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Title:daguerreotype: Richard Colton
Date Made:ca. 1865
Materials:paper, ink, wood, glass, base metal
Place Made:United States
Measurements:overall: 12 1/2 in x 10 5/8 in x 3/4 in; 31.7 cm x 27 cm x 1.9 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2008.6.5
Credit Line:Gift of Roger M. and Maria C. Rogers
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Daguerreotype of Richard Colton (1787-1872) showing a white-haired man looking directly at the viewer and wearing a black coat, waistcoat, and shirt in its original wooden frame, which along with the matching picture of his wife Betsy Hale Colton (HD 2008.6.6) descended in the Colton family of Northfield.There is a handwritten label reading, "Capt. Richard Colton / Born April 16, 1787 / Died Aug. 6, 1872." The son of Isaac Colton (1760-1803) and Elizabeth Calkins Colton (d.1811), Richard Colton was born in Wilbraham, Massachusetts; married BetsThere is a handwritten label reading, "y Hale (1791-1865) of Enfield, Connecticut, in 1808; and moved to Northfield. Mass., in 1811. Richard was a plow and wagon maker, skilled surveyor, and active in civil affairs as a Northfield selectman, Representative in the Legislature in 1827, Justice of the Peace and County Commissioner. Richard and Betsy had six children: 1. Eli Hale (1809-1882) who married Cynthia Terry (1813-1889) of Enfield in 1838; 2. Eliza (1811-1891) who married George Alexander (1805-1887) of Northfield in 1834; 3. Amanda M. (1814-1899) who married Charles Alexander (1810-1892) of Northfield in 1845; 4. Alonzo (1816-1890) who married Sophronia Brewster (1821-1901) of South Hanson, Mass., in 1852, and moved to Hanson; 5. Edwin Williams (1831-1862) who married Mary S. Newton in 1860; and Edwin's twin brother, 6. Edward Wells (1831-1887) who married Susan Maxwell Heard (1837-1874) in 1861, and Fanny Matilda Warriner (1838-1917) of Brattleboro, Vermont, in 1877. The Colton family also had hand-colored versions of these two pictures (HD 2008.25.11-.12)


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