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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Levi Yeomans

of Normanton, Derby

Levi Yeomans was a railway clerk who worked as a portrait photographer, presumably only as a side line and for a short period in the 1900s.


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Levi Yeomans was born in Derby in 1865, son of a railway labourer John Yeomans (1820-1872) and his wife Mary née Wildgoose (1823-1899), who was a midwife. After his father's death in 1872, he lived with his mother on Canal Street, and worked as a railway clerk. He married Emma Crispin at Derby in early 1894, and in 1898 they moved to a house on 119 Crewe Street in New Normanton. The 1901 Census still shows him working as a railway clerk, and the 1912 edition of Kelly's trade directory doesn't list him at all, so it is not clear exactly when and for how long he was taking photographs. It is possible that it was only for a short period in the late 1900s and early 1910s.

Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Lynne Tedder
John Miller (1849-1922) and Eliza Sheales née Newman (1844-1919)
by L. Yeomans of 119 Crewe Street, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c.1906-1910

Format: Carte-de-visite

Images © & courtesy of Lynne Tedder

Notes: see Photo-Sleuth article

Image © & courtesy of Lynne Tedder

References
Images kindly provided by Lynne Tedder
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Anon (1895) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co. Limited, London.
Anon (1895) History, Topography, and Directory of Derbyshire, T. Bulmer & Co. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith
Anon (1899) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Derby Electoral Registers 1868-1900
Adamson, Keith I.P. (1997) Professional Photographers in Derbyshire 1843 - 1914, The PhotoHistorian, No. 118 Supplement, September 1997, ISSN 0957-0209. Courtesy of John Bradley.
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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