Friday, August 17, 2018

William Dorsey, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1870's

The inscription on the back reads:
"Presented to me by his
daughter, Sarah Dorsey,
during my visit in their
home at Colorado Springs
June 6th 1906
S.K.J"

Though the name of the man in this photo is not written, I believe it is William Dorsey of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

William Dorsey was a prominent minister of the Society of Friends, a merchant of the firm Benedict Dorsey & Son, and was a founder of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. He was born on October 18th, 1810 to parents Benedict Dorsey and Mary Johnson. Benedict was a merchant and with his son ran a china store, Benedict Dorsey & Son. In 1834, William was married to his first wife Elizabeth Knight. Sadly, both Elizabeth and William's father, Benedict, died in 1841. In 1842, not long after his 32nd birthday, William was married again to Susanna Haydock.

An article from the Evening Telegraph, November 11th, 1869
William was a member of the Building Committee for Swarthmore College, which opened in 1869. On the day of the school's official opening, Dorsey gave an address alongside Lucretia Mott, a fellow Quaker and an activist for abolition and women's rights. When William Dorsey died in 1874 at age 63, his obituary was published in newspapers across the country.

From his first marriage, William had two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth. With Susanna, he had Sarah. Sarah lived with her sister, Elizabeth, in Colorado Springs for many years. She was an active member of several groups, including the Needlework Guild of America and the Women's Advisory Board of the El Paso County Horticultural Society. In 1906, the same year her sister Elizabeth died, Sarah presented this carte de visite of her father to an "S.K.J". I wonder who those initials belong to?

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Annie Clark and Thomas Glenn Newell, Minnesota, 1883


This photo of Annie and Thomas Newell is a copy of an earlier tintype from the 1880's.

Thomas Glenn Newell was born in St. Clair, Michigan in 1858. His parents, Samuel and Marion, were Scottish immigrants. Samuel was a weaver and a farmer but became a doctor later in life. From Michigan, the family moved to Canada, and then to Minnesota. While he was in his early 20's, Thomas lived with his sister Marion and worked as a telegraph operator until 1883, when he married Annie Clark.

"Rosanna" or Annie Rose Clark was born in Lake City, Minnesota in 1861. Her parents, William and Margaret, were Irish immigrants. Annie was the second eldest of ten children. She married Thomas Newell when she was about 22 years old. This photograph is likely their wedding portrait. Together, Thomas and Annie had 8 children: Thomas, Raymond, Anna, Lillian, Octavia, Yetieve, George, and Theodore. While in Minnesota, Thomas worked as a dentist.

According to a newspaper article I found, in 1902 the eldest Newell son, Thomas, accidentally set fire to the family home while lighting a stove. Mrs. Newell was badly burned on the face and neck while trying to smother the flames and the younger children were forced to jump out of an upstairs window. Luckily, all survived.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Dave and Lizzie Roussy, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1900's


This lovely young couple is Dave and Lizzie Roussy.

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Holtz was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in 1882. She was the daughter of  Frederick Holtz, a farmer and Civil War veteran, and Anne Maria Geiger. Both parents were German immigrants. Lizzie had 3 older siblings: Christian, Hermina, and Herman. On May 16th, 1901, Lizzie married David John L. Roussy.

David was born in Switzerland in 1878 and immigrated to the United States in 1892. In Wisconsin, he worked as a steward at the Milwaukee Club. The Milwaukee Club, established in 1882, is an exclusive club for businessmen that still exists today. It was during his time as a steward that he served in WWI. He later worked as a shipping clerk, and as a woodworker.

David and Lizzie had 3 children: Marie Jane Evalyn in 1903, Depierraz in 1908, and Nathalie in 1917. (Depierraz is an unusual name. I haven't been able to find it anywhere else. I wonder if he went by Pierre?) Depierraz married Rosella Berns in 1927, while neither Evalyn nor Nathalie ever married.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Nicholas Feo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1940's



This very dapper looking man is Nicholas Feo, born in Williamstown, New Jersey on July 8th, 1906. His parents, Philip and Julia Feo, were Italian immigrants who arrived in the United States in 1901. Not long after his birth, the family moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where Philip worked as a bartender. Nicholas had one sibling, a younger brother named Peter. I wonder if it is one of Peter's children who wrote "Uncle Nick" on the back of this picture?  Nicholas married Philomena "Mamie" Di Carlo in 1940. He died in New Jersey in 1980.

The photographer, Sebastian Faragalli, was also Italian American. He operated his photography studio on Passyunk Ave in the 1930's and 40's.

This photo postcard was found with the picture of Uncle Nick:




Here is a rough translation of the Italian writing:
"Lorella Elena on the right is 16 years. Sitting is Giannina, 18 years. And I, Feo Francesco, am 13 years. ?? 1940. We wish you a good Easter to all. Good Tidings. Greetings to all- Your Cousin Francesco Feo"

Though I couldn't find any record of Francesco, Giannina, or Lorella Elena Feo, I would guess they are Nicholas's cousins writing to him from Italy. The photo appears to have been done by an itinerant or traveling photographer because it was taken outside- you can see the dirt ground and the edge of the backdrop.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Laura A. Wilson and Elizabeth Cheney, Christian, Illinois 1860's


Laura Alice Wilson was born in Ohio in 1853 to Abraham Wilson and Nancy Watkins. Her mother died that same year. Laura was raised for many years by her grandparents, John and Emma Watkins. On September 24th, 1874, Laura married Charles Wesley Cheney in Illinois. They had three children: Nellie J., William Glenn, and Nuna Florence. In 1883 the family moved to McPherson, Kansas. After the death of Charles, Laura lived with Nellie and her husband, Dr. George R. Dean. When Nellie died in 1903 at the age of 27, Laura moved in with her youngest child, Nuna, and her family. Not long after, she moved again to live with her son, William. In the years before her death, she was living in a boarding house with two other women. She died in 1939.

Elizabeth Cheney, Laura's stepmother

Laura's father, Abraham, was a blacksmith and Civil War veteran. He married 4 times in his life. His second wife was Elizabeth "Lib" M. Cheney, who he married in Christian, Illinois in 1860. His third wife was Jennie, and his fourth was Ada L. Roby in 1880. In 1900, Abraham, who was deaf and suffered from dementia in his old age, was killed after being struck by a train.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Lydia Strobridge, Merrill, Wisconsin 1887


The inscription on the back reads:
"April 15th, 1887
Lake View
for
Susan Gilbert"
In different, probably more recent handwriting, it says:
"Nancy's great, great
Grandmother
Strobridge"


Lydia Jane Kline was born in Pennsylvania on May 31st, 1834 Pennsylvania to John and Lovina Kline. She had many brothers- James, Johnson, Joshua, Daniel, and Edward- and one sister, Mariah. In Wisconsin, Lydia married Cyrus Strobridge, a man who worked several different jobs throughout his life: He was a postmaster, a tavern keeper, and a lumber dealer. Lydia and Cyrus had three daughters: Sarah, Lyberty, and Franc. Lydia died in 1897 at the age of 62.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

George E. Douglass, Columbus, Ohio 1880's


George Douglas was born on July 27th, 1859 to Mary Elliot and William Douglas. He grew up in the county of Northumberland, England with his siblings Mary, Robert, Elizabeth, and Hannah. Though I can't find an exact date, George's father died sometime before 1870. As the eldest son, George worked as a coal miner to help support his family while his siblings went to school.

In 1882, the Douglas family moved to the United States. George's mother and siblings settled in North Lawrence, Ohio, while he went on to live in Columbus. I wonder if the photographer of the photo, J.M. Elliott, was related in some way to Mary? It might explain why they chose to go to Ohio. George probably had this portrait done not long after he arrived in Columbus when he would have been 23 or 24.  He married Myness Edgar in 1891 and their only daughter, Alma Ruth, was born in 1896. For much of his life in Ohio, George worked in the telephone industry, first as a clerk and then as a "repairer". He died in 1922 at the age of 62.

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