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Ells Family Photo Album

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

Album #28 ELLS

Album is in very poor condition, covers are ripped off. Originally had brass around edges of cover, and on decal on front cover. Double brass clasps. One is stamped "W M DEPOSE"

Note: My additional research notes are inside [ ] I welcome corrections or additions to my research from descendants.

Surnames: Ells, Smith, Turner, Harley, Stanley, Ennis, Knowlton, Phelps, Comstock, Gaylord, Watrus, Rush, Rust, Rogers, Heath, Andress, davis, Boughton, Palmer, Spratt, Morse

Locations: Ohio, New York, Michigan, Ontario, Indiana

Handwritten entries on album pages:
  • E-1. Granda[ma] Smith [probabaly Sarah Evaline Ells Smith who was d/o Aaron Gregory Ells & Huldah Heath]
  • E-2. No name. Tintype
  • E-3. Ma. Tintype [my research indicates it is likely that this is Eva Smith who married Orson Odell. Eva d/o Henry Smith & Sarah Evaline Ells ("Grandma Smith") This would mean that the owner of the album and the person who wrote the names was one of Eva Odell's children]
  • E-4. Loose picture tucked behind another. No name
  • E-5. Earle. Ph: S C Arnold, Ottawa O. 1890 [probably Leo Earl Odell s/o Orson Odell & Eva Eugenia Smith. Eva d/o Sarah Evaline Ells & Henry Smith]
  • E-6. Zalma. Tintype young child [Zelma Evaline Ells born 1884 Michigan, d/o James Adelburt Ells & Mary Jane McGregor OR Zelma Odell d/o Orson Odell & Eva Eugenia Smith. Eva d/o Sarah Evaline Ells & Henry Smith. James Adelburt Ells s/o Aaron Gregory Ells & Huldah Heath]
  • E-7. Lena Turner. Tintype of a baby [probably Lena Hilda Turner d/o James Turner & Mehitable Amand Ells. Mehitable was d/o Aaron Gregory Ells & Huldah Heath]
  • E-8. Jennie Ells. Ph: H S Mason, Medina Ohio [ I think this is Genevieve Fleigle wife of Zerah Delos Ells, s/o James Adelburt Ells & Mary Jane McGregor]
  • E-9. Stella Ells Ph: Clayton & Stilse, Saginaw City Michigan [Estella Jane Els born 1875 Midland Michigan, d/o James Adelburt Els & Mary Jane McGregor]
  • E-10. Maude Ells. A baby. [Maude Huldah Ells born 1876, d/o James Adelburt Els & Mary Jane McGregor
  • E-11. No name. Tintype of baby. Verso=”aged 4 months”
  • E-12. Nella/Nells Harley & Maxine Stanley Verso=”Maxine Grace Stanley, 8 weeks old”
  • E-13. James Ells Ph: Colburn’s, Bay City Michigan [James Adelburt Ells born 1843 Cayuga NY s/o Aaron Ells & Huldah Heath]
  • E-14. Mary J. Ells Ph: Colburn’s, Bay City Michigan [Mary Jane McGregor born 1854 Peterborough Ontario Canada, wife of James Adelburt Ells]
  • E-15. Aunt Em Ennis’ baby [This is a post mortem photo which seems strange to us now but was the norm for mourning the loss of a little one]
  • E-16. Aunt Em Ennis [probably Emma Smith born circa 1854 Ohio, d/o Henry Smith & Sarah Eveline Ells. Sarah was d/o Aaron Gregory Ells & Huldah Heath]
  • E-17. Grandma Smith. Tintype [possibly Sarah Eveline Ells who md. Henry Smith. Sarah was d/o Aaron Gregory Ells & Huldah Heath]
  • E-18. Ma & Aunt Rose
  • E-19. Julia Knowlton & Bertie. Verso=“Bertie A. Knowlton” Webb & Chapin, Meridian NY
  • E-20. No name
  • E-21. Zurah[?] Phelps [man] Ph: Miss L. A. Gillet, Saline Michigan
  • E-22. Amanda Phelps Ph: Miss L. A. Gillet, Saline Michigan
  • E-23. Hannah Comstock Ph: Cleveland Ohio [A Hannah Comstock married John Ells. john born ca 1780 CT. Hannah died 1875 CT]
  • E-24. no name
  • E-25. Mr Gaylord
  • E-26. Mrs. Gaylord [may be Hannah Ells born Windham NY d/o Nathaniel & Hannah Hoyt Ells]
  • E-27. Asa Knowlton
  • E-28. Julia Knowlton
  • E-29. no name
  • E-30. no name
  • E-31. Mr. Watrus
  • E-32. Mrs. Watrus
  • E-33. Henry Rust/Rush Ph: Freemont Ohio
  • E-34. Smith Rogers [Smith Rogers s/o Joel Rogers & Betsey Ells. Betsey b. ca 1796 CT]
  • E-35. Benjamin Rogers & wife Ph: Clyde, Ohio [probably Benjamin E. Rogers brother to Smith Rogers. Benjamin b. 1839 Norwalk Ohio m1 Almina Buck m2 Belinda Malcolm]
  • E-36. no name
  • E-37. Z. D. Ells [Zerah Delos Ells, born 1887 Michigan s/o James Adelburt Ells & Mary Jane McGregor] Ph: Medina Ohio
  • E-38. Salden Heath Ph: Buffalo NY
  • E-39. Mr. Andress
  • E-40. Mrs. Andress
  • E-41. Emory Davis Ph: Plymouth Ohio
  • E-42. Lyn/Lyon Boughton
  • E-43. Selo
  • E-44. no name
  • E-45. John Williams. Gem Tintype
  • E-46. Mary Palmer Ph: Norwalk Ohio [My research found a Mary Eva Palmer d/o Wright Palmer who was s/o Sally Ells who was sister of Aaron Gregory Ells]
  • E-47. Mrs. Polly Spratt
  • E-48. Frank Morse Also on photo front: ”Yours truly, E. F. Morse”
  • E-49. Tintype young child
  • E-50. Arrie [probably Orrie Odell s/o Orson Odell & Eva Eugenia Smith. Eva d/o Sarah Evaline Ells & Henry Smith]

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 Ells  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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