In 1971 my great-aunt Margo and my grandmother Helen asked me to photograph two paintings that they were very proud of. This image derives from my original Kodachrome slide. The paintings were pictures of a married couple. Margo told me who they were but it didn’t make much of an impression. I was young and the young seldom give a crap about their great-great-yada-yada ancestors. Margo, Helen, and the original paintings are now long gone and I cannot remember who this man is and anyone that might know is probably in a cemetery. I believe he is one of Margo and Helen’s grandfathers. Making him one of my great-great-grandfathers. Thanks to an old family genealogy put together by Leone Johns if my guess is correct we are looking at Norman Nelson Rock (1832-1902). The Rocks were on my grandmother’s maternal line. The paternal line leads to Augustus Alvord Burdick (1831-1864) but Augustus was killed in the US Civil War in his thirties. The man in this painting is certainly older than that!