Possible Premortem Photo of Elizabeth D. Manson, 1/6th-Plate Daguerreotype, Circa 1850
Written inside the case: "Elizabeth D. Manson, died in Portsmouth, N.H., Mch 1851."
Elizabeth Dennet Norton, born about 1819 in New Hampshire, was the wife of Oliver Manson, a joiner and carpenter in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The couple were married there on 10 June, 1838. They had one son, Alvah C. Manson, born 27 December, 1841.
After Elizabeth's death, Oliver was remarried to a woman named Charlotte and had a second son called Herman.
Alvah Manson went on to fight in the Civil War, serving in the 2nd Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company K, as a private on 8 June, 1861. He was promoted to Full Corporal on 15 Feb., 1863, and mustered out on 21 Jun 1864. Alvah married May Evelyn (1844-1930), the daughter of Charles and Roxcynthia Knapp, and had daughters Evelyn R., b. abt 1869, and Lottie E., b. abt. 1871. By 1880, Alvah and his family had relocated to Warsaw, New York, where he practiced his trade of housepainter. In 1887, Alvah became a clerk for board of supervisors for Wyoming Co., New York. By 1890, Alvah had become a title searcher and his daughter Evelyn was a photographer. She never married and was living with her parents as late as 1920. Alvah died in 1922 and is buried in Warsaw Cemetery, Warsaw, NY. Evelyn died in 1948 and is buried with them.
Elizabeth Manson looks as if she is in the end stages of consumption. This may be a final photo to remember her by.