Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #32 Ellen and Phebe PADDOCK

Ellen (1837-1901) and Phebe (1827-1899) PADDOCK of Union County, Indiana, were daughters of Tristam PADDOCK and Charlotte PALMER. They weren’t twins even though they dressed alike when having their picture taken. Ellen, ten years younger than Phebe, was the taller of the two and had a higher forehead. They were the sister of Mary A. PADDOCK featured last week.

ellenphebeWhen they were young, most likely in the early 1860s, they were photographed together by Beaver & Mendenhall in Liberty, Indiana.

Ellen was born in 1837 and died in 1901.

Later in life, perhaps in the early 1890s, Ellen (left) and Phebe (right), wearing matching outfits, were photographed by Huddleston in New Castle, Indiana.

More about this collection, how it came to be in my possession,
and links to previous posts in the series can be found here.

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Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

4 thoughts on “Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #32 Ellen and Phebe PADDOCK”

    1. Neither married. In 1880 they were living with their mother and sister Sarah’s son. I found an old county history published in 1899, the year Phebe died. According to the history Ellen was living alone on the old homestead. It’s very likely Phebe and Ellen lived together all their lives. Thank you Kendra.


    1. I have no idea but suspect since they remained at home with their mother and most likely lived together on the old homestead until their deaths they may have made their own clothes. A seamstress knows how to be economical and will try to get as much as possible out of a piece of material.


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