Lost Faces - Coon Chapin Family Civil War
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Coon Chapin Family Photo Album

Civil War Era Coon Chapin Family Album with CDVs (Cartes de Visites), circa 1860 & 1870s. Surnames include Coon, Chapin, Stickney, Austin, Harvey, Yates, Streeter, Hutchins, Young, Hall, Palmer, Smit, Elias, Tenney. Locations include Ohio, Illinois, New Hampshire, Wisconsin. The Coon family originated in New York, the Chapin family in New Hampsire. Some COON branches lived in Berrien Michigan, others in Ohio.


Small brown album. Exterior of Album: A bit of gold gilt remains in the embossed areas. A celluloid type medallion of a boy and girl is on the front & on the back a young couple as well as white milk glass "feet". Tombstone cutouts single photo pages. Measurements: 4 x 5 1/4 x 2 1/4.

Inside cover: “Book cover patented July 1864, October 17, 1865”

First page: “Patent. Photographs, Philadelphia, William W. Harding, 326 Chestnut St”

List of photos, with Lorine's research notes in square brackets [ ]
  • CC-1. Empty “Julius Stickney & Emma Coon” [b 1847 OH, sis to Coral, her hubby Julius S.]
  • CC-2. “A. A. Austin” V: F. Clapsadel, Photographic Artist, Wilcox Block, Main St. Painesville Ohio
  • CC-3. empty
  • CC-4. “Will Chapin” V: “Will Chapin”. From A. Milt. Lapham, City Art Gallery, Decatur ILL
  • CC-5. “Frank Chapin”
  • CC-6. “Mattie Harvey Coon” Tintype [md Coral Merrit Coon]
  • CC-7. “Emma Elias 1868” V: “E. A. Elias, mother and father so dear. Sunday July 11, 1869” B F Marsh, Photographer & Ambrotypist at NO. 43 Painesville Ohio
  • CC-8. empty “Frank Coon” ” [Frank b 1856 MI, bro to Coral, md #9]
  • CC-9. empty “Rosa Kelly Coon” [Rosa b 1859 MI md Frank Coon, bro to Coral, #8]
  • CC-10. empty “Charlie B. Drake
  • CC-11. “Mattie M Harvey” tintype [md Coral Merrit Coon]
  • CC-12. “Charlie & Mary Coon” tintype [b 1845 OH, bro to Coral Merrit Coon, md Mary Jane Price]
  • CC-13. no name. Little girl
  • CC-14. man. Tintype. No name
  • CC-15. no name. Couple + child. Tintype
  • CC-16. “Edson Yates” tintype in matte [b 1864 s/o Abram & Eliza]
  • CC-17. “Streeter” very early photo, fancy oval frame. V: “Ruston Streeter”
  • CC-18. empty “Matties Organ?
  • CC-19. “Lucy Stickney” (child) V. “Lucy Stickney” [d/o Emma Coon + Julius Stickney, Emma d/o Manly + Almira]
  • CC-20. small thumbnail tintype in oval frame “Charles Chapin”
  • CC-21. empty “Cora J Harvey” [b 1855 sis to Mattie who m Coral Coon]
  • CC-22. “Sallie Austin”
  • CC-23. “Freddie Austin” young boy. V: J H Crowns, Photographer, Fox Lake, Wis. Branch at Cambria Wis.
  • CC-24. “John Hutchins” child [b 1867 MI s/o Orange Hutchins + Mary Coon sis to Coral]
  • CC-25. tintype in tombstone matte. “Manly B Coon” [Manley Bartholomew Coon md Almira Tenny Chapin #26, father of Coral M. Coon]
  • CC-26. tintype in oval matte “Almira Coon” [nee Chapin md #25, mother of Coral M. Coon]
  • CC-27. handtinted tintype “Jim Young”
  • CC-28. thumbnail tintype in oval frame “George Coon” [brother of Coral?]
  • CC-29. “Jennie Hall” V: W. P. Chapin, Walpole, NH [Cheshire Co]
  • CC-30. “Gertie Smith” child V: “Gertie Smith”
  • CC-31. empty
  • CC-32. empty “George Coon --- Hastings”
  • CC-33. tintype in oval matte. “Coral Coon, 3 years old” [born 10 May 1868 MI]
  • CC-34. empty “Coral Merritt Coon, age 15 years”
  • CC-35. tintype. erased writing “3 years old” (mislabelled - photo is a woman who looks like an older Almira Harvey, mother of Coral Coon)
  • CC-36. empty “Coral M. Coon”
  • CC-37. “Bessie Palmer” baby
  • CC-38. tintype couple and baby. No names. Duplicate of Photo #15

Purchase Your Ancestor Photo in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1: Write down the Album #. Example: #55
Step 2: Write down the Name & Number of each photo you are interested in. Example: MA-2, MA-15
Step 3: Place your order for individual quality photographic reproductions

Types of Early Photographs

The type of photograph in an album helps to date the album

Daguerreotypes (ca 1839)

Photography in USA began circa 1839 but not many are found before 1854.

Ambrotypes (circa 1854)

The ambrotype was a glass negative backed with black material so it appeared as a positive image

Tintypes (ca 1855)

The Ferrotype process (tintypes) was introduced in the United States in 1855. It substituted an iron plate for glass and is one of a kind. No copies could be made from a tintype.

Carte de Visite or CDVs (ca 1859)

CDV stands for carte de visite. CDVs replaced ambrotypes, producing a card 2.5 by 4" CDVs arrived in the United States around 1859, on the eve of the Civil War (1861-1865). On June 30, 1864 a tax on photographs, ambrotypes, daguerreotypes and other "sun-pictures" went into effect. Tax Revenue Stamps had to be placed on the backs of photographs from that date (1864) until August 1, 1866. This helps date CDVs taken in this time period.

Cabinet Cards (circa 1870)

CDV’s were replaced in the 1870s by Cabinet Cards which were on a larger 4 by 6" card.
I am pleased to now offer individual photographic reproductions for sale! You can purchase a photographic reproduction of any family photo from my albums. I have rescued over 2500 one-of-a-kind identified family photos taken 1850 to 1900.

Here is an example from the Coon Chapin Album. Note that Memory Books do not have the copyright logo across photo!
Charlie & Mary Coon, Coon Chapin Family Photo Album

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