Back row-James Harrison Coombs, Sarah Frances VanSciver Coombs, Mabel VanSciver Coombs Sever, Newton Stockton Sever, Middle row-Susanna Fenimore, Caroline Drinker Fenimore Sayre, Elizabeth Fowler Coombs, unknown man, Front row-Helen Fowler Coombs Browne

Friday, June 4, 2010

a small world...


I inherited dozens and dozens of old family photos from the Beverly, Edgewater Park and Willingboro New Jersey area. In one album, I found this photograph labeled Sam LaCorte killed in World War I. My wish was to find a descendant of this family and return this treasure to them. I posted the photo on facebook as several area folks are friends there. I knew there was family still in the area, but had no luck in finding them.
Fast forward a few weeks later to my future daughter-in-law's bridal shower in Edgewater Park. I was introduced to her delightful grandmother, Anita who grew up in Edgewater Park. We started talking about her family and mentioned she had an Italian grandfather who lived in Willingboro. I asked her his name and incredibly it was LaCorte. Sam was her uncle! She knew he served in the war but they had no photographs of him. Anita and her sisters were thrilled to hear about this wonderful photograph and I look forward to returning this treasure to them. I did learn later that Sam was not killed in the war, but did not live many years after serving his country.
It appears that Sam's family were farmers and they lived near my grandmother's family's farm.
So, after over 90 years, Sam LaCorte will be remembered again by his family.