Grace Sprague, Carroll Aubin Miller, Claribel Miller, Jena Haley, Alfarata Miller, Viola Sprague. Album 2. Page 51. This is one of the rare snapshots included in the Chapman albums. Also rare is the setting, outdoors in North Adams, Massachusetts where Arabella and Charles Miller lived with their children in the early years of their family. This […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Pleasure Island. Tintype. Album 2. Page 49. Here is one of the rare family group shots included in the Chapman albums. Its caption notes that the figures include “Ma Miller,” Arabella herself seated next to her sister Harriet Alfarata Chapman. At their feet are Arabella’s children: (l. to r. Claribel, Harriet Alfarata, and Carroll Aubin . The upper […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
John T. Chapman, John R. Chapman, Mr. Brent. Tintype.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.
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.
Thomas, Charles, William, and John Jones. Haines & Wicks, Albany, NY. CDV. Album 1. Page 30.Continue Reading... No Comments.