Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Photograph of Edith Mira Brown of Denver CO.


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A PMO real photo postcard unsent but addressed and with a message written from the little girl pictured (probably written by her Mom). The card is dated September 6, 1907 and the little girl's full name is Edith Mira Brown. Little Edith lived in Denver Colorado and the post card was addressed to her cousin, Miss Mira Reed in Roxbury Maine.

I have a few other Brown photos. See John Brown and Ella Brown here, or Charles C. Brown here. Charles may have been from Wilmington Delaware.

Learn more about the Browns or the Reeds at RootsWeb.
Or try searching for the Reeds at Genforum. See more about the Browns also at Genforum.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Photograph ... Joseph Bernard


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This old AZO photo post card dates from between 1904 and 1918. On the reverse is written "Joseph Bernard". There is no indication of where the photo was taken; however, most of the cards in this collection were purchased in the Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania area, but with many originating in the New England area, New Jersey and New York. Please let me know if you recognize this youngster on a tricycle.

See RootsWeb for more discussion of the Bernards.

Also look at Genforum here or at cousin connect HERE.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Miss Rea King


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This photo of a sweet little girl is on an old AZO real photo postcard (unmailed) dating from between 1904 and 1918. The name "Miss Rea King" is written on the reverse, and another name, "J. C. King", is written in much smaller script. Rea may be short for Gloria King, Victoria King or Maria King. This was in a collection purchased in the Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania area. Do you recognize this photo.

Learn more about the Kings at RootsWeb.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Dorothea Moreland


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An old real photo postcard addressed to Isaac McCain in Wilmington Delaware... "from Baby Dorothea Moreland. there is no date or location of where the photo was taken. Do you recognize this old photo.
Learn more about your Morelands at RootsWeb or visit the Moreland webpage.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Post Card to Pearl Crockett


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This is an unmailed, real photo CYKO postcard addressed to Miss Pearl Crockett in Wilton Maine. The message on the reverse gives a greeting from the two children pictured, Delmar and Zelda. This card belonged to my wife's dad, who probably purchased it in the Delaware, Maryland or Pennsylvania area.

Take a look at RootsWeb for lots of Maine Crocketts or checkout the Franklin County Maine site for lots of historical information.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Frederick Benard photo ... 1885


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Fredericks Knickerbocker Family Portrait Gallery at 770 Broadway, New York took this Cabinet Card photo of Mr. Benard. On the reverse is written "Fred Benard 1885". There is also an undated cabinet card photo of "Mrs Fred Benard" (not shown) taken by Stauffen studios at Asbury Park, New Jersey.

If you'd like to learn more about the Benards (aka Bennards), go to Rootsweb here. Or join the Benard discussion at Genforum

Saturday, May 20, 2006

W. W. Pusey Photograph, 1870


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Another old carte-de-visite, this one taken in Wilmington Delaware. There is a handwritten message on the reverse that says, "Compliments of Yours Truly, W.W. Pusey, Sep 23, 70". Photo taken by E. & M. Garrett studio, 720 Market Street, Wilmington DE. Also, there was a William W. Pusey who worked at the Pusey and Jones Company and who was listed in the Wilmington City Directory of 1889 . He could be the W.W. Pusey seen there.

Added May 31, 2006: Very likely William Webb Pusey, born in 1846 and Son of Joshua L. Pusey.

Learn more about the Pusey family at RootsWeb.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Arthur Raze, Dover Delaware


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A carte-de-visite photograph taken probably between 1860 and 1890 by H. S. Shuster photographer in Dover Delaware. On the reverse has been written the name "Arthur raze". It looks like this was a special day for little Arthur since he had his suit on.

Search for your Raze (Rase, Razee) family members at RootsWeb.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Joseph Burroughs, David VanWickle Deed 1827


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An old Deed and Indenture Agreement Between Thomas Burroughs, Sarah Burroughs, Joseph Burroughs, William H. Vandervoort (or Vandervoot) and David Van Wickle (Van Wickel). Recorded in Queens County, New York on December 22, 1827, this old document also refers to the last will and testament of Joseph Burroughs which somehow includes this property. The scan above shows the signatures and what remains of the seals of the Burroughs and Mr. Vandervoort on the Indenture made May 1, 1826. Just imagine...this document was composed while Thomas Jefferson was still alive. Also mentioned in the document, is a grant to Charles H. Roach, Luke Kouwenhoven, and William Kouwenhoven (Conover).


There are four long pages, original and hand inscribed... and in pretty good condition. This page to the left says in part, that Judge David Lamberson questioned Sarah Burroughs of New Town (Newtown) seperate and apart from her husband and that she executed the deed without any fear or compulsion.

There are more VanWickle ( VanWickel ) and Devo (Devoo, Devoe) papers that we'll be examining in future blogs, including some bible pages and some church information from Corona New York and records going back to Frederick Van Wickel who was married prior to 1755, when son David was born (Oct 16th, 1755).

See more about the Van Wicklin s, who are connected with VanWickle s here

Learn more about the Burroughs here.

Learn more about the Kouwenhoven family here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Mrs. Albert Gardner


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This is an old undivided-back post card (pre-1907). The card is not postmarked or stamped, but it is addressed to Mrs. Charles Morse in Copenhagen, New York. On the front of the card the sender, Mrs. Albert Gardner, has inscribed a short greeting. A small photograph, presumably Mrs. Gardner, has also been pasted onto the postcard.

See more of the Gardner family at RootsWeb.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

William Rowland postcard, WWI



On September 21, 1918, Lt. William D. Rowland mailed this post card from Pougues-les-Eaux France to his sister, Mrs Harry Holsinger of Ridgely Maryland. He spoke a little of the countryside and asked her to give a simple message to their "pop". Direct from World War I, a sweet, touching old whisper from the past sent by Lt. William Rowland to his sister... to his father ... and to us.


Ridgely MD is near Denton where there are still Holsingers living today, and one named Rowland Holsinger.

Find more about the Rowlands at RootsWeb or the Holsingers at RootsWeb.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Clifford E. Carlton photograph


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This is a Velox, Real Photo Postcard dating from 1907-1914 and featuring baby boy Clifford Ellsworth Carlton. I hate to speculate about such a thing, but the baby's appearance looks like this could be a postmortem photograph. The baby is propped-up, his eyes are closed and the eye lids are very dark. I've never seen one on a photo post card, but post-mortem photos were very acceptable during this time. My sincere apologies to little sleeping, puffy-eyed Clifford Carlton, if I have misjudged this photograph.

There is no location or photographer named but this was collected in the Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania area. See more about the Carltons (no Clifford Ellsworth though) at RootsWeb.com.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Anna M. Brooks photo


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An old photo dated June 7th, 1921 taken of a pretty young girl at "St. Mary's School. The girl's name is also written on the reverse as "Anna M. Brooks" aka Anna Brooks. There's no indication of where this school was located and a google search came up with just too many results ... but there looks to be mountains in the background. This is another photo in the collection of my wife's dad, who most likely purchased it in the Delaware, Maryland, or Pennsylvania area.

Explore your Brooks ancestors on Rootsweb....or at their message board HERE.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Helene Marie Schorb photo


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An old AZO post card with a portrait of a beautiful little girl on the front. The AZO card was printed sometime after 1918 and, as you can see, the name Helene Maria Schorb is written on the front. The name could be Helena Marie Schorb, or Helene Schorb. Schorb may be a alternate spelling for Shorb. There is not any note about the location, but most of the pictures in this collection were purchased in the Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virgina, or Delaware area.

Explore more about your Schorb roots at RootsWeb.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Photo of George and Nora Griffin


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Here is an old NOKO postcard photograph dating from the early 20th century. These NOKO postcards were published during the period from 1907 into the 1920's. On the reverse of this one has been written George and Nora Griffin. There is no identification of the photographer or the location, but many of the items in this collection were bought in the Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania area. George Griffin and Nora may have been from this area.

Learn more about your Griffins at RootsWeb.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

John Mathews


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Here is another old photograph collected by my wife's father, who probably collected this somewhere in Delaware, Maryland or Pennsylvania. The old gentleman collected hundreds of old photographs, most of them with no identification at all, but on the back of this particular one is the name "Uncle John Mathews" and its written in the same handwriting and the same ink that is on the "Aunt Zella Bunnell" and "Uncle Nelson Britton" photos posted earlier this week. This photo was mounted by the Owen studio in Dansville, New York.

All three names, Bunnell, N. Britton, and John Mathews appear on the Lycoming County Genealogy Pages. A John Mathews shows up in the 1900 Elmira City Directory, and that may be this John Mathews. I have found other items in her Dad's collection from Lycoming County and Tioga County PA, and these people may have been from this area of northern Pennsylvania or southwestern New York. Also, take a look at Joyce Tice's Tri-County Genealogy and History site for more information on Mathews and Bunnell. Joyce has one of the very best genealogy web sites for the area and you should spend some time there if you're interested in Chemung County New York, Tioga County Pennsylvania or Bradford County Pennsylvania.

Visit the Mathews Forum at RootsWeb for more Mathews Family discussion. http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec?htx=board&r=rw&p=surnames.mathews

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Photo of Zella Bunnell


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On the reverse of this old photo is written, "Aunt Zella Bunnell". According to "Behind the Name", Zella Bunnell may be short for Marcella Bunnell. There is no photographer or location named on the photo. The person who wrote on the reverse of the photograph, was the same person who wrote on the pictures of John Mathews, and the the picture of Nelson Britton and family, so there is some connection to the Mathews, Bunnell Family and the Britton family. See my blog posted yesterday for Nelson Britton.

The three names of the photos posted for Bunnell, N. Britton, and John Mathews appear on the Lycoming County Genealogy Pages. I have found other items in the collection from Lycoming County and Tioga County PA, and these people may have been from this area of Pennsylvania. Also, take a look at Joyce Tice's Tri-County Genealogy and History site for more information on Mathews and Bunnell. She maintains a wonderful website for the area and you should spend some time there if you're interested in Chemung County New York, Tioga County Pennsylvania or Bradford County Pennsylvania.

Visit RootsWeb for more about the Bunnell Family History.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Nelson Britton Family Photograph


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A very old photograph of the Britton Family. On the reverse is written "Uncle Nelson Britton and Family, and there is no photographer or location identified. Whoever wrote on the back of this photo also wrote on the backs of two others in the collection ... photographs of Uncle John Mathews and another of Aunt Zella Bunnell. A sweet old family photograph probably from the late 19th century or the very early 20th century. Gentle, hard-working folk, long dead, I think. There is someone out there that will cherish this old picture.

I'll be posting the other two photos very soon. All three names on the 3 photographs, Bunnell, N. Britton, and John Mathews appear on the Lycoming County Genealogy Pages. I have found other items in the collection from Lycoming County and Tioga County PA, and these people may have been from this area of Pennsylvania. Also, take a look at Joyce Tice's Tri-County Genealogy and History site for more information on Mathews and Bunnell. You should spend some time on that website if you are interested in the history of Chemung County New York, Tioga County Pennsylvania or Bradford County Pennsylvania.

Visit RootsWeb to learn more about all the Brittons.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Old Photo ... Catherine Vaughn and Grace Rash


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An old photograph of two women. On the reverse is written Mrs Catherine Vaughn and Miss Grace Rash. I have another postcard postmarked in Greensboro Maryland with the name of Rash on it, but I don't know if the names are related. Most of the stuff in the collection is from the Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania area with some also from New York, North Carolina, and New Jersey. The photo is undated but the hair styles appear to be from the 1920's.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Rohrsburg Advanced School, Columbia County Pennsylvania


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A School Souvenir card from Rohrsburg Advanced School for school year 1896 - 1897. The school was in Greenwood Township, Columbia County Pa. This must have been the school yearbook back in those days. On the reverse are the classes and the names of the students, teacher and others involved with the school. In "A Class", pupils included Allie DeWitt, Grace Utt, Lizzie Bangs, Warren Utt, Minard Workheiser, Clyde Nagle, Clark Chilcote, Charles Parker, Pierce Rhone (see Generation 4, Whitenight History), Clark Kitchen, Clark Utt, Loney Walters, Jesse Gerrard, Swazze Black, and Elmer Kitchen

In "B Class" there were Hattie Workheiser, Emma Freas, Etta Utt, Bessie Rhone, Ellen Reece, Lela Shultz, Gertrude Follmer, Rosetta Kramer, Florence Black, Enos Hartman, Charles Freas, Willet Mather, Ira Parker, James Utt, Uriah Bangs, Irven Kramer, Warren Gerrard, William Gerrard, Viola Kramer, Lola Brunstetter, Sadie Fegley, Clinton Kline, Vernon Bangs, Ada Walters, and Bertha Albertson.

The pupils in "C Class" were Gertude Hartman, Ila Hartman, Mazie Freas, Frances Parker, Verva Vaughn, Mary Kline, Maud Appleman, Jennie Brunstetter, John Rantz, Joseph Hartman, Claud Appleman, Amos Kline, Lewis Parker, Roy Nagle, Mona Smith.

The School Directors are listed at Joseph Reece, George Dieffenbach, Wesley Albertson, Jacob Welliver, Eil Williver, and Galard McHenry. J. K. Miller was the County Superintendent and C. H. Potter was the teacher. The old card was published by H. G. Phillips, Publisher, Williamsport PA.

The bitter-sweet inscription on the reverse of the card says: "Ah me! those joyous days are gone! I little dreamt till they had flown. How fleeting were the hours." True as it ever was...and as it ever will be.

Many of these names can be found on the Columbia County Biographies.
Explore your Columbia County Roots on RootsWeb

Woodside, Delaware ... Tomato Market


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An old, unsent postcard showing 4 wagons full of freshly harvested Woodside DE tomatoes. These were the good old days when a tomato still tasted like a tomato, and not like a wet piece of cardboard. Another nice old print of Delaware days gone by... farmers from the early part of the 20th century.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Commerce St. in Camden, Delaware


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A fine old postcard showing Camden Delaware in the early part of the 20th century. Nickerson's Store is shown in the center-right and also visible is a hardware store. Published by the Ess an Ess Photo Co, Inc. New York.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Pennsylvania Railroad Depot, Wyoming Delaware


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An old, unsent postcard featuring the P.R.R. Depot in Wyoming Delaware. This old train station is still here in Wyoming DE. See more about the P.R.R. at The Broad Way. This old card is a divided-back postcard requiring 1 cent postage meaning it was most likely printed between 1907 and 1917.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Murderkill Ave. Bowers Beach Delaware


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Another old postcard from the Jenkins Family of Woodside Delaware. Mary Jenkins sent this card to her husband P.W. Jenkins. Now on other postcards, I have seen her husband's name spelled as Philip Jenkins and also Phillip Jenkins. Mary sent this card while vacationing in Bowers Beach and talks about the good seafood. The card is postmarked from Bowers on July 21, 19?? (most likely about 1910). The card was published "for C. J. Candler" by the Philadelphia Post Card Company.

You can see some more modern photos of Bowers taken by gifted local photographer Mike Mahaffie at his photo site ...or you can see a recent aerial photo by Fritz Schranck by clicking here.