Friends Album: Photos 34 & 35

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Friend No. 34 looks pretty severe, but she has on a beautiful dress:

Friend No. 34

Check out this close-up of the beading on her dress:

Unfortunately, the back of her photo doesn’t reveal much:

The imprint on the front shows that the photo was taken by the Canfield & Bro. on Bank Street in New Milford, Conn. We encountered photographer James E. Canfield previously. He took Fred Young’s (Friend No. 8’s) photo. Now there is a brother indicated in the studio name. In the 1880 U.S. census, James is listed with a son, 20, who also has ‘photographer’ listed as his profession. Could Ward be the ‘brother’ indicated in the studio name?

I have discovered a New Milford city directory showing that both of them had removed to New Haven by 1888-89.

We’ve definitely seen Friend No. 35 before:

Friend No. 35 aka Friend No. 22 aka Mary Morris

This shot looks so familiar, I’m willing to bet it’s either a copy of Photo No. 22 or a copy of a photo from the same shoot. The fact that she’s wearing the same dress gives it away:

Photo No. 35 (left) and No. 22.

There is a beautiful imprint on the back of Photo No. 35:

Reverse side of Photo No. 35.

Photographer Charles R. Bronson is listed at 407 Main Street in Bridgeport in 1885-86 and 1890-91 city directories. That timeframe is definitely after the period in which I think the original shot was taken (in the 1860s or 1870s), reinforcing the idea that Photo No. 35 is a copy. Bronson is found in an 1874 city directory as well, but at a different address.

[Photos 36 & 37]

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1880 U.S. Census, Litchfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, New Milford, page 30, dwelling 268, family 336, Ward B. Canfield; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 March 2011); Roll: 101; Family History Film 1254101; Page: 566B; Enumeration District: 31; Image: 0833.

Bridgeport, Connecticut 1874 directory, Charles R. Bronson, p. 24; Ancestry.com (accessed : 25 March 2011).

Bridgeport, Connecticut Directories, 1885-1893, Charles R. Bronson; Ancestry.com (accessed : 25 March 2011).

New Milford Directory, 1888-89 and 1891-92, Ward B. Canfield; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 March 2011).

Friends Album: Photos 32 & 33

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Photo No. 32 was once again taken by photographer Charles H. Gallup in Poughkeepsie, N. Y.:

Friend No. 32

The imprint on the front of this photo is slightly different from the embossed imprint on the front of Photo No. 26. The imprint on the back is almost exactly the same as that of Photo No. 26, except the print is in red instead of green:

Reverse of Friend No. 32's photo.

I think we’ve seen the subject of Photo No. 33 before (twice!):

Friend No. 33/possibly No. 24

She certainly looks like Friend No. 24:

Friends 33 (left) and 24.

The eyes, nose and chin are all a match to me. Both photos appear to be taken at around the same time period and both were taken in Danbury, Conn., though at different studios. Photo No. 33 is taken at Mrs. J. H. Folsom’s studio — she got a lot of business from these folks! In fact, this is a second photo/view of Friend No. 7! I thought this dress looked familiar, but I didn’t recognize it until I started going through all of the photos again for the spreadsheet I am creating.

[Photos 34 & 35]

Friends Album: Photos 28 & 29

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Photo No. 28 is similar to one we saw earlier:

Friend No. 28

As with Photo No. 10, this image has an upside-down imprint from Folsom’s studio in Danbury, Conn. This image also has a very grainy texture to it. It almost looks like a drawing, rather than a photograph. There are no other identifying marks on the image.

Photo No. 29 is from still another studio, this time in New Milford, Conn.:

Friend No. 29

I found photographer Walter F. Chipman in city directories on Ancestry. He’s at the Bank Street location in 1888-89 as well as 1891-92. He’s even listed as a photographer at age 17 in the 1880 U.S. Census (though he’s in New Haven then).

[Photos 30 & 31]

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1880 U.S. Census, New Haven County, Connecticut, population schedule, New Haven, page 372, dwelling 379, family 510, Walter F. Chipman; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 March 2011); Roll: 105; Family History Film 1254105; Page: 372A; Enumeration District: 74; Image: 0286.

New Milford Directory, 1888-89 and 1891-92, Walter F. Chipman; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 March 2011).

New Tools for the Friends Album

I’m almost halfway through with blog posts about the 75* people featured in the Friends Album. I felt I needed to do two things to better wrap my head around these folks, where they’re from and how they are connected.

Firstly, I created yet another map in Google Maps, showing the locations for each of the friends featured so far (previously, I created a map showing the locations of the photographers I’ve found in Danbury, Connecticut). The photos were taken in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. A large number were taken in Danbury, Connecticut. Yonkers, New York, and New Milford, Connecticut, also were the sites of several photos each.

Friends Album Photo Location Google Map (links to Google Map)

It’s good to see the geographic dispersal of these photos, but I wanted a way to more intricately compare the data I’ve compiled from each image. I next created a Google spreadsheet that shows (where known) the names, locations, approximate dates, ages, photo types and assorted notes, along with thumbnail images for each photo.

Friends Album Google Doc Spreadsheet (links to spreadsheet)

I still have to go through and try all of the different sorts and filters available to me now that I’ve populated this with data. I’m trying to figure out if I can link the thumbnail images to their larger versions on the web. I’ll continue to update the spreadsheet as I investigate each photo. The link provided here will automatically update with my changes. I invite folks to check out both of these tools and let me know if you notice any patterns that I might be missing.

* Originally, I counted 75 people in the album, but now have found a couple of people with more than one photo included. As of now, the number of distinct individuals is probably closer to 70.

Friends Album: Photos 24 & 25

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I’ve been on hiatus for a few days while traveling, but I’m diving back into the Friends Album.

Friend No. 24 is another lovely young lady:

Friend No. 24

The photographer’s imprint was a bit hard for me to decipher, but I made out the last name Smith and was able to find photographer Frank G. Smith in an 1894 Danbury city directory on Ancestry. I eventually found him there from 1889 through at least 1897. His addresses were listed as 247 Main (1889; one-time Wynard’s studio), 197 Main (1894; one-time Osborne studio), 201 1/2 Main (1896) and 407 Main (1897). I’ve added these to my Danbury photographers Google Map.

As to the girl pictured, I think she may be related to Friend No. 23 (and possibly Friend No. 22). Her features, especially her eyes, are very similar to the girl pictured in Photo No. 23.

Friends 23 (left) & 24

Also, check out how Friends 22-24 are grouped in the album (I wonder if Friend No. 22, Mary Morris [pictured in the loose photo], is somehow related to these ladies):

Friends 22-24 in the album.

Photo No. 25 is not a scan because I could not remove it from the album without harming it and I didn’t want to scan the entire album page, because the album itself is fragile.

Friend No. 25 (Geo. Y.)

Since I couldn’t take out his photo, I’m unable to read the back of Friend No. 25’s cabinet card, but someone before us was helpful enough to write his name in the bottom left on the front of the photo. It looks like “Geo. Y.” George Young, perhaps?

I’ve found two George Youngs, so far, in my searching. One was born in 1919 (and the grandson of Fred Young), and can be ruled out since I believe this photo was taken way earlier than that. The other was born in 1871 and was the son of Stanley Young.

[Photos 26 & 27]

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1880 U.S. Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Danbury, page 35, dwelling 248, family 352, George E. Young and family; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 March 2011); Roll: 94; Family History Film 1254094; Page: 76C; Enumeration District: 112; Image: 0152.

1930 U.S. Census, Fairfield, Connecticut, population schedule, Newtown, page 2A, dwelling 38, family 39, George R. Young and family; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 March 2011); Roll: 258; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 145; Image: 288.0.

Crofutt’s Danbury City Directory, 1891, Frank G. Smith, p 212; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 March 2011).

Crofutt’s Danbury City Directory, 1894, Frank G. Smith, p 212; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 March 2011).

Danbury, Connecticut Directories, 1889, Frank G. Smith;  Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 March 2011).

Friends Album: Photos 22 & 23

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Photo No. 22 offers some nice clues:

Friend No. 22 (aka Mary Morris)
Reverse side of Friend No. 22’s (Mary Morris’) photo

So, we have a photo of Mary Morris, taken in New Milford, Conn., by photographer S. C. Landon. An 1865 tax assessment document lists the photographer in New Milford. I find that interesting for two reasons: 1) That’s pretty early to be in the photography business; 2) Mary’s dress reminded me of Civil War-era clothing.

Looky here! I found a Seth C. Landon in New Milford, Conn., in the 1850 U.S. Census. And look what his job is:

Seth C. Landon, Daguerreotype Artist

We have our man. But he didn’t stay in photography forever:

1884-5 City Directory Ad

I haven’t definitively found Mary Morris yet, but I have a few leads.

Photo No. 23:

Friend No. 23

She’s a beauty, isn’t she? I’m wondering if the white dress and corsage mean this is a wedding portrait? No inscription to identify her. Here’s the imprint on the back:

Imprint on the reverse of Friend No. 23's photo.

I found Edward C. Betts, photographer, in Bridgeport, Conn., in the 1880 U.S. census and directory listings for him in 1890 and 1891.

[Photos 24 & 25]

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1850 U.S. Census, Litchfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Litchfield, page 269, dwelling 260, family 285, Seth C. Landon; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 March 2011); Roll: M432_42; Page: 268B; Image: 535.

1865 U.S. IRS Tax Assessment List, District 4, S.C. Landon; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 March 2011).

1880 U.S. Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Bridgeport, page 10, dwelling 66, family 98, Edward C. Betts; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 March 2011); Roll: 95; Family History Film 1254095; Page: 673B; Enumeration District: 137; Image: 0788.

Bridgeport, Connecticut Directories, 1890-91, Edward C. Betts; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 March 2011).

New Milford Directory 1884-5, Seth Landon; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 March 2011).

Friends Album: Photos 17 & 18

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Photo No. 17 tries to be tricky:

Friend No. 17

Although the signature on the front says Newburgh, N.Y., the back of the photo tells the full story:

Stamp on the reverse of Friend No. 17's photo

This photo was taken in Danbury, Conn. But this is still another photography studio! I found a Frederick Borman, photographer in a 1912-13 directories in Danbury, Conn. He has an ad in the same directories and the address for the studio is 242 Main Street (that’s the same address as Charles Blackman’s studio!). However, the ad doesn’t have the full name of the partnership featured in the photo above.

Still, those dates fit the time period for this photo, which I think is taken later than most, if not all, of the photos we’ve seen so far from this album. The crispness of the details and the child’s dress lead me to think this. On that subject, I think it is a boy pictured, though I’m still trying to figure out his outfit. It looks like it’s half-way between a sailor suit and a dress.

On to Photo No. 18:

Friend No. 18 aka William Morrell

We’re back at Mrs. Folsom’s* studio for this photo, which has a very helpful inscription on the back:

Reverse side of Friend No. 18's (William Morrell's) photo

I send a thank-you to the helpful inscriber of this photo — what a wealth of information! Not only do we have the subject’s name, but his location and a relationship to a Mrs. Stanley Young. Maybe she and her husband are related to Fred Young?

I found a Stanley M. Young in Danbury, Conn., in 1880 and 1900. His wife was Mary L. I separately searched for a William Morrell in Bridgewater, Conn., and found one at age 2 in 1860. There was a Mary L. in the household. I found William and his other sister Emma living with a different family in 1870. I haven’t been able to find more records that are definitely associated with William.

I did follow Stanley M. Young forward to 1910, when he was a widower living with his daughter, her husband and their daughter. Her name was Alpha Margaret Ballard.

*Whilst looking for photographer Borman, I found a photographer in the employ of Mrs. Folsom’s studio:

[Photos 19-21]

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1860 U.S. Census, Litchfield County, Connecticut, Bridgewater, page 21, dwelling 179, family 180, William Morrell; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 March 2011); Roll M653_82; Page 607; Image 22; Family History Library Film: 803082.

1870 U.S. Census, New Haven County, Connecticut, Southbury, page 14, dwelling 126, family 127, William Morrell; FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 13 March 2011).

1880 U.S. Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Danbury, page 35, dwelling 248, family 352, Stanley M. Young and family; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 March 2011); Roll: 94; Family History Film 1254094; Page: 76C; Enumeration District: 112; Image: 0152.

1900 U.S. Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Danbury, page 9, dwelling 164, family 219, Stanley M. Young and family; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 March 2011); Roll: T623_132; Page 9B; Enumeration District: 54.

1910 U.S. Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Danbury, page 9, dwelling 152, family 212, Stanley M. Young; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 March 2011); Roll: T624_129; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 0063; Image: 1120; FHL Number: 1374142.

1910 U.S. Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Danbury, page 9, dwelling 152, family 212, A. Margaret Ballard; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 March 2011); Roll: T624_129; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 0063; Image: 1120; FHL Number: 1374142.

1920 U.S. Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Danbury, page 15, dwelling 292, family 369, Alpha Margaret Ballard; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 March 2011); Roll: &625_174; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 97; Image 223.

1930 U.S. Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Danbury, page 19A, dwelling 340, family 454, Alpha M. Ballard; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 March 2011); Roll: 257; Page 19A; Enumeration District: 102; Image 71.

Crofutt’s Danbury City Directory, 1897, S. Burt Johnston. Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 March 2011).

U.S. City Directories, Danbury, Connecticut, 1912, Frederick Borman, p 70 and 120; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 March 2011).

U.S. City Directories, Danbury, Connecticut, 1913, Frederick Borman, p 67 and 120; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 March 2011).

Friends Album: Photos 15 & 16

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We get a double shot of this next subject from the Friends Album. As with many photos in the Friends Album, this one is taken in Danbury, Conn., but by still another photographer.

Friend No. 15, Photo 1

Friend No. 15, Photo 2

Note that this baby also is wearing a ring on her left hand:

I found a Frank Allen, photographer, in Norwich, Conn., in 1887 and 1888. That’s nearly two hours from Danbury in today’s driving time. I’m not sure he’s our man. As you can imagine, Frank Allen is and was a common name and I found many census entries.

I eventually happened upon a city directory listing for our man in 1898-1901. His studio was listed at 248 Main Street. I added another pin to my Danbury Photographer Google Map — Allen would have been right across the street from the location of Wynard’s studio at 247 Main Street.

Here’s Photo No. 16:

Friend No. 16

Alas, there is no photographer’s imprint and no markings on the photo to help us identify this gentleman or the location where the photo was taken.

[Photos 17 & 18]

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Crofutt’s Danbury City Directory, 1901, Frank Allen, p 17; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 March 2011).

Norwich, Connecticut Directories, 1887-91; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 March 2011).

Friends Album: Updates

So far, we know the names of two of the subjects in the Friends Album:

Friend No. 8 aka Fred Young

Fred Young

I looked more into the family I mentioned in my last post about this gentleman and discovered yet another potential Frederick Young that seems more likely to be our man. In 1889, the Frederick Young I thought might be a prospect in my previous post lived in Salisbury, Connecticut, which in today’s travel time would be almost an hour away from the place the photo was taken. I have found another Frederick Young of suitable age who lived only three miles away. More information is needed, but in the meantime, at least I’ve found descendants for each.

Friend No. 12 (Ellis B. Wilson)

Ellis B. Wilson

I found Ellis Wilson’s memorial on FindaGrave and it lists the names of two of his wives: Florence E. Chance & Grace A. Durie. The name Florence matches that as given on his WWII draft registration card. I have yet to find an obituary for him.

Interesting note: The Youngs in 1920 are located next to a Wilson family.

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1880 U.S. Census, Litchfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Bridgewater, page 12, dwelling 124, family 132, Frederick Young; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 March 2011); Family History Film: 1254101; Page: 582D; Enumeration District: 32; Image: 0865.

1920 U.S. Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Newton, page 14, dwelling 239, family 248, Frederick A. Young and family; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 March 2011); Roll: T265_178; Enumeration District: 133; Image: 384.

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906, for Fred A. Young; FamilySearch (familysearch.org : accessed 9 March 2011).

Ellis B. Wilson, Zion Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Conn., Memorial #16887574; FindaGrave (www.findagrave.com : accessed 12 March 2011).