Sunday’s Obituary: Steel in the Eye

In my research into descendants of the subjects in the Friends Album, I found the following obit:

“Ernest Hawley of Hawleyville, a grocer, 26 years old, died yesterday at his home in that village. He was struck in the eye by a bit of steel a short time ago and spinal meningitis developed. He leaves a widow.”

Not just a widow. Apparently, a pregnant widow — Cornelia. Their son Ernest G. Hawley was born in 1906. He and his mother are listed as living with her parents in the 1910 and 1920 censuses.

Cornelias’s parents were Frederick A. Young and his wife, Urania. I believe Frederick A. Young to be a subject of the Friends Album, pictured here.

I found memorials at FindaGrave for Ernest Hawley and Cornelia. So far, I’m having a bit more trouble picking up the trail for Ernest G. Hawley. I haven’t been able to find any military records for him, which I thought would be a sure thing. I did find a Social Security Death Index record for someone who may be him, but I need to strengthen the connection before I put too much stock in that record.


“Obituary,” The Hartford Courant (1887-1922), 19 Feb 1905, p. 7, ProQuest Historical Newspapers Hartford Courant (1764-1985); ( : accessed 8 May 2011).


Friends Album: Photos 70 & 71

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I have to admit, Friend No. 70 kind of freaks me out a bit:

Friend No. 70

It’s her eyes! The above is a scan of a tintype, which I’m tentatively dating in the early 1860s, due to her style of dress.

Friend No. 71 was quite the dapper dresser:

Friend No. 71

I couldn’t get this carte de visite out of the album, so I snapped a photo instead. I wanted to research the long coat he is wearing — that and his other clothing/accessories can help date the photo. I think the coat is called a morning coat, which according to this site became popular in the early 1880s.

[Photos 72 & 73]


History in the Making, “Men’s Costume 1885 – 1910,” ( : accessed 2 May 2011).

Friends Album: Photos 68 and 69

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We’re in the home stretch for posting photos from the Friends Album. These next two photos are from the last two-page spread in the album.

Here’s Friend No. 68, yet another tintype that I couldn’t remove and has proved a challenge to photograph:

Friend No. 68

What a jaunty, beachy backdrop! He looks completely overdessed for it, but I’m sure that was the norm for the age.

Friend No. 69 looks sooooo familiar to me and I thought this photo may even be a repeat or a second image of a friend who was already featured:

Friend No. 69

Alas, I went through all of the men previously featured and didn’t see an exact match. I chalk up the resemblance to the probability he is related to one or more of the friends already featured.

[Photos 70 & 71]

Friends Album: Photos 66 & 67

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Photo 66 features a very somber, blurry little girl:

Friend No. 66

The above photo is a tintype, as is the next one.

I love the next photo and really wish I could get it out of the album to scan it because I’m having a really hard time photographing it:

Friend No. 67

I definitely think this is a hidden-mother shot. This is a young infant and there’s no way he/she is that tall (or able to sit upright unassisted). I’m assuming the voluminous robes are hiding mom, who is holding the baby upright.

[Photos 68 & 69]

Friends Album: Photos 64 & 65

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I think Friend No. 64 is a sibling of Friends 62 and 63:

Friend No. 64

The above is a photo of the photo because I couldn’t remove it from the album to scan it. I was able to remove Friend No. 65’s photo, a carte de visite:

Friend No. 65

One note about the photo above: the fabric is very similar to that in Friend No. 63’s photo. Yet another sibling? Is this enough to say that the other photo was taken in Danbury too? Not really, but intriguing nonetheless.

The reverse of the above photo shows quite a different version of the imprint for the J. H. Folsom studio:

Reverse of Friend No. 65's photo

The address of 161 Main Street in Danbury is one we haven’t encountered before for any of the Danbury photographers. In 2009, it was Democratic headquarters:

161 Main Street in Danbury, Conn., on Google Street View

A search on Ancestry revealed the studio at this address in 1886 and 1887 (but known as Mrs. J. H. Folsom’s).

[Photos 66 & 67]


Danbury, Connecticut Directories, 1885-1890. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. ( : accessed 29 April 2011).

Friends Album: Photos 62 & 63

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Photo 62 is a tintype:

Friend No. 62

Hmmm… Hair parted on the side, so probably a boy. The clothing is very distinctive and I wonder if it’s ethnic dress of some sort. He doesn’t look very happy, does he? Note that his cheeks are hand-colored to look rosy.

I’m so sad about the state of this next photo:

Friend No. 63

I dare not try to remove this photo from the album. This photo has a slight rise to it, kind of bubbling up from the page, which I think is part of why it has shattered. I think the glass is above the photo rather than this being a glass image. Unfortunately, the photo beneath has started to tear with the crack of the glass through the middle of the photo.

There are clues in this photo — this child’s hair is parted down the middle. Therefore, she’s probably a girl. She’s wearing a rather large pendant. The coloring is quite extensive, but I still think it was done by hand.

I think these two photo subjects are related and I believe the next photo we’ll see is another sibling.

I’m struggling to provide a date range for these photos. I’m going to go broad and say 1870s-1880s.

[Photos 64 & 65]

Friends Album: Photos 60 & 61

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We’ve now moved into a section of the Friends Album with much smaller photos. I wasn’t able to remove the next two pictures for scanning and so I photographed them instead. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know if anything is written on the back of either one:

Friend No. 60 showing some leg.

Notice anything unusual in the photo above (other than the daring ankle shot)? This babe is tied in place:

There is a string holding Friend No. 60 in place.

It’s not as easy to tell if there’s anything holding Friend No. 61 in place, but that blanket could be hiding mom or braces:

Friend No. 61.

I also noted that Friend No. 61 is wearing a rather large crucifix.

[Photos 62 & 63]