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Friday, September 25, 2020

Cabinet Card of Alice Collier Wayt, Dearborn County, Indiana --1890s

This image of Alice Collier was taken at the studio of Charles Keifer and Henry Kirsch in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Keifer & Kirsch were in the photograph business during the 1890s, and may have been in operation during the last years of the 1880s. Alice is wearing her hair in 1890s style: an up-do without bangs, adorned with a decorative hair barrette. Another noticeable fashion feature is the bar pin she is wearing at the collar. The collar itself is high, with a band of white peeking out. This is very much the style of the early 1890s. I can't get a really good look at her sleeves, but I think they are set fairly straight at the shoulder, and don't appear to have any puffiness to them. This would also point to a date earlier in the decade. The "brooch" Alice is wearing might actually be a watch on a chain.

Alice Collier was the eldest daughter of George Collier and Mary Louisa Walser of Manchester, Dearborn County, Indiana. Her birthdate is conveniently provided on the photograph: 6 Jun 1866. The Colliers were a farming family with at least nine children: Amaziah, Lane, Americus, Sarah, William, Maud, Charles, Emma and our subject, Alice.1,2,3

Alice married Thomas Wayt, a machinist, in Laurenceburg in 1896 and the family resided in Indianapolis.4 This was Thomas' second marriage. I believe he married Dora B. Davison in Indianapolis in 1888 and they had at least one child, Beulah6. Dora died in 1893.7 Alice and Thomas' daughter, Etta Marie, was born 16 Dec 1897. The Wayt family appears to have been of the Quaker faith. A record of John Thomas Wayt's death on 19 Jun 1905, at the age of 45 years, 6 months, is found in the Quaker Meeting Records.5 Alice and Etta Marie's names are dropped from the Quaker register in 1909.

So what happened to Alice after 1909? I've had a little time to try to locate her, but I haven't found her yet. She's proving to be elusive. I suspect she may have remarried. If you know Alice's story, I'd love to hear from you.

1 "United States Census, 1870", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXXC-SZT : 19 March 2020), Alice Collier in entry for George Collier, 1870.
2 "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHML-PBB : 24 August 2017), Alice Collier in household of George Collier, Manchester, Dearborn, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district ED 50, sheet 235A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,272.
3 "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XXYF-1Q9 : 8 December 2017), Thomas Wayt and Alice Collier, 05 Mar 1896; citing Dearborn, Indiana, United States, Marriage Registration, Indiana Commission on Public Records, Indianapolis; FHL microfilm 004476713.
4 "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9M3-43B : accessed 28 June 2020), Alice Wayt in household of Thomas Wayt, Center Township, Precinct 4 Indianapolis city Ward 1, Marion, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 22, sheet 12A, family 241, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,387.
5 U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935 [database on-line] citing Earlham College; Richmond, Indiana; Record Book of Indianapolis Monthly Meeting; Collection: Indiana Yearly Meeting Minutes, Removals, page 160, entries for John Thomas Wayt, Alice A. Wayt, and Etta Marie Wayt.
6 Ancestry.com. Newspapers.com Marriage Index, 1800s-1999 [database on-line]. The Indianapolis News; Publication Date: 19/ Jan/ 1888; Publication Place: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Page 3, “Married: Wayt-Davison.”
7 Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 24 September 2020), memorial page for Dora Wayt (unknown–1893), Find a Grave Memorial no. 46043025, citing Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by John C. Anderson (contributor 47208015) .

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