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Anne Vessey Siims and Alexander

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Description 1/6 plate daguerreotype in half case of an unidentified mother holding a child; stippled brass mat with scroll opening; stamped brass preserver with scrolls; glass; and leatherette covered wooden case with ornamental floral theme and closure hook.
Year Range from 1850
Year range to 1850
Medium Brass/Glass/Wood/Paper/Photographic Emulsion/Silver/Copper
Notes 3/4 quarter seated view of an unidentified woman holding her son. She is wearing a plaid dress with white lace collar with a shawl over her shoulders. Her son wears a striped fabric infant's gown. This is probably the donor's father, Alexander Simms, and his grandmother, Anne Vessey Simms.
Anne Vessey was born on October 6, 1816 in Welton Le Marsh, Lincolnshire, England, the daughter of Sarah Dawson and Benjamin Vessey. She was married about 1842 to a man named Simms and they had three children, all born in England: Margaret; Francis B. and Alexander. Her husband died about 1849. Anne immigrated to the United States along with her parents, her children, and several siblings and arrived in New York Harbor on July 3, 1850. They settled on a farm in the Town of Winnebago, Winnebago County, Wisconsin the same year. She was married to Harvey Annis in Oshkosh on November 13, 1850. Harvey and Anne had four children together: Lewis; Angelina; James Willis; and Isabelle. Harvey enlisted in Company G, 18th Wisconsin Infantry in 1861 and was later commissioned as a white officer in a black regiment. He was killed on his way home when the steamboat "Sultana" exploded on the Mississippi River in April 1865. She lived with her children in Oshkosh and died there on June 13, 1900.
Alexander Simms was born in England about 1848, the son of Anne Vessey and an unknown man named Simms. His father died while he was still an infant. He immigrated to the United States along with his mother, her parents, uncles and aunts, and two siblings and arrived in New York Harbor on July 3, 1850. They settled on a farm in the Town of Winnebago, Winnebago County, Wisconsin the same year. Following his mother's remarriage, he livied with the family in Oshkosh. In 1880 he was living in Lawrence, Brown County, Wisconsin, with his wife Florian and three sons: Charles; Roy; and Irving. He died prior to the 1900 US Census.
Object ID P1925.3
Object Name Daguerreotype
People Simms, Alexander
Simms, Anne Vessey
Vessey, Anne
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 3 3/4" x 3 1/4"
Subjects Group Photographs
Families
Family
Mothers & children
Immigrants
England
Pioneers
Title Anne Vessey Siims and Alexander
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