Friends Album: Photos 22 & 23

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

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]


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

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

1880 U.S. Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Bridgeport, page 10, dwelling 66, family 98, Edward C. Betts; ( : 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; ( : accessed 16 March 2011).

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


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