Sunday, December 21, 2008

Snowy Sunday here in Maine and perfect for genealogy and occasional shoveling.

I spent some unproductive time looking for a relationship between several people whose photographs were taken by a photographer named Smith, whose address wasn't printed on any of the photographs. (Again, I'm would dearly love a database of 19th century photographers!).

The people are William Larrabee, his wife and baby Anna; Liza Emmons Blake (difficult handwriting, so she could be Eliza, Lizza, Lizzie, even Lavinia); and Fannie W. Smith. All photos taken by Smith Photographer CSR. Liza in the photo is an elderly woman, so perhaps born about 1800; Fannie is a young woman, so perhaps born about 1860; William and his wife look nearly middle age, so perhaps Anna is their granddaughter, rather than daughter.

Colin MacNichol was another bust. I found a few of them but am not convinced I have the correct person.

Then I started to research a late 1800s or early 1900s photo of a very scholarly looking fellow named Ivan Staples, taken by a Portland, Maine, photographer. After some digging, I found out that Ivan was born in Limington, Maine, graduated from Bowdoin College and became a physician, who lived mostly in southern Maine but spent some time in Corinth, Maine, in my neck of the woods. He married Eunice A. Hobbs of Saco, Maine. He shows up in the 1928 town report for Paris, Maine, as receiving a payment for reporting births and deaths. I didn't see where the couple had any children, so perhaps no one is interested in this photograph, but I'm happy to research Maine genealogy any day.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Photo of Frank Wyant; De Lemos Excelsior Club Gallery, Birmingham, Connecticut

Cabinet photograph of a dapper young man identified on reverse as Frank Wyant.  The photograph was taken by De Lemos' Excelsior Club Gallery, Birmingham, Connecticut.  Frank reminds me of one of my favorite actors, Jean Rochefort.

From online research, hopefully correct - and hopefully with the correct Frank Wyant:

Frank Wyant was born in May of 1853 [I found another date online] in Connecticut, the son of George Sydney Wyant, who died in the Civil War in 1862, and his wife Mary Catherine (Rowe) Wyant.  Mary Catherine's father also came to an untimely end, when he drowned in Lake St. Clair in 1830 on his way home to Connecticut to get his family after finding a place for them in the Detroit area.  At least they weren't on the boat with him when it sank.

George had an older brother, Wilson, who was a captain in the Civil War, but resigned in January 1863. Where George had died just the previous month, I'm wondering if Wilson felt he had to return home to take care of his own and his brother's families.

Frank married Julia Ladd on 21 September 1886; they had a son Leroy Abraham Wyant, born in 1890.  Julia died in 1890, perhaps in childbirth.  In 1891, Frank married Mary Faber, and they had a son Leslie Frederick Wyant.

Frank H. Wyant was still alive as of the enumeration of the 1920 Census.  He may have died before 1930, as Mary (Faber) Wyant listed herself as head of the household in the 1930 Census.

If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the above information, please leave a comment in the comment box below or contact me directly.

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