|"The Royal Album"|
Endpaper of Photo Album 26
Unfortunately, lots of photograph albums are thrown away and lost. But those of famous people are saved in archives and historical societies. If you are lucky enough to be related to someone famous, or locally famous, you should search out these treasures. I went to the Hawaii State Archives in Honolulu to see if there were any photo albums or single photographs of my great aunt Mary (Jones) Dominis, but didn't find any. In the finding aids, and in discussions with the archivists, I found many photos of Queen Lili'uokalani, her daughter-in-law, in official files. But they also told me that there were seven of her personal photograph albums in the vault. This was my best bet for finding family photos.
|Photo Album 28|
We photographed the cover, and tag, of each album
They were old, fragile and historic, but the photos were
in very good condition considering their age.
|"Owen J. Holt"|
Photo Album 26
[son of Robert William Holt and his 2nd wife Caroline Tauwati Robinson,
named after his first wife's (my 4x great aunt Ann Marie Jones) father,
Owen Jones b. 1768 in Wales and died 1850 in Boston]
|"Mrs. William Lee" by Sarony's Studio, NY|
Photo Album 26
I had a phone consultation with genealogist Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, about this photo. She is certain that it dates from the mid-1870s and shows a very wealthy, well dressed woman between 30 to 50 years old. Wife #1 was Anna M. T. Leavitt, born 1819 in Hampton, New Hampshire and died in 1883. She married William Lee in 1861, and in the mid-1870s she would have been about 50 years old. Wife #2 was Sarah White, born in 1849 in Hillsdale, New York and died in 1925. She married William Lee in 1888 and in the mid-1870s she would have been in about thirty years old. If anyone knows of a photograph of wife, I would love to compare it to this photo to see which wife this is! I've never seen a photo of either woman, so this would be a great clue.
Photo Album 24
[George Hoonewaneewa Holt (1868 - 1929) son of Owen Jones Holt]
Photo Album 26
[William Arnold Aldrich (1824 - 1892) husband to Elizabeth M. Holt,
daughter of Robert William Holt and Ann Marie S. Jones (my 4x great aunt)
He was born in Westmoreland, New Hampshire ]
My husband patiently photographed every page of all seven photo albums, and took closeup photos of the ones we knew or suspected to be relatives. In looking through letters in the archives there are many references to "I'm sending a photograph" or "Did you get the photograph?" and I hope to match up some of these, but it is an almost impossible task since I never met these folks, and they all died almost 100 years ago. But it is a project we can work on slowly over time, and hope that more clues will become available.
Hawaii State Archives http://hawaii.gov/dags/archives
All these photographs are from the Hawaii State Archives, Photographic Albums, Queen Lili'uokalani Collections, Albums 24 - 30, from the Lili'uokalani Estate 1921.
Maureen Taylor, "The Photo Detective" http://www.maureentaylor.com/
Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo