I reunite identified family photos that I find in antique shops and second hand stores with genealogists and family historians. If you see one of your ancestors here and would like to obtain the original, feel free to contact me. Donations of pre-1920 photographs are also most welcome. I hope you enjoy your visit!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
A Cabinet Card from Wytheville, Virginia: Bertha Martin, 1890s
Bertha Martin didn't identify the other woman in this cabinet card photograph when she gave it to Mattie Wetzell. She has written "Me" beneath her image. The reverse reads, "Compliments of Bertha Martin to Miss Mattie Wetzell."
The photograph was taken by J.E. Carnahan in Wytheville, Virginia. The sleeves on the women's dresses indicate that this photograph is from the 1890s.
I found a Mattie Wetzel living in Madison, Shenandoah, Virginia in the 1900 US Census. There were a few other Mattie Wetzels. I believe she is the same person as Mattie Whetzel, also living in Madison in 1880 with her parents Ezra and Emily.
Bertha Martin is a far more common name. I found one Bertha on the 1900 that caught my eye, from Shenandoah, Page, Virginia, but I have no way of knowing if it is the correct one. She was born Feb 1880, daughter of John W. and Mary R. Martin.