Born in 1860, in Alabama, Reavis Johnston “R.J.” Terry was named after his father’s mentors. As a young teen, R.J.’s father, John Taliaferro Terry, lost his father and was taken in by his sister’s husband, Colonel Robert Johnston. John became a lawyer, like Johnston, and went into a law partnership with the Honorable Turner Reavis.
Interesting to note, from a research standpoint, I would not have been able to identify this sitter if the person had not penned “Birmingham, Ala.” after the name. I would have been looking in the location of the photographer, E.J. Dunshee, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although R.J. may have lived in Philadelphia at some time during his life, I did not find a record of it.
History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 4, published 1921
Birmingham, Alabama City Directory
The blushing brothers are George and James Harris. Who’s who is uncertain. They were very close in age, born just two years apart; James on January 10, 1872 and George on March 10, 1874. On George’s WWI draft card, he’s said to have black hair and brown eyes. I wasn’t able to locate a card for James.
Found along with this image was a cabinet card photo of the boys’ younger sister, Nora Belle, born in 1877. At age 18, she married William Mathison and they had 10 children.
The siblings were born and raised in Cheatham County, Tennessee. As adults, they lived in Nashville.
Tennessee death records
WWI draft registration
Recently, I happened upon a tintype of a gentleman posed next to a small, decorative table. Written on the front of the paper sleeve frame is “Mr. John Pease.” I immediately recognized the table as one in a photo already in my collection.
In an earlier post, I featured a carte de visite of Sophia Germann. The photographer, J. F. Rank of Van Wert, Ohio, seated Sophia next to the same unique, stag head table!
In the larger scan below, you can better see that the table detail matches the one in the carte de visite of Sophia. Look at the chain that dangles from the table top, and the etched lines on the legs.
The tintype of Mr. John Pease does not provide the photographer’s identity or location, but, could the table provide the missing link? Continue reading →