Fowler Merchant Cambridge New York Family Civil War
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Fowler Merchant Family Photo Album

Civil War Era Family Album with CDVs (Cartes de Visites), circa 1860s.

Surnames: Fowler, Merchant, Keach, Houghton, Lovejoy, Hewitt, Maloney, Tanner, Whitcomb, Sladden, Frazier, Comstock, Gray, Moseley, Center, Lee, Alexander, Fisher, Williams, Cottrell, Burgess

Locations: Cambridge New York, Connecticut, Washington DC


List of photos as identified in album
  • FM-1. Hellen Fowler & J P Merchant
  • FM-2. Elder Keach v=J M Herron, Troy New York
  • FM-3. Wm Houghton [puffy oval] v = Bonta & Curtis, Syracuse New York
  • FM-4. Nn v=2 cent revenue stamp
  • FM-5. Nn v= L F Hurd, So. Adams, Massachusetts
  • FM-6. Nn v= J W Oakes, Williamstown Massachusetts
  • FM-7. Nn v = Bonta & Curtis Syracuse New York
  • FM-8. H H Lovejoy v= L F Hurd, So. Adams, Massachusetts
  • FM-9. Nn
  • FM-10. Amasa Fowler
  • FM-11. F Maloney Hewitt (young teenage girl). V= 2cent revenue stamp
  • FM-12. Luther Tanner [young teenage boy] v= L F hurd, So. Adams Massachusetts
  • FM-13. Alice Whitcomb Sladden v= round ink stamp with “R M Wells, Cambridge New York March 1867”
  • FM-14. Cyrus Frazier v= Henry M Wells Cambridge New York
  • FM-15. Frank & Josephine Fowler v=Henry M Wells Cambridge New York. Ink stamp “Sep. 1866”
  • FM-16. nn v=Henry M Wells Cambridge New York
  • FM-17. Charlotte Comstock Gray
  • FM-18. Lucena Center Mosely v= Henry M Wells Cambridge New York. Ink stamp “Sep 1868”
  • FM-19. Emma J. Lee Alexander v= Henry M Wells Cambridge New York. Ink stamp “april 1866”
  • FM-20. nn v= C H Ravell, Lyons New York
  • FM-21. Mary Jane fisher
  • FM-22. Mary F. Fowler v= torn revenue stamp [ca 1864-1866]
  • FM-23. Cin. Williams v=R H Dewley, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • FM-24. Alice Whitcomb Cottrell v=JK Bundy, New Haven Connecticut
  • FM-25. nn v= Henry M Wells, Cambridge New York
  • FM-26. Herbert C. Merchant [boy] v=Henry M Wells, Cambridge New York
  • FM-27. Stella Burgess [young girl]
  • FM-28. Cornelius Houghton [young man with crutches, deformed hand]
  • FM-29. Ed Houghton, Laura Kelsey’s brother. V= T S McAllister & Co. Washington DC
  • FM-30. Cornelia & Smith P. Fowler, Dewitt Fowler’s children [young children about 3 and 6 years old, circa 1860]

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Many of the individuals in this album are buried in Woodland and Waites Corner Cemeteries in Cambridge New York. See Genealogy research below for details

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.
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Sample Photos from Album

Fowler Family Photo Album

Woodland Cemetery, Cambridge New York
  • WHITCOMB, Eben D. [father of FM-13] d 1901 s/o Joel Whitcomb & Betsey Preston
  • WHITCOMB, Harriet Marcey [mother of FM-13] 1823-1902 wife of Eben and d/o Joshua Marcy & Martha Smith
  • FOWLER, David 1812-1875 s/o Thomas Fowler & Charlotte Dutcher [father of FM-22]
  • FOWLER, Mary F 184_-1920 [FM-22]
  • FOWLER, Mary 1818-1900 d/o Thomas Scott & Eliabeth Cooper, wife of David Fowler [mother of FM-22]
  • FOWLER, Franklin [FM-15], 1828-1916 s/o Benjamin Franklin Fowler & Janette Rich
  • STODDARD, Alice W. 1850-1916, [FM-13] wife of Clarence, d/o Eben Whitcomb & Harriet Moray [sic]
  • COMSTOCK, Phebe 1816-1899 [mother of FM-17] wife of Thomas d/o Thomas Fowler & Charlotte Dutcher
  • COMSTOCK, Thomas 1799-1877 [father of FM-17] s/o Arra Comstock & Esther Ruggles

Waites Corners Cemetery, Cambridge New York
  • MERCHANT, Josiah H [probably FM-1] b Hebron d 1894 age 73, husband of Minerva E Fowler [FM-1?] , s/o Ephraim Merchant & Abigail Houghton.
  • CENTER, Lucena A [FM-18] 1841-1927 wife of Myron Wells Mosely
  • MOSELY Myron Wells 1841-1916
  • FOWLER, Cecilia A 1848-1912 wife of Smith P. Fowler
  • FOWLER, Smith P [FM-30] 1849-1903 husband of Cecilia
  • FOWLER, Dewitt C died 1855 age 27 years
  • FOWLER, Cornelia Maria [FM-30] died 1858 age 4 y 11 months 5 days d/o Daniel [sic but should be Dewitt] C & Henrietta E

1850 Census White Creek, Washington Co. New York

  • FOWLER, Dewitt C 27 farmer b NY
  • Henrietta E 19
  • Smith P 1 [FM-30]
  • MERCHANT, Josiah H 31 Clerk [FM-1?]
  • Minerva E 30
  • Juliette F 3

1860 Census White Creek, Washington Co. New York

  • FOWLER BJ 46 b NY
  • Jennet, 42
  • Frances 21
  • Franklin 21 [FM-15]
  • Josephine H 12 [FM-15]
  • Frederic 7
  • Jeanette 4

1870 Census Hoosick, Rensellaer. New York

  • MOSELEY, Myron W, 28
  • Lucinda [sic] A, 24 b NY [FM-18]
  • Erwin 1

1850 Census Perry, Wyoming Co. New York

  • CENTER Robert 50 NY
  • Salmina? Sabina? 36
  • John 15
  • Eunice 12
  • Lucina 7 [FM-18]
  • Samuel 5

1870 Census Granville, Washington Co. New York

  • LEE, Aanson b ca 1828 NY
  • Jane 1828
  • Emma 1855 [FM-19]
  • Wallace 1857
  • Henry 1860
  • George 1868

1870 Census White Creek, Washington Co. New York

  • WHITCOMB, Eben ca 1818 NH
  • Harriet 1823 NH
  • Alice F 1852 NY [FM-13]
  • MERCHANT, Josiah 1821 NY [FM-1?]
  • Minerva 1821 NY [FM-1?]
  • Juliette 1846
  • Herbert 1853 [FM-26]
  • Edward 1862
  • FOWLER, David 1813 NY
  • Sarah 1818 NY
  • Mary F 1841 [FM-22]
  • FOWLER, William 1825 NY
  • Ellen 1834 [FM-1?] NY
  • Emma 1859
  • BURGESS, John, 52, b VT
  • Helen b VT
  • Stella M 9 b NY [FM-27]
  • John W 8 b NY

Miscellaneous Genealogy

Charles Kelsey married Laura C. Houghton b 1827 Vermont d/o Josiah Houghton & Esther Rising. In 1860 they were in Troy New York, in 1880 Lansingburgh New York. Edward Harmon Houghton [FM-29] born 1840 Vermont died 1881 Washington DC was Laura's brother.

Charlotte Comstock [FM-17] born 1842 Cambridge NY married Stephen Gray in 1872

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