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This scan was made from a 35mm black and white negative. The original was part of a collection of Staples and Lawrence family photographs, but there are now no clues as to the woman's identity. The background is plain and the chair in which she is seated is one commonly used by photographers. The dress and hairstyle are consistent with the first years of the 1860s, probably circa 1862. She cannot be Helen Sarah (Lawrence) Staples who was only about 14 at that time and Helen's mother, Anna (Powers) Cooper, was 53. Two possible identitites are Helen's mother-in-law, Lucy (Abbott) Staples, who was 35 in 1862, and her older sister Huldah, who was 21. There is no evidence to support either identity at this time.


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