After I posted this photo on Facebook, my friends pointed out what a beautiful portrait it is, and that the individuals seem to be "gathered around" each other, leaning in with love and unity toward the parents.
Several days ago in my email I received a "hint" from Ancestry.com that revealed information about Rachel McPherrin's memorial on Find-A-Grave.com. Rachel was married to Samuel Shryock Jamison, to whom I referred in the first paragraph. Rachel and Samuel Jamison's son Robert was my husband's great grandfather. When I began researching my family history in 1999 it was the Samuel and Rachel McPherrin Jamison family that I delved into first. I was stumped and could not find Rachel's maiden name, and consequently could not research her parentage. I emailed a newly-discovered cousin who looked up the family in the 1860 census via her Ancestry.com subscription. She sent me this image of the page that showed Rachel's mother Elizabeth McPherrin living in the household.
I don't recall my next step but I ended up at Ancestry.com looking again at the Samuel Jamison line and discovered that much information had been entered about Samuel's brother Robert Woodward Jamison and his family. In searching for photos of "our" Jamisons, I found the "Gray-Emery-Chappell-Jamieson-2" family tree, whose owner was listed as "Grayemchap". I clicked on the owner's link to learn more of their identity and noticed this sentence "2 past messages to you". What? I had no recollection of this. I checked the messages and realized why I had no recollection. The owner of this tree messaged me at the same time my father was admitted to the nursing home in August, 2012. What a busy, demanding, and overwhelming time that was in my life. Genealogy research was put on the back burner for a few months. In the ensuing months I had forgotten about the message.
I immediately responded again to her message and was delighted to find a reply in my email yesterday. Chris, the owner of that tree, is very willing to share information with me on "our" Jamison families. The chart below shows my husband's relationship to Robert Woodward Jamison, the patriarch of the family posted at the beginning of this post.