Wednesday, September 6, 2017

James A McFadden


Photographer: McFadden
6 Winter St,. Boston

The sketchy story of photographer James A. McFadden was even made more difficult because there was another James McFadden living in the same town, at the same time, with fathers with the same first name, John. The two James A. McFaddens even lived in the same boarding house one year. The second James McFadden was just two years younger and worked making window shades and Venetian blinds, eventually starting his own company.

James A. McFadden
(13 Apr 1857 - 1894)
1857
Born in Lawrence, MA
1877
(Boston, MA, city directory) Not in this directory
1878
(Boston, MA, city directory) Jas A. McFadden as photographer, rms 149 Shaw ave; not in busn sect
1879
Boston, MA, city directory unavailable

1879
(MA Town and Vital Records) James A. McFadden and Martha J. Maiteland marry
1880
(Boston city directory) J. A. McFadden, photographer, bds 19 Buckingham; Martha McFadden, res. 19 Buckingham; Barry & McFadden, millinery, 717 Washington; Miss Julia A. Barry, r 57 Harvard;
1881
Boston, MA, city directory not available
1881
Jun 20 (Boston Post news item) Fire burns out McFadden Millinery at Green Bay, WS
1882
(Boston, MA, city directory) James A. McFadden, photographer at 6 Winter, bds 41 Buckingham (also in bus sect); Mrs J. A. McFadden of (Barry & McFadden), 717 Washington, house 41 Buckingham; (Note: his father, John McFadden, mason, also boards the same address)


1883
(Boston, MA, city directory) James A. McFadden, photographer at 6 Winter, bds 41 Buckingham (also in bus sect); Mrs J. A. McFadden, house 41 Buckingham; Miss J. A. Barry, milliner, listed in bus sect. without Mrs. McFadden
1884
(Boston, MA, city directory) (No residential section, bus sect only) James A. McFadden, photographer at 6 Winter; Miss J. A. Barry, milliner, listed in bus sect without Mrs. McFadden
1885
(Boston, MA, city directory) J. A. and Mrs. Martha McFadden are not in this directory; Miss J. A. Barry, milliner, listed in bus sect without Mrs. McFadden
1886
(Boston, MA, city directory) J. A. McFadden, res 55 Appleton, bus sect as McFadden and Shaw, photographers at 913 Washington with William F. Shaw; Mrs J. A. McFadden not listed in res sect; Miss J. A. Barry, milliner, listed in bus sect without Mrs. McFadden
1887
Boston, MA, city directory unavailable

1888
Boston, MA, city directory unavailable
1889
(Boston, MA, city directory) James A. McFadden rms 55 Appleton, listed as working at 122 Elliot but does not say what business, not shown in bus sect; Mrs McFadden not in directory res or bus sect;
William F. Shaw listed as photogrphr in the bus sect; A. A. Glines is photographer at 6 Winter
1890
(Boston, MA, city directory) James A. McFadden rms 55 Appleton (no occupation shown); Mrs. J. A. Mcfadden bds at 55 Appleton; Neither McFadden nor Shaw are listed in the business section
1891
Boston, MA, city directory unavailable
1892
(Boston, MA, city directory) James A. McFadden not listed in res or bus sect; Mrs M. J. McFadden listed as millinery goods, 581 Washington, res 8 Hollis
1893
(Boston, MA, city directory) J. A. McFadden and Mrs McFadden are not in this directory


Boston Globe
21 Jun 1881
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1894
(Boston vital records) Notation of death of James A. McFadden
1894
(Boston, MA, city directory) Mrs. M. J. McFadden, millinery goods, 546 and 591 Washington, h 2 E Brookline
1895
(Boston, MA, city directory) Neither James A. or Mrs. McFadden are in this directory
1899
(Boston, MA, city directory) Neither James A. or Mrs. McFadden are in this directory

Boston, MA, city directories and the US Census of 1880 find James McFadden in Boston as a photographer from about 1878 to 1890. He appears to have been located at 6 Winter, Boston, MA, only twice, in 1882 and 1883.

Boston Globe
03 Aug 1894



photographer: J J McFadden
Millersberg, OH
example from auction site

So far no connection has been made to J A McFadden of Boston.



reverse of CDV at left

photographer: McFadden
Bath, ME

Bath, Maine is only 150 miles from Boston, MA. It is quite possible that J A McFadden had a studio there but no documentation has been found.

Not the one you were looking for? Here's the photographer's INDEX by name. Listed here are all the Cabinet Card photographers of the 19th century found in LOST GALLERY. This is a work in progress. For a look at the original postings go to LOST GALLERY.

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