1860's Martha Freme Wells CDV Photo, MA & IL (Alfred Pennington Wells)
On front: "Martha Freme Wells, age 4 years" is handwritten in clear and fine old early pencil script. Photo type: Victorian Carte de visite CDV Photograph. Photographer: Buel's Gallery, Railroad Street, Great Barrington, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. (known to be Photographer Oscar Buel or Oscar Buell)
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Martha Freme Wells born 1860, lived past 1930
Her Father: Alfred Pennington Wells 1826-1895 born in Colosse, Oswego County, New York NY, and died in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois
Her Mother: Martha Kilbourne 1836-1926 born in Great Barrington, Berkshire County, Massachusetts and died in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois.
They were married 17 Nov, 1857. The family settled around Richmond, in Tazewell County and McHenry County, Illinois and Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois.
Young Martha's siblings:
William Kirk Wells 1858-1867
Martha Freme Wells born 1860, died after 1930
Alfred Kilbourne Wells 1861-1936
Ellen Mary Wells 1863-1927
Julia Frances Wells born 1868
Note: We also found another child with identical name, assumed to be a past relative, who is possibly her father Alfred's sister:
Martha Freme Wells, died Jun. 5, 1831, age 3 yrs 7 mos
Her grave Inscription: Daughter of Alfred & Mary Wells
Buried at the Quaker Cemetery, Oswego County, New York
Martha Freme Wells was born in June 1860 in Illinois. In 1870 and 1880 census she is living with her mother Martha, and father Alfred (born in NY in 1827). Martha is found in the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 censuses. She apparently did not marry, and in 1930 was a stenographer in Chicago. She could not be found in the 1940 census. This photo might have been taken during a trip back to Massachusetts, to visit her mother's family around 1864.
The beautiful ornate and fancy advertising backmark on the photo is typical of the mid 1860's to 1870 Civil War era period. A beautiful piece, a beautiful child.
Size: 2.5 by 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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