1860's Eunice Whittemore Pingry CDV Photo, Groton, Middlesex County MA
On reverse: "Wife of John Pingrey, Eunice" handwritten at top, and "1st wife, Mother of Amanda, Angeline, Eliza, John and Franklin" at bottom, both are handwritten in old period pencil. Photo type: 1860's Original Vintage Victorian CDV or Carte de Visite Photograph, the image copied in the 1860's from an earlier 1840's daguerreotype. (She died in 1856, about 10 years before paper CDV photo technology was available) Photographer: H.P. Ross, Groton Junction, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. (known to be Hibbard Ross, Hibbard P. Ross, or Hibbard Patten Ross 1821-1876, born in Litchfield, Herkimer County, New York and died in Cambridge, Middlesex, MA, the son of Artemas Ross & Penelope Dutcher Ross)
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Eunice Whittemore Pingry 1805–1856 was born in Fitchburg, Worcester County, Mass and died in Groton, Middlesex County, Mass.
Her father: Jonathan Whittemore 1769–1842 born in Fitchburg MA and died in Vermont.
Her mother: Eunice Glazier Ward Whittemore 1772–1842 born in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Mass and died in Fitchburg, Worcester County, MA.
James Whittemore 1797–1800
Sophia Whittemore 1798–1874
Jonathan Whittemore 1800–1889
Elizabeth Whittemore born 1802
Mary L Whittemore born 1804
Alice S Whittemore 1807–1878
Levinah G Whittemore born 1809
Lucy Whittemore 1811–1887
Nathaniel Whittemore born 1813
David Whittemore born 1815
Her Husband: John Pingrey 1803-1860 born in Littleton, Grafton County, New Hampshire and died in Groton, Mass
His Father: Lieutenant Stephen Pingrey Jr 1759–1843
His Mother: Mary Sanderson Pingrey 1764-1825
Infant Pingrey 1783–1783
Anna Pingrey 1784–1807
Stephen Pingree Jr 1787–1866
Mary Pingrey 1789–1812
Hannah Pingrey 1792–1881
Aaron Pingrey 1793–1837
Moses Pingrey 1797–1841
Susan Pingrey 1802–1862
1st wife: Eunice Whittemore 1806-1856
2nd wife: Alice S Whittemore, 1807-1878, John married his 1st wife Eunice's sister in 1856 after Eunice died.
1. Amanda Melinda Pingrey Brown 1826-1902 wife of James Madison Brown. 1810-1892. She is also seen as Amanda Malvina Pingry. Their children were James Heywood Brown born 1850, Laura Amanda Brown 1852–1929, John Pingrey Brown born 1854, Adams Franklin Brown born 1857, Charles Henry Brown 1859–1859, Mary Eliza Brown 1861–1863, Alice Sophia Brown born 1863, Samuel Walker Brown born 1865, Jennie Louise Brown 1868, Ulrick Freeman Brown born 1870.
2. Mary Angeline Pingrey Burnham 1827-1892 wife of William Newton Burnham.
3. Eliza Ann Pingrey Sanderson, born 1830, married John Henry Sanderson
1829–1865. Their children were Eunice Abigail Sanderson 1852–1879, Martha Ann Sanderson born 1857 and Henry Edwin Sanderson born 1857.
4. John Adams Pingrey 1831-1923, believed to be single
5. Stephen Franklin Pingrey 1843-1931 also seen in census records as Franklin Stephen Pingrey, he married Ella Eliza Lawrence Pingrey 1848–1920. Their children were John Louis Pingry 1872–1950 and Eunice Elizabeth Pingry 1877–1964.
Eunice Pingry in the 1848 Marriage Record:
James Brown to Amanda Pingry (Daughter)
Husband John Pingry
Name: James M. Brown
Event Type Marriage, 26 Dec 1848, Mass.
Birth Year (Estimated) 1810
Father's Name: Heyward Brown
Mother's Name: Sally Brown
Spouse's Name: Amanda M. Pingry
Spouse's Age 22
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated) 1826
Spouse's Father's Name: John Pingry
Spouse's Mother's Name: Eunice Pingry
Eunice Pingrey in the MA State Census, 1855
Birth Year: abt 1806, MA
Residence: Groton, Middlesex County, MA
Household Members: Name Age
John Pingrey 56 Head, occupation yeoman
Eunice Pingrey 49
John A Pingrey 23 Son, occupation, also a yeoman
Mary A Pingrey 27
Stephen F Pingrey 12
Valentine Stone 23 laborer
The town of South Groton, then known as Groton Junction, is today the community of Ayer, MA. This CDV has a wonderful photographers advertising backmark which depicts a CDV photo album with what appears to be a photo of a Civil War soldier inside, unusual and graphic. The photo is slightly trimmed on edges, usually to fit into tight Victorian paper photo albums, as most were. Does not affect her actual image in any way.
Their actual grave records spell their surname as Pingry, although it is also seen as Pingry, Pingray, and Pingrey. We found her husband John referred to as "Captain John Pingry." This family has strong SAR DAR Revolutionary War, Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution and early New England ties. We were very happy to find this rare and original Pingry piece in Greenwich, Fairfield County, CT.
We wonder...does the original daguerreotype 1840's photo of Eunice Pingrey (that this CDV is a copy of) still exist in the world today? We hope so. We feel it is a testament to how much she was loved for the family to have copied it. A beautiful old and rare New England piece.
Size: 2.5 x 4 inches
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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