Sunday, November 4, 2018

Samuel Anderson Edmiston



Photographer: S. A. Edmiston
Camden, Ark.

John A Edmiston (1827 - 1883)
Samuel Anderson Edmiston (1852 - 1925)

Both father John Edmiston and son Samuel Edmiston are followed in this timeline as John worked alone and then with son Samuel as “Edmiston and Son” and then Samuel worked alone later. There is no indication that either of Samuel’s sons worked in photography so any cards imprinted “Edmiston and Son” will be John and Samuel Edmiston.

Timeline sources: US census, city directories, newspaper items and state records; (Some biographical information has been added to help ascertain the photographer’s location.)
1827
Ohio, John A Edmiston is born
1850
Bergen, NY, John A Edmiston and Adelia Richmond are married
1852
New York, NY, Samuel Anderson Edmiston born to John A Edmiston and Adelia Richmond
1854
Ann Arbor, MI, Estella Edmiston is born to John and Adelia

1857
Indiana, Eliza Bell Edmiston is born to John and Adelia
1860
Washtenaw, MI, US census, John Edmiston as carpenter,
1863 Jul 01
Kalamazoo and Van Buren, MI, Civil War Draft list, John Edmiston as artist
1864
Michigan, daughter Cora Edmiston is born to John and Adelia
1864, 1965
Constantine, MI, tax document, John Edmiston as photographer
1870
Bushnell, IL, US census John A Edmiston as photographer; Samuel at 19 no occupation
1880 Jun 02
Canton, IL, US census, John A Edmiston as photographer; Samuel A Edmiston at same residence, also listed as photographer
1880 Jun 14
Sedalia, MO. US census Samuel A Edmiston as photographer; as a boarder (Just about two weeks after he was enumerated in Canton, IL, living with parents, see entry above)

1883
Sedalia, MO, state records, Samuel Edmiston and Clara Janette Landauer (1859-1903) are married
1883 Jul 31
Moberly, MO, state records, John A Edmiston dies at age 86
1883 Oct 04
St Louis (MO) Post news item says Mr and Mrs S A Edmiston are visiting in St Louis, MO
1888 Feb 04
Pine Bluff, AR, state records, Samuel Edmiston’s daughter Vera Blanch Edmiston is born
1888-1889
Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, AR; Polk’s Arkansas Business Directory: Samuel Edmiston listed at 2nd av
1891
Pine Bluff, AR, state records, Samuel Edmiston’s son Raymond Earle Edmiston, is born
1892-1893
Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, AR; Polk’s Arkansas Business Directory: Samuel Edmiston listed at 2nd av


1893 Oct 12
Pine Bluff (AR) Daily Graphic, news item says Edmiston (Samuel) will move his gallery
1893 Dec 16
Pine Bluff (AR) Daily Graphic news item says Edmiston new gallery is extensively water damaged
1894 Oct 03
Pine Bluff (AR) Daily Graphic, display ad showing that S A Edmiston has sold his gallery in Pine Bluff
1895 Sep 05
Arcadia and Girard Kansas: There was a pair of photographers in Kansas called “Edmiston and Millington” at this time. The gallery is called “Star Gallery” in some newspaper mentions. The gallery was operated from about December 1894 to January 1896 by N E Edmiston and J B Millington. There is apparently no connection to S A Edmiston. See two ads below
1895 Nov 28
Pine Bluff, AR, state records, Samuel Edmiston’s son Landauer Pursley Edmiston is born
1896 thru 1898
No records were found showing the whereabouts of S A Edmiston during this period

1898
Chicago, IL, city directory Samuel Edmiston NOT listed
1899
Chicago, IL, city directory Samuel Edmiston as traveling salesman; 4929 Champlain av
1900
Chicago, IL, US census Samuel Edmiston as traveling salesman; 556 E 50th
1903
Melrose Park, IL, Samuel Edmiston’s wife Clara Janette Landauer dies at age 43
1910
Proviso, IL, US census Samuel Edmiston as traveling salesman
1918 Apr 19
Berwyn, IL, state records, John’s wife Adelia dies at age 86
1925 Aug 13
Maywood, IL, Samuel Anderson Edmiston dies at age 98

The photograph at the top must have been made by Samuel Edmiston around 1888 to 1895 while he was living in Arkansas.

A card stamped only “Edmiston” would be difficult to date. John Edmiston began in photography about 1864 and continued until his death in 1885. Documents show his son Samuel Edmiston was a photographer from about 1880 to 1895 when he left Pine Bluff, AR, to be a traveling salesman based in Chicago, IL.

There was also a brief time in 1880 when father and son, John and Samuel, might have been working together.

Recap of places and dates:
Michigan: 1863 - 1894 (John)
Bushnell, IL: 1870 (John)
Canton, IL; 1880 (John and “John and son”)
Sedalia, MO; 1880 - 1883 (Samuel)
Pine Bluff, AR; 1883 - 1893 (Samuel)

These dates are based only on available documents. Actual time spans may be a bit longer.

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ne Bluff (AR) Daily Graphic - 12 Oct 1893

Pine Bluff (AR) Daily Graphic - 06 Nov 1893


Pine Bluff (AR) Daily Graphic - 16 Dec 1893

Pine Bluff (AR) Daily Graphic - 01 Feb 1894


Pine Bluff (AR) Daily Graphic - 03 Oct 1894


Pine Bluff (AR) Daily Graphic - 03 Oct 1894

Here are two examples of ads from the Kansas Edmiston. No connection has been found to S A Edmiston

Girard (KS) Press - 13 Dec 1894


Arcadia (KS) Times - 20 Dec 1894



photographer: S A Edmiston
example from Curt J on Flickr

reverse of card at left

Two CDV examples attributed to
J A and S A Edmiston
from Rotter web site



The following 18 CDV examples are from the Bee Archives Flickr site






























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