Ellet, Cabell, and Hopkins families photographs
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Ellet, Cabell, and Hopkins families photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Cabell, William Daniel, 1834-1904
Creator: Condon, Linnie.
Creator: Ellet, Charles, 1810-1862
Creator: Hopkins family
Creator: Root, M. A., (Marcus Aurelius), 1808-1888
Title: Ellet, Cabell, and Hopkins families photographs
Dates: approximately 1850-1880, undated
Quantity: 11.0 Image(s) (three daguerretoypes, two ambrotypes, one Victoria card, one cart-de-visite, three albumen prints, and one miniature oil)
Identification: ahc.VIS29

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Ellet, Jr. (1810-1862) was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Charles Ellet and Mary Israel (1780-1870). Ellet, Jr. worked for the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, Utica & Schenectady Railroad, and the New York & Erie Railroad, and served as chief engineer of the James River & Kanawha Canal. He built the first important suspension bridge in the United States over the Schuylkill River in 1842 and in 1849 built what was then the longest suspension bridge in the world over the Ohio River at Wheeling.

Ellet, Jr. married Elvira Daniel (?-1862) in 1837 and the couple had a son, Charles Rivers Ellet (1843-1863) and a daughter, Mary Virginia Ellet (1830-1904). In 1862, Ellet, Jr. was commissioned a colonel in the Union Army and remodeled nine river boats, commonly known as Ellet Rams, for use in Civil War naval warfare. He was killed during the surrender of Memphis, Tennessee.

Charles Rivers Ellet served in the Union Navy, commanded the Ellet Ram, Switzerland, and died after the Battle of Vicksburg in 1863.

Mary Virginia Ellet married William Daniel Cabell (1834-1904) and the couple had a daughter, Nina Ellet Cabell. Nina Ellet Cabell married Linton C. Hopkins. Additional biographical information about the Ellet, Cabell, and Hopkins families has not been determined.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of portraits of members of the Ellet, Cabell, and Hopkins families. The portrait of Mary Virginia Ellet Cabell (VIS 29.8) was produced by Marcus Aurelius Root (1808-1888), a well-known daguerreian, who worked primarily in Philadelphia and New York. Some of the albumen cards were produced by Linnie Condon, a late nineteenth century female photographer working in Atlanta, Georgia.


Index Terms

Ambrotypes
Daguerreotypes
Photographers--Georgia--Atlanta
Suspension bridges--Design and construction.
Tintypes
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Naval operations

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ellet, Cabell, and Hopkins families photographs, VIS 29, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1979


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.


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VIS 29.1VIS 29.1Daguerreotype, bust portrait of Charles Ellet, Jr., undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 29.2VIS 29.2Daguerreotype, half-length seated portrait of Mary Israel Ellet, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 29.2aVIS 29.2aAlbumen print, copy of alternate view of daguerreotype VIS 29.2, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 29.3VIS 29.3Daguerreotype, half-length seated portrait of Mary Virginia Ellet Cabell; stamped: M. A. Root, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 29.4VIS 29.4Oil miniature, bus portrait, unidentified boy, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 29.5VIS 29.5Victoria card, portrait of Flournoy Hopkins as a child, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 29.6VIS 29.6Albumen print portrait of Nina Hopkins as a child, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 29.7VIS 29.7Carte-de-visite portrait of an unidentified man, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 29.8VIS 29.8Albumen print portrait of Nina Ellet Cabell as a child, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 29.9VIS 29.9Ambrotype, (broken), exterior scene of Niagara Falls with Mary Virginia Ellet and husband, William Daniel Cabell, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 29.10VIS 29.10Ambrotype, half-length portrait of Charles Rivers Ellet in military uniform, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )