Phyllis just brought me a photo album, covered in turquoise velvet, decorated with a gilt dragonfly, moon & roses, with an inscription: "presented to Sallie Dutton by her husband, xmas 1896." Inside it are the most extraordinary photographs. Unfortunately I have no idea who the majority of them are - very few are labeled. So I've been shuffling them around, trying to find resemblances between faces, comparing the configuration of ears or eyebrows, any clue that might help me match the images to the names that I know could belong to them.
I think that these men are my grandfather Daniel Hoskins Dutton's brothers. They are definitely related to each other. All of these photos were taken in the same studio here in Somerset. So far I've been unable to locate any information about the photographer, so all I know is that they likely date from the late 1800s. Seeing them together I am so struck by their beauty.
The first image is my grandfather ~
This last photo, made at a different time than the others, could possible be my grandfather when he was younger. The hairline is identical. Or it could be Bush Logan Albertus, who "died at an early age"? I'm much taken with his strong hands.
The man in the third photo seems extraordinarily handsome - the Elfin gene lends him an unearthly presence. Perhaps he is Marion, who died on 1/13/31 at age 33. (These numbers have a peculiar and mysterious significance to me.)
Brent and Aleck both died at 4 months age. The other possible brother names are Joseph E., William, and John.
It seems unlikely that I'll discover who is who.