Mystery Monday: Part Two: The Unidentified Friends and Family of Maria Jane (Peeples) Publicover of Gloucester and Beverly, Essex, Mass.

Two weeks ago I wrote about the lovely autograph book of Maria Jane Peeples of Gloucester, Mass. from the 1890s. Last week I discussed the wonderful but unlabeled photograph collection of Maria Jane Peeples and included the first part of her collection, including unidentified family and friends from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and beyond.

Today’s entry will focus on her photographs of unidentified family or friends from Gloucester, Mass., where Maria lived for several years after moving from Nova Scotia. All of her siblings resided either briefly or permanently in Gloucester. Below is a brief genealogical sketch of her parents and siblings, taken from Canadian and U.S. Census records and Massachusetts vital records.

Thomas David Peeples was born at Nova Scotia, abt. 1828, son of James Peeples and Mary Crittenden. He died at prob. Melford, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, 1891-1893. He married at prob. Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, by 1854, Jeanette Rogers. She was born at Nova Scotia, February 1835, daughter of William Rogers and Janet (McNair) Murray. She died at Gloucester, Essex, Mass., aft. 1910.

Thomas D. Peeples was a head of household at Guysborough County, Nova Scotia in the 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 Censuses of Canada.

Children of Thomas D. Peeples and Jane Rogers:

i.   Martha Ann Peeples, b. at Pirate Harbor, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, March 1855; d. at Gloucester, Essex, Mass., 4 December 1906; m. at Gloucester, Essex, Mass., 25 February 1882, Charles W. McClellan.

ii.   Gertrude Ernestine Peeples, b. at Melford, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, November 1857; d. at prob. Gloucester, Essex, Mass., aft. 1910; m. at Gloucester, Essex, Mass., 23 August 1877, Ernest Robinson.

iii.   James David Peeples, b. at Melford, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, September 1861; d. at prob. Hartford, Conn.,  aft. 1900; m. at Gloucester, Essex, Mass., 28 October 1885, Mary McCormack.

iv.   Thomas William Peeples, b. at Melford, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, November 1863; d. at Danvers, Essex, Mass., 26 January 1902; m. at Gloucester, Essex, Mass., 14 February 1896, Edith Laurie.

v.   Drusilla Peeples, b. at Melford, Guysborough County, 24 September 1864; d. at Seattle, King, Washington, 28 November 1925; m. at Gloucester, Essex, Mass., 8 February 1893, Henry Calder.

vi.   Maria Jane Peeples, b. at Melford, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, September 1867; d. at Beverly, Essex, Mass., 6 January 1919; m. at Gloucester, Essex, Mass., 24 January 1894, Willard Binnie Publicover. Willard was b. at Nova Scotia, 12 May 1867, son of Daniel Publicover and Elizabeth Firth; d. at Beverly, Essex, Mass., 12 April 1940.

vii.       Susan Amelia Peeples, b. at Melford, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, December 1870; d. at Gloucester, Essex, Mass., 4 April 1903.

Perhaps  descendants of Maria’s many friends, local historians, or historic photo buffs might be able to recognize the individuals in these images – and maybe give a face to the signatures from her autograph book! Included are transcriptions of the photographer’s labels. [For additional details and the scanned backs of several of the portraits, see the collection on Flickr].

Unidentified Portraits by Known Photographers

USA – Massachusetts – Gloucester, Mass.

Unidentified Woman, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: E. Adams, 192 Main St., Gloucester, Mass.

Unidentified Woman, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: E. Adams, 192 Main St., Gloucester, Mass.

Unidentified Man, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: E. Adams, 192 Main St., Gloucester, Mass.

Unidentified Woman, Gloucester, Mass., 1888. Photographer’s Label (back): Adams, No. 120 Main Street, Gloucester, Mass. 1888

Unidentified Man, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: Elite Studio, 192 Main St., Gloucester, Mass.

Unidentified Child, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: Burnham, Elite Studio, Gloucester, Mass.

Unidentified Man, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: Burnham, Gloucester

One of my favorite photographs from this collection, featuring this unknown woman in a glittering cape and costume:

Unidentified Woman, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: Emery’s Boston [Studio?] 162 Main St., Gloucester, Mass.

And another favorite featuring this impressive hairstyle:

Unidentified Woman, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: Walter Gardner, Gloucester, Mass.
Cabinet, Jr.

Unidentified Woman, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: Walter Gardner, Gloucester, Mass.

Unidentified Child, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: Walter Gardner, Gloucester, Mass.

Unidentified Man, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: Low, 68 [or 62?] Main St., Gloucester, Mass.

Unidentified Woman, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: G. C. Mears, 8 Centre Street, Gloucester, Mass.

Unidentified Children, Gloucester, Mass., 1889, Photographer’s Label: G. C. Mears, 8 Centre Street, Gloucester, Mass.

Unidentified Woman, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: Mears, 62 Main Street, Gloucester

Unidentified Woman, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: Mears, 62 Main St., Gloucester

Unidentified Man, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: G.C. Mears, 62 Main St., Gloucester

Unidentified Woman, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: Mears, 8 Centre St., Gloucester

Unidentified Woman, Gloucester, Mass., 1889. Photographer’s Label: G. C. Mears, 8 Centre Street, Gloucester, Mass.

Unidentified Man, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: Mears, 62 Main Street, Gloucester

Unidentified Man, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: G. C. Mears, 62 Main Street, Gloucester.

Unidentified Woman, Gloucester, Mass., 1889. Photographer’s Label: G. C. Mears, 8 Centre Street, Gloucester, Mass.

Unidentified Woman, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: G. C. Mears, 8 Centre Street, Gloucester, Mass.

Unidentified Woman, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: The Phelps Studio, Gloucester, Mass.

Unidentified Baby, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: The Phelps Studio, Gloucester, Mass.

Unidentified Man, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: The Phelps Studio, Gloucester, Mass.

Unidentified Child, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: Silver’s Portrait Studio, 62 Main St., Gloucester, Mass.

Unidentified Man, Gloucester, Mass. Photographer’s Label: White, Gloucester, Mass.

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One thought on “Mystery Monday: Part Two: The Unidentified Friends and Family of Maria Jane (Peeples) Publicover of Gloucester and Beverly, Essex, Mass.

  1. What a splendid collection of photographs from that era. And how difficult to know that none of these treasures are labeled! You may be correct in your hunch that some faces might belong to some of the signatures in that autograph book you posted–well, all but one.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if your favorite, the unusual one, was circulated as part of a theatrical production or promotional material for an actress. In my own family’s collection of pictures from that time period, I ended up with a few actresses and even a famous general. Some of these are labeled but that is not always so. In the case of the general, I did a blog post with only his picture featured, then put the link to the post in a query to each of the genealogy forums online (since he wearing a uniform, I wrote about it in the forums on military issues). Someone got back to me with an answer after about 6 months…and sure enough, checking Google Images, I was able to find several other copies of the picture in question posted online!

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