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]


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

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

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

Worcester, Massachusetts Directories, 1888-90. ( : accessed 11 March 2011).

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

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

2 thoughts on “Friends Album: Photos 11 & 12

  1. Don’t you just want to squeeze those little cheeks on baby Ellis? I can see why he is your favorite so far!

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