Beards in the Family

Dock Allen – 1839 – 1909

To read more about Dock Allen and his escape from slavery, click Dock Allen’s Story.

Husband and sons with beards.
To see more beards and hair, CLICK.

This weeks theme is hair, specifically facial hair. I only have one photo of an ancestor with a beard. Dock Allen is sporting a pretty nice one.  My husband and sons are doing their part to bring more bearded photos into my albums.

33 thoughts on “Beards in the Family

  1. Another nice post…connecting the past with the future. You have a very nice collection of photos. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I’m glad you linked back to Dock Allen’s story. Very interesting. Have you made any headway in learning who his father was?

    1. I haven’t. I haven’t even found out what plantation he came off of. There is no father listed on his death certificate.

  3. People had the most incredible beards years ago. Somehow Dock’s beard reminds me of the beards that many of the US presidents had in the late 1800s.

    I enjoyed reading the story of Dock. What an amazing person!

      1. Oops. Didn’t mean to tease. It’s too recent (as in everyone involved is still alive and some would not be pleased to see it in print).

        1. awww, sorry about that. That’s the eternal problem of authors and family historians, telling the stories without alienating the living.

  4. What a clever thing for dock to do – the onions. And then to be freed because of his cleverness. Wow! What an amazing story.
    And what a handsome family.

  5. You have some handsome men in your family, Kristin! Dock Allen’s beard is what the younger guys are sporting in our neighborhood these days. I look forward to reading his story.

    Thank you,

    Kathy M.

  6. Thanks you for linking back to Dock’s story – what a wily individual; he did indeed deserve his freedom.

  7. Charming group of beards in your family. It’s always amazing when the men who lose the hair on top grow such long beards, (there are a couple in my family way way back) it makes me wonder if they had kept all their hair would they grow such a long beard? Back long ago it probably did serve well to protect the face and keep it warm. Nice bearded presentation. Have fun in Savannah when you go, it’s one of my most favorite cities.

  8. Nice photo – he does kind of remind me of the facial hair some of the young men of today are wearing. He has a kind of goatee thing going on there and then the beard. I guess its true fashions come and go.

  9. What a nice set of pictures. I really like the frame for Dock’s photo. Thanks for sharing – I look forward to reading Dock’s story.

  10. A special post to connect your past and present gentlemen. Recently I took a photo of my dad and my son to document our three generations of whisker styles. Dock’s story is worthy of a dramatization. His coat looks very prosperous with the fur collar, but a little heavy for Alabama.

  11. The Dock Allen shot and frame are so wonderful. A real gem. And such a fascinating story.

  12. Thinking about what Karen S. said about losing the hair on top and growing a beard. It’s true, you know. I started to lose my hair very young (age 17 or 18) and grew my beard starting right about then. Still have it at age 78.

    Of course, there’s also the belief that it’s the same hair — it just got bad directions and grew south rather than north.

    Peace …

    1. Ron, I have heard that but as far as I can see my sons aren’t losing any hair and yet their beards continue to get fuller and longer. My husband has had a beard ever since I met him when he was 21 but I have to admit it’s fuller now than it was then…

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