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I found this Civil War era brass bound photo album in an antique store in Shakespeare Ontario. I bought it even though it was expensive. It is in beautiful condition and every photo except one is labelled! It is Canadian, and the families lived in Ontario. Some had roots in Germany, some in New Jersey.


Almost every photo has names in spidery handrwriting. Here's the list of photos, do you recognize any names? Most seem to be circa 1860s, 1870s, a few very early possibly 1850s. I wish they were my family!

I did manage to find a bit on the folks in this album, so be sure you see the notes at the end of this page
  1. Miss. L. Jennings
  2. Four sisters- Rachel & Martha Lee, Mr & Mrs. Bademouth & Carrie [the pic is actually of a family, man and woman and 3 young children. The sisters are LEE sisters - Rachel, Martha, Melissa who married Charles BADENOCH, & Carrie]
  3. Aunt Ruth Edwards
  4. Harry Willson (Willson is always spelled with 2 'l's
  5. Aunt Mary Ann Blundy [ [see photo above -looks like a very early pic circa 1850s]
  6. Maurice Weaver [see photo above]
  7. Florence Lee [sibling of the 4 Lee sisters above]
  8. Aunt Ann [can't read surname! Looks like "Irvine"??]
  9. Rev. John Clark
  10. Oscar & Ella Lee [siblings of the 4 Lee sisters above]
  11. Rev John Lever [see photo above] Photographer: Little Falls, New York
  12. Aunt Sarah Lever [see photo above]
  13. Nicolas Pepper
  14. James Pepper
  15. Orval Shaver
  16. Carrie Lee *FN2
  17. Kate Green nee Mrs. J. Drake [I suspect it is Mrs. J. Drake nee Kate Green!]
  18. John Blundy
  19. unlabbled photo elderly man
  20. Eddie Pepper - photographer: J. Cooper, London Ontario
  21. Rev. John Clark & wife - photographer: F. G. Lewis, Ingersoll Ontario
  22. Martha Lee
  23. Mary Muma
  24. Mr & Mrs. D. Manners or Mannen
  25. Mr. & Mrs. C/E Badenouch
  26. Clarissa Lee - photographer: S. Park's Photograph Gallery, Brantford
  27. Martha Lee
  28. Grandma Pepper [very old lady in old photo] - photographer: S. Park, Brantford, C.W. [note that CW = Canada West. This name changed to Canada West in 1842, then in 1867 it became Ontario. This helps date the photograph to pre-1867]
  29. Francis Pepper
  30. Aunt Rachel Willson - photographer: Smith & --, Brantford, C.W. [note that CW = Canada West. This name changed to Canada West in 1842, then in 1867 it became Ontario. This helps date the photograph to pre-1867] *FN1
  31. Uncle Peter Willson *FN1
  32. Mr & Mrs. George Bell [this is written across two facing pages of the album BUT the photos are of 2 men]
  33. Edd & Frank Willson
  34. Miss Jacobs
  35. Maurice Weaver
  36. Susan Muma
  37. Edd Muma - photographer: J. A. Mann, unreadable location, Ontario
  38. Al. Muma
  39. Mr & Mrs. Heron
  40. Grandma Lee *FN1
  41. Clarissa Lee *FN1
  42. Minnie Willson [see 1881 census for Peter & Rachel Willson and family below]
  43. Lizzie Kitchen
  44. Uncle Andrew Pepper
  45. Aunt Sarah Kitchen
  46. Rev. Mr. Stewart

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Here is a sample of thumbnail photos from the Photo Album .
Lee Wilson Badenoch Photo album

BRANT COUNTY, ONTARIO BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES for Brantford Township - Part 2: Page 611 and Part of Page 612
PETER WILSON, farmer, Brantford P.O., is a son of Obed Wilson, who was born in the State of New Jersey in 1776, and died in Canada in 1847. He grew up in his native State, where he married Hannah Vicebinder, of the same State, born in 1781. In the year 1800 they, with one child, removed to Canada, and finally made their home in the Jersey Settlement in the county of Wentworth. He was through life a farmer, and made a home from the dense wilderness. Of his ten children, Peter is the youngest, and was born in the County of Wentworth in 1819, where he remained until 1849, when he came to the County of Brant, and now owns 210 acres of good land, well improved. he has been through life a farmer, and his present possessions are the result of his own legitimate efforts. he was first married in 1840 to Elizabeth Mulholland, who was born near Beverly, and died in Brant County in 1851. Her children were Harriet, George (deceased), Ruth and Lucinda A. Mr. Wilson's second wife was Rachel Pepper, who is a native of Wentworth County, and is now the mother of five children- Edward, James F., Ida I., Minnie and Wellington.

Found in the 1881 online census:
Name Marital Status Gender Ethnic Origin Age Birthplace Occupation Religion Peter WILSON M Male English 61 O Farmer C. Methodist
Rachael WILSON M Female Irish 50 O C. Methodist
James F WILSON Male English 23 O Farmer C. Methodist
Ida WILSON Female English 21 O C. Methodist
Minnie WILSON Female English 15 O C. Methodist [note that her photo is of a baby, at the most one year old, so her photo can be dated circa 1866]
Wellington WILSON Female English 9 O C. Methodist

Census Place Brantford East, Brant North, Ontario
Family History Library Film 1375900 NA Film Number C-13264 District 160 Sub-district A Division 1 Page Number 33 Household Number 162

Found in the Papple Cemetery, Brant Co:
Lee, Carrie, d. 21 Jun 1892, 24 yrs, 10 mons, 23 dys, dau/o N. Lee
Lee, Clarissa, d. 6 Aug 1871, 20 yrs, 8 mons, dau/o Nicholas & Juliann Lee
Lee, Mary, d. 22 May 1882, 56 yrs, 3 mons, w/o Nicholas Lee
Pepper, James, d. 1 Sep 1862, 26 yrs, 6 mons, 13 dys, son/o Edward & Martha Pepper
plus many Pepper, Muma, Mannen, Kitchen and Shaver burials. This might be the families in this album. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knows these people.

Also found the LEE family in the 1881 online census for Brant County. Notice that the album has photos of Oscar, Ella (Mary Ella in the census), Martha, Florence and Carrie. Florence is a young girl, perhaps 4-6 years old so her photo is likely taken circa 1868-1870. Carrie is a toddler, perhaps one year old so her photo is likely from circa 1868. Perhaps the whole family went to the photographer together.
Name Marital Status Gender Ethnic Origin Age Birthplace Occupation Religion Nicholas LEE M Male German 69 Germany Farmer Weslyan Methodist
Mary LEE M Female Irish 56 O Weslyan Methodist
Martha LEE Female German 26 O Weslyan Methodist
Mary Ella LEE Female German 21 O Weslyan Methodist
Oscar LEE Male German 19 O Weslyan Methodist
Florence LEE Female German 17 O Weslyan Methodist
Carrie LEE Female German 14 O Weslyan Methodist
Charles KITCHEN Male Irish 12 O Weslyan Methodist
Franklin SMITH Male Irish 17 O Weslyan Methodist
Census Place Brantford East, Brant North, Ontario
Family History Library Film 1375900 NA Film Number C-13264 District 160 Sub-district A Division 1 Page Number 27 Household Number 131

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)

CDVís were replaced in the 1870s by Cabinet Cards which were on a larger 4 by 6" card.
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