My great-great grandmother, the mother of Lesetta Mincemeyer Kleager (who married Joseph Kleager), was Anna Kubli. She was born in Switzerland, and was 15 when she married her 41 year old widower husband, who brought at least one child (about age 3) into the marriage.
Her husband, John Christian Mincemeyer, who sometimes went by "Christ" and in other sources "John", was a farmer, who had to spend at least a few months involved in the Civil War.
Anna bore 10 children between 1855 and 1877.
Anna and Christ's oldest daughter, Caroline Mincemeyer Brune, died in 1878 at age 23, leaving a 4 year old daughter, Annie Brune. It is believed that Annie Brune's father left his child with Anna and Christ, and moved on, descendants are not sure to where.
The grandmother Anna raised the grandchild Annie Brune. The grandchild, Annie Brune, was older than her uncle (Anna's youngest) Herman. So Anna bore 10 children and raised 12, counting her step-son and her grand daughter.
She was widowed in 1888, when she was only 50, and her youngest was only 11. She lived 37 years as a widow.
She looks pretty calm for all she's been through.
I have never seen a picture of her before, and found one on ancestry.com recently. I don't know the year of the picture, but she was born in 1838 in Switzerland and died in 1925 in Franklin County, Missouri.
I can't make out what is on the table, I'm guessing a "still life" of fruit maybe. Since she seems to be sitting in front of a curtain, I assume it was taken in a photo studio. I find her hands interesting. Are they arthritic? Is she nervous? Do they hurt? They seem quite twisted.
Anyway, it's always a thrill to see a picture of an ancestor that one had not seen a picture of before!