Friends Album: Photos 58 & 59

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We’re back in Danbury, Conn., and Mrs. J. H. Folsom’s studio for the next two photos.

Friend No. 58

Friend No. 59

I believe these photos were taken at the same time. The imprint on the back is exactly the same:

Imprint as shown on the reverse of both Photo 58 & 59.

When I zoomed in on Friend No. 59’s photo, I saw something kind of interesting. It looks like someone drew in hair along his left temple (click on the photo for a larger version):

[Photos 60 & 61]


Friends Album: Photos 56 & 57

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We’re in Bridgeport, Conn., for the next two photos, which were taken by the same photographer:

Friend No. 56

Friend No. 57

The imprint says “Price, Ground Floor Studio, 515 Main St., Bridgeport, Conn.”

I found photographer Frank E. Price in Bridgeport in 1890-91 city directories (though at a different address) and in the 1900 U.S. Census. By manually searching an 1899 city directory, I found him at the address listed in the imprint. Interestingly, in 1900 he has a brother Charlie living with him and he’s listed as a photographer too.

[Photos 58 & 59]


1900 U.S. Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Bridgeport, page 6, dwelling 69, family 100, Frank E. Price; ( : accessed 16 April 2011); Roll: T623_132; Page 6A; Enumeration District: 31.

Bridgeport, Connecticut 1899 directory, Frank E. Price, p.339; (accessed : 16 April 2011).

Price, Lee & Co., Bridgeport, Connecticut Directories, 1890-1891, Frank E. Pricen; (accessed : 16 April 2011).

The Friends Album is Back! Photos 54 & 55

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I think we have another set of siblings in Photos 54 and 55:

Friend No. 54

The photo above has the same prop and backdrop as Photo No. 55:

Friend No. 55

I’m tempted to say that Friend No. 54 may be a boy, given the cropped hair.

Both of these photos were taken at Walter Chipman’s studio in New Milford, Conn. That’s all I’ve divined so far.

As always, the Friends Album Google Map and Google Spreadsheet have been updated.

[Photos 56 & 57]

More Friends Album Graves

For this Tombstone Tuesday, I give you still more graves associated with the Friends Album. As I mentioned in my post earlier today, I’ve found several memorials on FindaGrave associated with the Youngs, Morrises and Morrells. A kind volunteer in Connecticut even posted some photos for me minutes after I requested them this weekend. Here are the links:

Mary Morris (Photo in Friends Album)
Cornelia Morris Young (Photo in album)
Their parents, Roswell and Laura.

Henry B. Young (Cornelia’s husband)
Stanley M. Young (Henry’s brother (I mentioned him last week, along with brother-in-law William Morrell; no photo available on FindaGrave, unfortunately)

Friends Album: Photos 52 & 53

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Photo No. 52 bears a striking resemblance to another photo in this series:

Friend No. 52 aka Cornelia Morris

Reverse of Cornelia Morris' (Friend No. 52's) photo.

I’m going to wager that these two ladies are related:

Mary Morris (Friend No. 22, left) and Cornelia Morris.

For what it’s worth, not that I needed further convincing, the photos have exactly the same imprint on the back and the handwriting on both looks to be the same as well. Here’s the reverse of Mary Morris’ photo.

But Cornelia’s photo is pretty exciting because the notes on the back give us her marital information. Now, I have been building a Friends Album family tree in Ancestry, to help me keep track of everyone we’ve been discussing so far and to track the documents I find about each of them. I already had found a Henry Young, married to a Cornelia, on Ancestry. Why? Because they were the parents of a Frederick Young. I think they’re the parents of this Frederick Young aka Friend No. 8:

Friend No. 8 aka Fred Young

But wait, there’s more! I found the Youngs in the 1860 U.S. census and guess who is in the household? Stanley M. Young. We haven’t seen a photo of Stanley yet (well, not that we know of). But we have seen a photo of Stanley’s wife’s brother, William Morrell!

Are you keeping track? We’ve now connected the Morrises to the Youngs to the Morrells! To top it all off, I think I have found all of the above Morrises and Youngs in the same cemetery on FindaGrave, which may help me to locate their next of kin. More on that at a later date.

Here’s Photo No. 53:

Friend No. 53

This photo appears next to Cornelia’s in the album and both are the exact same size on the same type of backing. However, this photo has no imprint on the front or back and no other markings besides the schmutz you can see on the image itself. It’s an interesting photo nonetheless.

[Photos 54 & 55]


1860 U.S. Census, Litchfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Bridgewater, page 15, dwelling 125, family 125, Henry Young and family; ( : accessed 2 April 2011); Roll: M653_82; Image: 16; Family History Film: 803082.

Friend’s Album: Friends 48-51

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The next photo is an anomaly in a couple of different ways:

Friends 48-51

First of all, there’s four, (count ’em, four!) people pictured in this one photo. Also? It was taken in Idaho.

Idaho? This got me wondering, when did Idaho become a state? The answer: 1890. That helps to date this photo!

What is the connection between all of the other folks pictured in this album from the New York and New England areas and then this far-flung clan from out West? I think the order of the photos in the album might help tell the story. This photo shares the same page as the photo of Friends 46 and 47.

One thing struck me about the boys in both of these photos — they are both wearing quite elaborate bow ties. Could it be the same boy in both photos?

Friend 50 (left) and Friend 46.

The eyes and that right ear make me think this is the same boy. We can make a similar comparison between the girl in this photo and Friend No. 47:

Friends 48 (left) and 47

I think the match is even more clear here. Interesting! So somehow and for some reason this family uprooted from Connecticut and made its way out to Idaho.

We may never know why the family made that move, but in the meantime, I can try to learn more about the photographer. Let’s start with the imprint on the back:

Reverse of Friends 48-51 Photo.

We have photographer H. Erichson on Main Street in Moscow, Idaho. Moscow is in Latah County. I had some trouble finding a corresponding photographer by the name of Erichson on the usual genealogy sites (Ancestry, Footnote, FamilySearch, GenealogyBank), but a regular ol’ Google search turned up this mention:

“Henry Erichson was born in Germany in 1856 and arrived in the United States only fifteen years later. He learned the photographic art in Michigan and practiced in Red Bluff, California. After nine years as an itinerant photographer he established himself in Moscow, Idaho, from 1884. He continued in business there until at least 1908, serving on the city council and as president of the Photographers Association of the Northwest.”

This helpful information led me to a Henry Erichson, born in Germany in 1856, in the 1900 U.S. Census on Ancestry.

[Photos 52 & 53]


1900 U.S. Census, Latah County, Idaho, population schedule, West Moscow Precinct, page 6, dwelling 128, family 128, Henry Erichson and family; ( : accessed 27 March 2011); Roll T623_233, page 6B, enumeration district: 71.

“Digital Memories,” April 2001; University of Idaho Library Special Collections & Archives ( : accessed 27 March 2011).

Friends Album: Friends 46 & 47

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The next photo is one of my favorites:

Friends 46 & 47

There’s so much to love about this photo — the girl’s dress, the boy’s bowtie. I can only assume this pair is brother and sister. It’s too bad her face is a little blurry. Also too bad that they’re not identified.

Once again, this photo was taken at Folsom’s in Danbury, Conn.

[Friends 48-51]