Yearbook photos are a great way to capture details of your ancestors. I’ve been going through a number of the North Carolina yearbooks that have been added to the Internet Archive and sometimes I am particularly struck by a photo.
This weekend, while going through the yearbooks for Meredith College , I noticed that there were three girls, all from Halifax County, by the name of Kitchin. I was struck by the photo of one in particular before I even looked at the name – that of Musette Kitchin. Then, in the next couple of volumes for the college I found two more Kitchin girls. I wondered who they were?
These photos of the ladies are from the 1928, 1929, and 1930 yearbooks for Meredith College (then called Baptist Female University). Musette was a daughter of former Governor William Walton Kitchin. Hesta & Pauline were sisters, her first cousins; their father was William Walton’s brother, Claude Kitchin Sr.
In the process of researching them to reconstruct the tree and see how they were related, I learned that Hesta & Pauline’s mother is related to one of my family’s slaveowners – Kemp Plummer Battle (former president of UNC-Chapel Hill). Their mother Kate Mills Kitchin is a great- granddaughter of Catherine Ann Battle Wesley who was a sister to Kemp’s father, William Horn Battle. These types of connections are interesting to come across.
Yearbooks can help add great detail to your family tree. I wonder if Pauline’s family knows about her garnering the superlative for “Most Poised” ? You’ll find these yearbooks linked from the Education page.