1871 Bessie Margaret Curtiss CDV Photo, Detroit, Wayne County Michigan
On front: "Geh 13/71" handwritten in old ink pen ink. On reverse: "Bessie Margaret Curtis, 1 year " is handwritten in ink pen. Photo type: CDV Carte de Visite Photograph, Victorian. Photographer: Randall, 119 & 217 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. (known to be photographer CC Randall, Cory Randall, Corydon C. Randall or Corydon Chandler Randall 1846-1907)
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Bessie Margaret Curtiss was born 13 Oct 1870 Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, and died 1943 in Detroit at age 73. Her parents were Charles Henry Curtiss 1837–1907 (son of Morgan Curtiss 1802–1881 and Margaret Owan Curtiss 1813–1868. His father was the son of Stiles Curtiss 1761–1827 and Clara Adams Curtiss, born 1796. His grandparents were Elnathan Curtiss 1727–1812 and Sarah Ufford Curtiss 1717–1804. This is an important Connecticut DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution and SAR Sons of the American Revolutionary War family with roots back to England. His siblings were Jane Pixlee Curtiss 1833–1910, Franklin Curtiss 1835–1919, Frederick William Curtiss 1840–1906 and Margaret Curtiss born 1850). Her mother was Frances Catherine Spencer Curtis 1840–1920. They married in Old Saybrook, Conn in 1860. Her mother was the daughter of Charles Chauncy Spencer 1813–1876 of Saybrook, Connecticut (son of David Spencer 1785–1863 and Rachel Bushnell Spencer 1789–1858) and her mother was Lucretia Harvey Curtis 1814–1890 (daughter of Samuel Harvey 1782–1819 and Marsylvia Ely 1778–1839). Her Siblings were Edith Maria Curtiss 1869–1877 and Frances Eddy Curtiss 1876–1971.
Bessie is buried in a family plot with her parents and siblings in the Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. A beautiful photo of baby Bess and one of our favorite baby photos as Bessie's personality really shows through. She appears much loved, wearing a beautiful hand made off the shoulder Victorian era dress, and looking quite playful. A beautiful image found in Brimfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts. Our guess is that this photo was sent back east by her Michigan family to her many Connecticut relatives.
Size: 2.5 x 4 inches
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