Pre-1900 pictures (with a few exceptions) Click on a photo to view an expanded version
If you can help identify any of these, please let me know - Rick



Lizzie Buffham Gorton, second wife of George Gorton I
George Gorton I
Nellie Gorton, daughter of Hugh. The back of this was obviously in contact for a long time with the picture of her mother Jeanett.
Hugh Gorton, brother of George Gorton I
Jenette (sometimes "Jane", "Jenett", etc.) Smith Gorton, wife of Hugh. The back of this was obviously in contact for a long time with the picture of Hugh.
Business card of William Buffham, between 1868 (when he moved to Racine) and 1871 (when he died). William was the father of Anna and Lizzie, wives of George Gorton I.
Eliza Gorton, sister of George Gorton II. Photo is a tintype, probably 1869 (based upon note on the above card) Actual size is about a postage stamp.
Annie Gorton, sister of George Gorton II. Tintype, also probably 1869 Actual size is about a postage stamp.
George Gorton II. Tintype, probably 1869 Actual size is about a postage stamp.
Minnie Gorton, sister of George II. Tintype, probably 1869 Actual size is about a postage stamp.
Helen Dorothea Gorton. C.D.V (Carte-de-Visite) Based upon the assumption that Helen was about 2, this was taken in 1882-1883
Eliza Kirkpatrick Buffham. Photo taken 1897
Eliza Kirkpatrick Buffham. Photo taken 1897, presuming age recorded by George II is correct
Gorton home at 1165 13th St. This is a cropped version of the photo below. George II looks to be a teenager, which means the picture was taken between 1878 (age 13) and 1885 (age 20).
"Original" of the above. Why it is orange-yellow is a puzzle, when the above photo is definitely black and white.
Back of above print
Tostenson family photo, back says about 1873. Anne, holding Sophy; Cora (Thora) in the middle; Gesina Marie next to Ole.
Back of the photo.
Person unknown. Faint writing on the left says "Potters Patent March 7, 1865". Blank back; size is 2.5" x 3.75" Tintype.
Back of card of older woman sitting at a table. C.D.V. Photo taken in Rochdale, England.
Back of card of head and shoulders of older woman. "Honey"? Gorton C.D.V. Photo taken in Rochdale, England.
unknown male teenager standing. C.D.V. photo taken in Racine (Jones & Co.)
Back of unknown woman sitting. However, since this says "Douglas", and George I and Lizzie lived in Douglas in the 1865-1867 timeframe, that this photo is roughly from that time.
Unknown, but definitely related to unknown teen above (if not the same person only younger) Tintype.
No description at all. Darker (of two) prints of this photo. Child sitting on someones lap. Note the very dark right hand of the holder.
Unknown child.
Tru Svenenson. Presumably a photo taken in Norway, by Aug[ust] S. Ludt.
Complete unknown, photograph taken in Arendal, Norway. Possibly Tostenson relative
No identities known. Tintype.
On "Velor" paper; Foto Fahlstrom (O with umlaut) Drammen A1093
Sosten Marie, possibly Toster Marie. (O with umlaut)
Unknown C.D.V. This might be Sophy Tostenson
Unknown; the writing at the bottom of the back is simply too faint to read. Adult might be Tru Svenenson (above)
Text says "Auntie + Grandma". The young woman (Auntie) certainly looks like the mom in the photo above of a woman and 4 children.
Unknown.
This is an odd form factor: it's about 1.5" x 3" The man might be the same person as in the uniform a above.
Another set of unknowns posing for a tintype photo
Same as the two on the left in the above photo
Unknown individual
Translation assistance by Ellen Perkins
Script is:
Til Anne Gregersen! Lad intet dig i Bonnen hindre Til Fader tidt at ile hen; Jblandt die og da vil erindre En dig oprigtag trofast Ven
Iver
(Hard to make out last name)
This is formal written Norwegian; the literal translation is:
Let nithin you in prayer prevent to Father often rush toward Occasionally and and then remember One your sincer faithful friend.
Which translates to:
Let nothing prevent you from praying Rush frequently to God. This will help you to keep in mind a faithful steady friend. Iver(the friend being God)
Note: Anne Gregersen married Ole Tostenson
Unknown.
Unknown.
Unknown.
The photo on the right was inside the paper jacket, so what was seen is the left column. All individuals unknown. Tintype. Pretty whimsical picture, though. Back row, left seems to be carrying a rifle (possibly a cane), 2nd from left is holding a broom; 3rd from left is holding a frothy cup (beer?). The barrel says "Milk on TAP".
Ole Hanson. Whoever he was.
Might this be a photo of Arendal? The blur in the foreground is presumably a moving pedestrian (who wasn't willing to stay still for the long exposure)
Definitely a "Cabinet Card" style photo processed in Arendal.
From appearances, the three leftmost men in the back row and the man sitting on right end, sitting on the ground (front row) may be brothers. Likewise the front row, left most, front row, 3rd person (hands clasped about right leg) and back row, right most may be brothers.
No identities known for sure.
Back side of the "Camp Modoc - 1908" picture postcard
Addressed to Mr. George Grennis, 663 Pomeroy St. Kenosha, WI.
Racine, Wis 11/30/08
Dear Geo. - "Camp Modoc" meet Thursday night 12/3 at our place - 1629 Hamilton St. Be sure to come, we want everybody present. With regards, Chris A.
S&J
Drop me a postal so I'll know you got this. C.
The man on the left, middle row, appears to be related to the leftmost man, front row of the Camp Modoc photo. Also, the man wearing the black bow tie in the back row, center, seems to resemble J.G. Earhuff (dorothy's grandfather)
Back of above photo. Either "92" or "02". Unclear if this is random scribbling, or a year.
Definitely the "Camp Modoc" crew, with wives or girlfriends.
Back says "thanksgiving, 1937". Charles, Dorothy are definitely in this. This is believed to be various Findley family members (names unknown)
Harold Lains' father, grandfather and grandmother Lains about 1855, Troy, Ohio. Daguerrotype
Dorothy Lains' grandfather, John Gottlieb Earhuff. Year of photo unknown.
This appears to be a tintype. Based upon the other photograph of Lizzie Buffham Gorton, this is likely a photo of Lizzie (left) and Anne Buffham Gorton. Anne died in 1862.
This appears to be a tintype. Unknown individual
Tintype. Very faint writing in pencil on the back says "1880 Harold age 4 years, mother". (Harold Lains)

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