This is one of my oldest family photographs.
|Thomas Jefferson Gorin (January 27, 1808 - January 11, 1883)|
This is an ambrotype, a type of photograph that was used mostly from the mid-1850's to the mid-1860's. The Ambrotype is a negative image on glass made positive with a black backing. Most often it is cased, as you see below, where I took a picture showing the decorative liner.
Because an ambrotype is a cased image, you can't just turn the picture over and see if someone has identified the person in the picture. Wonderfully with this picture, enclosed is the following:
My Grand Father
Thomas Jefferson Gorin
son of Gen'l John Gorin
who gave the land
where town of Glasgow was
guilt - My Grand
Father, A Banker in
Glasgow - married
Mary Ann Bowman -
daughter of Edward Bowman
A Banker, and richest
Edmonson Co. Kentucky
This note was written on two sides of a small envelope that has been kept in this ambrotype case. This was written by my great grandmother, Mary Bowman Ashby.
My descent from Thomas Jefferson Gorin and Mary Ann Bowman > Mary Elizabeth Gorin > Mary Bowman Ashby > Elizabeth Adsit > Charles McAlpin Pyle, Jr. > me.