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Monday, March 21, 2016

How Are Your Detective Skills? Grandfather Deachman and Eliza Pappa Deachman, circa 1860s, Perth, Ontario

Grandmother and Grandfather Deachman, circa 1869, Perth, Ontario, Canada

I find albums difficult to pass by. The one that held this image, especially so. While it was filled with some post-1910 images vaguely identified, there were a number of photographs such as the one above, that were labelled with detailed and extremely helpful explanations.

On the back of this carte de visite photograph, someone had made the following notes:  "My Dad's parents. Grandfather and Grandmother Deachman whose maiden name was Eliza Pappa. She passed away & left a young family of 4 sons and 1 daughter. Grandfather married again to a widow Mary Ellis who had 2 daughters Maggie & Isabella at that time. Then was born Jim, Isaac & Lizzie who married Jack Kerr."

So how are the other images labelled?  Here is a break-down of the most helpful images:

1) A cdv, circa 1865 of a young woman in her 20s, no photographer's imprint. On the reverse it is written, "Grandma Woods, Grandfather Woods' second wife. Her maiden name was Katie Stewart. A wonderful person (Catherine Stewart)." (Isn't it a lovely touch that the writer thought to tell future generations that Katie was a wonderful individual?)

2) A tintype of "mother with white collar. Mrs. Bingley her cousin to her right."

3) A tintype "This might be my Dad's Brother Bill Deachman."

4) A small snapshot of a log cabin. "Isaac's cabin on the homestead." Photograph was developed at Jerrett's Photo Art-Studio in Melfort, Saskatchewan.

5) Small snapshot of "Dr. Wilson T[?] Deachman he has hair if it is white." Circa 1920s?

6) A small snapshot of "Grandpa & Grandma Harper & Aunt Elizabeth."

and the clincher:

7)  A small snapshot of  "Mother (Florence Deachman) probably around 1912."

So, with this information, are you able to sort out who might have owned this album and their relationships to the other people in the album? I wonder how such a family treasure ended up in a Victoria, BC antique shop.

This was a fun one to research--I hope you have a good time looking into the Deachman family.


  1. http://brydgesfamily.homestead.com/John_Deachman_2.html seems to be about these people.

  2. Are there any pictures of Almonte or Lanark Township Ontario in the album? Or Perth Ontario? Jane Deachman, daughter of Eliza Deachman (Poppa) was the second wife of my great, great grandfather Thomas James. So not a direct relative. But it would be great to see what the area looked like in the early days as Jane and Thomas also had a farm in the area.

    I can also put a note on my ancestry profile to this website. That way if someone connects to my tree they will get the info.

  3. I don't believe there are any pictures from Perth or Lanark Twp. Most of the exterior shots seem to be from Florence Deachman's home in Saskatchewan. Very much prairie scenes.I suspect that the album belonged to a child of Florence Deachman Harper, daughter of John and Nellie Deachman. She lived in Saskatchewan with her husband John (Jack) Harper. I don't know why this album would end up in an antique shop in Victoria. Isaac Deachman homesteaded in Saskatchewan (which is probably the cabin photo). He returned to Ontario, according to the obit. Intense-Guy (see comment above) sent me the link to.

  4. Wow. John Deachman (1824-91) and his second wife, Mary Ellis, were my great-great grandparents. John was son of the Thomas Deachman (1795-1882) who came to Lanark from Lanark, Scotland in 1821 ans started all this mess. I would love to see these things. Catherine Stewart (b. 1822) was John's sister (although, fyi, there were at least three occasions of a Deachman marrying a Stewart). The Bill Deachman mentioned could be John's brother William (b. 1825) or John's son William "Pudd" (1863-1912). Isaac is likely John's son by his second marriage. Isaac was born in 1877.
    There was a Thomas Wilson Deachman, born to John's youngest brother, Robert (1837-1912) and Jane Wilson. Thomas Wilson Deachman (1866-1939) was a doctor in Chicago.
    Florence Deachman, meanwhile, was the second child born to John Deachman's son John (1865-1942) and Nellie Woods. Florence married a Jack Harper.