Welcome to my personal photograph collection.
Richard Alan Wood
These original photographs are NOT for sale.

Do you need 'one time use' of Alaska historical photographs for your research or publication?
For a fee I will provide access
(like a stock photo agency) to the images in my extensive private collection, which is particularly strong in Alaska photographs from the 1870's through the 1880's.
Many of these important images have been acquired over a lifetime of intensive collecting, and can be found nowhere else.
The fee depends on what you need the image for or the nature of the publication.

As time permits I will add the titles of images in my collection. I have especially strong holdings of Brodeck, Ingersoll, Partridge, Davidson, McIntyre, Broadbent, Continent Stereoscopic, etc.

We have been a member of the Daguerreian Society for 17 years.

Sixth plate
Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of Uri S. Gilbert, of Troy, N. Y. At the age of fifteen (about 1824) he came to Troy and was apprenticed to the trade of carriage making with Orsamus Eaton, and in 1830 they became partners, "Eaton & Gilbert". They built mail stagecoaches for use in the south, out west, and in Mexico. They also built
carriages and railroad parlor cars. Uri Gilbert was later mayor of Troy.

Two Daguerreotypes of William H. Seward. A 6th plate, and a quarter plate (one of the earliest, possibly the earliest, known photographs of Seward, and maybe the only one of him wearing a chinstrap beard). The quarter plate is by the early Daguerreian artist (and case and plate maker) Edward White. Seward House Museum in Auburn, N.Y., has a daguerreotype that they claim is the earliest known photograph of William H. Seward. I believe that this daguerreotype is actually of his younger brother George Washington Seward, as the image is of a young man who looks much younger than Seward was in 1840 when the first commercial daguerreotype portraits were taken. Seward was born in 1801 and would have been about 40 years old when this
portrait, circa 1841, owned by the Seward House, was taken. His brother, George Washington Seward, was 8 years his junior. Further research is needed on that image.

Sixth plate Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches
) of Benjamin Cheever Howard wearing his top hat. Howard, from Salem, Mass., was clerk and later first mate on his uncle Benjamin Howard's clipper ships (Witchcraft; Golden Fleece; Rising Son, Benjamin Howard) to China, then to San Francisco in 1849. He became an important San Francisco businessman owning docks and warehouses, and died at the young age of 39. His father was a sail maker. What makes this fine Daguerreotype even more important is the fact that 25 of his very interesting letters, many written on the clipper ships and mailed from ports around the world, survive. One letter was written, while sitting on his sea chest, during the famous race between the Witchcraft and the Game Cock, in which both clippers were dis-masted, and Howard tells us why his ship, the Witchcraft, dis-masted. Witchcraft won the race. This Daguerreotype is a fabulous survivor from the clipper ship age.

Sixth plate Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches
) of Nicholas T. Jones, born 28 Aug 1833, Nova Scotia, Canada; died 17 Mar 1874, in the Sea of Japan, when the steamship Manchu foundered.  After being tossed around in a swamped lifeboat for many hours, he gave up, as others did, and jumped overboard and was not seen again. He had earlier refused the offer to captain the ship and was serving as first mate at the time of the ship sinking and his drowning. He wears an anchor pin in his tie in this Daguerreotype.

Sixth plate Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches
) of Isaac Baldwin, Jr of Hillsborough, New Hampshire (born 1771). He was 4 yrs and 4 months old when his father “Captain Isaac Baldwin, Sr., was killed at Breed's Hill (the Battle of Bunker Hill) in 1775. Less than 4 weeks later his mother gave birth to his brother Robert.

Sixth plate Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches
) of George Belcher Gaston, and his wife Maria Cummings Gaston, who went west as a missionary (and later as a government farmer) to the Pawnee Indians, in 1840. This Daguerreotype of the couple was taken in 1848.

Quarter plate
Daguerreotype of gunmaker Zebulon Sheetz (1793-1868). Zebulon Sheetz was from the famous Sheetz gunsmithing family. Zebulon Sheetz was born near Shepherdstown, Va., one of 10 children. He became a gunsmith and a farmer. He lived in Bethel Valley near Cold Stream Post Office, Va. (now West Virginia), made flintlock rifles for the Virginia Militia and served as a Lieutenant in the War of 1812. By 1834 Zebulon Sheetz moved to the Indiana frontier near the Tippecanoe River. His grandfather, Johan Friderich Schütz, came to Philadelphia in 1732. At least 3 of Schütz's sons, Philip, Henry and Adam, were gunsmiths. Henry, who made rifles for George Washington's army, was the father of gunmaker Zebulon Sheetz, the subject of the Daguerreotype.

Sixth plate Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches
) of pioneering railroad engineer Mahlon Huff Mercer (a.k.a. Mahlon H. Mercer, or Mahlon Mercer) with his friend Benjamin Ravenson. This Daguerreotype was taken circa 1850-1855. Mahlon Huff Mercer was an early railroad engineer from the Lancaster Pennsylvania area. He was born in 1810. He helped build the Columbia and Philadelphia Railroad as a road engineer, and upon its completion was one of its locomotive engineers in 1839. He was one of the first to build a cab onto his engine, a controversial move as engineers feared being trapped in the cab during an emergency, such as a derailment, fire, or explosion. And he was the first to put a light on the front of his engine for night running. He designed a light using mirrors and candles ("small mirrors set at different angles to concentrate the light of candles") that illuminated the tracks ahead for about 50 yards (this was before the days of coal oil or gas). An important Daguerreotype for early American railway history.

Sixth plate Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches
) of  Job Taylor of East Hamburg, N.Y. (now called Orchard Park). Job Taylor held a number of patents in the fruit canning business. Daguerreotype, described as "youngest picture before marriage" by McDonell & Co. Artists, Buffalo, N.Y.

A collection of Daguerreotypes and ambrotypes of the Wright & Christenson families of California. John Wright was born Oct. 19, 1822 in Weakley County, Tennessee. He died Jan. 18, 1888 in San Francisco. John Wright established a foundry that made iron tools (pick axes) in Sacramento in 1850, for the California gold rush. He married Amelia Alzara Manville on Oct. 31, 1855 in Sacramento. Amelia was the daughter of Isaac Manville and Mary Smith.

Sixth plate Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches
) of  Charles Fisher Lincoln of North Sherburne, Vermont, where he was the postmaster in 1855. The Daguerreotype was taken Feb 20, 1855 while he was postmaster. He later moved to Woodstock Vermont and became a farmer. He and his wife Eliza Arabel Avery Lincoln had 8 children.
1855 postage stamp

Sixth plate Daguerreotypes
of Edwin Hillyer (1825-1908), his father Daniel Hillyer (1786-1866), and Henry L. Palmer Hillyer (1854-1946), Edwin's son. Edwin Hillyer went to the California Gold Rush in 1849. The Daguerreotype of Edwin Hillyer, as a young man, was probably taken in Waupun as he was leaving for the Gold Rush, or maybe in Ohio when he left his wife with her parents, then went on to California. At any rate, they would have wanted a Daguerreotype of him in case they never saw him again.

See the paper "From Waupun to Sacramento in 1849: the gold rush journal of Edwin Hillyer", Wisconsin History, Volume 49. A brief narrative of the history of the California Gold Rush of 1849 and its impact on profit seekers introduces the journal of Edwin Hillyer (1825-1908), a storekeeper from Waupun, Wisconsin. His journal begins at the outset of his journey west in 1849, and details at some length the difficulties of frontier travel, tenuous relations with Native Americans (one man was killed in an Indian attack) and his traveling companions, and his work experience throughout the journey to California. He was made Colonel of his wagon train. The journal ends once Hillyer reaches Sacramento, but the article offers a brief biography of Hillyer after his return to Wisconsin in 1851 until his death in 1908.

Edwin Hillyer served in the civil war. He was a captain in Company K, 10th Wisconsin Volunteers, from October 1861 - April 1862.

Sixth plate Daguerreotype of then 26 year old O. W. Pollock (Otis Wheeler Pollock) of Erie Pennsylvania. This Daguerreotype of Pollock was taken in 1859. Otis W. Pollock was born at Erie, Pa., August 7, 1833. He studied surveying and civil engineering, and at age 18 he was employed in the construction of the Lake Shore Railroad between Erie and the Ohio State line, and before he was twenty years of age he was an assistant engineer on the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad, and in charge of a subdivision of the construction. Subsequently he was engaged upon the preliminary surveys of the Minneapolis and Cedar Valley Railroad in Minnesota. In the spring of 1861, while engaged in surveying on the little Kanawha river, in what is now West Virginia, the Civil War broke out, and he at once entered the service. By that fall he was made a Lieutenant in the Sixty-third Ohio Infantry. Pollock was made Regimental Adjutant. Captain Pollock was transferred to the staff of General Veatch. Pollock took part in the battles of Janesborough, Resaca, New Hope Church, Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain, and Atlanta. He barely escaped the fate of General McPherson. Not more than ten minutes before the general was killed Captain Pollock was on the same spot, having, without knowing it, run into the Confederate line, but managed to get away.  He took command of the Sixty-third Ohio Infantry regiment until the arrival of Sherman's army in March, 1865. In 1866 he was assigned to the Fourteenth Infantry, and later the Twenty-third. His subsequent life is that of an army officer on the frontier, undergoing arduous trials, subjected to constant changes; at one time conducting recruits to distant stations, at another establishing military posts and often pursuing hostile Indians. In 1867-68 he was with General Crook in the Snake and Pi-Ute Indian wars. Pollock proceeded to Fort Boise and returned January 1868 with twenty-six Indians by crossing the Snake River and the Blue mountains in the middle of an unusually cold winter. He succeeded in bringing the party through without losing a man or an animal after a continuous struggle for existence of three weeks duration. From there he saw service in Kentucky, and later Fort Vancouver (via San Francisco), being with the first body of troops that ever crossed the continent on the Pacific Railroad. Then Camp Warren, and Portland, Oregon. In November and December, 1870, he was in Sitka Alaska. Then back to Fort Vancouver, and later Fort Yuma, where he proceeded up the Colorado River to Ehrensburg, and thence by wagon to Prestcott, a distance of about one hundred and seventy miles, and there reported to General Crook. He was given command of Company "C" at Camp McDowell until July, 1874, when the regiment was transferred from the Department of Arizona to the Department of the Platte, with headquarters at Omaha Barracks. Captain Pollock, with his company, arrived at Omaha Barracks on September 4, 1874. In May 1876 he was ordered to Sidney Barracks, on the Union Pacific Railroad, east of Cheyenne. He had charge of forwarding supplies to the troops in the field under command of General Crook, who was pursuing the hostile Sioux. He received orders to Fort Fetterman under General Crook. He proceeded by rail with two companies to Medicine Bow, where they marched on to Fort Fetterman. Here what was known as the Powder Run expedition was organized. The expedition proceeded to Crazy Woman's Fork of the Powder river, via the cantonment Reno. General Mackenzie, with his cavalry, attacked a Northern Cheyenne camp. As a result of the campaign, the Northern Cheyennes shortly afterwards came in and surrendered, and Crazy Horse, the Sioux chief, did the same, and the war was thus ended. The campaign was made in the coldest winter weather. The troops were constantly on the march, and in tents when the mercury was freezing and the animals were perishing from the cold. Captain Pollock proceeded to Fort Leavenworth. Railroad riots caused the President to order eight companies of the Twenty-third, under command of Gen. Jefferson C. Davis, then its colonel, to St. Louis, including Captain Pollock & his company. In July 1878 he took his company to Fort Hayes, Kansas. In the fall of that year the Northern Cheyennes, who, after their surrender, had been located by the military authorities in the Indian Territory, near Fort Reno, became dissatisfied and broke loose from the authority of their Indian agent, and attempted to return to their old home in the North. During their progress through Kansas they committed many outrages, stealing horses and murdering the inhabitants. Captain Pollock's company was ordered from Fort Hayes in conjunction with other troops, to proceed to a point on the Kansas Pacific Railroad, where it was hoped that they might be intercepted in their attempt to cross to the northward. Not-withstanding the watchfulness of the troops, the Indians succeeded in crossing the railroad unobstructed. After long and fatiguing forced marches on their trail in pursuit, and when they had passed into the Department of the Platte, and were being pursued by fresh troops. Captain Pollock returned to Fort Hayes. In the winter of 1879 the Twenty-third was transferred from Kansas to the Indian Territory. This was for the purpose of having more troops on hand in case of another attempt on the part of the Indians to break out as the Cheyennes had done. Captain Pollock's company marched to the Canadian Civer near Sheridan's Roost. After 6 months leave he was ordered to Colorado for the purpose of keeping quiet the Ute Indians in the vicinity of Los Pines Agency, who had been restless, and restore confidence to the settlers. This was the summer of the "Ute Commission." Captain Pollock's company was detailed to be their escort. He left Los Pinos Agency with the commission, having four six-horse wagons loaded with forage, rations and camp equipage, and two four-mule light wagons. They crossed the San Juan range at an altitude of twelve thousand feet to Silverton, encountering great hazard of losing the wagons, owing to the difficulty of preventing them from running off the beaten track along the edge of the mountains, which was narrow and crooked, into the canon hundreds of feet below. From Silverton the route was down the Animas River to Animas City, thence across the Florida River to the agency situated on the Pine River, which they reached August 15th. From here the commission, accompanied by Captain Pollock, made a reconnoissance in search of a suitable place in which to locate the Utes after their removal, and, after following the La Platte to its confluence with the San Juan River, returned to the agency. Having completed negotiations with the Indians, the commission was escorted to Alamosa, and upon arriving at that place Captain Pollock separated from them and returned with his company and transportation by another route to the cantonment, located during his absence on the Uncompahgre River, about four miles below the Los Pinos Agency. He reached Klein's ranch on the Cimmaron River, about twenty-two miles from the cantonment, the day following the killing of Johnson, a Ute Indian, son of one of the prominent chiefs (Chavanaux), by a freighter named Jackson, who was subsequently forcibly taken by the Indians from the civilian escort, who were conveying him to Gunnison City for trial, and killed. This resulted in the most intense excitement among the white population, and open war between the whites and Indians became imminent. The report of the affair made by Captain Pollock to the War Department, showing it to have been a wanton murder on the part of Jackson, and that his fate was nothing more than a case of lynching, which was published in the papers throughout the country, no doubt had the effect of quieting the excitement and preventing an outbreak. Back at the cantonment, he was Superintendent and Chief Operator of the telegraph line which had been constructed by the troops to Gunnison City, receiving and transmitting all the messages passing between Generals Pope and Mackenzie relating to the final arrangements for conveying the Utes from Colorado to Utah, which, though a delicate affair, was successfully and peaceably accomplished. In the fall of 1881 his regiment was ordered to the District of New Mexico, Captain Pollock with his company going to Fort Bliss, about a mile above El Paso, on the Rio Grande. In June, 1884, the regiment was transferred to the Department of the East, and occupied the posts at Fort Porter, Buffalo; Fort Brady, Sault-ste-Marie, and Fort Mackinac. Captain Pollock's company was stationed at Fort Porter, where it still remains. Otis Wheeler Pollock retired with the rank of Lieut. Colonel. See the book “The Deadliest Indian War in the West: The Snake Conflict, 1864-1868” By Gregory Michno.

Quarter plate Daguerreotype, by Henry E. Insley, of Revolutionary War soldier John Battin who was born in 1752. This Daguerreotype was probably taken on the occasion of his 100th birthday. The drawing at right was taken from this very Daguerreotype (Lossing Vol 2, page 621 or 827 depending on edition). From Benson J. Lossing's Pictorial Field Book Of The Revolution, volume 2, chapter 23: "Of all the gallant men who battled there on that day [the Battle of Fort Washington, November 16, 1776], not one is known among the living [published in 1859]. Probably the last survivor of them all, and the last living relic of the British army in America, was the venerable JOHN BATTIN, who died at his residence in Greenwich Street, in the city of New York, on the twenty-ninth of June, 1852, at the age of one hundred years and four months. His body is entombed in Trinity Cemetery, upon the very ground where he fought for his king seventy-six years before.... Mr. Battin came to America with the British army in 1776, and was engaged in the battles near Brooklyn, at White Plains, and Fort Washington. After the British went into winter quarters in New York, and Cornwallis’s division (to which he was attached), returned from Trenton and Princeton, he took lessons in horsemanship in the Middle Dutch church (now the city post-office), then converted into a circus for a riding-school. He then joined the cavalry regiment of Colonel Birch, in which he held the offices of orderly sergeant and cornet. He was in New York during the "hard winter" of 1779-80, and assisted in dragging British cannons over the frozen bay from Fort George to Staten Island. He was always averse to fighting the Americans, yet, as in duty bound, he was faithful to his king. While Prince William Henry, afterward William the Fourth, was here, he was one of his body-guard. Twice he was sent to England by Sir Henry Clinton with dispatches, and being one of the most active men in the corps, he was frequently employed by the commander-in-chief in important services. With hundreds more, he remained in New York when the British army departed in 1783, resolved to make America his future home. He married soon after the war, and at the time of his death had lived with his wife (now aged eighty-three) sixty-five years. For more than fifty years, he walked every morning upon first the old, and then the new, or present Battery, unmindful of inclement weather. He always enjoyed remarkable health. He continued exercise in the street near his dwelling until within a few days of his death, though with increasing feebleness of step. The gay young men of half a century ago (now gray-haired old men) remember his well-conducted house of refreshment, corner of John and Nassau Streets [lower Manhattan], where they enjoyed oyster suppers and good liquors. The preceding sketch of his person is from a Daguerreotype by Insley, made a few months before his departure."

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fort_Washington

"Mr. Brower was married at New York city, in May, 1850, to Anna C., youngest daughter of John Battin, a soldier of the British army, who came to this country during the War of the Revolution, with Admiral Lord Howe, who appointed him, with others, as body guard to Prince William Henry, afterwards King William IVth, who was then a midshipman in the British navy, and on a visit to this country. He served during the war, and when the British troops evacuated, he had become so infatuated with America, that he was not found amongst the soldiers that returned home. He lived to the remarkable age of 100 years, and up to the last year of his life, clung to the old-fashioned costume of white stockings, and knee breeches." (from: History of Crawford and Richland Counties, Wisconsin. Union Publishing Company, Springfield, IL. 1884. By Consul Willshire

I also have one of John Battin's diamond-encrusted knee buckles that he used to keep his socks attached to his
knee breeches. See photo on right.

Sixth plate Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) by Daguerreotypist James P. Weston, 192 Broadway, New York City, of Captain William Sheffield of Stonington & New Haven, Connecticut. Captain William Sheffield was born in Stonington on July 6, 1785. He comes from a long line of sea captains, and a long line of William Sheffields (his father and son and grandson were all named William Sheffield). His mother was Elizabeth Eells, and he married Keziah Gillette.

Sixth plate Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches), in a very nice Union Case, of General Micah Brooks, who was born May 14, 1775, on his father’s estate in Cheshire, Conn. Micah Brooks gave from his own recollection, a very interesting account of the period immediately following the Revolutionary War, and it was published in History of the pioneer settlement of Phelps and Gorham's purchase... by O. Turner.  In 1796 in common with many sons of New England, he explored the regions of the west, visited the Mohawk, Susquehannah. Seneca, and the Genesee, and saw many pioneers in their lonely cabins, suffering privations but full of hope. In the fall of 1797 he lived in East Bloomfield (New York) as a school teacher. He became a surveyor. In the fall of 1798 he made a tour, on foot to Niagara Falls, following the Indian trails and stopping overnight with Poudry and his Indian wife at Tonawanda. In 1799 he purchased a farm in East Bloomfield. In the militia he rose through successive gradations to the rank of Major General. In 1806 he was elected Justice of the Peace, in 1808 assistant Justice of the County, the same year was elected to the Legislature from Ontario County, and in the War of 1812 he served in three campaigns as a Lieut. Colonel. He was elected to Congress in 1814, representing a very large territory and serving on important committees. For twenty years he was a Judge of Ontario county courts. While a member of Congress he presented to that body a petition drawn by DeWitt Clinton, asking the national government to aid in the construction of the Erie Canal. On February 1, 1839, delegates from several counties assembled at Cuba, Allegany County, to forward the completion of the New York and Erie Railroad, which had been chartered seven years before, but which, owing to the great commercial revulsion of 1837, and the magnitude of the undertaking, had not been completed. Gen. Brooks was chosen president of the convention. In 1823 he moved to his new residence known as Brook’s Grove. In 1833 he bought 6,382 acres in Caneadea, Allegany Co. He died on July 7, 1857.

Sixth plate Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of Charles N. Wallis, of Beverly, Mass, taken circa 1850. Charles N. Wallis was a carriage maker and a wheelwright. He died in 1873.

Sixth plate Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of 9 year old Lyman Eckford Post (Jr.) of Westbrook, Ct. He became a farmer. The family farm was on the Westbrook shore. His father was Capt. Lyman Eckford Post also of Westbrook. The dag is dated Sept 15, 1849. In 1897 there was a notice in the Connecticut Quarterly that the articles made from the famous Charter Oak Tree, that were exhibited at the Centennial Exposition in 1876, were at the home of Lyman Eckford Post, and were to be sold. In the Aug 24, 1911, Springfield Republican newspaper was the notice that "W.F. Heins went on a fishing trip last week just off of Southwest Reef. He went with Lyman Post in the latter's 30 foot launch. A fine string of 14 blackfish were brought in weighing between three and seven pounds." (I used to fish Southwest Reef myself, for bluefish on 4 pound test line, in my Brockway high-sided rowboat with 10hp Mercury, in the 1960's). It's a small world.
The Connecticut
                  Charter Oak and the Lyman Eckford Post family of
                  Westbrook, Ct.

 Early 1840s sixth plate daguerreotype of a man holding what appears to be a gilt pencil, and displaying a bound volume of The Ladies Companion, volume XII & XIII.  The daguerreotype is by Thomas S. Walsh, New York City. In original period case with WALSH imprint on brass mat and imprint on case pad reading "Walsh 136 Spring Street, N.Y." The daguerreotypist Walsh is documented at 136 Spring Street during 1845 and 1846, according to Craig's Daguerreian Registry. However the image may well be somewhat earlier; its plate bears the early "HS" platemark which Rinhart dates 1843-45, and the numbers of the Ladies Companion which the sitter holds were published 1839-1840. This is presumably a portrait of William W. Snowden, the publisher of the Ladies Companion, who died January 12, 1845. Both Thomas S. Walsh and William W. Snowden had offices in lower Manhattan, only a mile apart. William W. Snowden knew Edgar Allan Poe and published one of his stories. "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt", often subtitled A Sequel to "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." Poe wrote the piece in 1842. This is the first murder mystery based on the details of a real crime. It first appeared in William W. Snowden's "Ladies' Companion" in three installments, November and December 1842 and February 1843.

Sixth plate daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of Olive Gurley Goodell, who was born during the Revolutionary War and turned 6 years old about 3 weeks before the war ended in 1783. A note with the daguerreotype states "Olive Gurley, wife of Levi Goodell father of Abner Gooddell, born 1777." Olive was born August 6, 1777. Olive was the daughter of Jonathan Gurley who was born in 1744 in Mansfield Ct.  Her mother was Jerusha Bennet, daughter of Joseph Bennet of the same town. They married in 1764. Olive's siblings included, Ephraim, Roger, Jonathan, Anna, Jerusha, Esther, Rebecca, Flavel, an infant brother and Harriet. Olive's father, Jonathan Gurley, resided in the neighborhood of the Gurley burying ground. He was a Captain of a Military Company and a member of the Congregational Church. Olive married Levi Goodell, son of David and Hannah Abbott Goodell. Levi was born in 1772 in Woodstock Ct. At some point the Goodell's moved to Westminster, Windham Co, Vt, where Levi died in 1813. Their family included: Azuba b 1796; Harriet b 1798; Horace b 1800; Eliza born 1802; Jerusha b abt 1803 married Calvin Phippen; Abner b 1805 (appearing to be the child whose family owned the daguerreotype); Clarissa b 1807; Orvilla Electa b 1809; and Mary Paine b 1811.

Sixth plate daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of Colonel Drury Fairbank (a.k.a. Drury Fairbanks) of Sudbury, Massachusetts, and his wife Mary. Drury Fairbank was born July 22, 1793. His father was Jonathan Fairbank, who was born in Holliston, Mass, lived in Sudbury, and marched to Lexington at the start of the Revolutionary War. The father enlisted April 19, 1775 for the "alarm at Lexington."
Colonel Drury Fairbank was born in Sudbury, July 17, 1793. He lived for five years in Boston, and worked for Blake & Jackson, soap and candle chandlers. He settled in Sudbury in Oct. 1820, on a farm, and lived there until his death. He was colonel of militia, justice of the peace, held various town offices, and took an active part in politics and parish affairs.
He was an active promoter of measures for the erection of a monument in Sudbury, to the memory of Capt. Wadsworth and his men, twenty-seven in number, who were killed in King Philip's War, Apr. 18, 1676.  He died very suddenly of heart disease, May 25, 1864, aged 70 yrs. 10 mos. 8 days. His children were all born in Sudbury, except Nelson.
He married Mary Spring, of Hubbardston, Mass., Oct. 26, 1817. She died Feb. 15, 1864, aged 67 yrs. 7 mos.

Sixth plate daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of Edward Newton Wills, of Newburyport, Mass. He was one of the 12 children of Captain John Wills, Jr., and Sarah Newman. Edward Newton Wills' father died in 1835 when he was about 11 years old. Edward Newton Wills (Edward N. Wills) was born in 1824 and died in Calcutta, India, on Sept. 1, 1846, of rapid consumption. He was 22 1/2 years old. I know that he made at least two trips to Calcutta from Newburyport. He arrived back in Newburyport on October 2, 1845, on the ship Arno, from Calcutta. He made another trip to Calcutta and died there. I'm researching the Wills family of Newburyport, and I must say that they are a very confusing family, genealogically speaking. If anyone has sorted them out, I'd love to hear form you!

Sixth plate daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of Risley

Quarter plate Daguerreotype ( 3 1/4 by 4 1/4 inches) Gushee, Frederick A.

Sixth plate Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of George Beatty who was born in Bally-Keel Ednagonnell, county Down, Ireland, in 1781. In the summer of 1784 his parents brought him to America where they settled in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. George Beatty received a regular school education, and later worked with his brother-in-law, Samuel Hill, from whom he learned clock and watch making. Referred to as an "ingenious mechanician," George Beatty is remembered for his clocks of "peculiar and rare invention." It was presumably this business in which he was active for more than 40 years. He was also known to be a silversmith. James Biser Whisker in his book Pennsylvania Silversmiths, Goldsmiths and Pewterers, 1684-1900 has a short paragraph on George Beatty (1781-1862). Mr. Beatty served in the War of 1812 as a sergeant in Captain Thomas Walker’s volunteer militia. This daguerreotype came in a collection of daguerreotypes from his daughter and son-in-law, Immanuel Meister Kelker.

Stunning sixth plate daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of Almira Dickens, who lived at Watch Hill Point, Rhode Island, in the 1850's. This daguerreotype was taken about 1850. Almira Dickens was the daughter of Captain Henry Dickens of Stonington & Watch Hill Point, and Nancy Nash, the daughter of Captain Jonathan Nash, also of Watch Hill Point.

Sixth plate daguerreotype portrait (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of Harrison Gray Blake, born 1788, famous as the husband of Lucy Blake who perished on Green Mountain, in Vermont, on Dec. 20, 1821, known as the Stratton Mountain Tragedy. Lucy Blake was able to protect her 18 month old daughter by wrapping her in coats. The baby survived and Harrison Gray Blake suffered severe frostbite and lost 4 toes. The poem, "A Mother’s Sacrifice", by Seba Smith, became very popular and inspired the 1843 song "The Snow Storm" which itself became famous and was performed at the concerts of the Hutchinson Family: "Oh, God she cried in accents wild, if I must perish, save my child." Harrison Gray Blake's father, James Blake, worked in his father's tinsmith shop in Boston before the Revolutionary War. James and his father, Increase Blake, participated in the Boston Tea Party, and James stuffed his overgrown shoes (he was wearing his father's shoes) with tea for his mother, which became very scarce when the fighting began. Increase Blake and James Blake, grandfather and father of Harrison Gray Blake, the subject of the daguerreotype, made canteens and cartridge boxes for the patriots during the Revolutionary War.

The Snow Storm, A Ballad

Poetry by Seba Smith, Music by L. Heath
(Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1843)

The cold wind swept the mountain's height,
And pathless was the dreary wild,
And mid the cheerless hours of night
A mother wandered with her child.

As through the drifted snows she pressed,
The babe was sleeping on her breast,
The babe was sleeping on her breast.

And colder still the winds did blow,
And darker hours of night came on,
And deeper grew the drifts of snow--
Her limbs were chilled, her strength was gone.

"O God!" she cried, in accents wild,
"If I must perish, save my child,
"If I must perish save my child."

She stript her mantle from her breast,
And bared her bosom to the storm;
As round the child she wrapped the vest,
She smiled to think that it was warm.

With one cold kiss, one tear she shed,
And sunk upon a snowy bed,
And sunk upon a snowy bed.

At dawn, a traveller passed by,
And saw her 'neath a snowy veil--
The frost of death was in her eye,
Her cheek was cold, and hard and pale--

He moved the robe from off the child;
The babe looked up, and sweetly smiled,
The babe looked up, and sweetly smiled.
The Snow Storm by Seba Smith
                  & L. Heath.

Ninth plate daguerreotype portrait (2 by 2.5 inches) of Matthew Clarkson, Jr. (1796-1883), who was a prominent resident of Flatbush, Long Island, N.Y.
The dag is marked "Taken By Root Broadway NY 1853." His father, Matthew Clarkson Sr. (1758-1825) was an American military officer during the American Revolution and lived in New York City.
Plan of the Grounds of Matthew
            Clarkson, Esq. Flatbush Long Island.
Plan of the Grounds of Matthew Clarkson, Esq. Flatbush Long Island
Medium: Ink and watercolor on paper
Dates: September 1858
courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum Collection

Sixth plate Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of an older man identified inside the case as Ebenezer Turner of Quincy, Illinois. Ebenezer Turner was in the Black Hawk war of 1832. He was a private in Colonel Fry's Second Regiment, Captain William Flood's company, from Adams County.

Sixth plate Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of Joseph H. Burgess who went overland to the California gold rush in 1849 (he claimed to be one of the first overlanders to arrive at Sacramento, Sutter's Fort, etc), and later drove cattle north from Texas. I also have a later ninth plate ambrotype of him. Joseph H. Burgess married Helen J. Woodward in circa 1839. See the article "Grandfather Burgess Was a Forty-Niner" at page 404 in Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Vol. 53, No. 4, (Winter 1960).
Joseph H. Burgess had a "Distinguished Service" for the Union in the Civil War. He enlisted in Company I, 11th Illinois Infantry Regiment on 20 September 1861. Discharged Company I, 11th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 02 May 1862.

Sixth plate Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of Jonas Baker and his wife Phebe Baker (Phebe Goodell). They lived at Warren's Corners, Lockport, N.Y.  They "adopted" Joel B. Baker. The son was in the Civil War; his letters were published in 1996 under the title "Letters Home, Joel B. Baker: A collection of letters home from the Civil War written by Colonel Joel B. Baker and compiled by his great-grandaug​hter, Naomi B. Baker."

Compelling Sixth plate Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of George C. Bain holding his four month old son Patterson Bain, taken in 1850 in St Louis. This collection includes four other daguerreotypes from the Bain family of St. Louis and Lexington, Kentucky. ‪ George C. Bain was nursed/raised by his family's slave, Harriet Bell, who ran away in 1844 with her husband Lewis Hayden, never to be seen by the Bains again. About 45 years later George C. Bain placed a notice in the newspaper stating that he wanted to contact Harriet. Here are some newspaper clippings pertaining to this:
see also:
Not surprisingly George C. Bain fought for the south in the civil war as a Lieutenant and later a Captain in the Department & Army of Tennessee.
Harriet Hayden's grave: ‪http://tinyurl.com/k74huln
‪More on the story of Lewis and Harriet Hayden: http://tinyurl.com/o5pqeo4

Captain George C. Bain's Confederate Cipher Reader:

At right is half of the daguerreotype case showing the silk pad that is opposite the
daguerreotype of George C. Bain holding his four month old son Patterson Bain.
The identification of
                            Patterson Bain on the pillow of the
                            daguerreotype case lid.

Sixth plate Daguerreotype (2 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches) of Abishai Miller of Middleboro, Mass. In 1853 Mr. Miller, with several other enterprising mechanics, organized the Atlantic Works, and obtained a charter from the Legislature. They put into this venture all their savings, and began the difficult task of making a place for their company in the business world. They purchased land in East Boston and erected buildings thereon for machine, blacksmith and boiler shops, and purchased tools for these several departments. Mr. Miller became superintendent of construction, and, by dint of hard work, self-sacrifice and the utmost economy, soon succeeded in establishing a reputation, the business and facilities steadily increasing. About 1859 Mr. Miller retired from active business and went to Middleboro to take a much needed rest. At this time he erected a fine residence on the old homestead at Fall Brook, and here his friends found him happy and contented. When the Civil war broke out the Atlantic Works secured a contract for building one of the now famous "monitors," and at the earnest solicitation of his associates in the business he returned to his old place as superintendent, and during the four years following a busier man could hardly be found in Boston. Under his direction were built the monitors "Casco" and "Nantucket," the turrets for the monitors "Monadnock," "Agamenticus," "Passaconaway" and "Shackamakon," and the machinery for the gunboats "Sagamore," "Canandaigua," "Sassacus," and "Osceola"; also for the U. S. man of war "Nyphon." At the close of the war Mr. Miller again retired, although remaining on the board of directors of the company until 1876, when, upon the death of the president, he was elected, to that office, a position he filled until his death, in East Boston, Jan. 30, 1883. He was buried in Green cemetery in Middleboro, where several generations of the family have been interred.

Two Quarter plate Daguerreotypes ( 3 1/4 by 4 1/4 inches) of Eden Marcellus Seeley and his wife Almeda Harris Seeley. Eden Marcellus Seeley was a sea captain and later a very prosperous farmer in Maryland. Almeda Harris Seeley kept a diary during the civil war, 1859-1865, that is in the Maryland Historical Society collection.

Quarter plate Daguerreotype ( 3 1/4 by 4 1/4 inches) of Charles Hunnewell and his wife Ruth Hunnewell. They were born about 1790. They lived in Dedham and Cambridge, Mass. Charles Hunnewell is listed as a carriage maker and a chaise maker.

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