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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Anonymous Photos

I do not generally acquire photos which are not identified, because the odds of making an identification without any clues is too astronomical to calculate. And without knowing who the subject is, there would be no finding a relative.

But once in a while, I end up with an unidentified photo. Usually on accident, sometimes on purpose.

I have decided today to occasionally post a few anonymous photos, in the hopes that someone "out there" will be able to help with the identification.  Any known clues are included.

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These two photos were emailed to me by a friend. She knows the subjects are relatives of hers, who lived in New York and are of German heritage. She'd like very much to get these relatives identified better.



The first woman had her picture taken in New York City at a studio called "Schwind Portraits" located at 27 Avenue A, in East Village, Lower Manhattan, NYC.

She is likely from the family with the surname MAHN, although could also be from related families of ERHARDT, STARK, or even O'CONNOR.

Her fashion points to a time period of about 1880.



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This young lady sat for a photograph at the studio of "J.K.Cole" which was located in Manhattan, on 6th Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets.

She bears a strong resemblence to an identified woman Elizabeth Stark Erhardt, who sat for her photo at at A&G Taylor Studios just four blocks away on Broadway, so I think this girl must be an Erhardt or Stark. Maybe a cousin or sister of Elizabeth Erhardt?

There remains a remote possibility that she comes from related families of Mahn or O'Connor.

The shoulders on the dress of the young woman point to a time period of around 1890-1895.










Sunday, December 31, 2017

WEST, Henry

HENRY WEST

Identification on photo:  Henry West
Photo taken: Benjamin Studio, De Ruyter, Madison County, New York circa 1885
Purchased: Aug 2017 Madison-Bouckville Antiques Week

This photo of Henry West is rather faded, but I was able to manipulate the digital image to bring out more definition.  I include both versions here.

De Ruyter is a small community southwest of the Madison-Bouckville area where I acquired the photo.

Ancestry.com finds a Henry West, age 16, on the 1870 Census for Lincklaen, NY, which is a village about 8 miles south of De Ruyter. Earlier State Census records include older siblings Rosalinda and Charles. His mother's maiden name is possibly Ward.

1870 Census, NY > Chenango > Lincklaen
WEST, John, 52, farmer, born in Herkimer County NY
WEST, Eliza, 52, keeping house, born in Herkimer County, NY
WEST, Laura, 22, Chenango County
WEST, Anna, 18, Chenango County
WEST, Henry, 16, Chenango County
WEST, Mary, 14, Chenango County
WEST, Jerrie, 8, Chenango County

1880 Census, NY > Chenango > Lincklaen
WEST, John, 62, head, born in NY, farmer
WEST, Eliza, 61, wife, born in NY
WEST, Laurie, 30, daughter, born in NY
WEST, Henry, 25, son, farm laborer, born in NY

1891 July 9 - the newspaper "The Weekly Gleaner" of De Ruyter NY, mentioned Henry West. It is a fairly mundane mention (see middle paragraph at right), but verifies that he was living in the area at that time.

1898 Dec 15 - the "DeRuyter Gleaner" reports that Henry West of Lincklaen is recently married. Sadly they do not report his bride's name.




1910 Federal Census, NY > Cortland > Homer
WEST, Henry, head, 55, widower, born in NY of NY parents, laborer

There is also a Henry West, of about the same age, who lived and died in Binghamton, but I have to believe the Henry West in this photo is the one who lived nearer the De Ruyter area.

Sadly, I can find no more than this without a visit to the Chenango County Historical Society.

PORT, Thomas G.

THOMAS G. PORT

Identification on photo: THOMAS G. PORT
Photo taken: Singhi Studio, Binghamton, NY, circa 1885
Purchased: Aug 2017 Madison-Bouckville Antiques Week, New York

I have previously researched photos from Binghamton, which were taken at the Osborn Studio. Emerson Osborn bought out Wellington G. Singhi's business in 1885. Therefore this photo must have been taken about that time, but not later, as it bears the stamp of Singhi.

The very small lapels of the jacket were fashionable from about 1884-1889.

His parents are George Port (1816-1892) and Julia Thomas (1927-1912).

1875 State Census New York > Broome County > Binghamton
PORT, George, 58, retired farmer
PORT, Julia, 58, wife
PORT, Thomas G., 25, son, Clothing Clerk

1878 - married Leora A. (unknown surname)

1880 Federal Census, New York > Broome > Binghamton > 121 Oak Street
PORT, George, 62, retired farmer, born in NY
PORT, Julia E., 62 wife, keeping house, born in NY
PORT, Thomas G., 31, son, clerk in store, born in NY
PORT, Leora A., 28, daughter (in-law), at home, born in NY

1900 Federal Census, NY > Broome > Binghamton, 114 Henry Street
PORT, Thomas G., head, b. 1850, 49y, married 22yrs, cigar packer
PORT, Leora A., wife, 1852, 47, no children

Thomas died 21 Mar 1912.

His widow Leora died 31 Aug 1925.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

WILCOMB, Louise

LOUISE WILCOMB

Identification on photo: LOUISE WILCOMB, age 21 months
Photo taken: J.W. Baker Studio, San Francisco, circa 1895
Purchased: August 2017 at the Madison-Bouckville Antiques Week, New York State

This picture appears to have been taken in the mid-1890s.

Ancestry.com quickly found Louise. She was born 1894 to parents Charles Presby Wilcomb (Curator for the Oakland Public Museum) and Addie Corinne Nichols.

1910 Census California > Alameda > Oakland > 1218 Oak Street
WILCOMB, Charles P., head, 45, born in New Hampshire to NH parents, Museology
WILCOMB, Addie C., wife, 40, married 17y, 1 child, born in NH of NH and ME parents
WILCOMB, Louise, daughter, 16, born in California

1913-Aug-4  Addie Wilcomb died at the age of 43.

1915-Jun-23 Charles Wilcomb died at age 50, following an attack of peritonitis.


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1919-Dec-24 Louise at age 25 married Elliot Blake Jordan (26), son of F.S. Jordan and Mary Blake. Elliot worked for Standard Oil Co. at the time.

1920 - daughter Eleanor Corinne Jordan is born.

Louise lived to age 77, passing in 1971. Her husband passed in 1973.

Friday, December 29, 2017

VAN HEUFELN, Emma

Identification on photo: EMMA VAN HEUFELN
Photo taken: Leigh, Colfax County, Nebraska, circa 1910
Purchased: Dec 2017 at the Palm Beach County Fairgrounds Antique Show

Back in 2014, I bought a cluster of related family photos (members of the Franzen and Van Heufeln families) at a booth at the Palm Beach County Fairgrounds, at their March Antique Show.  I was successful in sending the lot of them back home to their family, but I was not keeping very good records back then, and am left with no record of where or to whom I shipped them.

Now it is December 2017 and I have visited the same booth at the same monthly Antique Show, and what do you know? - I have found another Van Heufeln.

This is Emma Van Heufeln, born 1895 in Nebraska.

Her mother, Zeide Ubben married Lumke Franzen in Germany, immigrated to America and had sons Heie, Ubbo and Frank Franzen. After her first husband died, Zeide married Henry Van Heufeln and moved her family from Illinois to Nebraska. There she had sons Herman, Edward and a daughter Emma.

Emma died at age 42 in 1929, in an Omaha hospital, and was survived by her brother Herman.

REYCROFT, George T.

Identification on photo: GEORGE T. REYCROFT
Photo taken: Evans Studio, Binghampton NY, circa 1885?
Purchased: Dec 2017 at the Palm Beach County Fairgrounds Antique Show

This photo of George Reycroft was found in the same box of photos in which I found the previously posted photo of Charles Robert Stafford. George appears to be about 13 or 14 years old in this shot.

George was located on Findagrave.com. He was born in 1872, and died 1947. Buried at Floral Park Cemetery (near Charles Robert Stafford) in Johnson City, Broome County, NY.

George is the son of William Reycroft and Eliza Swanton. His siblings are Frederick, William Jr., Sarah, and Mrs. William Bennet. Eliza died in 1908.

1910 CENSUS, New York > Broome > Binghamton > High Street
REYCROFT, Fred, head, 42, born in NY, buffer at a tannery
REYCROFT, William F., father, 78, born in Ireland, no occupation
REYCROFT, Sarah, sister, 45, born in NY, public school teacher
REYCROFT, George T., brother, 38, born in NY, salesman at grocery


1912 Feb 19 - George's brother William C. Reycroft died suddenly in his tailor shop (see obit at right). William C. Reycroft and his family in the 1910 Census are living in the same house on Murray Street as John H. Stafford. His widow, Hannah, was the sister to John H. Stafford.

George married Pearl Jenks on 7 Apr 1914, and they bought a home on McNamara Street. George also began working as a Bookkeeper at a chemical company. Subsequent Census records show no children for this couple. George and his wife Pearl appear to be highly active in the Methodist Church, with Pearl often singing at funerals, along with Mrs. Robert Merilees.

1918 Apr 13 - George's brother Fred married Hannah Stafford, his brother William's widow.

Therefore .... George T. Reycroft and Charles Robert Stafford, are cousins.











Saturday, December 23, 2017

STAFFORD, Charles Robert

Identification on photo: CHARLES ROBERT STAFFORD

Photo taken: Osborn Studio, Binghamton, NY, circa 1899

Purchased: August 2017 Madison-Bouckville Antiques Week

The photographic studio of Emerson Osborn operated in Binghamton NY from 1885 to his retirement in 1908.

This young man appears to be about 5 years old, and the photo appears to have been taken in the late 1890s, so I can estimate a birth year of around 1893 or 1894.

There is a Charles Robert Stafford in Broome County, NY, who was born Jan 24, 1894 to parents John H. and Mary J. Stafford.

The family appears on the 1905 New York State Census, living in Binghamton (Broome County) NY.
STAFFORD, John H., head, 42, born in England, plumber
STAFFORD, Mary J., wife, 39, born in U.S.
STAFFORD, Charles R., son, 11, born in U.S., at school

1909 Feb 18, Charles' mother Mary Merrilees Stafford died.

1909 Sept 25, The Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin carried a story on the upcoming Binghamton Fair athletics meet on Sept 28. Charles R. Stafford is entered in the 100 yard dash, the 440 yard open, and the Five-mile marathon. Quote: "Charles Stafford, one of the youngest contestants, won second in the 100-yard dash at the Montrose Fair under the AAU rules. He is a promising athlete and is sure to make good."

The 1910 Federal Census shows a 16 year old Charles Stafford living in Binghampton.
STAFFORD, John H., head, 46, widowed, born in England, imm. 1882, plumber
STAFFORD, John Sr., father, 82, born in England, imm. 1884
STAFFORD, Sarah, mother, 79, born in England
STAFFORD, Charles, son, 16, New York, of English and Pennsylvania parents

Another family lives in the same house at that time:
REYCROFT, W.C., head, 40, born in NY to NY parents, tailor in a tailor shop
REYCROFT, Hannah, wife, 36, married 10 yr, has had 1 child (living), born in England of English parents
REYCROFT, William, son, 8, born in NY of NY and English parents

I mention the second family at this address only because I am in possession of another photograph from the same Antique Show, and it is also stamped with a studio mark from Binghamton, NY. The subject of the second photo is a "Geo T. Reycroft." (I will research that photo in the next post, and will perhaps solve the mystery of how these two families are related.)  But now, back to the STAFFORD family.

Charles is mentioned throughout the local newspaper 1909-1913 as a talented athlete and actor. Besides his skill at running track (athletics), he also played High School Basketball and had roles in plays staged by the local YMCA.

From the 21 Apr 1911 edition of the paper, here is a picture (at right) of Charles Stafford, in costume for a play called "Too Much Married". He would have been about 17 at this time.

Mrs Sarah Stafford (John's mother, Charles' grandmother) died in November 1911. Her obit in the Press and Sun Bulletin makes note of the fact that one of her daughters is named Anna Reycroft. (I wonder if that is the same person as the "Hanna Reycroft" who was living in the same house in 1910.)

Charles Robert Stafford died Oct 29, 1913 at age 19. I have been trying every source I know to determine the cause of death, but so far I have found no mention of it.  The local newspaper carried a brief mention that he had died at home.



1930 - John H. Stafford founded a college scholarship grant for students at the Trinity Memorial Church. The gift is still bestowed to this day.

Charles is buried at Floral Park Cemetery  Johnson City, Broome County, New York, USA.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

PADDOCK, Nathan C.

Identification on photo: NAT C. PADDOCK

Photo taken: J.H. Peters Studio, San Francisco CA, circa 1890

Purchased: Dec 2017 at the Palm Beach County Fairgrounds Antique Show.

What a handsome young man. There is no date on this photo. The collar of this fashionable man's shirt is a type worn as early as 1890, and as late as 1920, but the style of the cabinet card itself points to around 1890, and probably no later than 1895.

The subject appears to be in his mid-twenties. The studio which produced this photo was in operation at this location (Baldwin Hotel Block on Market Street) from 1885 to at least 1890.

This is Nathan Crowell Paddock (6 Nov 1865 - 8 Jun 1940), son of Nathan Crowell Paddock Sr. and Mary E White. He lived in San Francisco with his wife June Norwood (29 May 1875 - 20 Jul 1940), daughter of Tallmadge Floyd Norwood and Emmaline Campbell. Their children were Natalie Tallmadge Paddock (1910-2000) and June Floyd Paddock (1913-2006).

Nathan grew up in a large townhouse on South Park Street in San Francisco. The 1870 Census reports Nathan Sr.'s occupation is "Banker", and in 1880 describes himself as a "Capitalist." There are two servants in the household in both decades.

In 1890, Nathan Sr. died. This obituary (at right) was located in the Oakland Tribune, 11 Mar, 1890.

Nathan Jr. and June Norwood were married 5 October 1909. This notice of the marriage was found in The San Francisco Call newspaper, 5 Oct 1909.

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1910 Census > California > San Francisco > 1649 Hyde Street
PADDOCK, Nathan C., head, 44, born in California of Massachusetts parents, Bookkeeper
PADDOCK, June N., wife, 34, born in Utah of New York and Wisconsin parents
PADDOCK, Mary P., mother, 83, widowed, 5 children, 4 still living, born in Massachusetts of Maine parents
NORWOOD, Tallmadge, father-in-law, 73, widowed, born in New York, of New York parents

On the 1930 Census, Nathan Jr.'s occupation is Life Insurance Salesman. He is 64. His wife June is 52. His two daughters, living at home, are 19 and 16, the eldest of which is employed as a clerk in the Insurance industry, quite likely at her father's company.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

CORLETT, William

WILLIAM CORLETT
Laura, Illinois
circa 1893

This photograph of William Corlett was located at the December show of the Palm Beach County Fairgrounds Antiques Fair a couple of days ago. The photo was taken in Elmwood, Illinois, at a studio called the St. Louis Gallery. On the back are written the words "Mr. Wm. Corlett, Laura, Illinois".

Laura is a very small unincorporated community east of Williamsfield and northwest of Peoria, in Peoria County.

The scalloped edges of this cabinet card date it to a period between 1886 and 1900, and were most popular in the early to mid-1890's. The small lapels on the jacket suggest a time period between 1890 and 1894.

The subject appears to be between 40 and 50 years old, thus an estimated birth year can be assumed of around 1840-1850, probably closer to 1850.

Using Ancestry.com and FindAGrave.com, I was able to find a William Corlett buried in Brimfield, Peoria County, Illinois. Brimfield is a mere 9 miles south of Laura. This William Corlett was born 6 Sep 1848 on the Isle of Man, England, and died 1 Oct 1919. He was married first to a woman named Flora Kimler (d. 1892) and second to Alice Fisher (d. 1902).

Elsewhere on the Internet I located this photograph of William Corlett (photo at right) which was probably taken just a couple of years earlier than the image at top. I do not possess the photo at right, but include it here for comparison.

He is found on the 1870 Census at age 21 working at the McCay (McCoy?) Farm in Millbrook Township, which was the agricultural community surrounding the village of Laura.

1870 Census > Illinois > Peoria County > Millbrook Township
McCAY, John A., 49, farmer, born in Penn
McCAY, Margaret, 17, born in Illinois
McCAY, Albert, 15, Illinois
McCAY, Mary M., 12, Illinois
CORLETT, William, 21, farm labor, born Isle of Man
McCAY, Jane, 73, born Pennsylvania

The Census of 1870 appears to read McCay as this family name. However an 1873 map of Millbrook township (courtesy of PeoriaCountyIllinois.info) shows parcels of land south of Elmore and northwest of Laura owned by the McCoy family. The map shows many other land owners mentioned on the same Census that would have been William Corlett's neighbors at the time. These include George P. Wykoff, Alexander and Archibald Todd, John Bridson, J.C. Slocum, Elisha Sutherland, Alfred Reed, Samuel Matthews, John McKane, Rebecca Oakes, Daniel McCay (or McCoy). 

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By 1880, Corlett (30), now a farmer in his own right, and his wife Flora (31), are living with a couple of boarders. His nearest neighbors on the 1880 Census page are Rebecca Oakes, James Reed, John Bridson, and some McCoy's clearly spelled with an "o" by this year's census taker. So I think that family may have actually been McCoy, and not McCay.

William was married first to Flora Kimler, who died in 1892. He married second wife Alice (Fisher) Slocum the same year. She was a widow with a infant daughter of her own.

1900 Census > Illinois > Peoria > Millbrook
CORLETT, William, head, Sept 1848, 51, born Isle of Man, farmer
CORLETT, Alice M., wife, Feb 1863, 37, born in Ill. of Mass and NY parents
SLOCUM, Pearl F., step-daughter, Jan 1891, 9, born in Iowa of Illinois parents
CORLETT, Mae E., daughter, Jan 1893, 7, born in Illinois
CORLETT, Mona B., daughter, Sept 1899, 8mo., born in Illinois

Second wife Alice died 26 March,1902. Her daughter by previous marriage, Pearl, died at age 21 in 1912.

1910 Census > Illinois > Peoria > Millbrook
CORLETT, William, head, 61, widowed, no occupation
CORLETT, May, daughter, 17, attending school
CORLETT, Mona, daughter, 10, attending school

Mona died at age 19, on 16 Oct 1918.

William Corlett died 1 Oct 1919.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

BROWN, I. Newt

I. NEWT BROWN
son of Isaac S. and Mary (Carnine) Brown
He died February 1933 in his 66th year.

This photograph was located at the December Antique Show at Palm Beach County Fairgrounds.

The photographic studio that took the photo was Thompson, Alexander Block, Franklin Indiana.

The man in this photo is well-identified by the inscription on the back. He is Isaac Newton "Newt" Brown (Sept 28, 1867 - February 2, 1933) son of Isaac Shephard Brown (1829-1887) and Mary Margaret Carnine (1833-1895).

His wife was Edith LaGrange Brown (1868-1962), daughter of Daniel C. LaGrange and Catherine List.

1870 Census > Indiana > Johnson County > Pleasant
BROWN, Isaac, 40 W M, Farmer, born in Virginia
BROWN, Mary, 25 W F, keeping house, Indiana
BROWN, John, 18 W M, born in Indiana
BROWN, David, 15 W M, Indiana
BROWN, Robert, 12 W M, Indiana
BROWN, Charles, 10 W M, Indiana
BROWN, Edward, 5 W M, Indiana
BROWN, Newton, 3, W M, Indiana <--- here he is at age 3.

1880 Census > Indiana > Johnson County > Pleasant Township
BROWN, Isaac S., 50, farmer, born in Virginia of Indiana parents
BROWN, Mary L., 47, wife, keeping house, born in Indiana of KY parents
BROWN, Robert A., 21, son, at college, born in Indiana
BROWN, Charles, 19, son, works on farm, Indiana
BROWN, Edward S., 15, son, works on farm, Indiana
BROWN, Isaac N., 12, son, Indiana
BROWN, Mary L., 7, daughter, Indiana

There are clearly two people in this same region with the Isaac Newton Brown, as I was confused often by Census records showing what I thought was the same man married to Edith in 1900, married to another woman in 1920, and back to being married to Edith in 1930. Then I found this insert in the Franklin, Indiana Evening Star, 12 Oct 1919 which cleared up the mystery. (click on the image for a larger version.)

1900 Census > Indiana > Johnson County > Pleasant Township
BROWN, I Newt, head, 32y, married 10 years, born in Indiana of Virginia & Indiana parents, farmer
BROWN, Edith, wife, May 1870, 30y, 3 children, 1 still living, Indiana of Ky parents
BROWN, Margarette, daughter, Jan, 1897, 3y, born in Indiana

This advert found in The Evening Star (Franklin Indiana) 26 Mar 1914.


1930 > Census > Johnson > Franklin
BROWN, I Newt, head, 62y, married at age 22, born in IN of VA & IN parents, farmer
BROWN, Edith, wife, 61y, married at age 21, born in Indiana of IN parents

This obituary from The Franklin Evening Star, 04 Feb 1933, contains much valuable information about the life of Isaac Newton Brown. (Click on image for larger version).