Jeffrey family photographs

Abstract

The Jeffrey Family photographs, (dated 1861- circa 1900; 0.5 cubic feet; 76 items) consists of tintypes, albumen cartes de visite, and gelatin silver prints of the Jeffrey Family of Scotland, Rochester, New York, Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Jeffrey family photographs
Date
1861-circa 1900
Creator
Jeffrey family
Extent
0.5 Cubic feet
Arrangement
Collection is arranged into two series: Jane Charlotte McConnell Ross photographic album and Jeffrey-Morgan family photographs.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Jason Flahardy
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Jeffrey Family of Rochester and Canandaigua, New York, and later of Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky were natives of Scotland who immigrated to America in the 1850s. John Jeffrey (1817-1881) owned and operated John Jeffrey and Co., which built and managed coal gas companies in many southern and midwestern cities and two in Cuba. John Jeffrey eventually settled in Louisville, KY and married Georgiana Augusta Wylie Keats (1798-1879), the widow of George Keats (1797-1841) and the brother of the famed English poet, John Keats (1795-1821).
Working with John was his brother, Alexander Jeffrey (1815-1899), who served as president of the Lexington (Ky.) Gas Company during the latter half of the 19th century. Alexander’s first wife, Delia Granger, bore him at least two daughters, Julia G. Jeffrey (1839-?) (married to Albert Augustus Porter (1837-1888)) and Charlotte Ross Jeffrey (1841-1904) (married to Charles Pierson). Both daughters continued to live in Rochester and Canandaigua, New York, as did John and Alexander’s brother William Jeffrey (1812-1867) and his children.
Widowed sometime in the 1850s, Alexander met his 2nd wife, Rosa Griffith Vertner (1828-1894), poetess, novelist, and widow of Claudius M. Johnson (?-1861), whom he married in 1862. At the time of their marriage, Rosa had four living children: Dan Vertner Johnson (1848-?), Henry Johnson (1850-?), Rosa Vertner Johnson (1854-), and Claudius M. Johnson Jr. (1852-1919), who served as Lexington mayor from 1880-1889. Claudius Jr. married Anne America Morgan (1865-1915), 2nd cousin of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan.
Rosa and Alexander went on to have at least three children of their own: Alexander Jeffrey Jr. (?-1902), Dunbar Jeffrey (1866-1892) and Virginia Abercrombie Jeffrey (1867-1934). Also living in Lexington with Alexander Sr. at this time was his maternal aunt Jane Charlotte McConnell Ross (?-1869). Alexander Jr. married Martha Allen, daughter of T.N. Allen, who was a friend of Alexander Sr. friend from Olympia, Washington. Virginia Abercrombie married John Hunt Morgan II (1870-1940), nephew of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan.
Scope and Content
The Jeffrey Family photographs, (dated 1861- circa 1900; 0.5 cubic feet; 76 items) consists of tintypes, albumen cartes de visite, and gelatin silver prints of the Jeffrey Family of Scotland, Rochester, New York, Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky. Additionally, the collection contains a few personal photographs by John Hunt Morgan II (1870-1940), husband of Virginia Abercrombie Jeffrey (1876-1934). The papers are arranged into two series: Jane Charlotte McConnell Ross photographic album and Jeffrey-Morgan family photographs.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Jane Charlotte McConnell Ross photographic album, 1861-1865, undated

Scope and Contents note

Items #1-44 were housed in a photographic album identified as belonging to Jane Charlotte McConnell Ross (?-1869), the maternal aunt of Alexander Jeffrey (1815-1899). This series consists of Jeffrey family members, focusing on the Rochester and Canandaigua, New York branches of the family.

"J. McConnell my brother" written under image on album page, undated

  • Box 1, Item 1
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Caldest, Blanford & Co., London, England

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Unidentified women, undated

  • Box 1, Item 2
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Powelson, Rochester, NY

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Commercially produced image entitled "Domestic Life in Turkey / As introduced at the Lectures on Turkey by Mr. Oscanyan."; note in pencil on back: "Dear Father please / accept this for your / book I selected it out / of a set of Turkish / ones because the / Lady looks so like / [illegible], every one is / struck with the / likeness / Bessie", undated

  • Box 1, Item 3
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Chas. D. Fredricks & Co.

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Brigadier General William Preston (1816-1887), C.S.A.; Lexington, KY native; in uniform; back of the image notes in ink: "Robert Wickliffe Preston / Havana 4 March 1864", 1864

  • Box 1, Item 4
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: C. D. Fredricks and Co., Habana (Havana, Cuba)

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Charlotte Ross Jeffrey (1st marriage: Pierson) (2nd marriage: Hamilton) (1841-1904) Same image as #12, undated

  • Box 1, Item 5
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Brady, New York, NY and Washington, D.C.

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April Adams (not a firm identification), undated

  • Box 1, Item 6
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Format: Albumen carte de visite

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William Jeffrey (1815-1867) with his two daughters (left to right), Clarissa Greig Jeffrey (1854-1892) and Mary Higham Jeffrey (1858-1935), undated

  • Box 1, Item 7
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Format: Albumen carte de visite

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"Mrs. Willme Junison [?]" written under image on album page, undated

  • Box 1, Item 8
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Format: Albumen carte de visite

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, undated

  • Box 1, Item 9
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Milne, Photographer, Hamilton, C. W.

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"Charles Th[?] Pierson" written under image on album page, Charles Pierson was the husband of Charlotte Ross Jeffrey, 1871

  • Box 1, Item 10
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Faris, 751 Broadway; tax stamp dated "7 Jan 71"

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Alexander Jeffrey (1815-1899), undated

  • Box 1, Item 11
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: James McPherson, Photographer, Niagara Falls, NY

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Charlotte Ross Jeffrey (1st marriage: Pierson) (2nd marriage: Hamilton) (1841-1904); written in pencil on back: "To dear Aunt Ross / from / Charlotte"; Same image as #5, undated

  • Box 1, Item 12
Scope and Contents note

Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Brady, New York, NY and Washington, D.C.

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Agnes Cunningham (not a firm identification); written on back in ink: "To dear Miss Rosa / Nov 25th 1861", 1861

  • Box 1, Item 13
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Format: Albumen carte de visite

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Albert Augustus Porter (1838-1888); same image as #21, undated

  • Box 1, Item 14
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: James McPherson, Photographer, Niagara Falls, NY

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Charlotte Ross Jeffrey (1st marriage: Pierson) (2nd marriage: Hamilton) (1844-1904), undated

  • Box 1, Item 15
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: S. Mason, Niagara Falls, NY

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Julia Jeffrey Porter (1839-?) with unidentified infant; same as #20, undated

  • Box 1, Item 16
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: James McPherson, Photographer, Niagara Falls, NY

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Two unidentified children, undated

  • Box 1, Item 17
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Format: Albumen carte de visite

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April Adams (not a firm identification), undated

  • Box 1, Item 18
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Brady, New York, NY and Washington, D.C.

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Unidentified woman, undated

  • Box 1, Item 19
Scope and Contents note

Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Powelson, Rochester, NY

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Julia Jeffrey Porter (1839-?) with unidentified infant; same as #16, undated

  • Box 1, Item 20
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: James McPherson, Photographer, Niagara Falls, NY

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Albert Augustus Porter (1838-1888); same as image #14, undated

  • Box 1, Item 21
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: James McPherson, Photographer, Niagara Falls, NY

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"April Adams" written under image on album page, undated

  • Box 1, Item 22
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: J. F. Ryder, Cleveland, OH

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"Miss Beattre [?]" written under image on album page, undated

  • Box 1, Item 23
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: J. B. Roberts & Co., Rochester, NY

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Unidentified infant (possibly Alexander Jeffrey Jr.); written on the backing card in ink: "For Aunt Ross for Alex.", undated

  • Box 1, Item 24
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Format: Albumen carte de visite

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"Mr. Monroe" written under image on album page, undated

  • Box 1, Item 25
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Brady, New York, NY

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William McTaggart; written under image on album page: "Wm McTaggart Harrow School", undated

  • Box 1, Item 26
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: F. H. Mares, Dublin School of Photography

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"April Adams" written under image on album page, undated

  • Box 1, Item 27
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Finley & son, Canadaigua, NY

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"Angus McTaggart / 42 Montague / London" written under image on album page, undated

  • Box 1, Item 28
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: P. F. Cooper, Philadelphia, PA

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Charlotte Ross Jeffrey (1st marriage: Pierson) (2nd marriage: Hamilton) (1844-1904), undated

  • Box 1, Item 29
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: J. Marsden Fox / Menzo E. Gates / Rochester, NY

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Unidentified woman, undated

  • Box 1, Item 30
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Levitsky, 22, Rue de Choiseul

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(left to right), Clarissa Greig Jeffrey (1854-1892) and Mary Highham Jeffrey (1858-1935); written on back in pencil: "C+M Jeffrey / Sept. 16 1861", 1861

  • Box 1, Item 31
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Format: Albumen carte de visite

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"Henriette Jelf-Sharp 1865" written in ink on back, 1865

  • Box 1, Item 32
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Window & Bridge; 63 Baker St., London

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Unidentifed woman, undated

  • Box 1, Item 33
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Powelson, Rochester, NY

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Unidentified man, undated

  • Box 1, Item 34
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: J. H. Kent, Rochester, NY

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Charlotte Ross Jeffrey (1st marriage: Pierson) (2nd marriage: Hamilton) (1844-1904); written on the back in pencil: "C. J. Pierson" (Charlotte Jeffrey Pierson), undated

  • Box 1, Item 35
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: W. Kurtz, NY

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"Pointer and Partridge." printed along the bottom of the backing card; commercially produced reproduction of a painting or illustration, undated

  • Box 1, Item 36
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: New York Photographic Co., New York, NY

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Niagara Falls, NY; written in ink on the back: "For dear Father / on his birthday", undated

  • Box 1, Item 37
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: James McPherson, Photographer, Niagara Falls, NY

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Unidentified woman, undated

  • Box 1, Item 38
Scope and Contents note

Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: S. Mason, Niagara Falls, NY

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Unidentified woman, undated

  • Box 1, Item 39
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: J. T. Upson, Buffalo, NY

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Charles Pierson, undated

  • Box 1, Item 40
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: J. Marsden Fox / Menzo E. Gates / Rochester, NY

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Unidentified Confederate soldier, undated

  • Box 1, Item 41
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Sheldon a& Swymmer, New Orleans, LA

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Unidentified woman, undated

  • Box 1, Item 42
Scope and Contents note

Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Brady, New York, NY and Washington, D.C.

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Charlotte Ross Jeffrey (1st marriage: Pierson) (2nd marriage: Hamilton) (1844-1904), undated

  • Box 1, Item 43
Scope and Contents note

Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Fox & Gates, Rochester, NY

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Unidentified man, undated

  • Box 1, Item 44
Scope and Contents note

Format: Albumen carte de visite

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Jeffrey-Morgan family photographs, 1876, undated

Scope and Contents note

Items #45-76 were loosely distributed within the Jeffrey Family Papers, 1818-1903 (46M137). This series consists of photographs of Alexander Jeffrey (1815-1899) and other members of the Jeffrey family. The series appears to have been assembled or produced by Virginia Abercrombie Jeffrey (1876-1934) and her husband John Hunt Morgan II (1870-1940). Items #67-71 appear to have typed notations on the back by John Hunt Morgan II.

Alexander Jeffrey (1815-1899); same image as #11, undated

  • Box 1, Item 45
Scope and Contents note

Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: James McPherson, Photographer, Niagara Falls, NY

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Alexander Jeffrey (1815-1899), undated

  • Box 1, Item 46
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Johns & Faught, Lexington, KY

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Alexander Jeffrey (1815-1899), undated

  • Box 1, Item 47
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Mullen, Lexington, KY

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Alexander Jeffrey (1815-1899), undated

  • Box 1, Item 48
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Jas. Mullen, Lexington, KY

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Unidentified man and woman, undated

  • Box 1, Item 49
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Format: Albumen carte de visite

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Two young boys, undated

  • Box 1, Item 50
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Format: Albumen carte de visite

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"Mark Metzger" written in pencil on the back, undated

  • Box 1, Item 51
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Format: Albumen carte de visite

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Unidentified woman and female child, undated

  • Box 1, Item 52
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: Twyman, Ramsgate

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Unidentified young girl, undated

  • Box 1, Item 53
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Format: Printing-out paper carte de visite Photographer: Morgan, Paris KY

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Two unidentified young girls and a young boy, undated

  • Box 1, Item 54
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Format: Albumen carte de visite

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Alice Keats Speed (identification by unknown source), undated

  • Box 1, Item 55
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Format: Tintype

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Four unidentified men, undated

  • Box 1, Item 56
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Format: Tintype

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Unidentified young boy, undated

  • Box 1, Item 57
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Format: Tintype

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Unidentified infant, undated

  • Box 1, Item 58
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Format: Tintype

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Unidentified girl, undated

  • Box 1, Item 59
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Format: Tintype

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Unidentified girl, undated

  • Box 1, Item 60
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Format: Tintype

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Unidentified man, undated

  • Box 1, Item 61
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Format: Tintype

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Two unidentified women, undated

  • Box 1, Item 62
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Format: Tintype

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Unidentified woman; possibly Martha Allen (Jeffrey), undated

  • Box 1, Item 63
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Format: Gelatin printing-out paper

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Unidentified woman, undated

  • Box 1, Item 64
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Format: Gelatin printing-out paper Photographer: Dick Cable, Paris KY

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Virginia Abercrombie Jeffrey (?-1934) (aka Virginia Jeffrey Morgan); written in ink on back: "Virginia Jeffrey / age 4 years", undated

  • Box 1, Item 65
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: James Mullen, Lexington KY

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Virginia Abercrombie Jeffrey (?-1934) (aka Virginia Jeffrey Morgan); written in ink on back: "Miss Virginia Abercrombie Jeffrey / 1876", 1876

  • Box 1, Item 66
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Format: Albumen carte de visite

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Calvin Cogswell Morgan the 3rd; typed on back: "#20. My brother, Calvin Cogswell Morgan 3rd. Sometime in the early 90's, I should say. J H M", undated

  • Box 1, Item 67
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Format: Black and white developing-out paper

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John Hunt Morgan Jr.; typed on back: "#21. John Hunt Morgan ( 2nd )", undated

  • Box 1, Item 68
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Format: Black and white developing-out paper

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Mike Feeney; typed on back: "# Mike Feeney, for many years, Supt. of the old Lex. Gas Works, on the South side of West Main Dtreet [sic], between Spring and Patterson Streets, on the site now occupied by the [unfinished] #25"; "26" ink on front of image, undated

  • Box 1, Item 69
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Format: Black and white developing-out paper

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John Hunt Morgan Jr. - Martha Allen; typed on back: "Mrs. Alexander Jeffrey Jrl [sic] ( Martha Allen Jeffrey ) on left of group. Others unidentified.", undated

  • Box 1, Item 70
Scope and Contents note

Format: Black and white developing-out paper

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John Hunt Morgan Jr. - Martha Allen; typed on back: "Mrs. Alexander Jeffrey Jr. ( Martha Allen Jeffrey ) Probably on Cemetary [sic] pond", undated

  • Box 1, Item 71
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Format: Black and white developing-out paper

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Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864) C.S.A.; (aka The Thunderbolt of the Confederacy); leader of the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry; printed along the bottom of the backing card: "Col. John H. Morgan / The Marion of the South", undated

  • Box 1, Item 72
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Format: Albumen carte de visite Photographer: E. Anthony, New York NY

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Captain Henry S. Parrish (?-?) U.S.A.; 20th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, Company A; written in pencil on the back "Yours Truly / H. S. Parrish / Capt Company A 20th Ky Regt", undated

  • Box 1, Item 73
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Format: Albumen carte de visite

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"Captain Robert Air" written in pencil on back, undated

  • Box 1, Item 74
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Format: Albumen carte de visite

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Confederate veterans reunion; typed caption: "Georgetown 'Gang' - Aug. 18th 1917 - left to right / Standing: Mike Haggard, Thomas Ewing, Jeff Zeysing, Ely Blackburn / Sitting: John Crumbaugh, Thomas Allen, W. A. Gaines, G. B. Brown, Walter Shropshire, Jas. F. Askew."; handwritten on the back: "From J. C. Zeysing / Georgetown / KY", undated

  • Box 1, Item 75
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Format: Black and white developing-out paper

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Guy Hecker (1856-1938), pitcher and hitter for the Louisville Eclipse, 1882-1890, undated

  • Box 1, Item 76
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Format: Engraving on card stock

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