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Friday, May 2, 2014

The Hardy-Spooner Album: To Betsy Baker with Compliments, 1868-69

"To Betsy Baker With Mrs. M???? compls" - 1868-69

As promised in a previous post, I am revisiting the Hardy-Spooner album with another image from its pages.  This carte de visite was taken in the Asplet & Green Studio at 18 1/2 Beresford Street, Jersey.  Its inscription reads, "To Betsy Baker With Mrs M---'s compls."  Perhaps the album belonged to Betsy Baker, but it may have also belonged to a number of owners as it contains photographs from about 1860 right up to about 1925 with quite a few families represented.

This particular image can be dated to about 1868-69 through the style of photographer's imprint on the back thanks to Jerseyfamilyhistory.co.uk who have kindly posted examples on their site of Asplet & Green's imprints through the years.

Before we can try to figure out who the woman is, we need to try to decipher her surname on the inscription.  Perhaps you can help.  I see "Mrs. Monder" or "Mrs. Mouder."  I haven't had much luck with either surname in my searches.  How do you read the inscription?  Sometimes a second set of eyes (or a dozen!) can reveal something new. 

I hope you will share your conclusions in the comments section.


  1. I think I see Mosider - would that work?

  2. It could be--I was searching a bit more on Ancestry and noticed that there was a Mouder listed in the 1901 England census...turns our Mouder was actually Moucher. But I don't know if this makes sense in light that they didn't seem to live on Jersey. Matilda Moucher (maiden name unknown) was born there, though. Hmmm...this one's a toughie!

  3. http://genealogywings.com/getperson.php?personID=I541&tree=MotyerJM

    This person's penmanship leaves a lot to be desired!!

  4. Motyer? Looks like the census transcribers had the same problem as we're having...if that's Moyter...all I can say is "wow." Thanks for looking this up for us!