Family photos are a must for every family.
However, imagine if you looked at a family photo and didn’t recognize the person in it; having no idea what role they played in your family history. That’s the case for Donald Fawn, Jr of Austin, Texas.
Through his grandmother, Julia C. Perkins, who had lived in Delaware, Ohio, Fawn was given a 19th century photo album with more than 90 Daugerrotype studio portraits, some of which have still been unidentified.
Fawn first wrote about this mystery on geneaology.com back in 2010 and is still continuing his research to identifiy these people today. “These individuals are still unidentified, although, I am continuing to work on that project,” Fawn said.
Fawn thinks that perhaps his grandmother may have handed the photo album down from her mother, Ella A. Perkins. Ella was adopted as a baby and raised by the Charles Alter family of Licking County, Ohio or nearby.
Another theory is that the album was handed down from the Fawn family specifically from George Fawn to his son Edward B. Fawn, then to his son Frank Fawn, to his son James Ryan Fawn, to his only son James Clifford Fawn (Julia’s husband).
Although no connection has been discovered yet by Fawn, within the album were the Civil War discharge papers of Charles Alvin DeWitt, who was the 121st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company “K”, musician (1862-1865), of Delaware, Ohio. Another interesting thing is that the album also contained a lock of blonde hair tied with a blue ribbon.
Very interesting, eh?
Do you recognize any of these people? Do the surnames PERKINS, FAWN, ALTER, or DEWITT ring a bell? What is your reaction to this mystery?