Large Tin type of Morgan Lewis Mathewson, (1807 – 1889)

Linda Dabulewicz has contacted us asking for more information about this very large tintype, believed to be of her Great Great Great Grandfather, Morgan Lewis Matthewson. It is intriguing that he has a ladies lace cap at his arm. Was there a practice of photographing post funeral? She writes:

“This very large tin type I believe is of my great great great grandfather Morgan Lewis Mathewson. He lived from 1807- 1889. I see he has a ladies lace cap next to his elbow. I believe his mother died in 1836 and his oldest daughter died in 1865. The family was Hicksite Quaker. The tintype is very black in color about 4 inches by 6 inches the edges are cut straight. The surface is bumpy but the town his son lived in was Owego, NY and the home was known to have flooded several times. What interests me the most is the ladies hat next to his arm. His daughter Lovina died 2 weeks after the 1865 census. It looks as if he had few teeth to me and his eyes make me think this photo was taken after the funeral?”

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