Mystery Photos

Since Daguerreotype were popular 1845 - 1855 my guess is this woman was born about 1825.  The picture does not indicate who she is. She has a bright diamond ring and Daguerrotypes were expensive so it does not seem likely that she was a Quaker.

His name is Captain John Powers.  He was a ships captain.  Note with picture states" He was Old Uncle of Alice Austin". From this it can be deduced that he married either:
Harriet Austin b 1820
Elizabeth Austin b 1825
Emeline Adelia Morgan b 1825

Mystery solved, found John and Harriet Powers buried next to Susan Austin in the Quaker Cemetery @ North Collins, NY (see

Now have Harriets Austins death as 1892,she is most likely the mystery women above.

Do you see a similarity between the ears of the middle girl and the lady below?  Do you think it had anything to do with the Quaker custom of not "marrying out of good order" and the limited options?  Where are the groom and ushers?

Could this be Alice Austin's wedding picture?   Alice's father was a Quaker who probably did not attend her wedding since she was "marrying out".  Does she seem unhappy?  Alice is a country girl from Taylor Hollow, NY and married a flamboyant person from Charlestown, MA whom she couldn't have known very well.  Does she look concerned or worried? 

  The man with the derby is George Baliey Loring Wilson.  Are these part of the wedding party above?  Do some look like Quakers and some like they are from Boston area?

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Created 27 Jan 1998