1864-66 Martha Schuyler Civil War era Tintype Photo, Little Falls NY
Martha Schuyler 1864 CDV Photo Little Falls NY Civil War era Vintage Tintype Photograph #579:
-1860's Civil War era Tintype photo
-Little Falls NY History, Herkimer County NY
-An original antique photo, when sold, no more
-Schuyler Genealogy, Law Genealogy, Law family Genealogy
-Taken by 19th c. Little Falls NY & Cazenovia, Onondaga County NY Photographer Samuel Lawrence Law (also known as L. Law or Lawrence Law)
On reverse: "Marthey Schuyler" (or Marthy) is handwritten in old period pencil script on reverse. "Marthey" is seen in census records as an affectionate nickname for Martha. She appears to be about 18-20 years old. Photo type: CDV size matted Tintype Photograph in decorative paper sleeve. Date: 1860’s Victorian era. Photographer: stamped L. Law, Main Street, Little Falls, New York, Herkimer County. (known to be Lawrence Law, see info below)
NOTE: This tintype photo has a revenue stamp on the reverse with an X marked over it. In 1864-66 the US government taxed photography to help pay for the American Civil war. Revenue stamps were placed on the back of photos, and "cancelled" by the photographer. CDV's & Tintypes with revenue stamps are collectible in their own right for stamp collectors and vintage photography collectors. It is a wonderful way to date a Civil War era photograph.
L. Law, know to be a Photographer of Daguerreotype and CDV Photos: Samuel "Lawrence" Law was born c. 1832 in Manchester, Lancashire, England to Samuel Lawrence Law Sr., a cotton spinner & Sarah Booth, a spinster, who married in 1829. Lawrence came to America in 1851, at approx age 20, aboard the ship Tuscarora into Philadelphia PA. He is listed in the 1860 census living with the John Firth family: Margaret Firth, Jabez Firth and Elizabeth Firth, whose occupation was a weaver in Marcellus NY, Onondaga County NY. John Firth was born in England and most likely family or a family friend.
Interestingly, a Martha Law is also listed as residing in that household, born in England and the approx same age as Lawrence. She disappears off the census after that. Was she a sister? family member? his first wife? We do not know. Is this her?
Lawrence was then married in Fayetteville, Onondaga, NY to Sarah Amelia Eastman, born in 1839 in Onondaga County, NY. They had 2 children, Eva Eastman Law, b. 1864, and Floyd Lewis / Louis Law, b. 1861. Lawrence Law is listed in the U.S. City Directories Syracuse NY 1864 at 92 Marcellus, Syracuse, New York as a Photographer, Daguerreian Artist. Sarah died just a year after Eva was born, and in 1870, Lawrence was living in Knoxville, Knox County, Illinois with his next wife Eunice C. Law, and 2 children with Sarah; Floyd Louis Law and Eva Eastman Law (later she is Eva Eastman Law Norton Harrison, first married to George Norton of Los Angeles, California) Lawrence Law is then listed as a weaver in Illinois, and we can find no record of any further photography work. We do not know his original connection to Little Falls NY, Herkimer County when he took this photo, although there are Law ancestors there, as well as in Syracuse.
We also found records that his parents had another son Baptised on 6 Mar 1853 at St Paul, Royton, Lancashire, England named Henry Edward Law (Son of Samuel Lawrence Law & Sarah Booth) Area: Haggate. This would be Lawrence Law's half brother with 20 years between them. We cannot find Lawrence Law's death or whereabouts after living in Illinois, nor why he might have gone to that area. We do see a photographer in Little Falls listed later in the 19th century as Law & Baum. We believe this to be photographer Asa C. Baum, but cannot find who his partner named Law was. We'd love more info!
Source: EASTMAN FAMILY OF AMERICA: Marriage: Aug. 15, 1860: Samuel Lawrence Law (Photographer, Daguerreotype artist) to Sarah A. Eastman, daughter of David Eastman (1811-1885) & Olive Brown Eastman (originally of Canada) Sarah Amelia Law, born in Manlius NY, Oct. 23, 1839 and died March 23, 1865, married in Fayetteville, NY to Lawrence Law.
Of course we wonder if this photo is the elusive Martha Law he is seen living with in Syracuse / Marcellus NY in the 1860 census with the English John Firth family. We have done as much work as possible on this early daguerreian photographer, but would love more info. This old tintype photo was found in Schoharie, New York, NY Schoharie County. Identified tintypes are uncommon, and this is a beautiful 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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