel, and had courage and faith enough to follow the prophets and to come to America, Zion, and eventually the Bear Lake Valley, where so much our our family roots were able to take hold and develop. We are indeed indebted to so many in the past, who were led by the Spirit, to do what they did and who have influenced our lives in largely unseen yet profound ways. I shall for ever be grateful to the many and appreciate the opportunity to learn more of those dear and faithful ancestors, whom I didn't know in this life, but whom I feel sure I once knew in a former place and time, and whom I will without question meet in a time of rejoicing in the not to far distant future.