Richard Wilson

The name of the photography studio looks like G. F. Steinwehr. I'm trying to determine approximately when the picture was taken, so I wonder if anyone knows when that photography studio was in business in Rockwood. It is labelled Richard Wilson and was handed down through the Wilson/Swafford/Clark/Shamblin line. Many of the dates below are from census records.

Richard Wilson b. 1773--d. between 4 Jul 1860 and 1870 marr. Jane Burk b. 1801--d. between August, 1850 and July, 1860

Their daughter, Martha Caroline Wilson 1828-1903 marr. Lawrence Swafford 1826-1906.  They were in Roane Co. at the time of the 1900 census, Lawrence is included in the Goodspeed history of the county, so they must have been there also in 1886. They were in McMinn Co., TN, in 1880.

Their daughter, Mary Ann Swafford b. ca 1848--d. between 1870 and1880 marr. Joseph P. Clark 1846-1905.

Their daughter, Mary Bell Clark 1872-1956 marr. Henry Lee Shamblin 1866-1952.

I don't think this photograph is the Richard Wilson born in 1773.

Richard also had a son named Richard, Jr., who was Martha Caroline Wilson Swafford's brother.  He was born circa 1829 and died after the 1860 census--have not been able to find him in a census after that.

Richard, Jr., had a nephew, Richard Thomas Wilson, who was born in 1855 and died in 1915.

Richard, Sr., also had a gr-grandson named Richard J. Wilson born circa 1872, and I have no more information on him.

If I can find when the studio was in business, I may be able to determine which Richard Wilson is pictured.

Barbara Wilson Dooley
Cullowhee, NC

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