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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Georgina Palmer Paul, Brockville, Ontario circa 1898-1905



Todays' photo is of "Georgina Paul," taken in Brockville, Ontario at Murray & Sons. It isn't dated but I've researched the studio a bit  in an attempt to pinpoint the date of the photograph.  George Bennett Murray, a photographer from Quebec, came to Brockville, Ontario in 1869.  His son, Alex B. Murray, joined the business in 1890s.  Apparently the company was in existence until the mid-1970s, when it was owned & operated by George Murray's grandson.  Because the imprint reads "Murray & Sons" we can conclude the photo was made sometime after 1890.   Apparently, Glenn Lockwood, author of  The Story of Brockville : Men and Women Making a Canadian Community on the United States Frontier, 1749-2007 writes about the history of the Murray photographers in his book. 

Here's what I found on Georgina.  She appears in the 1911 Census for Brockville living with her husband William Paul, b. Aug 1877 on 204 Perth Street.  Georgina's birth date is recorded as March of 1877,  the last digit is overwritten so it is difficult to read.

She was married in Brockville on September 17, 1902.  Her parents are listed as James and Margaret (Ingram) Palmer.  William was born in Elizabethtown in 1877 to Isaac & Emily (Elliott) Paul. 

Before Georgina was married she worked as a domestic in Brockville (1901 census).  Her birth record shows her birth date as 10 March 1876.

Going even further back, to 1891, Georgina is living with her parents and two sisters, Beckie (b. 1881) and Katie (b.1886)  in Brockville. 

I'm undecided about the dating of this photograph.  I think it could be taken anywhere from the late 1890s to about 1905.  Any guesses?

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