This is a copy of the photo of Samuel Thomas Stephenson 1825-1875 sent to me by the late Elmer Oris Parker. Mr. Parker, in the text below the picture, explained how he identified the ambrotype as that of Samuel Thomas Stephenson.
This ambrotype was given to Robert B. Stephenson by one of his two brothers when leaving South Carolina. Green in 1850 or Samuel in 1857. The identification of the ambrotype is reasonably easy .The ambrotype,essentially a photographic negative on glass backed with black velvet and encased,was in vogue from 1855 to 1857,when it was discovered that paper prints could be mounted on paper. In 1853 John R. Schorb came to Yorkville and opened a studio first making daguerreotypes, then ambrotypes and finally photographs. The identity is obvious-- Green left in 1850 before the advent of the ambrotype and Sam about the time it became obsolete.
Samuel Thomas Stephenson was the son of John Stephenson( 1785-1845) and Elenor Cooper. I am a descendant of John Stephenson's brother,Samuel John Robert Stephenson (1796-post 1860).
This site has a clearer image of Samuel Thomas Stephenson: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/53272062
The suit worn by Samuel Thomas Stephenson was made by his wife Elizabeth Narcissa Lyle(1827-1861).
I wanted to share this family photo of Samuel Thomas Stephenson with the community. Location: York County,South Carolina. Date: 1857.
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