Friday, September 21, 2018

William Allen Carson




photographer: Carson
Hillsdale, MI


reverse of cabinet card at the left

William Allen Carson
(1833-1909)

Information sources: US, Canadian census, state marriage and death records, news items as noted

1833 Mar 28
Seneca, NY, Michigan death records, Ontario, CA, marriage records, William Allen Carson is born to William Scott Carson and Angeline B Colwell in Seneca, Ontario County, New York
1850 Jul 15
Seneca, Ontario, NY, US census, Carson at age 17
1860
Toronto, CA, city directory as no occupation shown; res 6 King st w
1861
Toronto, York, Canada West, Canada; as photographer; res King st North side
1863 Sep 11
Ontario, CA, Ontario county records, William A Carson and Mary Ann Wylie marry
1867 Jul 16
Hillsdale (MI) Standard news display ad for Andrews and Carson photo studio

1870
Hillsdale, MI, city directory as photographer with Andrew & Carson; res s s Bacon, cor Manning
1870 Jun 14
Hillsdale, MI, US census Carson as photographer
1875 Oct 26
Hillsdale (MI) Standard news item about Carson and the Eureka Club elections in Hillsdale, WI
1876 Sep 26
Hillsdale (MI) Standard news item mentions W A Carson, popular photographer
1877 Jan 23
Hillsdale (MI) Standard news item mentions social at the home of W A Carson
1878 Jul 30
Hillsdale (MI) Standard news item says Carson has just returned from a trip through Illinois and Iowa
1879 Sep 16
Hillsdale (MI) Standard news item says Carson has left for Toronto, ON the day before
1880 Jun 05
Hillsdale, MI, US census Carson as Daguerrian artist


1881
Peoria, IL, city directory, Wm A Carson NOT listed; Wm B Carson is listed as photographer
1889
Peoria, IL, city directory Carson NOT listed
1890-1891
Peoria, IL, city directory Wm A Carson as artist
1892 Mar 09
Detroit (MI) Free Press according to a news item, Carson is listed as visiting Detroit from Hillsdale, MI
1892
Peoria, IL, city directory Carson NOT listed
1893
Detroit, MI, city directory Carson NOT listed
1893 Oct 01
Detroit (MI) Free Press news item says Mrs W A Carson and daughter have returned from Hillsdale
1894
Detroit, MI, city directory NOT available
1894
Cleveland, OH, city directory Carson NOT listed
1895
Detroit, MI, city directory as photographer for G A F Peterson; bds 76 Sproat

Hillsdale (MI) Standard - 26 Sep 1876

1896
Cleveland, OH, Detroit, MI, city directories W A Carson NOT listed
1897
Cleveland OH, Detroit, MI, city directories, Carson NOT listed;
1898
Cleveland, OH, city directory as clerk; res 121 Streator
1899
Cleveland, OH, city directory as clerk; res 123 Streator (123 probably a print error)
1900
Cleveland OH, city directory as photographer; res 121 Streator av
1901
Cleveland, OH, city directory Carson as photographer; res 1703 Superior; no studio listed
1902
Cleveland, OH, city directory Carson NOT listed
1903
Detroit, MI, city directory Carson NOT listed (1902 Detroit, MI, directory incomplete)
1904
Detroit, MI, city directory as photographer; bds 31 Joy; no studio listed

Hillsdale (MI) Standard - 23 Jan 1877

1905
Detroit, MI, city directory Carson as Printer; bds 33 Joy
1906, 1907, 1908, 1909
Detroit, MI, city directory as photographer; bds 31 Joy; no studio listed
1909 Aug 03
Michigan state records, William Allen Carson dies at age 76

Carson moved around a lot. Records found him in Toronto, Detroit, Peoria, Hillsdale, and Cleveland. When his location is unknown, the timeline above lists places he was NOT.

While still living in Hillsdale, MI, he was active in the Eureka Dancing Club and the Hillsdale Amateur Dramatis Association.

William A Carson apparently worked for other photographers most of his career. It appears the only time he had his own studio was between 1870 and 1880 when he was working in Hillsdale, MI. And at least some of that time he was partnered with Reuben L Andrew as “Andrew and Carson”.

Hillsdale (MI) Atandard

Hillsdale (MI) Standard - 16 Sep 1879

Hillsdale (MI) Standard - 16 Jul 1867


Hillsdale (MI) Standard - 26 Oct 1875

Detroit (MI) Free Press - 29 Mar 1892

Detroit (MI) Free Press - 01 Oct 1893


Hillsdale (MI) Standard - 10 Jan 1899


photographer Carson
CDV example found at Langdon Road

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