Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This is a wonderful image of Minerva Walton Baker. You would think with a great name like Minerva it would not be too difficult to find her in genealogy websites, but the fact is, in Pennsylvania, there were both Minerva Bakers and Minerva Waltons. I can find several female children named Minerva Baker, and several married women named Minerva Walton, but not a married woman named Minerva Walton Baker. I had hoped to find the descendants to return the photo, but it is now upon them to find this site.

This photo was helpfully identified as Caroline Salt Babcock, the mother of Sarah Babcock Woods, who was the mother of Caroline Woods Bush. Hopefully someone will be searching for this lovely lady as I found quite a bit of information on these three names.

Caroline Salt Babcock – born 1855, New York, married to Marcus Eugene Babcock (born 1857), died 1938 – Find a Grave Here

Sarah Elizabeth Babcock Woods – born 1892, Bath, NY, married on 8-20-1931 to Wallace Watson Babcock, brother William M born 1891, died 1992 – Find a Grave Here

Caroline Margaret Woods Bush – born April 3, 1933 in Bath, NY, married to Howard Bush, she was a music teacher, died in November 2003 and is buried at the Grove Cemetery

Here’s a picture of Caroline Bush in 1951 – do you think she looks like her grandmother?

I am not really sure why I thought this fellow’s name was Conner Colter because looking at the handwriting now, it looks nothing like Conner Colter! Are those letters S or F or L or what? Fullner Falter? Saucener Salter? I really can’t make heads or tails of the handwriting.

The photographer of this mystery man was J. L. Lovell of Amherst, MA.

I found that this particular image is the portrait of Eugenio Luis Juan Jose Napoleon IV Bonaparte (1856-1879). The reverse of the card indicates “Prince Imperial” which was his official title. Known as Louis-Napoleon, he was the only child of Napoleon III, Emperor of France and Empress Eugenie. The prince relocated with his family from France to England when his father was dethroned in 1870. He was only 14 at the time and eager to make his own name. As such, he served in the British Army during the Anglo-Zulu war in 1879, in which he was killed at the age of 23 in a rather rash and unwise venture into enemy territory without a full contingent of soldiers. His death ended the hopes of Imperialists who wished to return him to France and claim the throne as a 4th Bonaparte emperor. These prints were likely sold as souvenirs by the bookseller Maison Martinet.

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