Posted 2 years ago
A recent purchase of mine.
The subject has his headstone and family information posted on the "Find a Grave" website. Available information indicates he was born in 1768, dating this image to 1858.
It amazes me to see a documented image of a man of this age. I find it interesting to speculate on what he could have witnessed as a child and young man growing up in Mass. As a child, he lived through (and was most likely personally impacted by) the American Revolution. He lived to see the start of the Civil War, dying in 1863 at the age of 95.
I have seen and owned CDV images of folks who lived through the American Revolution, but this is the first hard image I have been able to acquire. It is also the first image that I have seen with the Identifying sign.
At the time of the image, there were several efforts in the NE to photographically document the surviving Colonist; this may have been part of one of those projects.