Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Unidentified Young Woman by H.Y. Darnell ca. 1900

We don't know who this young lady might be but I know the photographer was H.Y. Darnell of Dyersburg and Ripley Tennessee.

Henry Y. Darnell was born in Indiana in 1852 to Isaac Darnell and Emeline Roland.  Henry married Orah A. Riggs on May 16 1878 in Indiana.  The couple appear in the 1880 Census for Richland, Green County, Indiana.  His occupation was photographer.  By 1900 the couple had moved to Dyersburg and Henry had a prosperous photograhy studio. The 1900 Census listed an adopted son for the couple, Egbert Algernon Rucker, age 6.  In the 1910 Census Egbert is listed as a boarder. 

Egbert and his adopted parents Henry and Orah are interred at Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg.  Interestingly enough Henry and his brother Rowland's name appear on a headstone in Indiana with their parents.  Rowland was the President of the Darnell-Love Lumber company in Memphis. He died in Memphis in 1945 and was interred at Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown

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