I received a box of pictures of and documents from my aunt on Thursday. It was like winning the lotto, but 1000% better. My grandmother had given to me all of her family pictures and documents before she died, so I didn’t think there was much else left to find. WRONG! My aunt sent me photos of my grandfather, Harold T. Uphouse, as a child that I’d never seen. There were photos of my grandmother, Goldie (Simpson) Uphouse Edwards as a toddler. Pictures of Harold’s mother, Julia (Veland) Uphouse as a child and young woman. And pictures of Julia’s parents, grandparents, and one of her great grandparent. There were letters written in Norwegian that I need to have translated. I am beyond thrilled.
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The photograph above was passed down to my in my great-great grandmother’s photo album. Lavina (Bursley) Stanwood arranged the pictures with her children on the beginning pages, and this unknown woman, appeared on page 26. I suspect it was a photo of her cousin, Isabel (Day) Libby, who lived in Minneapolis during that time. The photo also appeared on the “Scott Kentish and Border” Ancestry.com tree posted by user “devorguilla,” but was labeled as Cynthia Day Lovejoy, which seems unlikely – Cynthia Lovejoy (Isabel’s sister) lived in Maine where she died in 1867, age 29, and the photo was taken in Minneapolis about 1871.
Now that I’ve got some clues on Day photo beginning this post, I thought I’d take a look at some additional pictures in Lavina’s photo album. The picture above has posed quite a mystery; to my knowledge, no family members resided in Illinois. However, more research into the Day family finds James Day, Lavina’s mother’s cousin, 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.
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?
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.
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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.
The portrait above was taken at Nelson studio in Anoka, Minnesota. Here is what is known:
- Studio: From the Minnesota Historical Society Directory of Minnesota Photographers, we learn Peter J. Nelson purchased the studio from Gowen D. Francis in Anoka in 1893. The studio was in operation 1894-1895. Continue reading
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
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.
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