According to the faint pencil notes on the back of the paper case, my great-grandmother Elizabeth Perkins Stanley (Mrs. Andrew Nichols, of Danvers) is one of these ladies:
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Answers to some of these questions are emerging, but this is an on-going research puzzle. If you have any information to add, please submit a Comment or contact me via the email form. Thank you!
Today I learned an important clue: the tintype photograph is a direct positive process, resulting in a reversed, or MIRRORED image. See
Richard Trask, of the Danvers Archival Center, writes, "The image is a Ferrotype (tintype), a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer used to support a photographic emulsion. This image was placed into a decorative paper mat. I believe it dates to the late 1870s/early 1880s."
|My recent photo of the pieces of this tintype|
Below is a scanned image of the back side of the paper case, including penciled notes (which may have been added much later, and are incomplete, only identifying four women):
Here's what I have deciphered so far, with help from Richard Trask, my cousin Janet Derouin, and a magnifying glass:
After some hours spent searching the Internet and reading old Danvers documents (accessible via Google Books), I can now add more information about these four women and their connections to Danvers history. I will number them here, and I may eventually create a separate blog entry for each.
1. Maria Louisa Fowler (probably unmarried at time of this tintype)
"Maria Louisa Fowler is the daughter and ninth child of Samuel Fowler, the builder of the Fowler House in Danversport, Massachusetts." See portrait. See also photo of her in the parlor of the Fowler house in Danversport.
Online, I found a genealogy of the Lummus/Lumas/Loomis family (in Essex Institute Historical Collections, 1917). Maria Louisa Fowler was the 3rd wife of John Lummus, a miller and grain dealer at Danversport. They married June 3rd 1890.
2. Elizabeth Perkins Stanley (Mrs. Andrew Nichols) (1836-1929)
My great-grandmother. See a photo and her obituary in a blog entry I wrote in July 2014. She was a founder of the Unitarian Congregational Church of Danvers, and an active volunteer there and with many other community organizations.
3. Mary Anne Catherine Perkins (Mrs. L. J. Livermore) (1823-1906)
Her husband, Rev. Leonard Jarvis Livermore, was pastor of the Unitarian Congregational Church of Danvers from 1867 to his death in 1886.
4. Clara M. Corning (Mrs. Phineas Corning)
5. [5th woman not yet identifed]