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1860's Rev. Reese Alsop CDV Photo, Father of Flicka Author Mary O'Hara

#024: Father of American writer Mary O'Hara, writer of "My Friend Flicka"

On reverse: "Reece Alsop" is handwritten in old period pencil. Photo type: CDV Carte de Visite Photograph, circa 1860s Civil War era. Photographer: Unmarked, Unknown.

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 “hand 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 partial blue 2 cent revenue stamp, which dates it 1864-66.

This family photo is trimmed on 4 corner edges, as seen in photos. It was done to fit into tight paper photo albums, as most were. It does not affect his actual image in any way.

Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Rev. Reese Alsop, D.D., of Brooklyn (Doctor of Divinity) He was rector of St. Ann's Church, Brooklyn Heights from 1886-1909. His full name was Reece Denny Fell Alsop, and we see him referred to as Reese or Reece, Reece D Fell Alsop, and Reece Fell Alsop in public records.

Father: Attorney, Lawyer Richard Alsop
Mother: Maria Alsop
Spouse #1: Mary Lee Spring Alsop, born 1892
Florence Righter Alsop, born 1930
3 Children:
Gulielma Fell Alsop 1881-1978, known as Elma Fell, writer, missionary in China
Reese Denny Alsop 1884-1954, Doctor, Harvard University
Mary O'Hara Alsop, born 1885, Famous writer/author "My Friend Flicka"
Burial: Green Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn

Reese F Alsop in the 1850 United States Federal Census
Age: 12
Birth Year: abt 1838
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Northern Liberties Ward 4, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Household Members: Name Age
Richard Alsop 40 Father, Attorney at Law
Maria Alsop 39
Edward P Alsop 14
Reese F Alsop 12
Caroline Stone 20

Reece Denny Fell Alsop in the U.S., Quaker Meeting Records 1681-1935
Name: Reece D Fell Alsop
Residence Date: 30 Jun 1840
Residence Date on Image: 30 Sixth 1840
Residence Place: Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Father: Robert Alsop
Mother: Maria Alsop
Monthly Meeting: Solebury Monthly Meeting

Reese F Alsop in the 1920 United States Federal Census
Name: Reese F Alsop
Age: 81
Birth Year: abt 1839 (abt 1834)
Birthplace: Indiana
Home in 1920: Brooklyn Assembly District 1, Kings County, New York
Street: Remsen St.
Spouse's Name: Florence R Alsop
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Occupation: Minister
Household Members: Name Age
Reese F Alsop 81
Florence R Alsop 61
Milly Dunkni 32
Bridget McDermott 49

Reese F Alsop in the New York, New York, Death Index 1862-1948
Age: 84
Birth Year: abt 1838
Death Date: 17 Oct 1922
Death Place: Kings, New York

1920 King Co. NY. Brooklyn, NY. Assembly Dist. 1, page 158: ALSOP, Reece F., 80, m, b. IN, minister: Reece Fell ALSOP, died 17 Oct 1922. died 9 Feb 1930 Florence R. 61 f born NJ wife was 2nd wife Florence RIGHTER + 2 servants in household.

His famous writer and screenwriter daughter:
Mary O'Hara Alsop (1885) (Descendant of William Penn)
Father: Reverend Dr. Reese Denny Fell Alsop
Mary Lee Spring Alsop
Grandmother: Mary O'Hara Spring (nee Mary Denny)
1. Gulielma Fell, known as Elma Fell (Also a celebrated writer)
2. Reese Alsop
3. Elizabeth Alsop (known as Bess).

1st Spouse: Kent Kane Parrot
Daughter, O'Hara Parrot, born in 1908, died in her teens
Son, Kay Parrot, born in 1910, known as Ken Parrot
2nd Spouse: Helge Sture-Vasa at Remount Ranch WY
The Last Card (1921)
The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)
Braveheart (1925)
Framed (1927)
Let Us Say Grace (1930)
My Friend Flicka (1941)
Thunderhead (1943)
Green Grass of Wyoming (1946)
The Son of Adam Wyngate (1952)
Novel-in-the-Making (1954)
Wyoming Summer (1963
A Musical in the Making (1966)
Flicka's Friend (1982) autobiography

This is a beautiful Civil War image of a young Reece, holding his large top hat. He is wearing a wool Civil War era sack coat. It was found in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. It appears, although raised a Quaker, that Rev. Alsop later was rector of St. Ann's Church in Brooklyn. We also found the spelling of his unusual surname as Alsup, Allsopp, and Allsop and his first name spelled as Reese or Reece. 

He is the father of famous American writer and screenwriter, Mary O'hara above, who wrote My Friend Flicka. A rare historical piece.

Size: 2.5 x 4 inches
Debra Clifford Ancestorville Genealogy    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. 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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