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 at familyphotoreunion [ at ] yahoo [ dot ] com. I hope you enjoy your visit!
~The Archivist

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year to the Streib Family, North Dakota, 1907

This card was mailed from Brooklyn, NY and postmarked  December 20, 1907.  It is addressed to "Mr. William Streib & Family, New Salem, North Dakota" and signed "from your Sister & Family, E. Behlert"

The Streib Family was a straightforward search.  They appear in the 1910 Census, living in New Salem, North Dakota. The family consists of:

William, head of household, b. 1863, Germany
Mary, wife, b. abt. 1864, Austria
Anna, daughter, b. abt. 1892, Illinois
Elmer, son, b. abt. 1894, Illinois
Martha, daughter, b. abt. 1896, Illinois
Esther, daughter, b. abt. 1899, Illinois

William came to the US from Germany in 1881. I found his passenger record:  March 21, 1881 on the ship P. Caland, from Rotterdam to New York.  He was 17 years old and seems to have been travelling alone.

Esther's birth record, dated Nov 28, 1898 from Chicago, IL lists Mary's maiden name as Mueller

I haven't figured out whose sister "E. Behlert" is yet.  I found an Elizabeth Behlert on the 1911 US Federal Census in Brooklyn, with husband, Charles Behlert.  I haven't found a document listing Elizabeth's maiden name.  I will follow that possibility some more, and if I find anything new, will post an update here.

Don't you just love the artwork on this postcard?  It was made in Germany.

Happy New Year, Everyone! 

Update January 3, 2012:  This postcard, along with a second one, addressed to Esther Streib, have been reunited with William Streib's great grand-daughter.  As well, a third postcard was found in February, addressed to William Streib.  In total, 3 postcards reunited.  

Friday, December 30, 2011

To Mrs. Tubaugh, Shephard, Ohio, ca. 1915

This postcard photograph was made by Slaters Interurban Post Card Studio on Superior Street in Toledo, Ohio.  It is addressed to Mrs. Henry Tubaugh, Box 173, Shepard, Ohio.   It is not postmarked and doesn't appear to have been sent through the mail.

The first challenge was to locate Shephard, Ohio.  It must be a teeny-tiny place because I couldn't find it on any of my maps.    When I checked the 1910 US Census, I did not find anyone residing in Shephard, Ohio with this name.  I did find a Henry Tubaugh, b. 1864 Ohio, living in Green, Monroe, Ohio.  The family included Henry's wife, Lavina, age 43, and their children:  Gussie, 16; Gertrud, 15; Bessie, 14; Russel, 12; Wilbur, 11; Blanch, 9; Stella, 7; Esther, 6; Ruth, 4; and Harry, 8 months.  Also living with the family is Henry's sister, Caroline Tubaugh, 46.

While Lavina might be the person this photograph was addressed to, we still don't know us who the fellow in the portrait is.  Perhaps it is a brother.  Or Mr. Tubaugh himself.  Without locating another photograph to compare it with, I don't think we'll be able to tell for sure.

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.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Girls in White Dresses: A Postcard to Mrs. Stevens, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England, 1912

Whatever are these girls doing in this picture?  They seem to be holding a garland of some sort.

Here's what we know:

The postcard photograph was mailed to Mrs. W. Stevens, Church Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England on March 27, 1912.   The message is oddly lacking in punctuation.  Dear A please to say I am much better sorry to hear will has another cold how did you get on at the tea george came home last ___ as he is on ____ time but did not stay long love to you both from us all mum xxxxxxxxx

top corner:  don't you think they are good.

In the 1911 Census Summary Books on Ancestry I found a "Mrs. Stevens" living on Church Street, great Missenden.  The index only shows that 1 male, and 2 females lived at that location. 

Guesses, anyone?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Boy in the Sailor Suit: Douglas Johnston, Calgary, ca. 1915

This young man's name is Douglas Johnston, "age 5 years &  4 mos." The photograph was taken at the Brewer Studio in Calgary, Alberta.  On the Glenbow Archives photograph database I found several photographs taken by this studio.  They seemed to be in operation between 1912 and the mid-1930s, possibly later. 

It's hard to date this one.  If I had to guess, I'd probably go with 1915 or so.

I had a look at the 1906, 1911 and 1916 Canadian Censuses and found a Douglas Johnston, b. 1911, son of Agnes and Joesph Johnston living  on 19th Ave W., Calgary with his parents in 1911 & 1916.  I can't really say if this is him, or not, at this point, but I'll be looking into it further.

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Buckley Sisters: Martha and Emma, Ashton - U. Lyne, Greater Manchester, England, 1890s

This photograph was taken by F. Beech at the studio on 24 Mill Lane, in Ashton Under Lyne, in Greater Manchester, Lancashire, England.  I am guessing it was taken in the late 1890s/early 1900s.

I found a Buckley family in Ashton-Under-Lyne in the 1891 census, consisting of William, the father, born abt. 1849.  His wife's name is Susannah and they have six children: James, Isaac, John, Nancy, Martha (age 7) and Emma (3).  There's a four-year spread between Emma and Martha.  Do they look that far apart in the above photo? 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Christmas Research Semi-Miracle: The Edwards Family, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1913

This photo postcard was printed by the Lyall Commercial Photo Co., Ltd., in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  The Lyall Studio photographed many important Western Canadian sites and events.  Most of their work, however, centres on Winnipeg.  Their real postcard photographs are held in a number of archives across the prairie provinces.

Unfortunately, the location of this photo isn't given.  I thought it was likely that the image was taken in Winnipeg. There is an name and address on the reverse, even though the card was not sent through the mail.

 It reads:

Mrs. Edwards
35 Queen Street
New Town

I tried finding an Edwards family, specifically with this address in the England Census, but I could only find several possibilities on Familysearch.org.  I couldn't take a look at the actual census pages because they were unavailable so I decided to take a different approach.

The family seems to consist of a mother, father, a young girl about three years old, and an infant.  I had to pull out my reading glasses to see it, but there is a house number on the column to next to the baby:  421.

I guessed the photo would have been taken around 1910-1915 based on the style of the mother's outfit and her hairdo. 

Since I only had a surname name to go by, I searched the 1916 Canada Census for any Edwards living in Winnipeg in 1916.  I thought it was doubtful that I'd find anything, since I didn't know if Mrs. Edwards was an acquaintance, friend or family member.  I had a hunch that it might be the husband's mother.  At least, I hoped it was because that would mean I was searching for an Edwards family.   I went through every Edwards entry in Winnipeg, looking for someone who had a house number of 421.  I found one.

George Thomas Edwards, b. 1883, England, to Canada in 1903.
Sarah Edwards, b. 1885, England, to Canada in 1908
Grace, daughter, age 6
Clarence, son, age 4
Alfred, son, age 3.

And the address:  421 Worley (or so the Ancestry transcriber wrote.)  I tried 421 Worley in Google maps.  Nothing.  I went back and re-read the original census page.  The street name was actually Morley.

I searched 421 Morley, Winnipeg in Google maps, and selected the street view.

The address still exists.  The house still exists!  It is most definitely the same home.  The exterior looks pretty much as it did back in the mid-1910s, with different paint colours and replaced windows.  There's also been an addition to one side of the house, eliminating half of the front porch, but it still has the distinctive attic window.   I would post today's version here for comparison, but I don't know how I'd feel if someone posted my home on their blog (although I guess if it wasn't for Google maps, I couldn't have made the connection).

I have no hesitation identifying these folks as the Edwards family.  Since Baby Alfred doesn't appear in the photo, and son Clarence is just an infant I think we can safely date the photograph around 1913.

UPDATE!  February 3, 2012 -- I am happy to report that the Edwards postcard photograph has been reunited with the grandson & family of one of children in the photograph.  It's on its way back to Winnipeg.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Funeral Card Friday: Annie Downey Lowrie, 1859-1910

This is the funeral card of Annie Downey Lowrie who died April 5th 1910 in Invermay, Saskatchewan.  The card gives us some wonderful clues to help us find more information about her.

In the 1901 Canadian census I found Henry (b. 3 Dec 1855) and Ann J. Lowrie living in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba with their three children:  Elsie, 14;  Esten, 11;  and (Louise) Annie, 2.
Ann J. Lowrie's birthdate is given as May 3 1859, which matches up closely to the funeral card dates.  (My date calculator says it should be May 5, 1859.)

The 1906 Census shows the family is still living in Portage la Prairie.
The year after Annie passed away, Henry and his two daughters, Elsie and Louise, are living in Margo Twp, Mackenzie District, Saskatchewan.  The 1911 Census lists him as a widower.

I found Henry and Annie's marriage record, in Ancestry's Ontario, Canada Marriages 1801-1928, which provides confirmation that we have the correct couple:

Henry Lowrie, b. abt 1856, Essa, Ontario.  Parents:  Henry and Sarah Lowrie.  The bride is Anne Jane Downey, born in Ireland, daughter of John and Sarah Downey.  The couple married on 8 March 1886.

It seems that Henry and Annie moved from Ontario to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba shortly after their marriage, since they also appear in the 1891 census in that location.  Since Annie passed away in 1911 in Saskatchewan, they must have moved there sometime between 1906 and the spring of 1910.

Henry Lowrie died in Ivy, Simcoe County, Ontario on April 1, 1923.  His death record tells us that he moved back home to Simcoe County around 1912.  The record also gives us the maiden name of his mother:  Sarah Fletcher.  Henry was buried at the Cookstown Anglican Cemetery.

I thought, perhaps, that the book A History of Portage la Prairie and Surrounding District  by Anne M. Collier might have a mention of this family since they lived in the area for approximately 21 years.  I found an index for the book, and there aren't any entries for Lowrie, but there are a few people with the surname Lowry, and one simply indexed as "Mr. Lowry."  I wonder if it might be a misspelling?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Jane Kennedy, God-mother of Jennie M. Hoag, 1860s

This 1860s-era carte-de-visite was found in an Alberta antique store several years ago.  It reads, "Jane Kennedy, God-mother of my mother.  Jennie M. Hoag, Lodore Mountain."

I started out with a location search.  I found two Lodores:  one in Amelia County, Virginia, and the other in Colorado.  I did not find a "Lodore Mountain."  I didn't hold out much hope on the Jane Kennedy name as it is so common, but was encouraged by "Jennie M. Hoag." A search of the 1860s & 70s censuses didn't provide any exact matches, though.  I'm thinking that identifying this photo hinges upon "Lodore Mountain."  It would definitely be a good starting point.

It this place rings a bell, I'd sure like to hear from you!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Wednesday Wedding: Charlotte Alexander and William Ferguson, 1927

This is the wedding invitation of Charlotte Ida Mae Alexander and William Ferguson, married on Wednesday, July 20th, 1927 at the Fourth Avenue Baptist Church in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

According to their Ontario marriage record, Charlotte, 21, was the daughter of Henry and Margaret (nee Gooding) Alexander, born 1906 in Ramsayville, Ontario.   A search of Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913 shows she was born April 21, 1906.  The groom's parents were John Ferguson and Jenny Moore.  William, 35, was born in Ireland.  The witnesses were John A. Ferguson of 143 Blackburn Ave in Ottawa & Ruth Ackroyd of 420 Bank Street, Ottawa.

"Reception afterwards at the home, Experimental Farm."  I was curious about the "experimental farm," and found that is it an historic site in Ottawa.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Baby Pictures: James Leroy Lockwood

The information on this postcard is sparse.  I only have a name and age:  "James Leroy Lockwood, 3 1/2 months old."  It wasn't sent through the mail so, alas, there isn't a postmark.  The photo was found at an antique store in Alberta, Canada, along with unidentified photos from Wisconsin and Minnesota.  It could date anywhere from 1907-1930, but is mostly likely 1907-1920.  This is where a photographer's imprint would have really come in handy.  This is why it is important to remember to label your photograph, folks.   I don't want to be a pessimist, but I'm thinking we may never know anything more about our dear little James.

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Weatherald - Marwood Connection: Ontario and Yorkshire, 1860s

Last week I posted a photo of Maud Weatherald (1866-1882) from Goderich, Huron County, Ontario.  I found two other identified cdvs in the same careless pile of photographs at the antique store.  This one was marked "Mr. Marwood.  Thos. Weatherald's Uncle."  The photo was taken by D. Campbell in Goderich, Ontario. 

Having looked into the life of Maud Weatherald I knew that her father's name was Thomas Weatherald born 1834 in England.  I found one Thomas Weatherald b. 1834, Yorkshire in the England census for 1841, living with his parents Thomas and Ann Weatherald.   I found their marriage record from 21 Jul 1831 which lists Ann's maiden name as Marwood.

I found Ann Marwood on Familysearch.org in the England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, born 12 December 1797 in Whitby, Yorkshire, daughter of Matthew and Jane Marwood.  I then went in search of Ann's siblings.  She had two full brothers:  Isaac Marwood, b. 1796 and John Marwood, b.1793.  I believe she also had two half brothers since Matthew Marwood seems to have married a second time in 1803 to Ann Gray.  They had two sons together: Matthew Marwood, b. 1804 and George, b. 1806.

As I mentioned earlier I found two additional cdvs at the shop.  The second is a photo marked "John Marwood," taken in Liverpool at the Vandyke and Brown Studio.

Both cdvs are likely from the 1860s.  I am guessing that the first photograph is of Isaac Marwood, b. 1796, but there's a chance it could be Matthew or George Marwood as well.  The second image is probably John Marwood, b. 1793.

UPDATE September 17, 2014:  All of the Weatherald/West/Marwood family photos have been reunited with a direct descendant in Saskatchewan.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Blest Christmastide: A greeting for Mrs. Arnason of Arborg, Manitoba

O may it be
For you supremely blest,
And may you share
its Blessings with 
The Hearts that you love best.

I found this lovely Christmas postcard at one of my favourite antique shops nearby.  Here's the reverse of the card:

I checked the Censuses for Manitoba.  I had no idea there were so many Arnasons living Manitoba, especially in the Gimli and Selkirk areas.  Arborg was first settled primarily by Icelanders and before 1910 was called "Ardal."  Not long after, Ukrainian and Polish newcomers to Canada settled there as well, along with people of other ethnic backgrounds.

The writer of our postcard is clearly of Icelandic descent.  It reads, "To Ingibjargar from Gunnu(?). While I didn't have much luck with the censuses, I think it might be worth it to track down a copy of A Century Unfolds: The History of Arborg & District, by the Arborg Historical Society, 1987.  It's a fairly small town, just over a population of 1,000 today.  I wonder what it was like in the 1910s or 20s, when this card might have been sent. 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Short Life of Maud Mary Weatherald, Goderich, Ontario, circa 1882

I found this lovely, but sad, carte de visite photograph today at the antique shop in a nearby town.  Sad, because of the inscription on the reverse of the photograph that reads, "Maud Mary Weatherald, Died Dec 19th 1882, aged 17 years & 8 mos."  Sad, because this young girl did not live much past the time this photograph was taken.

I had a quick look at the 1871 Census of Canada, for Huron South and found Maud living in Goderich, Huron, Ontario with her parents Thomas and Maria Weatherald, and her siblings Thomas, age 9; Anne, 8; Edith, 4; and Fanny, 2.

I also found her death record in Ontario Deaths, 1869-1938 and discovered that the cause of death was listed as diabetes.

Maud is buried in Maitland Cemetery, Goderich.   Her gravestone has been photographed and placed on the Canada GenWeb Cemetery Project site.  The stone provides us with her birthdate:  May 11, 1865.

Along with this photograph I also found cdvs of Maud's grand-uncle, Mr. Marwood, as well as of John Marwood, which I will post later.   These Marwoods were originally from Whitby, Yorkshire, England.

I don't know if there might be something about the Marwoods and Weatheralds in The Township of Goderich History book. If anyone has a copy, I'd really appreciate it if you could have a look and see if these families appear.

UPDATE September 17, 2014:  All of the Weatherald/West/Marwood family photos have been reunited with a direct descendant in Saskatchewan.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Funeral Card Friday: Thomas Ling 1812-1879

Affliction sore, long time I bore,
Physicians were in vain' 
till God did please, to give me ease,
And free me from my pain

The 1861 England Census shows Thomas Ling, 48, locksmith, with wife Jane Ling, 47 living in  Wolverhampton, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, England.  They had six children living at home with them:  Thomas, 22; George, 20; Eli, 18; John, 14; James, 11; and Harriet, 9.  Since Thomas died in 1879 I thought I should look at the 1881 census.  If Thomas does not appear with his family, there is probably a good chance that he is the Thomas Ling who died in 1879.

Sure enough, in the 1881 England Census, Jane Ling is now listed as widowed, and is the head of the family.  Her children John, James, Harriet, and a son, Charles, 17, are living at home.

Thomas Ling is listed in the England & Wales, Free BMD Death Index, 1837-1915, with matching information to the funeral card.  It would be very helpful to obtain a copy of the parish death record to confirm that we have attributed Thomas Ling to the correct family.  I think it is a match but it's always best to try and find irrefutable proof.



Thursday, December 15, 2011

F. Shut's Paint Gang, Sioux Center, Iowa, 1915?

The Paint Gang is taking a well-deserved break in this real postcard photograph.  The postcard hasn't been sent through the mail, nor are there any handwritten notations on the back of the photo.  The only identification we have is printed on the image itself:  F. Shut's Paint Gang, Sioux Center, IA., and that the postcard was made by the "Big 4 Postcard Co." in Albert Lea, Minn.  It's a difficult image to date.

The first postcard photos came out around 1907.  The census records for Sioux Center, IA haven't yielded any businesses or people by the name of Shut or Shut's.  There is a Schut family, but no one with the initial "F."  I searched for other "Big 4 Postcard Co." real photos out there, and found several dating from 1912-1917.  I'm taking a guess on 1915.

I stumbled across an interesting title while I was searching on Google for Sioux Center, Iowa postcards.  I wonder if this book might have this picture in it?  A long shot I know, but it might be worth pursuing.  The title is Was This Heaven?: A Self-Portrait of Iowa on Early Postcards by Lyell D. Henry, Jr.  It looks like it is a collection of "Real" Iowa photos of everyday people and places.   I think it would be worth a look-through.

Update:  Wilma, from IAGenWeb writes:  
"Found in an ad in the Sioux Center Nieuwsblad (Dutch newspaper of Feb 17, 1909. It apparently was F. Schut instead of Shut

Painting:, Decorations',
..Glaring', Pyrography,
.. Wood Finishing^
Flaris and Specifications;
Phono No". 89. .
Sioux Center, Iowa. 

Here is the marriage of Frank Schut which was in the Alton Democrat paper of  Mar 27, 1909.

At the home of the bride's parents in Sioux Center on Wednesday March twenty
fourth 1909 occurred the marriage of Frank Schut and Miss Gezina Prins, Rev. B, De Jonge performed the ceremony in the presence of a goodly number of relatives at the hour of high noon. The groom is a son of Mr, and Mrs, Sander Schut—his father being a retired farmer and he himself being employed as a painter. The bride is a daughter of Mr, and Mrs. John Prins who located in Sioux Center this spring. The young peolpe will make their home in Sioux Center.
( I have found that later they moved to Mich and she died in 1923 leaving three children motherless.)"

Thanks, Wilma, for all of your help with this photo!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Photographer Provides the Clues: Unknown Couple, Greene, Iowa, 1880s.

I found this cabinet card photograph with the  funeral card I wrote about in my Funeral Card Friday:  Margaret Emde post last week.  I suspect there is a connection with the Emde family, but there is really no way of knowing if these are the Emdes without another photograph to compare it to.

The photo was taken by L. L. Harvey in Greene, Butler County, Iowa. At the time of the 1880 census, Harvey was a 24-year-old photographer living as a boarder in Greene, and single.  He doesn't appear in the 1895 Iowa Census.   L.L. Harvey married Emma Winkelbleck and they had two children, Harold Harvey, born 1887 and Hellen Harvey, born 1894.  Emma enters into a second marriage with Levi Baker in 1899, so it is probable that L.L. Harvey died/left the area sometime between 1894 and 1895.

We can guess then, that the photograph was taken somewhere between 1880-1895.  With older folks it is difficult to date photos by fashion.  They held onto trends longer than young people.  Notice the woman's hairstyle:  she has parted her hair down the middle.  This was hugely popular in the 1860s and earlier.   Her dress style seems to be 1880s.  The embossed cabinet card border and gold script imprint indicate late 1880s.  There is nothing printed on the back.  I would place this card somewhere around 1885-1890.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Postcard to Our Brother & Cousin, W.H. Glasper, 1909

L to R:  Robert Bender, Freddie Glasper, Springfield, Ohio, 1909

This is another antique store find that demanded to be bought.  The postcard offered an addressee, a postmark with location and date, the first names of the senders and a delightful image.  I was curious if I could discover who these two boy in the matching outfits were, and who W.H. Glasper was.  My initial assumption was that Mr. W.H. Glasper was probably Freddie and Robert's father.

I started by looking at the 1900 US Federal Census.  I found the family of Robert. G. and Louisa Glasper.  Robert and Louisa came to the US from England in 1887, with their son, Charles.  In 1900, they lived in Washington, Lucas County, Ohio with their nine children: Charles, b.1885; James, b. 1889; William H., b. 1890;  Elizabeth, b. 1891; John, b.1892; Thomas, b.1895;  Henry, b. 1896; Fredrick, b. 1898; and George, b. 1899. 

Aha!  There was Fredrick, and there was William H, which means that Freddie had been writing to his brother.  But where was Robert?  Perhaps he hadn't been born yet.  In the photograph the boys look to be only a couple of years apart.  Since Fredrick was only one year old in the 1900 census, it is possible that Robert could have been born just after.

On to the 1910 census.  There's been a bit of an upheaval it seems, since 1900.  Siblings George, Harry (Henry), and Elizabeth are living with the James B. McDonald family in Toledo, Ohio.  I discovered from  Ohio Births, & Christenings, 1800-1962, that Louisa Glasper's maiden name was McDonald.  William H. is a seaman on the USS Carolina.  Fredrick is living in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio with Adam J. and Sarah Bender, and their son, Robert Bender, age 9.  On the census, Fredrick is listed as a nephew. It looks as if the Glasper children's parents may have passed away and their children are now being taken care of by an uncle and aunt.

I was curious about W.H. Glasper and discovered that he is listed in The Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the World War, 1917-18, along with his brother, James.

William H. Glasper died in Los Angeles, on April 18, 1968.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

UPDATE: Hjorth Family Portrait from Aarsdale, Bornholm, Denmark

Last month, in my post Two Danish Postcards + Cdvs  I wrote about a grouping of Danish-themed photographs I found on Vancouver Island.  One of them was a Hjorth family from Aarsdale, Bornholm, Denmark.  Since then I contacted The Bornholm Genealogy and Local History Society (Bornholms Slægts- og Lokalhistoriske Forening) in Rønne, Bornholm to see if they might be able to assist.  I received an email from Philip Kofoed, who has been compiling biographical information about all of Bornholm's early photographers, as well as examples of their photographic works on his website called Fotografer på Bornholm

Philip contacted the former director of Bornholm's museum, who had a look and provided us with an address of the building in the photograph:  'Strandvejen 2.'  The building appeared in a book about historic houses in the fishing village Aarsdale called "'Historiske huse i Aarsdale fiskeleje," Nationalmuseet, 1980.  Philip told me that the photographer of my Hjorth picture is, without a doubt, Valdemar Myhre. The local history society in Svaneke (near Aarsdale) holds a copy of the exact postcard in their database.  Valdemar Myhre died in 1916 after suffering a debilitating stroke two years earlier, which ended his photography career.  So, we can deduce that the photograph was taken sometime before 1914.

In the 1906 Folktælling (Census) for Ibsker, Bornholm I didn't find anyone with the single surname Hjorth in Aarsdale Fiskerleje, but I did find two families of Hjorth Hansens, living close to each other.  These two families also appear in the 1911 census (see #1 & #2 below).  Philip Kofoed tells me it wasn't unusual  for a family to drop the most common surname if they used two surnames, such Hjorth Hansen.

1911 Folktælling, Bornholm, Ibsker Sogn, Aarsdale Possibility #1
1) Jens Andreas Hjorth Hansen, male, born 14/3/1875, Ibsker Sogn, Father, Fisherman
2) Augusta Katrina Hansen, female, born 12/9/1872, Ibsker Sogn, Mother
3) Dagney Hjorth Hansen, female, born 5/6/1899, Ibsker Sogn, Child
4) Anker J. Hjorth Hansen, male, born 12/6/1902, Ibsker Sogn, Child
5) Jens Edvard Hjorth Hansen, male, born 18/6/1905, Ibsker Sogn, Child
6) Ester Hjorth Hansen, female, born 25/4/1909, Ibsker Sogn, Child
6) Sine  Hansen, female, born 15/4/1830, Ibsker Sogn, Grandmother

1911 Folktælling, Bornholm, Ibsker Sogn, Aarsdale, Possibility #2 (see above)
1) Sinius (?) Hjorth Hansen, male, born 2/5/1863, Ibsker Sogn, Father, Fisherman
2) Hansine Elisabeth Hansen, female, born 16/2/1868, Ibsker Sogn, Mother
3) Vilhelm Andreas Hansen, male, born 19/9/1891, Ibsker Sogn, Child
4) Hans Chr. Jakob Hansen, male, born 18/7/1894, Ibsker Sogn, Child
5) Sofie Catherine Hansen, female, born 21/6/1896, Ibsker Sogn, Child
6) Thorvald Georg Hansen, female, born 15/9/1898, Ibsker Sogn, Child
7) Christian Edvard Hansen, male, born 6/1/1900, Ibsker Sogn, Child
8) Karl Sigfred Hansen, male,  born 14/7/1905, Ibsker Sogn, Child
9) Andreas Hjorth Hansen, male, born 24/3/1910, Ibsker, Sogn, Child

1911 Folktælling, Bornholm, Ibsker Sogn, Aarsdale, Possibility #3
Chr. Magnus Hjorth Hansen, born 6/9/1857, Ibsker sogn, fisherman
Juliane Maria Hansen, born 22/10/1859, Ibsker sogn, Mother
Chr. Jakob Julius Hansen, born 18/6/1890, Ibsker sogn, fisherman
Jakob Einar Hansen, born 2/9/1894, Ibsker sogn, fisherman

There was a fourth Hjorth Hansen family, but I am not going to include them here since their family had only girls and no boys.
UPDATE:  Today, I received another email from Philip Kofoed.  He had obtained copies of the pages from the book "'Historiske huse i Aarsdale Fiskerleje.," Nationalmuseet, 1980.  The photograph from the book was identical to mine.  I've translated the caption on the photograph from Danish:  "The four boys standing outside their birthplace are grandchildren of the owner who built the house, and the smallest of them, Andreas, later took over the house after his father.    Photo ca. 1910 according to Holger Boyer."

With that one bit of information, the name of the youngest child, I think might be able to figure out which family these boys belonged to.  Originally, I had thought the eldest person in the photograph was the father, but the book tells us they are all "boys" who were grandchildren of the owner who built the house in 1863/64.  If the 1911 census is correct, then the photo was probably taken a little bit later than 1910, probably in 1911 or 1912.  The challenge now is to correctly identify the boys.   The youngest two are probably correct.  The two older boys are more difficult.  The question that arises in my mind is, if this is indeed the correct Hjorth family, where are the other children?  Away for the day?  Out working?

Left to Right: (Tentative identification) Vilhelm or Hans Hjorth, Andreas Hjorth, Christian or Torvald Hjorth, Karl Sigfred Hjorth

Friday, December 9, 2011

Funeral Card Friday: Margaret Emde

There is no death! what seems so is transition,
This life of Mortal breath
but a suburb of the life elysian
Whose portal we call death.

I believe this "cabinet card" funeral card  was created for Margaret (Margaretha) Schwinn Emde, who died 1 September 1891 in Washington County, Iowa and is buried in the Wassonville Cemetery.  I found the information for Margaret Schwinn Emde in Grave Records of Washington County, Iowa; Graves Registration Project of W. P. A. 

Her age at time of death is provided on the funeral card, "Age 61 yrs., 5 mos., 26 days."  When I put it through my "date calculator" it comes out with a birth date of 6 March 1830.  The date of birth given on the Iowa Grave Record is 5 March 1830.  Still, it's only out a day out.  I think we probably have a match.

Margaret Emde appears in the 1880 US Federal Census living in Greene Township, Iowa, who was born in 1830 in Hesse-Darmstadt.  Her husband's name is Charles Emde. Margaretha was the mother of 7 living children:  Mary, 28;  Charles, 22; Albert,18;  Henry,16;  Christian, 14;  Minnie, 12;  and William, 10.  The 1870 census also shows the family in Green Twp., but with an additional daughter, Louisa, who would have been two years younger than Mary.  

Her son, Charles, who was born in 1858 shows up in the 1925 Iowa Census for Washington County, Lime Creek.  His mother's maiden name is listed as "Schorm," which I believe is a transcription error, but there isn't a link to the original document so I can't confirm this today.  However, son Christian, appears in the same census year in Liberty, Keokuk County, Iowa and the mother's maiden name is given as "Swinn."

UPDATE December 12, 2011:   Karen, a reader from Des Moines sent this obituary appearing in the Wellman Advance newspaper.  "Grandpa Emde" was Margaretha Schwinn Emde's husband.

The Wellman Advance - April 20, 1911


Carl(should say Charles) F. Emde was born in Mengeringhousen, Waldenburg, Germany, November 13, 1825 and died at his home in Greene township, Iowa county, Iowa, April 13, 1911, at the age of 85 years and 5 months.

The deceased came to America at the age of 18 years. He settled in Findlay, Hancock county, Ohio, where he followed the carpenter trade. March 2 1851, he was united in marriage to Margaretha Schwinn. They came to Iowa in 1854, where he resided until his death. Ten children were born to this union, three together with their mother, have preceded him to the Great Beyond. Philip and Emma died in infancy and Albert at the age of 21 years. Those living are: Mrs. Maria Miller of George, Iowa; Mrs. Louisa Stoddard, Carl, Henry, Christian, and William of Wellman, Iowa; and Mrs. Wilhelmina Simmons, of Oklahoma. Their mother died September 1, 1891, at the age of 61 years, 5 months, and 26 days.

March 20, 1898, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Wilhelmina Zillmer, who with a boat of relatives and friends are left to mourn his death.

The deceased was a member of the German Lutheran church. He was confirmed in the faith at the age of 14 years, and remained a faithful member until his death. Mr. Emde always enjoyed good health until the last few years. His last illness covered a period of about 6 months, death coming as the only release from his suffering. He was a man of many good qualities and will be greatly missed.

The funeral was held at his home on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1911, at 10 a.m. Burial was in the Wassonville cemetery.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Not the Gifter, But the Giftee: Jennie Suggitt, 1903

While I don't know the full name of the woman in this cabinet card photograph I do know that the portrait was taken July 19th, 1903 at the Wragg studio on 45 Mesnes Street in Wigan, which is in Greater Manchester, England.

A note written on the reverse provides a few more clues:  "Dear Cousin Jennie [Suggitt] from Aunt Mary A. with fondest love to your loving husband & baby."  Someone has inserted Cousin Jennie's last name in pencil.  I found this card at an antique store in Alberta, Canada.

The  photo was found with a second cabinet card, taken at the J.F. Mitchell Studio in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  On the reverse: "Aunty Jenny Davis (?) nee Suggitt and husband Fred Davis (?)."  I believe the Jenny in the photo below is the Jennie who received the above photo from Aunt Mary.

The person who wrote the inscription was unclear about the surname of Jenny's husband.   There isn't a name attributed to Jenny & Fred's baby, either.  I love that they've even included the family dog in the picture.  Unfortunately, the picture has faded significantly.  I would date the photo around 1895, based on the style of cabinet card and the leg o' mutton sleeves on Jenny's dress.

Update, December 10/11:  Karen, on the Ancestry Message Board for Winnipeg writes:  "From looking at the Manitoba Vital Stats site and the 1906 census it would appear to me that your photo is of Jane Ann SUGGITT and Frederick David DAVIES who were married in Winnipeg on June 26, 1901. The child may well be their daughter Edith Rose who was born in the R.M. of Springfield on November 23, 1904." 

What do you think?   Do the clues in the photograph match the dates above?  The sleeves on Jenny's dress are throwing me off a bit, but the big mutton sleeves still show up in the ladies fashion catalogues of the day.
Thanks, Karen, for looking into the censuses and making this connection!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

When an ID is Not an ID: Sewar Cooper/Craper

Today's image was taken by renown Manhattan photographer Jose Maria Mora (1850-1926).  In 1870, Mora opened for business on 707 Broadway. He became a favourite photographer of the famous. His client list included Thomas Edison, George Armstrong Custer, Lillie Langtree, Mark Twain, along with noted actors, opera singers, authors and even royalty.  Mora also photographed the not-so-famous.

The studio closed in 1893, so the photograph above must have been taken somewhere between 1870 and 1893.  The photographer seems to have kept the same inscription throughout the history of his studio. There may have been early variations, but I haven't come across any.  If I had to guess, I would place this photo in the mid-to-late 1880s.

This particular photograph is inscribed on the back:

What do you make of the surname?  The first name looks like "Sewar."  Okay, unusual, but possible.  Also could be a misspelling of Seward.  Hmmm...now, what about that surname?  Is it Cooper?  Craper? Carper? Croper?  I just don't know.  I ran a few variations through Google, Ancestry and Familysearch to no avail.  So, on the off-chance that this fellow was once someone famous, does anyone recognize him?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Clues In the Card: Mr. Babcock, 1890s

When you begin to collect photographic images, you start to note the changes in fashion through the years.  Women's fashions provide all sorts of clues for dating old photographs. Men's fashions, not so much.  I thought perhaps there might be a clue in the style of our subject's facial hair, but alas, men could wear a variety of moustache and hair styles throughout the later part of the 19th century.    In this example, the hints come mostly from the photograph itself.

Cabinet card photographs, such as this one, were most popular from the 1870s and on through to the late 1890s.  Scalloped edges became a popular feature of cabinet cards around 1890.  The addition of ornamental features such as the scroll and flowers you see on this photograph also developed in the 1890s.  Beyond that, I'm not able to guess the date of this photo with any accuracy.

Silvester Babcock, or someone wanting to identify it, graciously inscribed this decorative cabinet card for us.  It was taken at the J. Jennings studio in Scandia, Kansas.  Unfortunately, the fact that Mr. Babcock had a photograph taken in Scandia, KS doesn't mean that he lived in or near the place.  It just means that he was there long enough to sit for a photograph.  A search of the census shows numerous Silvester/Sylvester Babcocks in Kansas and nearby states.  We might get lucky and find a Babcock researcher with a photograph to compare this with, but I'm afraid this is one of my "long-shot" photographs.

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Beautiful Era: Marie E. Umphrey, Udora, Ontario, 1908

It's a shame this photo suffered a wee bit of damage on the image itself sometime over the years.  Isn't the detail on the back of the dress amazing?  This is a portrait of Marie E. Umphrey of Udora, Ontario, Canada, taken in 1908 by a photographer named Phillips.  You can see the photo is inscribed, "To Edna --M.E. Umphrey, Udora, Ontario, Canada" on the front.  It is also inscribed on the back, "To Edna, From Marie, November 15, 1908."

The village of Udora straddled two townships: Georgina & Scott.  Georgina was located in York County and Scott Township was in Ontario County.   I admit I haven't had much luck locating her in the census.  I did find a James Newton Umphrey who purchased a general store in Udora in 1907 and worked as the postmaster there for many years.  I found him handily in the census, but as far as I can see, he did not have any children named Marie.   Tracing a photograph of a woman has it's difficulties sometimes, if it isn't clear whether her surname is a married name or a maiden name.  In this case we can't really say which is more likely.

There are two Umphreys listed in the Scott Township Directory for 1887:
1) J.W. Umphrey, Udora
2) Michael Umphrey, Udora

While Marie Umphrey isn't listed as a child of either man in the censuses, perhaps she married one of their sons.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Beautiful Era: Berthine Thompson, circa 1905

It's fitting that the Edwardian period is also known as "La Belle Epoque (The Beautiful Era)."  The winsome young woman above is the epitome of Edwardian beauty in her "Gibson-Girl"-style hairdo and smocked, lace-trimmed dress.  Her silhouette is typical of the Edwardian period with its "S-shape," created by the new corsets of the time.

Her name is Berthine Thompson.   The photograph was taken at the McCabe studios on W. Madison Street in Chicago.  I found this photo in a collection of photos with a Manitowoc, Wisconsin connection.  I looked online at the various US censuses and did find a few Berthine Thompsons in the 1880, 1900 and 1910 censuses.  There was one Berthine (Bertha) Thompson who was born in Mantiowoc County in 1879.  Is it her, I wonder?

I am dating this photo around 1905 or so, but I am not a fashion expert, so if you have experience in that area, I'd love to hear from you.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday's Child: Louis McK. Hughes, 1870

Today's carte de visite photograph was taken at the Sherman Studio at 385 Main Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  It's fairly well-identified with the following inscription on the reverse:  "Louis McK. Hughes, Aged 2 years, Oct 12th 1870. Weight 33 lbs."  There's also an inscription in pencil, probably added much later, "son of L. G. Hughes."

The Minnesota Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905, shows that on the 1 May 1875 census, Louis Hughes, age 6, born Wisconsin was living with his parents L.G & C.J. Hughes in Duluth, Minnesota, along with his siblings Carrie (Caroline), 4 and Ida, 1.

The family is still living in Duluth in 1880, but this time the parent's first names are recorded:  Lewis G. and Cornelia Hughes.  There is also a new son, Arthur, 1 years old.

The 1895 Minnesota census shows that the family moved to Minneapolis in 1891.  Ida is no longer living with the family.

In 1910, Lewis & Cornelia Hughes have moved to Fairfax County, Virginia.  Their daughter, Caroline accompanied them.  I've lost track of Louis McK. Hughes at this point, but he re-emerges in the 1930 at age 62, living in Helena, Montana. His occupation is listed as a clerk for the railway.   

Louis McK. Hughes' father, Lewis G. Hughes, was born in Connecticut around 1842.  Cornelia was born in New York State circa 1846. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thursday's Children: Constance & Elaine Powell, 1886, Richmond, London, England

The two little girls in this carte de visite photograph are Constance (aged 3 years 6 months) & Elaine Powell (2 years old).   The photo was taken in January of 1886 at Byrne & Co. Photographers on Hill Street in Richmond, a burrough of London, England.

I had a quick peek in the census index for England, 1891, and I couldn't find any obvious matches.  I am following one possibility, but I'll report back on that if I discover something conclusive.