Fitzgerald at two years old

His mother, Mary McQuillan, or Mollie as she was known, was the oldest of eight children. She was described by acquaintances as something of a “character” with her long dragging skirts, her disheveled hair and her drooping bonnets. But she was a reader, a woman passionately devoted to her clever and beautiful son. (Turnbull,27)

They never owned property.  In fact, for many families it was customary to move from rental property to rental property.

This early photo shows Fitzerald as a two-year-old with the shadowy form of his mother beside him.

Age Two/ on Laurel with Mother, ca 1897 Photo Coll Por 11888r3, Photo Edith Brill, neg #75624