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Thursday, September 22, 2016

SPERRY James and Fannie

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SPERRY, James & Fannie

UPDATE - a descendant has purchased this photo from the Antique Gallery and James and Fannie are finally going home. This photo was located at the Stone Soup Antique Gallery in Ballston Spa NY, but since it sported a $175 price tag, I declined to purchase it. That being said, it is a lovely framed portrait with curved glass, and probably worth the price to the right buyer.

The back of the frame had two handwritten tags applied.

One identified the subjects as Fannie Pixley Sperry and James Sperry, and further identifies them as "great-great-grandfather and grandmother."

The second tag reads: "To be given to C.B. Davis, Kent School, Kent Connecticut."

Although I did not purchase the photo, I wanted any descendants I could find to be able to see the faces of their ancestors, so I snapped these photos.
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Here is what I learned about the couple.

James Sperry was born in Alford Massachusetts in 1787, to parents Moses Sperry and Sally McLeod. He died in Rochester NY in March 1867. James Sperry is found in the 1866 Rochester City Directory living at 80 Exchange Street, where now one would find the arena for the Rochester Americans hockey team.

Fannie Pixley was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in 1788, to parents Isaac Pixley (A Revolutionary War Captain) and Abigail Hooker. She died in Rochester NY in April 1867.

The couple are found on the 1850 Federal Census in Henrietta NY.
SPERRY James, 63, Farmer, born in Massachusetts
SPERRY Fanny, 63, born in Massachusetts
SPERRY George, 23, Farmer, born in New York
SPERRY Edward, 18, born in NY
SPERRY Mary, 20, born in NY
BOWLING Elizabeth, 20, born in Germany
BOWLING Catherine, 2, born in NY

1860 Federal Census, Henrietta NY
SPERRY James, 72, Surveyor
SPERRY Fanny, 72,
SPERRY Moses, 30, Physician
SPERRY Olive, 22
SPERRY Sarah E., 2
SPERRY Edward, 28, Farmer
SPERRY Clara D., 20
SPERRY Fanny A., 1
PIXLEY Thomas, 19, Farmer
ELDRIDGE Esther A., 15

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