July 31, 2007

Mary Johnson's photo

Howell <--> Howell

As mentioned previously, Betty Howell Traver provided us with an amazing photo of Mary Johnson (1786 - 1856). Mary was Betty's 2x Great Grandmother, and Henry Howell's Great Grandmother.

Mary Johnson "Polly"

When looking at this photo you realize that Mary's parents lived through the American Revolution, and that inevitably makes you ask "Is it really possible to have a photo of someone born in 1786?", and "When was photography actually invented?"

The stock answer is usually something like:

"In 1826 Nic

Posted by jhowell at July 31, 2007 11:57 PM