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 26 & 27

Read from the beginning here. **Click on the images below for larger versions**

We have another unidentified infant in Photo No. 26:

Friend No. 26

Once again, I think the above imprint is rather hard to decipher, but luckily, the other side of the photo clears things up:

So, we’re in an entirely new locale this time — Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Poughkeepsie is in the county of Dutchess.

I found photographer Charles H. Gallup at the addresses listed on the imprint in city directories in 1886 to 1897. A good, long time.

Do you think the image on the back accurately represents what his studio location looked like? If so, it has changed over the years:

Google Street View image of 292-296 Main Street in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

There is one other clue in Photo No. 26. There appears to be a pin on the child’s bib. Here is a close-up crop:

Can you make out what this pin says?

It’s a little hard to read. I think it either says “Cary” or “Amy.” I may try to re-scan the image or look at it with a magnifying glass, to see if I can clear it up.

UPDATE: My eagle-eyed Facebook friends have all but solved this. The pin most likely says “BABY.” I was so hoping that it would be a name that I hadn’t even considered this!

Here’s Photo No. 27:

Friend No. 27

This photo was taken back in Danbury, Connecticut, at Edward A. Osborne’s studio. It makes me wonder why this photo is separated from the other photos taken at that studio. Photo No. 27 appears to me to be older than the photo of the baby in No. 26. Are these two subjects related, perhaps? I think I might start a spreadsheet compiling all of the data we’re able to derive from each photo, to hopefully help show patterns and make connections that may otherwise be missed in this photo-by-photo run-through of the album.

[Photos 28 & 29]

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Poughkeepsie City Directory, 1886, Charles H. Gallup, p 86; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 March 2011).

Poughkeepsie, New York Directories, 1890-97; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 March 2011).

R. V. Leray’s Poughkeepsie City Directory, 1897, Gallup & Co., C.H., p 163; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 March 2011).

Friends Album: Photos 24 & 25

Read from the beginning here. **Click on the images below for larger versions**

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 19-21

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Today’s post will be short. These three photos do not have any identifying information (but we’ll take a peek anyhow).

Photo No. 19:

Friend No. 19

I messed with the curves on this one a bit and cropped it so we could see the detail a bit better:

Crop of Friend No. 19's Photo

Is he wearing a nametag?

The next two photos remind me of passport photos, but with really fancy borders. Anyone seen photos like this before?

Friend No. 20

Friend No. 21

I’m going to hazard a guess that the two above are husband and wife…

[Photos 22 & 23]

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

Read about the first photos in the album here. **Click on the images below for larger versions**

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: Photos 13 & 14

I have acquired an old photo album containing many pictures from the late 1800s. I’m going through the album to catalog the photos with as much information as can be gleaned from them. My hope is to return the album and photos to the descendants of those pictured. Read about the first photos in the album here. **Click on the images below for larger versions**

Whoa, baby! Here’s Photo No. 13:

Friend No. 13

No photographer’s imprint to help us assign a location to this photo. There is an inscription on the back:

Reverse side of Friend No. 13's photo

The handwriting here is different than the notes left on other photos.

Here is Photo No. 14:

Friend No. 14

Yay! We have an imprint. We’re back in Yonkers, N.Y. Here is the reverse side of the photo:

Reverse side of Friend No. 14's photo

I found photographer Charles H. Frazier in local directories in the following years:

1886-87 16 N. Bway; h 60 N. Bway
1888-9 h 51 N. Broadway
1892 16 N. Bway; h 149 N. Bway

Interestingly, the only census in which I think I’ve found him is in the 1900 U.S. Census living in Morristown, New Jersey, which is about an hour away from Yonkers in today’s driving time. Hmmm…

Back to the photo itself. I thought it was cute that this baby seemed to be pointing to something off-camera. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that she (I’m assuming) is wearing a ring on her ring finger of her left hand!:

Note the ring on the ring finger on the left hand.

On another note, I’m wondering if these two babies may be siblings. They look an awful lot alike to me…

[Photos 15 & 16]

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1900 U.S. Census, Morris County, New Jersey, population schedule, Morristown Ward, page 12, dwelling 213, family 245, Charles H. Frazier; FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 13 March 2011).

Boyd’s Yonkers City Directory, 1888-89, p 162, Charles H. Frazier; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 March 2011).

Thompson and Fowler’s Second Annual Directory of The City of Yonkers, For The Year 1886-87, p 106, Charles Frazier; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 March 2011).

Yonkers City Directory, 1892, p 133, C. H. Frazier; 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).