Sometimes, as I’ve written before, I like to buy old photos and then try to find out who the people are. I’m a little nuts, it must be admitted. Anyway… I just bought a lot of about 40 old cabinet photos from Vermont, so I’m going to scan them and put them here where the Universe can find them and put them into the hands of the rightful owners. Have at it!
The first two are identified by the writing on the back. With a little research I was able to discover that they are Ephraim Woodard Perrin (1828-1909), son of Ephraim Perrin and Maria Cutler, and his wife Sarah Jane Flanders (1853-1915), daughter of John Flanders and Hannah Jacobs.
“Uncle Ephraim Perrin. Best Wishes.”
“Aunt Jane Perrin”
This photo was taken at the same studio. A family member contacted me to say she believes this is their son Moses Perrin.
Another in the same lot of photos from Morrisville, Vermont. Could be related or not. It looks more like it was taken after 1910 due to the format and clarity of detail.
The next photo is of George Richardson (1864-1939, son of Simeon Richardson and Harriet Watson), and his wife Alma Emery (1871-1928, daughter of George Adelbert Emery and Sally Lucinda Doying), with their grandchildren Theodore & Katy R. Moffatt.
Theodore and Katy were the children of Katie Lucinda Richardson and Donald Hiram Moffatt, who were married in Morristown, Vermont on 1 Jan 1920 (they appear in the 1920 census for Morristown, Vermont where Katie is listed as a “lodger” in the Moffatt home), so I’m guessing the photo was taken about 1922. I don’t know that either child survived because the next time Katie and Donald are in the census (1930 for Greensboro, Vermont), they only have two children (Harold and Arlene) who were born four years apart. These children seem to be less than a year apart.
“George Richardson & Alma Richardson & Theodore & Katy R. Moffatt”
This next photo is of “Lewis and May Perry with Aunt Delia Burnett standing up”.
Delia E. Burnett (30 Mar 1876 – 18 Apr 1902), was the daughter of Charles Burnett and Louisa McWeir (or Demas). Her sister was May J Burnett, and the family is in the 1880 census for Stowe, Vermont.
This next photo says “Aunt Mary Varand, Uncle Joe’s Sister”. It was obviously taken in Burlington, Vermont, probably about 1900.
I believe this is Mary Burnett, daughter of Charles Burnett and Nancy Muzzy, who was born about 1839, and died 27 May 1907. She married Jerry Verean, and is also in the 1880 census for Stowe, Vermont. Mary and her brother Joe are in the 1860 census for Johnson, Vermont, along with their sister Delia. Mary was the aunt of May and Delia Burnett from the photo above, so I think it’s the right identification.
Separately, I purchased this shot of Mary which was obviously taken the same day. It’s just another pose, but this photo is absolutely in “like new” condition. It’s startling. When I opened the envelope I knew this is how it looked the day they handed it to Mary in the photography studio the day it was taken. Pristine white color, and a gloss that I’ve never seen in another old photo like this.
This photo says simply “Grandpa Burnett”, so I’m guessing it might be Charles Francis Burnett, the father of Mary, and the grandfather of May and Delia. He was born 22 Jun 1817 in Canada, married Nancy Muzzy, who was born about 1822 in Canada. Charles died in Stowe, Vermont on 24 Nov 1884.
This photo says “(Wm?) W. J. Fisher, North Monroe, New Hampshire, clothes black, white collar and shirt”, and was taken in Bethel, Vermont. He looks to be about 20 years old, and the photo looks to have been taken around 1890-1900. I found a William Fisher who was born in Monroe in 1869 and died 18 Jun 1893 in Barnet, Vermont in a boiler explosion. He was the son of Francis A. Fisher and Mary (Nancy) S. Cole. The family is in the 1880 census for Monroe, New Hampshire.
This next photo has no markings, but since it was from the same studio as the previous photo and since the woman is about the same age, there’s a possibility they are linked in some way. I might be imagining it, but it seems like there’s a familial resemblance there. She could possibly the sister of W. Fisher above. The closest sister in age would be Cora Anna Fisher, who was born 11 Sept 1871 in Monroe. She married a Joseph McNamara.
A trio of photos from Montpelier, Vermont. None of them have any identification on the back.
A trio of photos from Newport, Vermont:
Two from Barre, Vermont. The first has a date on the back: 25 Dec 1909.
I like this next photo. No real reason why, but it’s just a really good photo.
Some more photos from the same purchase. They come from towns all over Vermont.
This next one is interesting to me because it looks very much like the same woman from the photo above that I’ve captioned “Woman with brooch, Montpelier, VT”. See if you agree.
This one doesn’t have a town listed. The photographer is “Carpenter”: