This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Sylvia Chesnut Shives of Hagerstown, Md., pictures the Bottenfield sisters circa 1900. Seated: Elsie, Nellie, Gertie; standing; Jessie, Viola, Carrie, Vesta. The sisters grew up in lower Buck Valley just a few yards over the Maryland line. Four of the sisters married and raised families in Fulton County. Nellie (Mrs. Elmer) Covalt, Thompson Township; Carrie (Mrs. Chester) Palmer, near Needmore; Elsie (Mrs. John) Hoopengardner, Buck Valley; and Gertie (Mrs. Frank) Barney, Amaranth. A great many present Fulton County residents are descended from these sisters. Jessie (Mrs. Gilbert) Mellott had no children of her own; Vesta and Viola never married. Sylvia is the granddaughter of Nellie Bottenfield.
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