Why did John Melvin French marry Eliza Ann Sickler? Did he love her from afar? Was it a spur of the moment business arrangement between her father Ziba Sickler and John and his father who were employed to build homes for Sickler?
Here’s a photo of Eliza taken shortly before she died of a stroke, with her is her sister Hattie Sickler Sawyer, who resembled their mother. I reassemble the unsmiling Eliza in many ways right down to that huge abdomen!