1870's Flora Thomas Smiley Hall CDV Photo, Busti, Chautauqua County NY
2 1870's signed CDV Photos:
On front: "Flora Hall" is handwritten in pencil on front under her image on both. Photo type: Original Vintage Victorian CDV or Carte de Visite Photograph, circa 1870s Photographer for both: Gifford, Forestville, New York, Chautauqua County. (known to be photographer photographer Byron Gifford, also seen as Byron M. Gifford 1839-1904 (can also be seen as Byron R. Gifford) and his cousin F.M. Gifford or Francis M. Gifford 1839-1906 (their fathers were brothers: Nathan Lewis Gifford 1809-1866 and Stephen V. Gifford, 1812-1867) Francis is also seen as Frederick M. Gifford and was born in Brant, Erie County, New York. He married Minnie Smith Gifford in 1871, and was a Civil War veteran of the 44th NY New York Infantry (as Frederick Gifford). Minnie is later listed listed on his pension records. Their son Dr. Edward Frances Gifford worked in Erie, Pennsylvania. Byron was first a dentist, then photographer in Forestville. He married Josephine Boschert Gifford 1843–1929. F.M. Gifford lives with his cousin Byron early on in Forestville, listed himself as a photographer in the 1870 census. He appears to leave and go back home to Erie County, NY. Byron is listed as a dentist in 1873, then as a photographer as his sole occupation in 1875. In 1881, he bought Oren Monroe's photography studio at 223-225 Center Street, Dunkirk, Chautauqua County, New York. (Oren Monroe 1826-1900, was born in Canada) There, his son, Fred B. Gifford 1817-1915, joins him in the business. Byron Gifford died in 1908 in Puerto Rico at the age of 68 of a cerebral hemorrhage while visiting his daughter, who married Angel Wenceslas Fernandez of Monacillo, Puerto Rico. His son Fred continues as a photographer at 46 West Fourth Street in Dunkirk, selling the studio in 1915 to E.S. Parker the year of his own death (known to be photographer Evans Stanton Parker 1873-1910) In 1920, records tell us E.S. Parker sold to the business to A.H. Graff. He is known to be Jamestown NY photographer Arthur H. Graff 1865-1957, son of Christiana Sutley Graff and Baltzer Graff, who was married at the time to Minnie Olivia Marlatt Graff. He died in Kent County, Michigan.)
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Flora Mary Thomas Smiley Hall 1861–1944 born in Orleans County, New York, and died in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida.
Her father: Elijah A Thomas 1835-1885
Her mother: Keziah Thomas (lives with Flora in 1910 census, age 73)
Her brother: Perry Thomas (1863-1937)
Her 1st spouse: Ernest Perry Smiley 1850–1951.
Their daughter: Olive Mae Smiley Russell 1887–1957 married Archibald Frank Russell 1885–1959 and had a daughter Madeline Russell 1915–1999.
Her 2nd spouse: August Albert Hall 1869–1948 (August Hall) Swedish, born in Sweden
Flora M. Thomas New York State Census, 1875
Event Place: Busti, Chautauqua, New York
Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter
Birth Year (Estimated) 1862
Household, Age, Birthplace:
Elijah Thomas Father M 48
Kersiah Thomas Wife F 38
Flora M Thomas Daughter F 13
Perry Thomas Son M 9
These 2 original signed photos were found in Brimfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts. Flora is a beauty. One photo shows a wonderful front view of a Flora in her twenties. She wears a beautiful Victorian gold cross and other fancy gold Victorian jewelry. The other photo is a beautiful side view portrait of her with her hair swept back, wearing different clothing, by same photographer, and with the same front inscription. She lived in Busti, New York, established 1823, and named after Paul Busti, a general agent of the Holland Land Company. A rare and amazing set of signed photos.
Size: 2.5 by 4 inches
Note: The original is sold, but you may still purchase large, detailed and intimate 300 dpi high resolution scans of front and back, sent immediately via email. Please check our site carefully, as many may be related to each other that we are unaware of. Click scan to place in your cart. Thank you, enjoy! ~debra (please also join me at Ancestorville Genealogy on facebook. contact info on top bar)
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