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Mystery people in Grandma Lavina’s photos

J. M. Adams, Photographer, in Elgin, Illinois

J. M. Adams, Photographer, in Elgin, Illinois

Now that I’ve got some clues on one of my mystery photos, I thought I’d take a look at some additional pictures in the photo album of my my great-great grandmother, Lavina (Bursley) Stanwood.  The picture above has  posed quite a mystery; to my knowledge, no family members resided in Illinois.  However, after delving into Grandma Lavina’s maternal family, I discovered her mother’s cousin, James Day, lived in Esmen, Illinois, in 1860.  James’ son, John B. Day, died in Chicago 20 July 1902.  John, born about 1849, is the right age to be the subject of this photograph, which was taken about 1883-1885, the time frame that J. M. Adams was operating the photography studio in Elgin.

Are you a Day?

Are you a Day?

No identifying marks or photographer name were included on this picture, which was placed on the same page as a known Day photo.  Is he somehow related to Lavina’s mother, Cynthia (Day) Bursley?

1865-1870 gentleman - no photographer or other clues to help!

Who is this well-dressed chap?

This photo appeared above the preceding one, on the same page as a known Day photo.  Comparing his attire to Civil War era photos, I’m guessing this gentleman was photographed sometime around 1865 or perhaps a little later?  If so, he is a candidate for Aaron Day, Cynthia Day’s father, or perhaps her father-in-law, Lemuel Bursley.

If you can help solve these mystery photos, please shoot me an email using the form below!

 


Wordless Wednesday – Decorating with maps, pictures and antiques

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1859 map surrounded by late 19th (and early 20th) century photographs

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The cabinet to the left of the far lamp is filled with antique books and other family heirlooms.

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Black and white family photos on the wall behind an antique rocking chair Ed restored. On the bottom shelf is an sewing machine of my mom’s.

 


Lavina Bursley Stanwood’s Photo Album – Mystery Persons!

My grandmother was captivated with the photo album she inherited from her own grandmother, Lavina (Bursley) Stanwood. Many of the pictures had relatives known to her; however, there were quite a few whose identities remain a mystery.  It is my hope that by posting these pictures here, someone will stumble upon these pages and be able to provide names for these unknown faces.

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Photograph of male in Anoka, Minnesota, presumed relative of Lavina (Bursley) Stanwood

The portrait above was taken at Nelson studio in Anoka, Minnesota.  Here is what is known:


They once were lost, but now are found….

Left, Clara (Sine) Bodine, Carrie (Niece) Cooper (back), Mary (Bodine) Niece Loudenberry (right), and Dorothy (Cooper) Dundas (front)

Left, Clara (Sine) Bodine, Carrie (Niece) Cooper (back), Mary (Bodine) Niece Loudenberry (right), and Dorothy (Cooper) Dundas (front)

Like most genealogists, I love old photographs.  When visiting antique stores, the shelves of old photos always captivate me, and I’ve been known to “adopt” a “homeless person” (i.e., a photographed person!) or two when there’s sufficient information on the photo to provide clues to the identify of those captured on film.  On one such occasion I was rewarded to learn my “adoptees” were the grandchildren of President Rutherford B. Hayes, and was able to donate the photos to the museum in Ohio.  What was rather curious was how the pictures of the two little boys made their way from Cincinnati, Ohio, to a small antique store in Temecula, California!

Two weeks ago while antiquing I came upon the photo shown above.  The owner of the photo not only documented names of the individuals on the photos, but included their relationships on the back: Continue reading


My photo restorations with OnlinePhotoFix.com

Everyone has them – old photos you’d love to frame and display, but which require restoration or touch up due to spots, water damage or simply wear from age and handling.  I’ve been busy sifting through many such pictures, trying to find just the right ones to add to my heritage wall, the focus of my living room.  We’ve hung our huge, antique map of Penobscot County, Maine, and now need other photos to surround it.

Our living room - a work in progress.  It needs an area rug, coffee table, and most importantly, family photos to surround our precious, 1859 map!

Our living room – a work in progress. It needs an area rug, coffee table, and most importantly, family photos to surround our precious, 1859 map!

Now that I’ve identified the pics I want to duplicate and frame, the dilemma has been finding someone reliable and dependable, preferably local, whom I can entrust with these priceless family treasures.  Since moving to Delaware, I didn’t have anyone that fit that bill, so I decided to find online solutions.  OnlinePhotoFix.com got good reviews, so I gave them a whirl with the two photos shown below: Continue reading


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