In our collection of unlabeled photos were three pictures from Kimballs Studio in Lowell. The family resemblance is very strong; two of the pictures could be of the same woman. The girl, whose picture was taken later, is almost surely a relative as well. Recently, we came upon a labeled picture in our collection that matches one of the Kimballs photos. It was taken in the same studio, the face and outfit are the same, but the pose is slightly different. Now we know that one of our mystery pictures was “Lizzie Cash.” It turns out that she was the sister of Charles and Nellie Cash who appeared in this blog in October.
Lizzie M Cash, age 6, was living in Acton in 1870 in the household of Hugh and Rebecca Cash. In the 1865 State Census in Acton, she was listed as Mary Elizabeth Cash, age 2, listed in the household of Hugh Cash and Rebecca Brown Cash. Charles Henry Cash and Ellen Frances Cash were also listed.
Acton birth records show Mary Elizabeth Cash was born 20 Aug 1863 to Hugh and Rebecca B. (Potter). They resided in Acton at the time. Hugh, occupation “miller” was born in Camden, New York. Rebecca was born in Concord. By 1880, Hugh, Rebecca and three children including “Mary E” were living in Littleton. In 1890, M. Elizabeth Cash, daughter of Hugh and Rebecca (Potter) Cash, married John Herman Flint, age 24, a letter carrier born in Concord to Waldo & Rebecca Flint. John was a letter carrier for the postal service throughout his career. Mary Elizabeth had two children, Herman Cash Flint and Doris Flint. The couple lived for many years in Somerville.
A gravestone on FindAGrave.com shows John H. Flint and his wife M. Elizabeth Flint buried with Waldo and Rebecca Flint in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord.
Now that we have identified one of the Kimballs pictures, can anyone confirm the identity of the other two? Contact us if you can.
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