This collection contains a daguerreotype pendant depicting Eliza Harry Stanton (Narragansett) circa 1852-1855. The back of the pendant contains a small oval repository holding a lock presumably of Eliza's hair. Stanton was possibly a descendent of the Ninigret line of chiefs, through Betsey Harry (also known as Elizabeth Harry), who was presumably her mother.
Scope and Contents:
P13676 (copy negatives: N21714 and N21715)
This collection contains 1 daguerreotype pendant depicting Eliza Harry Stanton (Narragansett) circa 1852-1855. The back of the pendant contains a small oval repository holding a lock presumably of Eliza's hair. It is believed that Eliza Harry Stanton gave this pendant to her husband Joseph Stanton (1805-1876) as sentimental jewelry.
The collection also contains 2 copy negatives made from the daguerreotype by the Museum of the American Indian in 1939.
Housed in an archival phase box.
Biographical / Historical:
Relatively little is known about Eliza Harry Stanton. There is some conflicting information about her genealogy, but it appears that she was born circa 1813 in Rhode Island and married Joseph Stanton (1805-1876). After Eliza died in 1855, Joseph remarried Patience Dodge (1834-1918) around 1857 and their daughter Hannah Maria Stanton (1871-1950) donated the daguerreotype in this collection to the Museum of the American Indian in 1939.
According to State of Rhode Island's Report of Commission on the Affairs of the Narragansett Indians, Made to its General Assembly, at its January Session 1881, Eliza Stanton was possibly a descendent of the Ninigret line of chiefs, through Betsey Harry (also known as Elizabeth Harry), who was presumably her mother. The report also indicates that Eliza may have had a daughter, Anne (Annie) Wilson who at the time of the report was living in Norwich, CT.
Eliza Harry Stanton gifted this daguerreotype to her husband Joseph Stanton (1805-1876); after Eliza passed away, Joseph remarried Patience Dodge and they had a daughter Hannah Maria Stanton Hazard; Hannah gifted the daguerreotype to the Museum of the American Indian in 1939.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Daguerreotype of Eliza Harry Stanton, P13676, NMAI.AC.403; National Museum of the American Indian Archives Center, Smithsonian Institution.