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1908 photo of James W. Donaldson & c. 1880s & 1908 photo of Mary F. Battershall
Posted by: Paul Peterson (ID *****2235) Date: October 05, 2012 at 13:31:15
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I purchased this pair of photos from the same dealer. The earlier studio portrait of a middle-aged woman taken by Lewis, Ellenville, NY, is identified on the back of the mount:

"Mary Battershall Donaldson
about 1880-1885"

The later photo of an elderly couple is identified on the back of the mount:

"James W Donaldson
Mary F. (Battershall) Donaldson
1908"

The couple is listed in the 1870 Census data for Wawarsing, Ulster Co., NY; the 1880 Census data for Ellenville (resided at 102 Canal Street), Ulster Co., NY; and the 1900 Census data for Ellenville (resided on Center Street), Ulster Co., NY. James W. Donaldson, born Jan 1835 in NY, was a merchant/wholesale grocer. In about 1869, he married Mary F. Battershall, born Mar 1836 in NY. The couple had a daughter, Jessie B. Donaldson, born Apr 1974 in NY, who married C. Dwight, born Jan 1873 in Ellenville, Ulster Co., NY.

Contact me for free scans.


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