Photo Friday – Berryman, Morse, & Smith

Linwood Dyer Collection – Part 008
By Don Taylor

For Photo Friday, I examined two people and a house from the Linwood Dyer Collection. This collection includes hundreds of photos, documents, and genealogies of people who lived in Scarborough, South Portland, and Cape Elizabeth, Maine. I desire to analyze the images and reunite the photos with family members who may have never seen the picture. The Scarborough Historical Society holds the originals in this collection.

Elizabeth Hight Smith, 1896.

A photo of Elizabeth hight Smith, circa 1896.
Elizabeth hight Smith, circa 1896.

The photo identifying information includes Elizabeth Hight Smith | Aunt Emaline Simpson’s daughter | 5 or 6 children. Photographer: Frees & Holland, 611 Washington St., Boston.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • This cabinet card was produced by Frees & Holland, 611 Washington St., Boston. A review of Boston City directories finds that the 1896 directory is the only year “Frees & Holland” is listed[i]. That dates the photo to 1896.
  • My search of Ancestry found Elizabeth Hight Smith in a photo in the 1900 yearbook for Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts[ii]. I am confident it is the same person.
  • Family Search identified Elizabeth H. Smith, the daughter of Obediah Francis and Emily M. (Simpson) Smith, as profile 9M5F-8VQ. Elizabeth was born on 12 January 1877.
  • The 1900 US Census found Elizabeth living with her parents, Obed. & Emily, at 12 Northampton Road, Amherst, MA. Elizabeth is a student. Smith College is about 7 miles away from her home in Amherst.[iii]
yearbook photo of Elizabeth hight Smith
Yearbook photo of Elizabeth hight Smith

Ancestry has one public tree that refers to Elizabeth H Smith, daughter of Obediah and Emily (Simpson) Smith.

I uploaded the above photo of Elizabeth Hight Smith to her Family Search Memories.

Lewis John Berryman, circa Oct 1901.

The photographer is H. M. Smith, Portland, Maine. Handwritten on the back of the photo, it says, Lewis J Berryman | 14 months.

photo of lewis j Berryman, circa 1901.
Lewis j Berryman,
circa October 1901

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Family Search indicates that Lewis John Berryman was born on 2 August 1900 in Portland, Maine. His parents are James George and Annie Sarah (Libby) Berryman.
  • The 1900 Portland City Directory, Page 309, indicates only one person listed with the Berryman surname, James G. Berryman.
  • I am confident this photo is of Lewis John Berryman, taken in October 1901.

Ancestry has 14 public trees that refer to Lewis John Berryman, son of James George and Annie Sarah (Libby) Berryman. Family Search has profile LT6D-H2X for Lewis John Berryman (1900-1976).

I uploaded this photo of Lewis to his Family Search Memories.

“Morse House, Roslindale (Boston), Mass.”

The back of this photo says, “Morse Home – Roselindale, Mass.”

What I learned about this photo.

Photo of the Morse home, Roslindale, MA
The Morse house, Roslindale (Boston), Mass.
  • There is no town of Roselindale, Mass; however, Roslindale, MA, is a neighborhood in Boston between Mattapan and West Roxbury.
  • The 1900 US Census identified Roslindale residents. There were three Morse families in Roslindale.
    • Eugine Morse (Head) with wife Mabel and daughters Dorethy and Ruth. They lived at 4331 Washington St.
    • Mary Morse (Head) has sons Charles and Fred, and a daughter, Annie L. They lived at 69 Birch St.
    • A Robert Morse family lived at 4191 Washington St (Roslindale) in the 1900 Census.

I can’t confirm this photo is the home of any of the above Morse families. Hopefully, further research into the collection will give more information.

I uploaded this photo to my Flickr Photostream.


I identified two individuals. Both have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories.

I would love to hear your reaction if any of these photos are of your family member. Especially if this photo is of a loved one for whom you hadn’t seen this photograph before.

Due to software limitations, the images uploaded to Family Search and Flickr have higher quality than those linked here.


[i] Internet: Cabinet Card Photographers – Holland –

[ii] Ancestry – US School Yearbooks, 1900-2016, Massachusetts, Northampton, Smith College, 1900 (Image 32 of 140) Elizabeth Hight Smith.

[iii] 1900 US Federal Census, Massachusetts, Hampshire, Amherst, ED 615, Sheet 4B, Line 96, Elizabeth H Smith.

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