So often in the old records women are not named, or if named, only a first name. Maiden names can be so difficult to find sometimes. And unlabeled photographs are a plague to all of us, but for me, this very old photo really stings. I have no idea who she is. I will claim her as part of my family, but I have no basis other than possession of the photo.
I believe this is an ambrotype which was popular from about 1850 to the mid-1860s. The image is on the back of the glass and is covered on the back with a black sealant. The woman looks fairly old – but life was tougher then, so maybe she’s not all that old. I’m thinking maybe she’s 60-ish. What do you think? If you see any more clues, please let me know. I’m going to look at the birthdates for women that might fit into this range. The other thing is several of my branches probably couldn’t afford a photograph, so that might help limit it too. But I will never know for sure.
I’m going to keep the image nearby. She will become a symbol of those nameless women in our family trees. I want to know her story.