White Family Photo Album

Colorized scan of White name sketched by Abbie Ester Ballou (1851-97) in her music book, before her marriage to Frank Edger White.

There are 54 pictures from the White Family Album. From the clothing, we surmised that most were taken in the mid to late 19th century. As you see, many are not identified. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Other pictures are from various Winter and White family members. Two photographers produced photos in album. Nicholas Ghirardini, 122 Westminster St., Providence, RI, 1862-71. H. Q. Morton, artistic photographer, 171 Westminster St., Providence, RI. He operated at this address from 1873-1881. He continued in Providence for many years. A 2 cent Washington RS Proprietary Stamp in the album dates from 1862-71.

The book was bound by the Roberts Brothers of Boston. The Roberts Brothers were "bookbinders" from 1857 until 1862 (offices successively at: 120 Washington St.; Temple Place; 149 Washington St.) Beginning in 1862 they were also makers of "photograph albums." In 1863, Thomas Niles, Jr. began working at the firm. He became partner some years thereafter and remained with the Roberts Brothers until his death in 1894. By 1873 the firm was listed under the names of just Lewis Roberts and Thomas Niles. After several decades on Washington Street across from Old South Meeting House, the business moved to Somerset Street in the 1880s.

As publishers, the Roberts Brothers made their name in 1868 with the publication of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, a best-seller. It featured illustrations by Alcott's sister, May Alcott, who also appeared as a character (Amy) in the book.

 

Album Cover, Spine, Gilded Leaves with Clasp
Bound by Roberts Brothers, Boston, ca 1866

 

White Family 19th Century Photo Album

0. Album
1. Album
2. Likely Charles Josiah Allen (1854-1932) brother of Frances “Fannie” Allen Maxcy, Fruit farmer & Auctioneer.
3. Frances Maria Allen(Fannie) Maxcy, b Attlebora (1856-1932)
Maxey connection with Whites is not known.
4. Poem about Album
5. Ruth Emilie Ballou Howard
Sister of Abbie Ester Ballou
6. Ruth Emily Tressora Howard
7. Deronza White(1801-66)
Father of Frank Edgar White

8. Almira Aldrich White (1807-40)
(Mrs. Deronza White)
Mother of Frank Edgar White

9. Alden Deronza White (1884-1958)
10. Young Woman Ponytail
11. Edwin Alonzo White (1829-)
12. Sarah J. Bowen White (1836-) (Mrs E. Alonzo White)
13. Little Girl In Front of Chair
14.Standing Boy in Suit-Son

15. Looks like other pictures of Sarah J. Bowen White (1836-) (Mrs E. Alonzo White), however eyes may be dark, not blue.

16.Woman, Black Dress
17. May be same man as picture 41

18. Woman, Hand on Chair

19. Young Woman, May be daughter of No. 18, simply a speculation.
20. Man in Chair, Suit
21. Seated Lady, Full Skirt
22. Lady, Hand on Chair-Mother of Son, Picture 14. Baseboard, wall and rug are the same.
23. Portrait of woman with glasses.
24. Portrait of Man, style suggest husband of No. 23.
25. Stern Lady
26.White Bearded Man
27. Amos Theodore Read (1838-1911)
28. Betsy D. (Bessie) Read
1st Wife of Amos T. Read (1848-?}
29. Young Man
30. Young Woman, Flower Chair
31.Young Man, tintype.
32. Woman, Book, Table, Curtain
I believe this might be a sister of close relative Sarah J. Bowen White (1836-) (Mrs E. Alonzo White), she is pictured in No. 12.
33.Woman, Collar, Ear Ring
34.Young Woman, Earring & Necklace
35. Looks somewhat like Bessie Read also picture 28. 1st Wife of Amos T. Read (1848-?}
36. Bearded Man Seated
37. Military Man?
38. H. Q. Morton operated this studio from 1873 to 1981.
39. Baby in Chair White

40. Frances Maria Allen (Fannie) Maxcy, b. Attleboro (1856-1934)

41. Maybe same man as picture 17, however no mustache, Charles Josiah Allen

42.White Album Photographer, N. Ghirardini, 122 Westminster St., Providence, Formerly 41 Westmniter Street.

US 2 cent Internal Revenue Proprietary Stamp, 1862-71. (Some pictures in the album clearly post date this period.

43.Woman with Bow

44. Woman with book.

45. Unknown child
46. Baby Unknown
47. Maybe a young Frank Edgar White.
48. Unknown
49. Clara White (1866-?)
Daughter of E. Alonzo & Sarah White

50. Almira Augusta White Read (1847-1927)
54. Album Backplate

Groupings which may help with identifications

17. Maybe same man as 41. (Cropped version of 17)
41. Maybe same man as 17 (shown at left.)
Charles Josiah Allen from Paine Cemetery, Attleboro. This appears to confirm the id of No. 41 man above. Eye color appears the same. However photo at right is difficult to determine eye color. The photo above clearly shows blue eyes.
2. Likely Charles Josiah Allen (1854-1932) brother of Frances “Fannie” Allen Maxcy, Fruit farmer & Auctioneer.

Alonzo, Sarah Jane and Clara White

Sarah Jane, Edwin Alonzo & Clara White (Edwin was half-brother to Frank Edgar White). This photo is not in the album. Put here for comparison.
11. Edwin Alonzo White (1829-?)
12. Sarah J. Bowen White (1836- ?) (Mrs E. Alonzo White)
32. Woman, Book, Table, Curtain
I believe this mght be sister or close relative of Sarah J. Bowen White (1836-) (Mrs E. Alonzo White), she is pictured in No. 12.

15. Looks like other pictures of Sarah J. Bowen White (1836-) (Mrs E. Alonzo White), however eyes may be dark, not blue.

49. Clara White (1866-) Daughter E.Alonzo&Sarah White. Clara is identified in the album in pen. Must be quite young here as she looks different in the tintype with her parents above.

Bessie Read

28. Betsy D. (Bessie) Read
1st Wife of Amos T. Read (1848-?} She is identified in album.

35. Looks somewhat like Bessie Read also picture 28. 1st Wife of Amos T. Read (1848-?} Maybe her mother.

Mother-Daughter

32. Woman, Book, Table, Curtain
I believe this might be a sister of close relative Sarah J. Bowen White (1836-) (Mrs E. Alonzo White), she is pictured in No. 12.
19.Young Woman, May be Daughter. Table, carpet and book are the same as No. 32. The book appears to be an album like this one.

Frank Edgar White

29. Young Man
47. Maybe a young Frank Edgar White
Frank Edgar White photoshopped to remove beard and mustache and flipped 180 degrees. Original below.
FrankEdgarWhite (1856-1936)
Peg, Ida, and Allan George about 1926