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I've "rescued" an old photograph of Mrs. P. M. JAMES which was taken at the
Lewis Studio in Amboy, Illinois. I believe that the photograph was taken in
the 1880's with Mrs. JAMES likely in her 30's at the time it was taken. In
addition to her name, someone has written "as a young married woman" on the
back of the photograph. Based on limited research I believe that this is a
photograph of Charlotte Louise VAUGHAN b. 17 Apr 1858 in Amboy, IL to
parents Calvin VAUGHAN (b. 28 Jul 1828 in Plattsburg, NY) and Louise Marie
BALCH (b. 18 Aug 1829). Charlotte married Peleg Miner JAMES Jr. (b. 14 Jul
1850 in Exeter, RI) on 25 Dec 1878.
The couple had 6 children including, Harold; Leonard Vaughan; Herbert Miner;
Louise Ann; Edward Allen; and Harriet Lillian JAMES, all born between 1881
and 1895. It would appear that all the children were born in Amboy, IL.
Census records provide the following information regarding the family:
1880 census of Amboy, IL:
P. M. JAMES, age 29, a School Teacher, born RI, parents born RI
Lottia JAMES, wife, age 22, Keeping House, born IL, parents born NY
1900 census of Amboy, IL:
P. M. JAMES, age 49, born Jul 1850, married 21 years, born RI, parents born
RI, a Lawyer
Lottie JAMES, wife, age 42, born Apr 1858, married 21 years, 6 children/6
living, born IL, parents born NY/CT
Harold D. JAMES, son, age 19, born Apr 1881, born IL, at School
Leonard V. JAMES, son, age 15, born Jun 1884, born IL, at School
Herbert M. JAMES, son, age 14, born Feb 1886, born IL, at School
Louise A. JAMES, dau, age 10, born Apr 1890, born IL, at School
Edward A. JAMES, son, age 7, born Feb 1893, born IL, at School
Harriet L. JAMES, dau, age 4, born Nov 1895, born IL
1910 census of Amboy, IL:
Peleg M. JAMES, age 59, married 31 years, born RI, parents born RI, a Lawyer
Lottie L. JAMES, wife, age 52, married 31 years, 6 children/6 living, born
IL, parents born NY
Louise A. JAMES, dau, age 19, born IL
Edward A. JAMES, son, age 17, born IL
Harriet L. JAMES, dau, age 14, born IL
1920 census of Amboy, IL:
Peleg M. JAMES, age 69, born RI, parents born RI, a Lawyer
Lottie L. JAMES, wife, age 61, born IL, parents born NY
Harriet L. JAMES, dau, age 24, born IL, a Public School Teacher
And living directly next door during the 1920 census of Amboy, IL:
Louise VAUGHAN, age 90, a widow, born NY, parents born MA
Harriett VAUGHAN, dau, age 59, divorced, born IL, parents born NY
I am hoping to locate someone from this family so that this wonderful old
photograph can be returned to their care. If you are a member of this
family, or know someone who might be, please contact me.
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