Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Samuel Sewall Greeley: Always Bearded ~ 52 Ancestors #45

I am participating in this year's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge from Amy Johnson Crow. Each week has an optional writing prompt and last week's writing prompt was Bearded.

A quick glance and I can see that I have a few bearded ancestors. Following are the photos I have of my second great-grandfather, Samuel Sewall Greeley. It appears that he had a beard throughout his entire life.

He was born in Boston in 1824. This is a photograph of a photograph. He has quite a few descendants so hopefully the original is with another descendant.

He came to Chicago in 1853 and married his first wife in 1855. After her death in 1864, he returned to Massachusetts to marry a cousin in 1866.

He must have visited Boston from Chicago again because he had his portrait taken sometime between 1869 and 1874 when J.A. Whipple was "photographist" at 297 Washington Street in Boston (based on his appearance in Boston City Directories). See the photographer imprint at the bottom of this image:

In 1890, when he applied for a passport, his description included "with a full beard."

Here is a lovely one of him in 1903 (see lower right-hand corner) with granddaughter Betty Copeland and my grandfather, Lowell Townsend Copeland:

A snapshot of him with my grandfather can be found at Samuel Sewall Greeley and Grandson.

He had a beard at the 1913 dedication of a school named for him in Winnetka, Illinois. He lived with his daughter and her family in the 1910 census and this is a photo of him in their living room.

He was a very interesting man who led a very long and interesting life. See his obituary here.

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