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1870 Margaret Pyncheon Keeler CDV Photo of James Frothingham Painting


On reverse is handwritten: "Mrs. Margaret Pyncheon Keeler, Grandmother of Mary Ann Sergeant Newbury. A direct descendant of Judge John Pyncheon, and of John Cotton" is beautifully handwritten in old period black dip pen ink. Photo type: Original Antique Victorian CDV or Carte de Visite Photograph, circa 1870's. Photographer: W.H. Towne, Lansingburgh, Rensselaer County, New York. This would have been a CDV copy of Margaret's early portrait painting, and photographed in the 1870's. (known to be photographer William Towne or William H. Towne 1854-1909)

Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Margaret Pynchon Keeler 1756–1833 born in Boston, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and died in New York City, New York at age 76.
Her father: Hon. Dr. Joseph Pynchon 1705–1765
Her mother: Mary Cotton Cheney Pynchon 1719–1784 was the daughter of Rev. John Cotton 1693–1757 and Mary Gibbs Cotton 1699–1761.
Her mother's siblings were
Elizabeth Cotton 1722–1782
Anna Cotton 1723–1761
Rebecca Cotton 1725–1795
Martha Cotton 1727–1730
John Cotton A.M. 1729–1758
Nathaniel Cotton 1731–1758
Samuel Gibbs Cotton 1734–1734
Henry Cotton 1735–1736
Samuel Cotton Rev 1737–1819
Martha Cotton 1739–1809

Her mother Mary Cotton was first married to Reverend Thomas Cheney 1715–1747. after his death, she married Margaret's father Judge Joseph Pynchon.
Her siblings:
Mary Pynchon
Elizabeth Pynchon
Martha Thayer
Ann Pynchon

Her Husband: Stephen Keeler
Their Children:
Margaret Sergeant
Mary Keeler
Martha Keeler
Elizabeth Keeler
Stephen Keeler Jr.
Anne Keeler
Sarah Keeler
Matthew Keeler

Source: "Tales That Have the Rime of Age" a memoir of Jeanette Sergeant Ames Rice published in 1883: In a section of this book Jeanette speaks directly to her niece Frances Bagley Newbury: "When your mother Mary Ann Newbury Sergeant was eighteen years old she was in poor health, so was sent to New York to Uncle Matthew Keeler, my mother’s youngest brother, to try the benefit of a change. He spared no pains nor expense for her improvement, and in a few months sent her home with the bloom of health upon her cheek. I remember Uncle Matthew very well in those days. He was my mother’s favorite brother; used to come to visit us and never tired in sending us beautiful things. A box from Uncle Matthew was sure to come every little while filled with useful as well as rare and costly things. He, at this time, was very wealthy, owning an elegant residence on Broadway, which was then the fashionable street for homes. He married a Miss Serena Howard, a most lovely woman, and his house was always open to receive those he loved. He was a very affectionate, generous hearted man and we all loved him. My mother’s immediate family all lived in New York. Her mother, Margaret Pynchon Keeler, at this time a widow, made her home with Uncle Matthew. The oldest brother, Stephen and three sisters, Nancy who never married, Martha (Mrs. Knox), and Sarah (Mrs. Charles Bonticou) all lived there at this time, so New York possessed many attractions, and my sisters used often to go there. My Grandmother Keeler died there when I was ten years old, at the age of seventy-seven, in full possession of her faculties."

This book also notes that: "Stephen Keeler and Margaret Pynchon Keeler and their daughter Mary were buried in Pine Tree Cemetery, Norwalk, Connecticut." This early settler cemetery was also known as the Over the River Cemetery, Over River Cemetery or the Pine Island Cemetery, dedicated in 1708. It was an early burial grounds for the settlers who arrived in 1651. 200 years later, in 19th c. Victorian times, the Norwalk Riverside and Union cemeteries replaced use of this early cemetery, which was once an island.

Pine Island Cemetery Plots from the following book: Norwalk Cemeteries by Lester Card, published in South Norwalk, Connecticut, 1945:
Mary P. Keeler, March 27 1817, died in her 7th year
Margaret Keeler, wife / Stephen Keeler, died NY May 15, 1833-77th year
Matthew Keeler, died February 15, 1833 in his 38th year
Matthew Keller, flaked redstone, date etc. obliterated
Sarah Keeler, died February 3, 1767 in her 45th year
Isaac Keeler, died March 18, 181? at aged 34
Deborah Keeler, died (date illegible) aged 80 yrs

In 1905 Katharine Newbury Manierre wrote that, "A portrait of Margaret Pynchon was painted by Frothingham about 1830 in NY, and is now in the possession of Mrs. George Eyland (nee Serena Howard Keeler, the daughter of Matthew Keeler) at 12 Livingston St., Brooklyn, NY."

Note: James Frothingham 1786–1864 was an American portrait painter in Massachusetts and New York who painted this portrait. The whereabouts of it are currently are unknown, any help appreciated, email Debra here.

This is a very interesting CDV photograph, taken from an early Frothingham painting. Margaret is wearing Revolutionary war era attire. Judge John Pyncheon resided in the Springfield, Massachusetts area, in Hampden County, Massachusetts and John Cotton was an early founder of Boston, in Essex, Suffolk and Middlesex County. We believe this photo was commissioned of the painting by Mary Ann Sergeant Newbury, the writer of the info on reverse. It was found in Hartford County, Connecticut and is a very rare and beautiful piece. This is a DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution and SAR Sons of the American Revolutionary War family. Rare, and important Norwalk history and family.

The correct spelling  according to the family is Pyncheon. A beautiful historic piece.

Size: 2.5 x 4 inches
Debra Clifford Ancestorville Genealogy      Note: Hello from ~debra. I have spent years collecting over 10,000 ID’d lost family photos & paper from US flea markets & antique shops. I do the best gen research I can, but am always open to corrections. This is an original antique item, not a reprint. A new high quality rigid sleeve is included for extra protection, especially during shipping. You may buy a piece alone, or large intimate 300 dpi scans of the front and back sent immediately via email, or both. Please search carefully, as they are often found together and many may be related. I also invite you to join me at Ancestorville Genealogy on facebook. Thank you, enjoy! ~Debra Clifford (contact info on top bar)
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