1864 Georgia Page King Smith Wilder CDV Photo, Savannah, Georgia
On reverse: "Georgia Page King Wilder (wife of J.J.J. Wilder)" is handwritten in old dip pen ink. Type of Photo: Original Vintage Victorian Trimmed CDV size Albumen Photo, signed. It has a partial 3 cent revenue stamp affixed to the back of the photo. Photographer: Fredricks & Co., 179 Fifth Avenue, Madison Square, New York City, Kings County. This has some scraping damage, but can be read. (known to be George Fredericks and Linson D. Fredericks or Linson Fredericks. Earlier they were in business in the Bowery. The 179 Fifth Ave. address appears through 1867-68 NY Business Directories, and later the business was known as Fredericks & O'Neil)
Note: In August 1864 to August 1866, the US government taxed photographs to help pay for the American Civil war. Revenue stamps were placed on the back of photos, and "cancelled" by the photographer. CDV's with revenue stamps are collectible for stamp and vintage photography collectors. It is a way to date a Civil War era photograph. This CDV has a 3 cent revenue stamp.
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Georgia Page King Smith Wilder 1833-1914 born and died in Georgia
Thomas Butler King 1800-1864
Anna Matilda Page King 1798-1859
Hannah Page King Couper 1825-1896
William Page King 1826-1833
Thomas Butler King 1829-1859
Henry Lord Page King 1831-1862
Georgia Page King Wilder 1833-1914
Florence Barclay King Jackson 1834-1912
Mallery Page King 1836-1899
Virginia Lord Nisbet 1837-1901
Richard Cuyler King 1842-1913
Her 2 Husbands:
1. Civil War Confederate Brigadier General William Duncan Smith 1825-1862, who died during the war in Charleston, South Carolina.
2. Joseph John Wilder 1844-1900, known as J.J. Wilder or J.J.J. Wilder. He was of a well known southern cotton merchant family in Savannah. J.J. Wilder was a student in Germany and away from America during most of the Civil War.
Her daughter Anna Wilder:
Anna Page Wilder 1873-1956, was the daughter of Georgia Page King and Joseph John Wilder. In 1895, she married Savannah, Georgia merchant Jefferson Randolph Anderson 1861-1950, a descendant of the family of Stites, Anderson and Wayne Genealogy. He was a Savannah lawyer, and a member of the Georgia Senate. He is said to be descended from Thomas Jefferson. Both she and her husband Joseph are listed in a book entitled: The Descendants of the Presidents, by R. Whitney Tucker; Chapter 3, related to Thomas Jefferson.
Georgia is buried at Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia with her husband Joseph Wilder.
From Book: GEORGIA: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form (IN THREE VOLUMES) EDITED BY Ex Georgia Governor Allen D. Candler & General Clement A. Evans, VOLUME III, State Historical Association, ATLANTA 1906: "Joseph John Wilder, for many years a prominent figure in the commercial and political life of Savannah, Ga., was born in that city, Jan. 5, 1844, and died at Oakton, Marietta, Ga., Sept. 10, 1900. Joseph John Wilder's first ancestor in America was Thomas Wilder of Sulham House, Berks, England, who emigrated to Massachusetts prior to 1640, and whose son, Capt. Thomas Wilder, served in King William's war 1689-1697, and in Queen Anne's war 1701-1713. Among his ancestors was Capt. David Wilder who served in the French and Indian wars prior to the Revolution, and who was captain in the twenty-third regiment of foot in the Continental army. His powder horn, with the inscription that he was serving in camps near Ticonderoga in the year 1760, is still in the possession of the family. Joseph John Wilder was a son of John Randolph and Anne Drucilla Lewis Wilder. The father was born at Providence, Rhode Island, March 18, 1816, and the mother in Liberty County, Georgia in 1818. Both parents died in Oakton, Marietta, the father, on Nov. 1, 1879, and the mother on May 22, 1877. After attending the home school, Mr. Wilder spent some time in Europe where he went to an English school in Darmstadt, and afterwards to the Universities of Bonn and Heidelberg in Germany, and Paris, France. Mr. Wilder was a merchant of marked ability and strict integrity, honored and respected. He engaged in business in Savannah, succeeding his father, John Randolph Wilder, of the firm of Wilder & Co., which, for many years, and up to the time of his death, was regarded as one of the leading shipping and cotton exporting houses in Savannah. In 1887 he served as a member of the board of aldermen of that city, and was for a time chairman of the board. In 1879 he succeeded his father as consul of the Russian government in Savannah and held that position until his death. He was a member of the Protestant Episcopal church and in politics was a Democrat. He was married on June 9, 1870, to Georgia Page King Smith, daughter of Hon. Thomas Butler King and Anna Matilda Page of Retreat, St. Simons Island, Georgia. Anne Page, the only child of Joseph John Wilder and Georgia Page King, was born on April 15. 1873, and was married to Hon. Jefferson Randolph Anderson of Savannah, Ga., on Nov. 27. 1895."
Interesting and Important Family & Genealogy Notes:
1. The Georgia Historical Society (GHS) has a clipping from the mane of Georgia King Smith's horse named Graziella, that you may view online!
2. The following book is the story of this family: "The story of the Page-King Family of Retreat Plantation, St. Simons Island and of the Golden Isles of Georgia; published in 1950 by Author Florence Marye.
3. Eugenia Price 1917-1996 was a beloved New York Times bestselling author of 39 books, with over 40 million copies sold. She is best known for her historical romantic antebellum novels, especially with the history of St. Simons Island, Georgia related to these specific families.
4. The King and Wilder families papers 1817-1946: The collection is currently held at the Georgia Historical Society. There is also a book entitled "Anna: The Letters of a St. Simons Island Plantation Mistress, 1817-1859" by Anna Matilda King: University of Georgia Press, 2010: It contains 150 letters relating to this King family.
This is a rare, one of a kind original family photo of a southern plantation family with roots in cotton production and distribution, African American slavery, The Revolutionary War, The American Civil War and Savannah, Georgia history. This original photo of Georgia Page King Smith Wilder was found in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2015.
Size: 2.5 x 3 inches
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