Being inquisitive may have brought you here, wondering “who were they?” of some old photos in your collection. Well today, we can answer the question of this photo, to some extent. Someone helpfully identified the subject as Damares Day or Dom Day Shimplon or Shimflor or…something. Thinking the name Damares is fairly unusual, I searched census records in Ohio for Damares Day, and wouldn’t you know there are three of them?
Damarrus Day, born 1848
Damaris Day, born 1844
Damarus Day (or Dary), born 1849
By the photo, I can tell this is an 1860s image. The clothing is distinctly mid 60s, plus the photo mount and the masking of the image are also consistent with that time frame. The subject looks like she could be anywhere from 15-25 years of age to me.
The photographer was Paynes Photograph Gallery in Mount Vernon, Ohio, at the corner of Main and Gambler Street. Somehow, Gambler Street speaks to the wild and untamed history of Ohio.
UPDATE: Her name is Dommoris Day Shrimplin. Thanks Iggy!