No, no, no, no.
The Legal Genealogist can’t handle this on a rainy nasty Saturday morning.
My fifth great grandmother was Elizabeth (Pettypool) Jones. She was born around 1750, and died in September 1818. She is buried at Sandy Run Baptist Cemetery in Cleveland County, North Carolina.1
You can see a photograph of her tombstone there on Find A Grave: the inscription reads “In memory of Elizabeth Jones Consort of John Jones Who died Septr 25 1818 Aged 6(8?) years.”2
And you can find there another photograph. The one that’s illustrating this blog post.
A photograph purportedly of Elizabeth (Pettypool) Jones.
Let me repeat something here.
Elizabeth (Pettypool) Jones was born around 1750, and died in September 1818.
And the very first permanent photograph, of anything, ever known to have been created was created by a Frenchman, Nicéphore Niépce, in 1826.3
Niépce and another Frenchman named Jacques Louis Mande Daguerre teamed up three years later — in 1829 — to try to perfect the photographic process. But it wasn’t until 1839 that the details of the first commercially practical photographic process, the daguerreotype, were announced in public.4
That same year, 1839, is when an Englishman named William Henry Fox Talbot announced his process for what he called photogenic drawing — combining negatives and light-sensitive papers to produce images.5
You’re getting the drift, right?
There is no way that a process that didn’t even begin until 1826 could possibly have been used to create an image of a woman who died in 1818.
No, no, no, no.
- W.D. Floyd, “Cleveland County Cemeteries,” Website On Disks, CD-ROM (Forest City, NC : Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County, 2007), entry for Elizabeth Jones, Sandy Run Baptist Cemetery. ↩
- Sandy Run Baptist Cemetery, Cleveland County, North Carolina, Elizabeth Jones marker; digital image, Find A Grave (http://findagrave.com : accessed 18 July 2015), photo added by Sharon, Find A Grave member #46808067. ↩
- “Timeline,” History of Photography, PBS (http://www.pbs.org/ : accessed 18 July 2015). ↩
- Helmut Erich Robert Gernsheim, “History of Photography,” Encyclopedia Britannica (http://www.britannica.com/ : accessed 18 July 2015). ↩
- Ibid. ↩