Written on back – “S J T and Mrs Hass”
These four tintypes have one sitter in common, Sarah Jane (nee Cartwright) Thompson and they offer the unusual opportunity at a glimpse of the sitter throughout different times in her life. I’ve done my best to date each image. I studied the clothing and hairstyles of the sitters, as well as the props, and even the paper sleeves that house the photos. If you disagree with any of my dating, please comment and let me know. I welcome all input and suggestions.
Sarah Jane Cartwright was the daughter of Charles Cartwright. His trade was that of a carpenter and extensive house builder. He was born and raised in North Carolina and came with his parents to Wayne county, Indiana in 1828, at the age of 17. There he met and married Miss Nancy Till, in 1832. The couple had two children, Sarah Jane and John T., when they removed to Iowa, becoming one of the earliest settlers in Johnson county. There they had eight more children: Jesse Edward Bower, Charles Albert, Mary Etta, Emma Elva and four who died very young. Charles served as City Alderman (a member of the city council) in Iowa City in 1856, and was a member of the Johnson county Old Settlers’ Association, his signature appearing on the Old Settlers’ Constitution of 1866. So respected and involved in the community, he was called upon to help prepare the body of Iowa Governor Lucas for burial in 1853.