Cartes de Visite album links to the Stanley family and Earls of Derby

The Carte de Visite album passed down from Mary Fleming (nee Lamb) has been a wonderful example of an early photograph collection to work on.  This collection dates from the late 1850’s to the 1870’s, spanning the period of great popularity of the format for collections of celebrity pictures, exchanging with friends and acquaintances in place of the visiting card and family keepsakes.

I have established the connection between the Fleming and Stanley families.  In the 1868 London Post Office Directory’s Court section, Charles James Fox Stanley is listed at 9 & 10 Half Moon Street, the address of Flemings Hotel.

The four photos annotated with names Stanleys: Evelyn Emma, Margaret Alice, Douglas James George and Albert Hamilton are all consistent with being those members of the Stanley family, children of Charles James Fox Stanley, 3rd son of the 13th Earl of Derby.  I dated the photos based on costume, props and records of the photographer’s activities found in census, newspapers and trade directories, estimated the ages of the subjects and calculated which Stanley family members could be represented in the album. The Stanley family were resident at Loxley Hall, near Uttoxeter in 1871.  The group photo portraying eight people was taken by T B Allport of Uttoxeter.

Then I compared the faces, eliminating bias by presenting pairs of faces to a sample of genealogists, friends and family, and using Picasa to compare faces.  As I expected people performed better  than the computer software.  These techniques provided supporting evidence for the identity of some Stanley family members, but sadly disproved my hopes of finding one of the Earls of Derby in the album.  

5 Comments on “Cartes de Visite album links to the Stanley family and Earls of Derby”

  1. Mark Wilson says:

    Dear Sue, have just run across your website I found via a google search on Carno & Matthew Wilson. I did the search as I have a family tree thats almost identical to Matthew’s that I received from my cousin via my dad. On it Matthew’s father Robert is cited and its written that he went to Carno with Oliver Cromwell. I think there was some big civil war rebellian at the time. Please feel free to get in contact if you like and maybe we can compare notes. I’m trying to trace back as far as possible and am stuck at Robert Wilson (17 th century) Kind regards, Mark


  2. What a wonderful collage of photos! Excellent.
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)


  3. Hallo Sue,

    Just wanted to let you know that I have nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. Please visit my blog for your badge and acceptance rules. ( ) 🙂

    Kind regards,

    Christine (rootsresearcher at So That’s Where I Get It From)


  4. […] A photograph album containing pictures annotated with names of several children of Charles James Fox Stanley and Frances Augusta Campbell, featured in Cartes de Visite album links to the Stanley family and Earls of Derby. […]


  5. […] I admit that I hoped that pairs 2 – 6 would have decisive ‘Yes’ answers to support the conclusions summarised in Cartes de Visite album links to the Stanley family and Earls of Derby. […]


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