Friends Album: Photos 11 & 12

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**

And we’re off to Massachusetts to try and find out more about Photo No. 11 (no written identifying marks on this photo):

Friend No. 11

Here we have O’Flynn’s Studio in Millbury, Massachusetts, which is really close to Worcester. I found a Thomas F. O’Flynn, photographer, in Worcester in many 1880s city directories.

Here are the addresses I found, all smack in the middle of Worcester:
244 Front (1884; 1888-90 [O'Flynn & Shaw; home 8 Barclay])
18 Grosvenor (1885-6; boards)
326 Main Street (1888; boards 18 Grosvenor)

I’m not convinced that this is our photographer, because he’s so thoroughly ensconced in Worcester and I’m not sure why he would then list Millbury in his imprint, but I’m filing this information away, just in case. Interestingly, it appears that this individual went on to become a school teacher, from other records I found.

The next photo is my favorite so far. Look at this face:

Friend No. 12 (Ellis B. Wilson)

The other reason this is my favorite is this lil’ babe has a name!

Reverse side of Friend No. 12's (Ellis B. Wilson's) photo.

Ellis is back in Danbury, Conn., and our old friend Charles Blackman took the photo. I investigated him in my post on Photos 5 & 6.

Ellis Burton Wilson was born 4 March 1893, according to many sources. He eventually moved to Hartford and went into the landscaping business. I located his death record. He lived to the age of 78, passing away 27 Jan 1971. FamilySearch has his WWII draft registration card, which includes a wealth of information, as does his WWI registration card on Ancestry.

I have high hopes for finding his descendants. [Update 3/12/11: I posted an update on my progress here.]

[Photos 13 & 14]

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1900 U.S. Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Danbury Town, page 3, dwelling 43, family 57, Ellis Wilson; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 March 2011); National Archives and Records Administration Microfilm Roll: T623_132.

The Worcester Directory 1885-86, Thomas F. O’Flynn, page 252. Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 March 2011).

Worcester, Massachusetts 1884, 1886, 1888-90, U.S. City Directories. Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 March 2011).

Worcester, Massachusetts Directories, 1888-90. Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 March 2011).

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Ellis Burton Wilson; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 March 2011).

World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Ellis Burton Wilson; FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 11 March 2011).

Friends Album: Photos 7 & 8

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**

Here is Photo No. 7 (once again, taken in Danbury, but at still another photography studio):

Friend No. 7

What’s really exciting is what’s on the reverse:

Reverse side of Friend No. 7's photo.

We have a female photographer! Apparently. Mrs. J. H. Folsom aka Mrs. Joseph H. Folsom aka Elizabeth Folsom. She appears in Danbury city directories from 1885-1890. I found her and her husband in the 1880 census, but he is listed as a photographer and she is keeping house. Interesting…

Her studio is listed at 161, 197 and 246 Main Street over the years. Oh how I wish the photographer’s imprint had the street address!

Moving on. Here’s Photo No. 8:

Friend No. 8 aka Fred Young

The reverse side of his photo is even more exciting!

Reverse side of Friend No. 8's (Fred Young's) Photo

As you can see, this photo was taken in New Milford, Connecticut, by a J. E. Canfield. I found photographer James E. Canfield in New Milford in the 1880 U.S. census on Ancestry.

New Milford is in the county of Litchfield. I found a Fred Young in Winchester, Litchfield, Connecticut, in the 1920 U.S. census on Ancestry. He was only 44 in 1920. That makes him awfully young at the time when I believe this photo was taken. I think I also found the same Fred Young’s death record. On FamilySearch, I found a Fred Young born in 1889 to another Fred Young in Salisbury, Litchfield, Connecticut. The elder Fred Young sounds like a better candidate for my photo subject. I’m going to need to do some more sleuthing to settle this though.

[Update 3/12/11: I posted an update on my progress here.]

[Photos 9 & 10]

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

1920 U.S. Census, Litchfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Winchester town, page 11A, dwelling 196, family 267, Fred Young; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 March 2011); Roll: T625_187; Enumeration District: 234; Image: 513.

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

Danbury, Connecticut Directories, 1885-1890. The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 March 2011).

Friends Album: Photos 5 & 6

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**

Back to Danbury, Connecticut, for the next two photos. Here’s photo No. 5 (no identifying notes and nothing on the back):

Friend No. 5

The photographer’s imprint is a bit hard to decipher here. Wynard’s appears in large letters, but over top of that I think it says C. G. Smith & Co. in script.

I found a directory listing for a Charles E. Wynard in Danbury, Conn., in 1890 on Ancestry.com. His street address is listed as 247 Main. I find no other trace of him in various databases.

Here is 247 Main Street in Danbury today, thanks to Google’s Street View (the business there now is a Chinese restaurant called Good Taste):

Here is photo No. 6 (also no notes or anything else printed on the back):

Friend No. 6

This photograph’s imprint is much easier to read: C. A. Blackman at 242 Main Street in Danbury (only a few doors down from the photographer who took the previous photo!).

Charles A. Blackman, photographer, appears in the 1900 census in Bridgeport, Conn. He appears in Norwalk, Conn., city directories in 1887, 1888, 1889 and 1891. He’s listed in a Danbury, Conn., directory at 242 Main in 1892, 1894 and 1895. Below is his listing in 1895:

1895 Danbury directory listing (Ancestry)

Danbury and Norwalk are 23-24 miles apart, so I think it’s safe to say that he wasn’t commuting from one place to the other. The distance between Bridgeport and Danbury is even greater. Therefore, I think we can say with confidence that this photo was taken between 1892 and 1900.

Just for fun, I created the map below in Google Maps to show the location of the three photographers we’ve found in Danbury so far:

Danbury Photographers (clicking on this map will take you to Google Maps)

The blue dot in the lower right section is Edward A. Osborne (from Photos 1 & 2). The middle dot is Charles Blackman and the top-left dot is Wynard’s. You can view the map on Google Maps to further explore the area.

[Photos 7 & 8]

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1900 U.S. Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Bridgeport Township, page 4B, dwelling 70, family 78, C. A. Blackman; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 March 2011); National Archives and Records Administration Microfilm Roll: T623_131.

Crofutt’s Danbury City Directory, 1892, 1894-95. Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 March 2011).

Danbury City Directory, 1890. New Haven, CT: Fred. B. Crofutt, 1890.; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 March 2011).

Norwalk, Connecticut Directories, 1887-89, 1891. Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 March 2011).

UPDATE: Friends Album, Photos 1 & 2

I stated in a previous post about the Friends Album that I couldn’t find the photographer, E. A. Osborne, in various records. After searching other Danbury, Connecticut photographers, however, I have refined my search techniques and managed to locate him in Danbury city directories in 1893, 1895, 1898 on Ancestry. His name was Edward A. Osborne and his studio address was listed as 197 Main, just like in the imprints on Photos 1 & 2.

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Crofutt’s Danbury City Directory, 1893, 1895, 1898. Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 March 2011).

Friends Album: Photos 1 & 2

As I mentioned in a previous post, 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.

A little background on the album: the owner of the store where I purchased the album was able to tell me the name of the family to which the album belonged and that they hailed from St. Michaels, Maryland. The majority of the pictures in the album appear to have been taken in Connecticut and New York, however. The front of the album indicates that it contains friends of the family who owned the album (so not necessarily their own relatives). Many of the photos in the album are labeled and several of the subjects share the same surname. I hope this means that the subjects in the album are related and that I might be able to return the album to their descendants.

Here is photo #1, a cabinet card:

Friend No. 1

The photo is not labeled with the name of the individual pictured. In fact, there’s nothing on the back at all. All that is known is the name and address of the photographer: Osborne at 197 Main Street in Danbury, Connecticut. Given what I know of photos, I would date this somewhere between 1880 and 1900, leaning toward the earlier end of that range.

Photo #2 is the same type of photo and was taken by the same photographer. It also is unlabeled:

Friend No. 2

Assuming that these two photos are taken at the same time and that these are relatives, I have a theory. He is wearing a white bow tie, though his jacket is pretty plain. She is wearing quite an elaborate dress. I wonder if these are wedding portraits.

Danbury Main Street, 1907 (Wikipedia)

Danbury is in Fairfield County, Connecticut. I’m making a note of this in case I find that others in the album are from the same area. Wikipedia happens to have a 1907 postcard view of Danbury’s Main Street.

In the middle of the photographer’s imprint at the bottom of the card are the initials E, A and O. I was able to tell from other photos in the album that the photographer was E. A. Osborne.

I have not yet had luck finding the photographer in various online resources. In searches on Ancestry, I found an E. Arthur Osborne living in Danbury in 1900 in the census, but he was a carriage blacksmith. There was an Elizabeth A. Osborne at 7 years old in the 1860 census. An Ernestine A. Osborne with no occupation listed appears in the 1930 census.

Danbury directories on Ancestry revealed no photographers by the last name Osborne, but the first year for which they were available was 1918. In searching the census on Ancestry, I noted that many people in Danbury were employed in the hat manufacturing business around the turn of the 20th century. Similar searches on Footnote and FamilySearch turned up no new angles.

UPDATE (3/8/2011): Found him!

[On to Photos 3 & 4]