Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #68 Portrait of a Man with Beard

In the collection my cousin Joe Rooney sent to me there were two copies of the photograph I am sharing today of a bearded man. It took me a while to identify him. Bear with me while I work through this.

UNKGlassRoyaltyGBLTillie Rooney collectiontinyThe photographer Theodore C. Marceau per Wikipedia “pioneered the creation of a national chain of photographic studios in the United States in the 1880s.” I found an interesting biography of the photographer Marceau on Broadway Photographs. He lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1885-1886 and first went into a partnership with another photographer named Bellsmith around this time. Cabinet cards found online for the the studio in Cincinnati had Marceau Bellsmith as the photographer’s logo. I believe this photograph was one of Marceau’s early works and likely taken around 1885 before he partnered with Bellsmith.

The bearded man in this photograph was not a very young man and yet not old. The beard does not show any graying. The thinning of his hair would suggest he might have been in his 30s or 40s.

The backs of the photographs read:

Theo C. Marceau
The Leading Fotografer
Successor to Van Loo
148 West Fourth St.
Cincinnati

Also on the backs are dedications. The first reads, “To Uncle Sam – R.G.L.”

UNKPortraitmanbeardback Rooney collectionThe second, “To cousin Tillie R.G.L.” and a number “77030R” which could be for ordering duplicates.

UNKGlassRoyaltyGBLTillieback Rooney collectionBoth dedications were written by the same person, likely an adult. But who was R.G.L.?

Uncle Sam and cousin Tillie are a perfect fit for Samuel L. ROYALTY (1829-1902) and his daughter Mathilda J. “Tillie” (Royalty) WELLS (1859-1939). My problem is I don’t have a niece or nephew for Samuel with the initials R.G.L. The dedication on the back of the cabinet card to Uncle Sam would have to have been written before his death in 1902.

I slowly went through all the digital images of the fronts and backs of all photographs in the collection searching for the same handwriting. There are 250 items in the digital file.

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These are the backs of two identical photographs of Caroline “Carrie” ENOCH, daughter of Ellen ROYALTY, oldest sister of Samuel L. ROYALTY. Sam’s niece and Tilly’s cousin.

When I shared Carrie’s portrait I had little information on her and was unable to locate her in any census after 1870. The backs of her photos suggested a marriage to a LANGLEY or LANGSTON. After writing about her photograph last November my cousin Joe posted several comments about her having been married at least three times. This led to the census enumerations in 1900, 1910, 1920 with her 2nd husband and in 1930 with her 3rd husband. I have not gone back to check on the 1940. All three of her marriages took place  in Hamilton County, Ohio:

Robert G. LANGSDALE 1851-1920

Carrie’s first husband’s initials were R.G.L. Here is a biographical sketch from the History of Dearborn and Ohio Counties, Indiana, 1885.

1885historyofdearbornandohiocountiesp808-809R. G. LANGSDALE, M.D., a popular druggist and pharmacist, Rising Sun, is a native of Kentucky, born in 1851. He was educated at Moore’s Hill College, and for seven years was engaged in teaching “the young idea how to shoot.” In 1879 he entered the Ohio Medical College, of Cincinnati, and took a thorough course in the study of medicine, graduating March 4, 1881. He then sold out his interest in the drug business at Florence, Ind., and located in the same year in Rising Sun. In January, 1882, he purchased a stock of drugs of B.F. Buchanan, and, since that date, has done a good business in the drug line, keeping a full stock of goods peculiar to the trade. Dr. Langsdale began the study of medicine with Drs. Fairhurst & Mantle, of Vincennes, Ind., and later, with Dr. J.M.W. Langsdale, of Florence, Ind.  He now confines his professional services to city practice exclusively. In the fall of 1885 Dr. LANGSDALE was married to Miss Carrie Enochs, one of the most prepossessing young ladies of Rising Sun.
[Source: History of Dearborn and Ohio Counties, Indiana, 1885 online https://archive.org/stream/historyofdearbor00chic#page/n5/mode/2up]

Carrie and Robert’s marriage did not last. Carrie remarried in 1900 and Robert in 1906. Neither had children.

Before you leave, please take a moment to scroll back up to the top and meet Dr. Robert G. Langsdale.

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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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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #30 Caroline “Carrie” ENOCH b. abt. 1862

Caroline “Carrie” ENOCH was the youngest daughter of Ellen ROYALTY (1824-1903) and Hananiah R. ENOCH (1823-1902) of Ohio County, Indiana. She was born about 1862.

carrieTwo copies of the same photograph dated 1892 were included in this collection. One was marked on the back To my Uncle Sam and the other, To my cousin Tillie. In a different handwriting on the back of the photos were, what may have been, her married name. LANGLEY or LANGSTON.

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I have not been able to confirm either spelling of her married name. I have not found Carrie in the 1880 census, she would have been about 18 years old, or later.

My friend Dawn Williams-Kogutkiewicz of Dawning Genealogy looked up the will of Hananiah R. Enoch. Only his wife Ellen is mentioned.

Any takers on finding Carrie?

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

Please contact me!
Are you related to a person mentioned in this post? Send an email to
openingdoorsinbrickwalls @ pt.lu or message me on my Facebook page
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© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #29 Alice B. LOSTUTTER (1867-1891)

Alice B. LOSTUTTER, born 28 Mar 1867, was the daughter of Martha Olephene ENOCH (1844-1904) and Capt. David LOSTUTTER (1838-1899). She married Talton EMBRY on 7 April 1890 in Dearborn County, Indiana. She died the following year on 5 October 1891.

aliceandgracetinyPhotograph taken before 1891 of Alice with her friend Grace MORRIS, who married Sidney F. JACOBI about 1892. Both girls are wearing a dark choker with a crucifix.

AliceandgracebacktinyGrace Lillian MORRIS b. 16 Jun 1869 d. 10 Oct 1953. Grace, seen right in the photo, was not yet married when this was taken. She and her husband were parents of one son, Sidney G. JACOBI Jr.

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

Please contact me!
Are you related to a person mentioned in this post? Send an email to
openingdoorsinbrickwalls @ pt.lu or message me on my Facebook page
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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #28 Martha Olephene ENOCH (1844-1904)

Martha Olephene ENOCH (1844-1904) was the oldest known daughter of Ellen ROYALTY (1824-1903) and Hananiah R. ENOCH (1823-1902). Her middle name was found on the 1860 census (Randolph, Ohio County, Indiana). She married Capt. David LOSTUTTER (1838-1899) on 11 June 1865 in Rising Sun, Ohio County, Indiana. They were the parents of two known children, Alice B. LOSTUTTER and Edward H. LOSTETTER (yes, the spelling of the surname changed).

MarthaOEnochOn the back of the photograph she was identified as Mrs. David LOSTUTTER.

MarthaOEnochbackA photograph of her daughter Alice B. LOSTUTTER will be featured next week and one of her sister Caroline “Carrie” ENOCH the following week.

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

Please contact me!
Are you related to a person mentioned in this post? Send an email to
openingdoorsinbrickwalls @ pt.lu or message me on my Facebook page
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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #27 Ellen ROYALTY (1824-1903)

Ellen ROYALTY was the daughter of John ROYALTY (d. bef. 1850) and Sarah LUNDERMON (1796-1870). She was the oldest of three known children of this couple. Her siblings were Hester Ann ROYALTY (1827-aft.1910) and Samuel L. ROYALTY (1829-1902).

ellenroyaltyShe was identified on the back of her portrait as Aunt Ellen Enoch, Father’s Sister, by her niece Florence ROYALTY.

ellenroyaltybackShe was the wife of Hananiah R. ENOCH (1823-1902). Per the 1900 census (Randolph, Ohio County, Indiana) she was the mother of 7 children however 8 were seen over the years in the census.

Photographs of the oldest daughter Martha Olephene ENOCH and her daughter Alice B. LOSTUTTER were found in this collection and will be featured next. They will be followed by Ellen and Hananiah’s youngest daughter Caroline “Carrie” ENOCH.

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

Please contact me!
Are you related to a person mentioned in this post? Send an email to
openingdoorsinbrickwalls @ pt.lu or message me on my Facebook page
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© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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Unpacking the Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can Collection

Have you been following my series of posts on the Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can?

Thursday evening one of my Facebook friends commented on my latest post asking if I thought they had really been retrieved. The answer, as of Wednesday, is definitely YES! They are now ALL in my possession.

Several months after these precious photographs were nearly destroyed a second time due to a fire in a downstairs neighbor’s home, my cousin Joe, after not finding anyone in his area who wanted them, decided to pack them up and mail the entire collection to me. Thank you Joe.

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The package I received this past Wednesday
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Partly unpacked content
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Dear Cathy! Please enjoy! Cousin Joe
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The largest photographs from the package
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The postcard size photographs….
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Another stack included large,…
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…and medium to small photographs.
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Tintype (middle), penny pictures (top), and WWII period prints (left and below)
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A family group photograph on glass (lower right)

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