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by Maureen A. Taylor

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# Monday, April 07, 2008
Family Travels and Family Photos
Posted by Maureen

Every family has significant events documented in photographs. For immigrant families, that usually meant taking a group picture before a loved one left home. The immigrant also often sent pictures home to show he'd arrived in one piece and was happy.

In some families, photographs don't actually document the travels, they become the icon for the retelling of a family story. Carole Hayden owns two images of women with a baby. She found them in a box of newspaper clippings saved by her great-great-grandmother, Catherine Lavinia Denison (born in 1848). 

When Catherine was a mere 2 years old, her parents took her to Oregon. In those days, that meant boarding a ship and sailing around the tip of South America. Approximately 6,000 other people also made that trip. If you've got an ancestor who decided to settle in Oregon in 1850, you can check his or her name against this online list of pioneers. It's not comprehensive and the Denison family doesn't appear there, but you might get lucky.

Now Catherine's descendant wants to know the significance of these two tintype images. Do they show the same woman?

040708Belieu1.jpg     040708Belieu2.jpg    

Definitely! These images depict the same mother, but is the baby the same?  That depends how many children Catherine Denison had with her husband Asbury Belieu. They married in 1863, and judging from her clothing, these two pictures were taken in the year or two after their marriage. Family history research would provide information on when their children were born and the sex of the babies. The babies in both images appear to be female.

I need to do a little more research before I can answer the rest of Carole's questions. Back next week with more!

By the way, thank you to everyone who added comments about last week's column. You'll have to look at the column and the comments to see my response :)

1860s photos | cased images | children | women
Monday, April 07, 2008 11:22:32 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #  Comments [4]
Tuesday, April 08, 2008 1:27:11 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
How do you know they went by boat? The first overland settlers went in 1836 and they were going in droves by 1843. And I think that is Catherine's descendant looking for info.
Cheryl Rothwell
Wednesday, April 09, 2008 8:55:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Thanks, Cheryl! We've made that change.
Friday, April 11, 2008 2:06:46 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Thanks Cheryl! I'll look into that detail.
Saturday, April 12, 2008 6:42:40 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
John Warren Denison and his wife Naomi Thankful Lankton of CT, parents of Catherine L. Denison went on a schooner to the West with their children. On the trip, Catherine's father died of yellow fever and the youngest child was born. Catherine's mother continued on and settled in Brownsville, OR near her sister.

From the current Denison genealogy by Denison, Peck and Jacobus, page 172: there is this information about the trip West.

"Followed [the] great Western migration of 1849, sailing on Schooner Rochester, Dec 13, from NY, 4th child born Dec 25. He [the father]died of yoellow fever and was buried at sea."
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