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  •  Likely not possible (6+ / 0-)

    There wasn't anything much besides daguerrotypes by 1840, which that photograph is definitely not.  Photographs from 1840 are exceedingly rare.  Photography hadn't spread widely either.  People didn't much think that getting their picture taken was something to do back then.  Unless you're wrong about the death date, it likely is a picture of someone else.

    Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

    by Land of Enchantment on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:00:47 PM PST

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    •  The person in question (7+ / 0-)

      it seems, was born in early 1759 and fought in the American Revolution. I have confidence in figbash's death date and he'd have been 81 then. Not likely he lived long enough to wear those clothes and take this picture.

      My guess is it's either the grandson of the same name (1823-1901) or someone else entirely and a screw-up. The person who posted it on find-a-grave said she was new to this stuff.

      I had someone on ancestry who used my grandfather's DOB and death for her husband's grandfather. Same name, save middle initial, and same approximate lifespan. The one she wanted lived about 10 miles away and was born 3 years later.

      Even after I found it for her, she didn't believe me. Insisted she had the right dates. I told her, "I'm holding my grandfather's death certificate in my hand. I was at his funeral. We celebrated his birthday every year. I know those dates are MY grandfather." She didn't care.

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:20:13 PM PST

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