Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Tanner Family Daguerreotype: Man at Left — Options

The Man in the Daguerreotype
The daguerreotype was either taken in 1844 in Nauvoo, 1850-51 in Utah Territory, or after 1852 in California. To give a pretty wide range, he seems to be over 20 and under 60, so he would have been born between 1784 and 1832. These are the men in the Tanner family who may fit the bill.

John Tanner (1778-1850)
There is no known picture to compare.

Elisha Bently Tanner (1801-1858)
Son of John and Tabitha Bently Tanner. There is no known picture to compare. There is no indication in the family history that he ever visited the West.

William Stewart Tanner (1902-1875)
Son of John and Lydia Stewart Tanner. Evidently the Church History Library has found a picture of William, but I've never seen one. There is no indication that William ever visited the West.

Sidney Tanner (1809-1895)
Son of John and Lydia Stewart Tanner. Accompanied the family to the Nauvoo area, Utah Territory, and California.



John Joshua Tanner (1811-1896)

Son of John and Lydia Stewart Tanner. Accompanied the family to the Nauvoo area and Utah Territory. Did not go to California.

Nathan Tanner (1815-1896)
Son of John and Lydia Stewart Tanner. Accompanied the family to the Nauvoo area and Utah Territory. Did not go to California.



Martin Henry Tanner (1822-1907)
Son of John and Lydia Stewart Tanner. There is no known picture to compare.

Albert Miles Tanner (1825-1879)
Son of John and Lydia Stewart Tanner. Accompanied the family to the Nauvoo area, met them in Utah Territory after serving in the Mormon Battalion, and went with them to California.

Myron Tanner (1826-1903)
Son of John and Elizabeth Beswick Tanner. Accompanied the family to the Nauvoo area, met them in Utah Territory after serving in the Mormon Battalion, and met them in California after joining the Gold Rush.

Seth Benjamin Tanner (1828-1918)
Son of John and Elizabeth Beswick Tanner. Accompanied the family to the Nauvoo area and Utah Territory, and met them in California after joining the Gold Rush.


Freeman Everton Tanner (1830-1918)
Son of John and Elizabeth Beswick Tanner. Accompanied the family to the Nauvoo area, Utah Territory, and California.


Joseph Smith Tanner (1833-1910)
Son of John and Elizabeth Beswick Tanner. Accompanied the family to the Nauvoo area, Utah Territory, and California.


David Dan Tanner (1838-1918)
Son of John and Elizabeth Beswick Tanner. Accompanied the family to the Nauvoo area, Utah Territory, and California.

The Boy in the Daguerreotype
Just for the sake of comparison, here is the boy in the back. 

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And now I have given everyone all the information necessary to identify the people in the picture. Anyone want to make a guess before I reveal my final identification tomorrow? No credit for the identity of either of the women — we already know who they are — but the first people to match my conclusions on the identity of either the man or the boy will receive a certificate for meritorious genealogical efforts. The first person to come up with both of them will receive a certificate for meritorious genealogical efforts and bragging rights. :)

Here are links to all the posts if you want to check any of the clues or data.

Links to Posts in the Tanner Family Daguerreotype Series

2 comments:

  1. Oh, I'll take a stab at it! I think the man is Myron Tanner and the boy is Joseph Smith Tanner. They are 7 years apart, so feasibly the boy could be say 17 or 18 and older brother would be 24 or 25. That would put the picture at around 1850 in Utah. Thanks for leading us through some good family photo sleuthing!

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  2. Hooray! A guess! Thanks, Sydney!

    I'll hold the polls open until tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m., and we'd be happy to entertain all suggestions.

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