Sibling Saturday: The Pritchard Children, from the Frances “Fannie” Isabella (Brown) Chapman Photo Collection

The Pritchard Children, from the collection of Frances "Fannie" Isabella (Brown). Edited to provide more contrast. (Click to enlarge.)
The Pritchard Children, from the collection of Frances “Fannie” Isabella (Brown). Edited to provide more contrast. (Click to enlarge.)

Beerbower Family (Click for Family Tree)

What a sweet group of siblings! Today is ‘Sibling Saturday’ and yesterday, November 20, was “Universal Children’s Day,” so it is fitting to showcase some adorable children.

The above photo is from the Frances “Fannie” Isabella (Brown) Chapman collection of photographs, and the owner is interested in finding the rightful home for this photo. It is believed that these photos are from friends or students of either Fannie or her sister Ida, both of them schoolteachers. (They could have also been known by A. Beerbower, of whom there is a photo in the collection, and he may be collateral kin to us.)

As the photo has ‘Photo Tent” printed at the bottom, we don’t know where this picture might have been taken, so it makes it harder to identify the folks in the image.

We do know that a photographer named M.E. Chase was in Urbana, Illinois in 1886, and later in Colorado- there will be an upcoming post on this photographer so watch for that with more details.

The Pritchards need to be researched as well, and there were quite a number of Pritchards in Colorado in the 1880 US Federal Census. There were even some families in Ouray County, where M.E. Chase had a studio by at least February 1900. I will leave the further detective work for those related to enjoy- I am eager to get back to the seventeenth century in Puritan New England.

Please do let us know if you are related to this family, if you know more information about this family or photographer, and/or if you are family and interested in the photo.


Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. See citations with image.
  2. A digression: How presumptuous of us earthlings to use the word ‘universal’ for our special days or contest- there was likely no Martian child on the poster for “Universal Children’s Day” nor I have never seen a “Miss Alpha Centauri” in the “Miss Universe” contest- have you?? At least the “World Series” does include Canadian teams now, though it is still not quite appropriate to use the word “World” in that ethnocentric title either. Humans.


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