The honor of being the 1,998th, 1,999th, and 2,000th images (in the Bradford, Brewster, and Warren sections) posted here goes to Daniel Faunce, who joins his son William (also an Alden-Mullins descendant.) Welcome, Daniel. Magically, I found an outstanding image, one that meets all the criteria mentioned on the home page (no hat, no facial hair, not extremely young or extremely old) and no people or objects to crop out or explain away. This image is courtesy of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections department, with my gratitude. Even better, Daniel's picture as a 21-year-old new graduate and member of the Class of 1850 turned out to be part of a daguerrotype collection that has been mentioned (and shared) on the archives blog, "The Consecrated Eminence." The March 23, 2018 blogpost corrects an identification of an earlier Class of 1850 sitter and links to earlier posts about the collection. Not only is it a treasure for those looking for 19th century ancestors, it gives insight into how archives operate. If you have a collection of old images to donate, don't be shy about contacting the special collections department of a museum or university library near you or with some obvious link to the subject matter. In the meantime, enjoy looking for your Amherst ancestor. (They look so young!)
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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