Lost Faces - Wightman Patee Family Photo Album
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The Vermont Wightman Patee Family Photo Album

The photos range from early tintypes (ca 1860) & CDV (Cartes de Visite) ca 1860-1870 and later cabinet cards.

Surnames: Pattee, Newton, Wightman, Bushnell, Fidler, Noyes, Heath, Deane, Newton, Hurlbut, Gross, Bingham, Wheeler, Smith, Ballard

Locations: Vermont, New York

My personal research on this family indicates that many of the photos are the children and grandchildren of Robert Wightman (1766-1841) and his wife Martha Davis (1778-1827), also of their spouses. The Pattee photos appear to be descendants of Loami Pattee (1762-1832) and wife Priscilla Corliss

There are 44 photo slots in this album with 38 photos and one funeral card. Most are identified. Here is the list of photos as identified in album index in period and some later handwriting


  1. Empty
  2. Empty
  3. Mary (Patee) Newton. Photographer St. Ablans Vermont
  4. Carmin & Edith Patee
  5. Funeral card for Moses Wightman who died 24 October 1890 age 79 years 2 months 1 day
  6. Moses Wightman [empty]
  7. Laura (Bushnell) Wightman
  8. Harrison Pattee
  9. Loose photo circa 1930s-1940s hidden behind another labelled “Mr & Mrs. Fidler, Capitola Pattee”
  10. Sprague Noyes
  11. Dora (Pattee) Noyes [empty]
  12. Moses Pattee
  13. Melvina (Heath) Pattee
  14. John William Deane. Photographer New York
  15. His children. Verso has writing “mary 2 years, Flora 6 months”. Photographer Poultney Vermont
  16. J. W. D. Deane, Poultney Vermont 1879
  17. Alan, Harry & Adell Newton, given to Alan N’s children” [empty]
  18. No name
  19. Betsey (Wightman) Hurlbut. Photographer St. Albans. Vermont
  20. Martha Wightman Gross. Photographer Richford Vermont
  21. James Pattee
  22. Polly Pattee Wightman
  23. John Wightman
  24. Ada (Pattee) Wightman
  25. Frederick Pattee. In a different hand “Grandpa”
  26. Serean (Wightman) Pattee. In a different hand “Grandma”
  27. Adam Wightman
  28. Sarah (Deane) Wightman
  29. 4 tintypes on one page, this is tintype #1 - of young children and babies, no names
  30. tintype #2 on the page
  31. tintype #3 on the page
  32. tintype #4 on the page
  33. Keziah Wightman [tintype]
  34. Betsey Wightman
  35. Ethel Bingham
  36. F. O. Pattee. [He looks like child in #30. There is an unidentified youngster – a girl perhaps – with him
  37. Aunt Betsey & Uncle Adam Hurlbut
  38. Jennie Hurlbut [tintype]
  39. Bert Hurlbut [tintype]
  40. John Hurlbut [tintype]
  41. Young Wightman
  42. Celina (Wheeler) Pattee
  43. Zelia (Smith) Preston
  44. Ellen Ballard [tintype]

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Here is a sample of thumbnail photos from the Patee Wightman Photo Album .
 Patee Wightman Photo Album

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.

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