PIONEERS AND IMMIGRANTS
Thomas B. Petford, Jr.

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Description Albumen print on Carte de Visite Mount, MARKS: Back: "W. H. H. Robison/Photographer,/103 main St.,/OSHKOSH,WIS." Inscription:"Mr. Thos. B. Petford/Died/4/27/1906"
Year Range from 1876
Year range to 1879
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper
Notes Half view image of Thomas B. Petford. Mr. Petford is pictured in a medium-colored suit with small lapels and a string bowtie. He wears a moustache and imperial. Mr Petford looks to be in his fifties. His papers are in the archives, Record Group 10 (RG10).{Thomas B. Petford Jr. was born in Worcestor, England in 1825. He imigrated to the United States with his wife Anna, father (Thomas Boting Petford Sr.), his mother Mary Lowesmore Petford, siblings; John, Henry (Harry), Mary Ann, and Elizabeth Jenkins and her husband John, in 1845. They came through the port of New York and Thomas Jr. went ahead of the family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin Territory and 114 miles beyond. His parents, brother John, and sister Mary Ann soon followed in 1846. He first clerked for Augustin Grignon at his trading post on the Fox River, 1 1/2 miles north-east of the present site of Omro. In 1855 he leased the Grignon Hotel in Butte des Morts until he built the Petford Hotel in 1859. His wife's name was Anna, born in May 2, 1825 in Worcestor and died May 8, 1896. They had two children, Thomas B. Petford III and Mrs. Ole Oleson. Thomas Jr. was also a Justice of the Peace in Butte des Morts for many years. He died on April 27, 1908 from dropsey and complications from old age in Oshkosh and is burried in the family plot at Plummer Cemetery.
Object ID P2002.3.9
Object Name carte de visite
People Petford, Thomas B., Jr.
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 4 " x 2 1/2"
Subjects Portrait photographs
Male
Pioneers
Hotels
Clerks
Immigrants
Emigration & immigration
Title Thomas B. Petford, Jr.
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