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Haight Family Mystery Photos

Rockaway Beach, Oregon in 1922-1923

This photo was taken at Rockaway Beach, Oregon in 1922 – 1923.   Although the kids in this picture were included in grandma Haight’s box of pictures, they look nothing like the Haights I know.  There are quite a few pictures of them with my mother and grandmother.   I recently discovered that my Samuel Haight ancestor being married to Rebecca Fowler connects the Haight family to the North Eastern American Indians of the Montauk Tribe.  So far the connection is not direct, but round-about.  Brefly, the connection starts back with:

Henry Fowler 1633 – 1688 & Rebecca Newell 1637 – 1730.

It branches off to  William Fowler b. 1660 & Elizabeth Mary Thoren b. 1669.

Joseph Fowler b 1685 & Phebe Hunt b. 1687

James Fowler, b. 1700 & Elizabeth Pharoah b.1706.  James was born in Montauk, New York.

Amson Occom & Mary Fowler

The other branch from Henry Fowler and Rebecca Newell starts with Henry Fowler b. 1658 – 1733 & Abigail Hoyt 1658 – 1730 leading to my Haight family tree.  I do believe there are other American Indian connections in my family, one being the sir name of Dick.   It is my hope someone will be able to identify the people in the pictures here and possibly connect to my Haight family tree.    Deanna


Rockaway Beach, Oregon 1922- 1923

Boy’s name is Eugene Mitchell b. 28 jan 1895, Wisconsin. d. 7 apr 1978.  submitted by:  RuthAnn M.

Rockaway Beach, Oregon 1922 – 1923










Have a feeling photo 103 & 103a are siblings with possible American Indian blood.  Photo 103 location is Rockaway Beach, Oregon.  The Haight family summered there off and on in one to two week periods.


 Haight Family Mystery Ancestors 

My mother is one of the children in this picture .  She was born in 1905, so this picture was taken about 1910.  The Haight family consists of the sir names that could be included in this picture.  They are:  Beeman, Crane, Layton, Cracknell, Mitchel, Gillard, Corman, Filbey, Irwin, Reils and Opheim.   Hopefully you will be able to identify some of these people.   The large person to the right of this picture is of great interest to me.  Would like to know if she could be Katherine Layton born August 1848.


 Rockaway Cabin owned by Jim and Maude Haight.

These young women could be in the Haight family or friends.  Does anyone know who these people are?

 These tin types have no markings on the back.



Gem tin-type measures about 1/2 inch by 1 inch.  It was known as a carte de visite tintype or ferrotype.   They were introduced in the United States in 1855.  Does anyone know who this is?


In the 1870’s, it was fashionable for the ladies to pull their natural hair back and secure it in a braid or hair net.  To that, they would include a hair piece fashioned as a braid to the top of their head.

The back has a 2 cent stamp postmarked with the date of 1865.  Newman Photographer, Hornellsville, NY.



Revenue stamps are a simple and easy to date and identify photographs.  Every photo sold between 1864 and 1865 will have a revenue stamp on it.  If it doesn’t the photo is from a different time period.  Additionally, revenue stamp cancellation marks can prove to be valuable when identifying location, photographer, or possible photo groupings.


  The back of this photo shows the photographer is Betts & Prusia in Dansville, New York.  The 2 cent hand cancelled stamp was in use from 1862 to 1883.  He looks like a young man, maybe early 20’s?


Revenue stamps were introduced to the American public in 1862.  Approved through the Revenue Act, the tax was to be an additional source of income to fund the Civil War.  Initially, revenue stamps were affixed to luxury items (telegrams, playing cards, ec.) as an additional source of revenue for the government.  When purchasing goods, all consumers had to pay an additional tax on items with the stamps.


The back is a little hard to read. The photographer is A. E. Beers in Rushville, N.Y. There is a very faint watermark on the stamp. Looks like it was done by hand. It looks like an X with an extra forward slant.


In 1864, the Revenue Act approved the adition of photos as taxable items.  All photos sold were federally mandted to have a revenue stamp attached to them.  When the photographer collected the stamp, he or she was to initial and date the stamp.


I have been surfing the net seeking information on this green George Washington US stamp to no avail.  It would help in giving us a date.  Can anyone provide documentation on this stamp?


 Like postage stamps, revenue stamps cane in assorted colors and values.  Most common colors were red, blue, orange, and green; values of 1, 2, and 3 cents.  Different denominations were required for the sale of different items.  As an additional identifier, each photogrpher had their own method of cancelling the stamps.  Some would initial and date (as required by law), some would cross off, and some would stamp.  The photo tax was repealed in 1865.

Revenue stamps are a simple and easy way to date and identify photographs.  Every photo sold bertween 1864 and 1865 will have a revenue stamp on it.  If it doesn’t, the photo is from a different time perion.  Additionally, revenue stamp cancellation marks can prove to be valuable when identifying location, photographer or possible photo groupings.


Another unknown from the Haight album.  It was with other pictures dated 1923.  Most likely location is Oregon.   Would love some information on this.  Deanna

Most likely this picture was taken on the Oregon coast.  Picture is from the Haight family album.


This picture was most likely taken in Oregon. It could have been a July 4th outing. See the flag in the back ground? The Haights always spent the 4th at Rockaway Beach, Oregon. But I don’t recognize the location. The picture It was in grandma Haight‘s box of pictures. Other possible sir names would be Beeman, Layton, Cracknell, Corman, Jarger (Yarger), Gillard, Mitchel, and Mergher.



This tintype is of one of my Haight ancestors.  Wish I knew which one.

Most likely this photo was taken on 42nd or 53rd Street in Portland.  The cross street may be Burnside.  Date would be in the early 1900’s.





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Posted by Deanna on March 18, 2011
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  1. 06/23/2011

    The photos were placed on cards called Carte de Visite or CDV’s. They started in France in 1854 and arrived in the United States around 1861 to 1865.

    The cards with square corners date pre 1872. The cards with rounded corners date after 1872. These measured 2.5 by 4 inches.

    Larger cards 4 by 6 inches started about 1870.

  2. 11/22/2015

    Hi there Deanna
    Elam Crane Haight built the house that i purchased in portland…

    Elam C Haight
    22 ne 53rd portland, or
    He built the house in 1923-1924
    The house next door was occupied by haights too!

    Do you have any pictures of these houses or Elam and Eleanor Meagher Haight?



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