Mystery Monday: Unknown (Roberts?) Baby

icture of unknown baby. Picture found in with Roberts Family photos.
Picture of unknown baby. Picture in with Roberts Family photos. (Click to enlarge.)

Roberts Family (Click for Family Tree)

This image was found in with other photos of the Roberts family of Jasper County, Iowa.

Picture of unknown baby, found in with Roberts Family photos, circa mid 1920s?

The photo is on thinner paper and in a cardboard folder, so definitely a 20th century photo. The clothing cannot tell us much- it could be either a boy or a girl. Thankfully the original owner kept the photo in the folder, so we do have information about the photography studio. This can help us narrow down when and where it might have been taken.

Photographer's Logo on outside of picture of unknown baby. Picture found in with Roberts Family photos.
Photographer’s Logo on outside of picture of unknown baby.

The photographer used the Spellman-Tyler name in Colfax, Iowa, sometime after 20 May 1922. On that date, Abel’s Photographic Weekly published the following:

Announcement concerning new studio owned by Lyle B. Tyler in Colfax, Iowa, to be called the Spellman-Tyler Studio. Abel’s Photographic Weekly, Vol. 29, No. 752, Page 555, 20 May 1922, via GoogleBooks.

So we know that the image was most likely taken after that date.

Please let us know if you have any clues about who this baby might be!

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Family treasure chest of photos.
  2. Other citations- see captions.

 

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Mystery Monday: Who Is ‘A. Beerbower’ in the Frances “Fannie” Isabella (Brown) Chapman Photo Collection?

A. Beerbower, Iowa City, Iowa photographer.
A. Beerbower, Iowa City, Iowa photographer. (Click to enlarge.)

Beerbower Family, Helbling Family (Click for Family Tree)

A kind lady who owns this photo contacted us after finding the blog’s stories about other Beerbowers. Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly who this “A. Beerbower” is. We do have a few possibilities, and knowing the photographer and being able to determine approximately when he was in business and where can help us pinpoint who it might be. Thankfully, we have a scan of the reverse of the picture, and it includes the photographer’s name and place of business.

Isaac Augustus Wetherby was a portrait painter in Boston, Massachusetts in 1849, but by 1854 he had taken a photo of the old Iowa Capitol, so most likely the image of A. Beerbower was taken sometime around or after that later date. Further research listed on a walking tour in Iowa City stated that Wetherby had a commercial photography studio from 1854-1874 in Iowa City, so we now have our time frame for the photo.

A. Beerbower, Iowa City, Iowa photographer, reverse.
A. Beerbower, Iowa City, Iowa photographer, reverse.

Iowa City can be a transient place, since it is the home of the University of Iowa. Students from other states attend the university, and people often had their likeness made when they were visiting an area. So we know that just because the photo was taken there does not mean that A. Beerbower actually lived there.

Andrew C. Beerbower is one candidate for consideration as “A. Beerbower.” He was born about 1843 in Ohio (possibly Hardy, Holmes, Ohio) to George Albert Beerbower and Margaret Virginia Wolgamott. George was the son of Caspar J. Beerbower (1782-1851) and Christina (Reiber) Beerbower (1784-1849), as was Eleazer John Beerbower (1815-1882), our direct ancestor.

Andrew’s parents moved the family to Lincoln Twp., Madison County, Iowa, about 1852, when Andrew was about nine. Andrew was 17 when war broke out, and enlisted in Company H, Iowa 23rd Infantry Regiment on 29 Aug 1862. Might this image have been one he had taken for a sweetheart or his parents before he went off to war? Possibly, but often those photos would be in full military uniform. Also, Iowa City was 150 miles from Andrew’s home.

The photo was not taken when he came home, as he did not make it home- he was killed at the Battle of Milliken’s Bend, in Louisiana, on 7 June 1863- his birthday per one account.

Andrew’s brother was Albert A. Beerbower- yet another candidate for the above picture. Albert was also born in Ohio, about 1845 or so. He married his first wife in Montezuma, Powesheik, Iowa. Looking at census records, we find an Albert Beerbower in the 1880 US Federal Census- in Iowa City! He was 35 that year though, so could this be his picture? (Have not yet found him in the 1870 census.)

At first glance, one last candidate is Albert W. Beerbower, born September 1888 in Iowa to Orange J. Beerbower and Jennie B. Beerbower. When one reads back that our photographer was only in practice from 1854-1874, we see that we can eliminate this particular Beerbower.

There were a lot of Beerbowers in Madison County, Iowa around these years, so there may be others, or the man in the picture could have been from another state entirely. Right now though, my wager is on Albert A. Beerbower being the proper identification of this photo- if he was found in the 1870 census in the same place, it would be a very plausible conclusion, and age 25 may be closer to his actual age when the portrait was taken.

The only way we will know the name of this young man for sure is by someone else having the same image and knowing who it is. We hope that one of our readers will be just that person, and contact us!

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. I. A. Wetherby– https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Augustus_Wetherby
  2. “Old Capitol” in Iowa, 1854 by I.A. Wetherby- Isaac A. Wetherby image of Old Capitol at the time of the 1854 Johnson County fair. The Capitol was in Iowa City, Johnson Co., Iowa until 1857 when it moved to Des Moines. https://secure.flickr.com/photos/shsi-library/5330254063/in/photostream/
  3. Wetherby Cottage– http://eventful.com/iowacity/events/photography-walking-tour-iowa-city-/E0-001-011629261-7
  4. History of Madison County, Iowa, and Its People, Volume 1. Herman A. Mueller, editor,  S. J. Clarke publishing Company, 1915, page 298. http://files.usgwarchives.net/ia/madison/bios/madbioa-c.txt

 

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Friday’s Faces from the Past: The Springsteen Family Bible- Family Portraits

Page 7 of Springsteen Bible Family Records- Photographs.
Page 7 of Springsteen Bible Family Records- Photographs.

Springsteen Family (Click for Family Tree)

The Springsteen Family Bible contains three pages that had photos in them, but many had been removed by the time these pages were copied. (Yes, copied- these images of the bible were done before scanners!) So, with apologies for the quality of the images and the paper-punched holes in the side, on this Friday let’s take a look at these ‘Faces from the Past.’

First of all, none of these images have any identification to them, and what was on the back of each image was not documented well. Some of the images were taken out and then replaced for the copies.

Please note: The comments below are just educated guesses- NONE of the identifications can be documented at this point. Of course, if you have an image like one of these, please contact us! We may be able to better determine who the person **might** be by knowing who ended up with the photo- or, a family historian’s dreams could come true and your images might be labeled!

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The image above indicates a sleeping baby, or, more probably, a babe who has passed away. Taking portraits of dead persons was one way to remember a beloved one who may have died suddenly, or very young. The BBC has an excellent article on such portraits- see Notes for link. Our image has an angel-like, floating-in-the-clouds feel to it, strengthening the belief that it is a post-mortem image.

Because the bible belonged, we think, to Anna Missouri Springsteen, the dead baby may be Mary Emma Beerbower, the daughter born 22 April 1880 in Brightwood (a suburb of Indianapolis), Marion, Indiana, who lived just until 29 June 1880. Anna Missouri and Edgar Peter Beerbower also had another child, little Willie Beerbower, who was born on 14 February 1889 and died the next day in Cairo, Alexander, Illinois. Finding these pictures and learning what might be on the reverse, such as the name of a photographer’s studio, would help to determine which, if either of these children, is in the portrait.

The little boy in the bottom photo might be Edgar Springsteen Beerbower (1876-1940). He was the second son of Anna Missouri and E.P. Beerbower. Edgar married a bit later than usual in life and then divorced, and no children of his have been documented. So there may have been no one who was interested in the photo in later years, thus it remained in the album- just an idea.

Or, could it be Anna Missouri’s littlest brother Joseph Springsteen, born in 1860 but died in 1862, before his second birthday? Much information in the bible is about her siblings.

Or, could it be someone else??

Page 8 of Springsteen Bible Family Records- Photographs.
Page 8 of Springsteen Bible Family Records- Photographs.

This appears to be a more clear image of the above baby. The reverse image at bottom right is believed to be from the portrait of the young woman below. J. M. Strode was the most prominent photographer in Kokomo, Indiana, for over 25 years, and working in the 1870s. Kokomo is about 60 miles from Indy. Wonder if this image is actually Anna Missouri Springsteen as a young woman? She married Edgar in 1873, and they may have traveled there for their honeymoon or just a visit. (No known family in Kokomo.)

Page 9a of Springsteen Bible Family Records- Photographs.
Page 9a of Springsteen Bible Family Records- Photographs.

Here is a picture of Anna Missouri when she was young…

Anna Missouri Springsteen as a young woman, possibly circa 1873? (age 18, when she married?)
Anna Missouri Springsteen as a young woman, possibly circa 1873? (age 18, when she married?)

And a bit older- do you see any resemblance?

Anna Missouri (Springsteen) Beerbower
Anna Missouri (Springsteen) Beerbower

We probably need to do more research on her dress and hairstyle, as that can tell us much about the time period. It would be wonderful if it was an early portrait of Anna (Conner) Springsteen (1824-1887), seen here in later years:

Anna (Conner)Springsteen, cropped from family portrait c1863.
Anna (Conner)Springsteen, cropped from family portrait c1863.

Her eyes are more wide open than her daughter Anna Missouri’s, so there might be a possibility… More research is needed.

We definitely know that the young drummer boy in the upper right is Abram Furman Springsteen (1850-1930), supposedly the youngest drummer boy in the Civil War. That was the legend (not just with family, but in Indiana) though it is probably not true.

Page 9b of Springsteen Bible Family Records- Photographs.
Page 9b of Springsteen Bible Family Records- Photographs. (Click to enlarge.)

We don’t know the little baby in the bottom right photo, either. She or he could be any of the folks mentioned above, or even a cousin or family friend. It too looks like a post-mortem photo- notice the wide belt to hold up the baby? The eyes may have been added in, too. Sometimes someone would get behind the baby or child to hold them in place, and that may be the case here too.

So what are your thoughts on these images?

Please do let us know if you have these same photos, and especially if you can identify them!

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1.  Family treasure chest.
  2. An interesting article shows some of Victorian death pictures: “Taken from life: The unsettling art of death photography” bhttp://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-36389581

 

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Sorting Saturday: The Frances “Fannie” Isabella (Brown) Chapman Photo Collection

Mrs. J. E. Neville, Colorado
Mrs. J. E. Neville, Colorado. Talbot Photographer, Loveland, Colorado. On the front Mrs. J. E. Neville (very faint pencil); 1900 census shows them in Buckhorn, Colo. James E. born 1858 Penn., Martha E. born 1865 Michigan.

Beerbower Family (Click for Family Tree)

These are the remaining photos in Fannie Chapman’s photo collection. As the owner was sorting through her grandmother’s trunk, she found many images of persons not related, and would like to see them ‘sorted’ into the albums of those who are actually related to these friends of the family and/or students. A. Beerbower (possibly one of our cousins) was in one of the photos in this collection, so he may have also known some of these folks.

Please see previous posts for more about the collection, and contact us if you have an interest in any items in the collection. The owner is eager to find the right homes for these wonderful photos!

Mrs. W. C. Sanderson Eureka Springs, Ark
Mrs. W. C. Sanderson, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Mrs. W. C. Sanderson, no info.  The studio is embossed- almost impossible to read but I think it is Gray Brothers in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Maggie Richer, New Hampshire
Maggie Richer, New Hampshire

Maggie Richer appears to be the daughter of John C. Richer; he was born in 1844 in New Hampshire.

Eva B. Buchannan Goss
Eva B. (Buchannan) Goss

Eva B. Buchannan was born circa 1874 in Missouri and died 1943. She married William A. Goss who was born 1869 also in Missouri. Her father was John H. Buchannan born 1835 in Iowa, and her mother Mary was born 1844 in Canada.

Minnie Parsons
Minnie Parsons

Alice Parsons Allen
Alice Parsons Allen, Bridge [Photography], Mechanic Falls, Maine
Minnie and Alice were sisters, daughters of Addison B. Parsons.  Minnie was born in 1864 in Maine, and Alice born 1866, Maine.  Alice married Arthur B. Allen.  Written on the back of Alice’s photo: “Mrs. Alice (M.) Parsons Allen died Jan 17, 1898 aged 32 yrs. Mc Falls, Maine.”  Nothing on the back of Minnie’s photo.

Lillias Simpson
Lillias Simpson. Nothing more known about her. Photographer also ‘Talbot, Artist’ in Loveland, Colorado.

Ira Austin
Ira Austin

Ira Austin

Ira Austin was born in 1812 in New York; he was the brother of Clement Austin in Boulder, Colorado.  Ira was listed as a mill planner in the 1880 business pages of Boulder. Written on the back “Ira Austin Boulder, Colorado” – probably a friend of Volney Chapman, father of Verna and Charlotte Chapman.

George Bell Family
George Bell Family

George T. Bell born 1862, Illinois; Minnie (MNU) Bell, born 1866, Nebraska; Maura Bell born 1891, Colorado; Winnie Bell born 1886 in Colorado.  (Data from 1900 census.)

Susie Talbot Knapp and Carrie McDermott
Susie Talbot Knapp and Carrie McDermott

Susie’s picture may interest someone.  She was the sister of Talbot, the Artist/Photographer. Susie Talbot Knapp is identified on the album page.  She looks good for her age born in 1866 I believe.  Carrie McDermott died in 1898 I think if my memory is serving me rightly so the picture had to be taken before then. She was also born ten years or so later than Susie.

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Frances “Fannie” Isabella (Brown) Chapman Photo Collection

 

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Friday’s Faces from the Past: The Frances “Fannie” Isabella (Brown) Chapman Photo Collection

mrs. grimes manchester, N.H.
Mrs. Grimes, Manchester, New Hampshire

Beerbower Family (Click for Family Tree)

This post contains more photos from the Frances “Fannie” Isabella (Brown) Chapman Collection. What is known about each person is noted in the caption or paragraph below, excerpted from the owner’s notes to me.

These family treasures are looking for their rightful owners- please see previous posts as well for more information about these images. Contact us if you are interested in these photos!

Chamberlain Family
F. R. Chamberlain Family

Mrs. Chamberlain #3
Mrs. F. R. Chamberlain #3

Mrs. F. R. Chamberlain.  She was a friend of Emma Jane Randall Hollowell and they corresponded regularly.  I have three individual photos of her the youngest it appears taken in St. Augustine, Fla, no studio on the next youngest, Denver (where if I remember correctly most of her letters came from) the older picture and the family picture.

Mertie Weatherstone #2
Mertie Weatherstone #2

Mertie Featherstone #1
Mertie Weatherstone #1

Mertie Weatherstone was born about September, 1879 in Michigan. She married James Allan Taylor late in life, no children I think and I believe I offered these photos, I have two copies of one and the second just one.

Eda N. Peterson
Eda N. Peterson

John S. Peterson
John S. Peterson

Eda N. Peterson and husband John S. Peterson.  She was born in June 1873, in Sweden and married circa 1898. John S. Peterson was born April 1869, also in Sweden.  According to census Eda immigrated in 1893 and John in 1887.  In 1900 they were in Clear Creek, Colorado where he worked gold mines.  Reverse of Eda’s photo states “Rising & Barnhart, Loveland, Colorado.”  Back of John’s is “Artistic Photographer, G. (something like 2.v. maybe Q.v.) Stippler, Longmont, Colorado (maybe Stiffler instead of Stippler).

Eleanor Swanson Benson
Eleanor Swanson Benson

Eleanor Swanson Benson was identified on the album sleeve but have not been able to find anything about her; nothing on back or front to tell what studio.

Mrs. Gifford
Mrs. Gifford?

Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Gifford
Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Gifford

Identified on the back as Mr. and Mrs. A. H Gifford, friends of Emma Jane Randall. They married late and she was older than him.  I think, but am not sure the single is a photo of her in younger days, but nothing is written on the back.

Clara and Edith Gillette
Clara and Edith Gillette

Arthur Gillette
Arthur Gillette

The names and studios are the only thing I know about these Gillettes.  I don’t know if they graduated with Verna or Charlottte, though I think with Charlotte because they were in her album, but she and Verna were of similar age so they knew the same people.  Nothing is on the back of Arthur’s photo, but his name written on the front in pencil.  The names of the girls are written on the back.

(Frances Isabella Brown was born in 1845 in Michigan, the third child of nine born to Lemuel Brown and Catherine Lyman. Fannie trained as a teacher and moved about 1871 to Valmont, Colorado. In 1872 she married Volney Chapman (1823 – 1907). He was one of the original ’49ers but had moved back to his family in Michigan about 1860 only to remove to Colorado after 1870. He and Fannie built a house in Loveland, Colorado which is still standing. They had three children; Lloyd, born 1876, Verna born 1877, and Charlotte born 1879.)

 

 

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. The Frances “Fannie” Isabella (Brown) Chapman Photo Collection

 

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