Item: Alexander Hemsley

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Record Number: 6630
Box Number: 3
Reproduction restrictions: None
Depicts: Alexander Hemsley
Relates to: St. James the Less Cemetery, Episcopal Academy, Emily Cox, Elizabeth Hemsley, Florence Hemsley, Emily Hemsley Wood, Alexander Hemsley Wood
Was donated by: William Halsey Wood Jr.
Date of View: circa 1863
View Format: Photograph › Ambrotype
Dimensions: Dimensions of Image, 8.2 by 10.8 cm.
Dimensions of Image, 3 7/32 by 4 1/4 in.
Dimensions of Case, 9.4 by 11.8 by 2.1 cm.
Dimensions of Case, 3 11/16 by 4 21/32 by 27/32 in.
Inscription text: (ink on paper): Notes by Wm Halsey Wood Jr. grandson / of Alexander Hemsley. (printed on paper): W. HALSEY WOOD / AGENCY MANAGER [struck through] (ink on paper): Alexander Hemsley / Buried in St. James / the Less / Cemetary [sic] / in Phila / over / about 1834 - 1903 / graduated from the Episcopal Academy in / Phila - Pa/ Member of the 1st City Troup [sic] of Phila at / the time of the / battle of Gettysburgh. [sic] / Inventor and manufacturer of / photographic supplies. / Married Emily Cox of Phila. / Father of Elizabeth Hemsley and / Florence Hemsley (wood) / grandfather of Emily Hemsley Wood (Burrows) / William Halsey Wood Jr. and Alexander / Hemsley Wood. The Hemsleys all settled on the / eastern shore of Maryland at the time of over [recto] (ink on paper): Cromwell. For generations they lived in / Hemsley (Helmsley Castle) Yorkshire, / England. Built in the 900s - my / mother and I have both visited the / town of Helmsley. The Public Library / in Easton Maryland has all kinds / of information about the family / dating from the 1600s. Near Easton / there are still two of the original / plantations. One is called Hemsleys / fortune (100 acres) and the other Cloverfield / plantation - Both have historic metal / markers in front of them, documenting / the names and dates. I have two / copies of a book called The Helmsleys / of Maryland - a geneological sketch by / Frederic Emory. I am going to give one / to the Library of Congress. One of the first / settlers was "William Hemsley, Chirurgeon (Surgeon) / who came to this country in 1658" His land was / acquired by a grant from Lord Baltimore.
Inscription location: Enclosed note
Image description: Image: 1/4 plate; Seated man with a mustache dressed in Civil War military uniform with hat and arm resting on cloth-covered posing table, holding a sword at his side, color applied to his cheeks. Preserver: Straight and embossed with simple pattern (after 1850). Mat: Oval with matte finish and simple embossed design (1850). Case: Leather covered wood frame case embossed with a geometric design both front and back, with interior gilded edge trim, a red velvet pinchpad, and a plain (unembossed) purple velvet cushion (1850s).