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Civil War Era Photo Album Spencer and Kilman Families of Niagara area Ontario Canada

This is a beautiful civil war era photo album from the Niagara area of Ontario Canada

Inside are 50 (fifty!) Civil War era cdvs (early photos), Amost aLL have names written under them! The photos are of excellent quality and are crisp and clear, what a treasure for a descendant.

This album is a little unusual in that it has ink names in the album under the photos, plus penciled names on the back (in a different handwriting) and, in some cases, spidery ink writing on the back as well (in a third handwriting)

The photos seem to start around 1860 ish and go up to the 1890s, with most being of the Civil War period.

Ancestor Photos with hand-written entries. Where a location and photographer name was found I have recorded it below:
Handwriting Front of Ancestor Photo Writing on Back of Ancestor Photo Photographer Info Back of Ancestor Photo
  1. baby "Grant Spencer"
  2. young boy "Melvin Spencer"
  3. Jane Carrow
  4. Grandmother Kilman
  5. Mr & Mrs. Robert Kilman
  6. George Gifford & Melvin Spencer (tintype)
  7. Mrs. Ben. Watts
  8. Mr. Andrews
  9. Mrs. Bullock & family
  10. Sam Smith & family
  11. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Garner
  12. Mr. Sternburgh
  13. Mrs. Sternburg. Mary, sister of Grandpa Spencer. Abbie Ward was another sister
  14. Mrs. Robert Spencer Srr
  15. Old Uncle Robert Specner & daughter
  16. Aunt Patty Daniels
  17. Elkaniah Spencer
  18. Tom McCall
  19. nothing written but looks like Elkanah Spencer
  20. Tom Storey (tintype)
  21. Belle Storey
  22. Alice Olds
  23. young girl, no name
  24. Lena Spencer (looks like #23)
  25. Teenage boy "Robert Spencer"
  26. Old man "Morrison Spencer
  27. Jane Ward
  28. Mr & Mrs. Melvin Spencer & Amanda Glover (tintype)
  29. (baby) Roy Garner
  30. 2 boys Civil War era, no names
  31. Jessie Spencer
  32. Lizzie Spencer
  33. Carrie Spencer
  34. Mrs. Davis
  35. Mrs. Hutt
  36. man & woman, no names
  37. The Carrow girls, John Carrow, Mike (tintype)
  38. Mr & Mrs. Henry Monroe & Della
  39. Mrs. Miller & family
  40. Mr & Mrs Stewart
  41. woman, no name, resembles Mrs. Miller #39
  42. Daniels (young boy, no first name)
  43. Mrs. Daniels
  44. Mary Palmerton
  45. child, no name
  46. Jesse Kilman
  47. Mrs. Jesse Kilman
  48. young man, no name
  49. Funeral Memorial Card: In memory of Lena G Killman died Feb. 13, 1877 in the 32nd year of her age, interrred in North Pelham Burying Ground
  50. Leslie Kilman
  1. Grant Spencer (pencil)
  2. Melvin Spencer (pencil)
  3. Jane Carrow (pencil)
  4. Grandmother Kilman (pencil)
  5. Mr & mrs. Robert Kilman (pencil)
  6. white label on back with names
  7. Mrs Ben. Watts (pencil)
  8. Mr. Andrews (pencil)
  9. Mrs Bullock & family (pencil)
  10. in pencil "Sam Smith & family" In spidery ink "Samuel & Cynthia Smith taken in 1860/6 in May, belongs to Ellen C Smith"
  11. Mr & Mrs. Robert Garner (pencil)
  12. Mr. Sternburgh (pencil)
  13. Mrs Sternburg (pencil)
  14. Mrs Robert Spencer Sr (pencil)
  15. nothing written
  16. Aunt Patty Daniels (pencil)
  17. Elkanah Spencer (pencil)
  18. Tom McCall (pencil)
  19. nothing written
  20. label on back
  21. nothing written
  22. nothing written
  23. nothing written
  24. nothing written
  25. nothing written
  26. nothing written
  27. nothing written
  28. nothing written
  29. nothing written
  30. No ID (pencil)
  31. Lizzie Spencer
  32. Jessie Spencer
  33. Carrie Spencer
  34. Mrs Davis
  35. Mrs. Hutt
  36. nothing written
  37. nothing written
  38. nothing written
  39. Mr & Mrs. Stewart
  40. Mrs Miller & family
  41. nothing written
  42. Daniels
  43. Elsie, Love of E. A. C. (in pen, Victorian handwriting)
  44. Mary Palmerton
  45. nothing written
  46. Jesse Kilman
  47. Mrs. Jesse Kilman
  48. nothing written
  49. Hester Spencer (probably the person to whom the funeral card was being sent)
  50. Leslie Kilman
  1. no photographer
  2. no photographer
  3. no photographer
  4. J W Edy & Co. Brantford
  5. no photographer
  6. no photographer
  7. Thos. E. Perkins, Norwich Ontario
  8. no photographer
  9. no photographer
  10. no photographer
  11. John England, Drummondivlle
  12. no photographer
  13. no photographer
  14. St. Catharines
  15. no photographer
  16. no photographer
  17. no photographer
  18. no photographer
  19. no photographer
  20. no photographer
  21. no photographer
  22. no photographer
  23. Hamilton - Bezanson & foster
  24. Hamilton - Bezanson & Foster
  25. no photographer
  26. Thorold - George Grenville
  27. G F Maitland
  28. no photographer
  29. Juno England - Niagara Falls Ontario
  30. No ID (pencil)
  31. Otterville. H. Eggman
  32. no photographer
  33. Otterville. H. Eggman
  34. Edy & Co. Brantford & Scimcoe
  35. no photographer
  36. no photographer
  37. no photographer
  38. no photographer
  39. Dunnvile. Logans
  40. Isaac Horning. Simcoe Canada West
  41. no photographer
  42. Brantford Smith & Edy
  43. no photographer
  44. Simcoe Ontario. H. McMichael
  45. Simcoe. Arthur
  46. St. Catharines. W. Craig
  47. St Catharines. W. Craig
  48. Simcoe. Arthur
  49. Back of funeral card has name only
  50. Toronto. R J Orr
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Sample Photos from Album

Spencer Killman Photos

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.
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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