There are a few reasons why people did not smile in photographs of long ago. One reason is because it took a very long time to take a picture and holding a smile became a little painful. Another reason is cultural - it was considered during some periods to be rude to smile in photographs!
From left to right: John Washington Adams, James Monroe Adams, Mary Devine (Sarabeth's sister), Sarabeth Devine Adams, and James Morris Adams.
John Washington Adams (1858-1928), son of James M. and Sarabeth Adams.
Pictures of John Washington Adams and Kate Thweatt Adams, John's wife.
These two pictures are of James "Jim" Morris Adams (1862-1945), James Monroe and Sarabeth's younger son.
Julie Odom Adams, wife of James Morris Adams. They were married in 1886.
James Elbert Adams, John W. and Kate Adams' son.
James Elbert Adams with his wife, Esther (Reed) Adams.
Esther Reed on her wedding day in 1907.
James Elbert and Esther Adams
From left to right: Edythe Eulalie (Adams) Boykin, Esther Reed Adams, Elberta "Dump" Clovis Boykin, and Colintine "Collie" (Blalock) Reed also known as "Nanny." Edythe was Esther Adams' firstborn daughter. "Dump" was the firstborn of Edythe. Nanny Reed was Esther Adams' mom. This picture was most likely taken in 1926 in Thomastown, MS.
Nina Reed (Adams) Elias and Ernesto Alberto Elias walking on Canal Street in New Orleans around 1947. Nina Elias is James Elbert and Esther Adams' youngest daughter. Ernesto and Nina were married on December 15, 1946 and have seven children, four girls and three boys.
Junious Reed who is Esther Reed Adams' only brother. This picture was probably taken around 1920 while he was in his twenties. Junious married May McMillon. They are buried in Wake Forest Cemetery.