Charles Chapman. Tintype. Album 2. Page 22. Charles Chapman was Arabella’s younger brother. Here he is as a boy, posing for a studio portrait. Read more about Charles here.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Harriet Alfarata Chapman. Tintype. Album 2. Page 16. Twelve years separated Arabella from her younger sister Harriet Alfarata. The two were raised together in their parents’ Albany home until Arabella’s marriage in 1886. In 1890, The New York Age reported that Alfarata had entered a school of stenography and typewriting, and would go on to a […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Arabella Chapman & Harriet Chapman. Tintype. Album 2. Page 15. This portrait of Arabella and her mother Harriet is captioned by Alfarata “Ma and Grandma.” Harriet Chapman was born in 1833 in Paterson, New Jersey. Whether she was born enslaved or free we cannot say; slavery was not wholly abolished in that state until the ratification […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Clarence Miller. McDonald & Sterry, Albany, NY. CDV. Album 2. Page 14. We know little about the early life of Clarence Blake Miller. By 1883, he was a young man reported by the New York Globe as having “returned to the city to accept a political position.” The Globe and the New York Freeman occasionally chronicled […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Alice Chapman. Tintype. Album 2. Image 13.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Belle Chapman (Will’s). Tintype. Album 2. Page 12. We know too little about the image of this infant. Alfarata’s penciled caption suggest that it may be an image of Belle, the daughter of Arabella’s brother William. Perhaps the child was named for Arabella, and known as her Aunt was by the diminutive Belle.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Charles & Mary Chapman. Tintype. Charles Chapman was Arabella’s youngest brother. He is photographed here with his wife Mary. The caption reads “Mary Chapman + Charlie.” By the 1880 census, 15 year old Charles Chapman was a waiter in a hotel, like his father who was head waiter at Albany’s Delavan Hotel. The records of the Albany […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Arabella Chapman, John R. Chapman, John T. Chapman. Tintype. Album 2. Page 9. This studio portrait features (l. to r.) Arabella Chapman, her father John R. Chapman, and her brother John T. Chapman Jr. This examples illustrates how the album changed hands over time, likely being passed down from Arabella to her daughter Alfarata. Note […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Arabella Chapman. Tintype. Album 2. Page 8.Continue Reading... 1 Comment.