In the recently published book FOLK ART IN MAINE: UNCOMMON TREASURES, 1750-1925 (Camden, Maine: Down East, 2008) there are on p. 62 two handsome portraits of Rev. Samuel Deane (1727-1814) & his wife Eunice Pearson Deane (1772[sic]-1812) of Portland, Maine, that are in the collection of the Maine Historical Society. The portraits were painted about 1800.
(I am not sure if Mrs. Deane's date of birth of 1772 is a misprint or not--it appears possible since that would make her born 45 years before her husband.)
These fine portraits should be made known to the Deane family. I am scanning them in case any of the descendants might like a copy by email. Someone in the Deane family ought to have them--they are too good to be missed by the family. They may not have extensive genealogy value, but they certainly do have a whole lot of family and historic value.
My email address can be found by clicking on my underlined name above. Please respond by emailing me directly and not by posting a reply on this genforum site, which I might not see.
If they were portraits of Pease family members, I'd certainly want someone to do the same for me.
Bill Pease, Lancaster, PA
(and a proud son of Maine)
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