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This image is from the late 1800's. The place is Duplin County, Mount Olive, North Carolina. The child in the center of the image is my great-grandmother. My great-great grandmother is on the far left. The house and farm was a wedding gift from her father. My great-great grandfather, who is on the far right, died soon after this photo was taken. The three daughters were raised by their mother.
My family still lives on this farm. I am the seventh generation to live here. View full size.