Wednesday, November 27, 2019

John Bennette Chambers

photographer Chambers (JB or BJ)
Brownwood, TX

John Bennette Chambers
(1870 - )

1870 May
Waco, Texas, US census, birth year agrees in all census reports, John Bennette Chambers is born
Texas, state records, J B Chambers marries Alice Souther
Abilene, TX, US census Chambers as photographer
Abilene, TX, city directory Chambers NOT listed (earliest directory available)
1909, 1911
Brownwood, TX, city directory, J B Chambers and wife are NOT listed
Snyder, TX, US census Chambers listed as real estate agent; Wife Alice listed as photographer
1920 27 Apr
Corpus Christi, TX, US census Chambers as real estate agent
Bryan (TX) Eagle, news item, College Station, John Bennette Chambers JR receives BA degree

Cameron, TX, US census of 1940 Chambers is living in Cameron, TX
Cameron, TX, US census Chambers as farmer
1941 Jul 08
Temple, TX, J B Chambers dies at age 72

There were several citizens named J B (or B J) Chambers in Texas during the cabinet card era. Only one Chambers came up associated with photography and then only once. The 1900 US census, J B Chambers is listed as a photographer in Abilene, TX. All other documents show him as a real estate agent.

The US census of 1910 shows J B Chambers as 5eal estate agent and his wife Alice as photographer.

So if this is the correct Chambers as photographer for this unusual cabinet card, it must have been done around 1900.

This is a "Best Guess" scenario. If you have additional information or examples please send a note to the email address in the profile. Thanks.

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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

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