Photo Friday: a 19th century photographic journey (photo 7)

This Friday’s photograph features a group of men posing at the entrance of a building. Let us know what you think about this photo and provide a caption. Anyone who writes a caption and posts it to our blog or our Facebook page will be automatically entered to win a free standard family tour. The winner will be announced in September.

The couple flirting in the photo from last week is Reverend Thomas Burrows and his wife Antoinette DuBois. Thomas was born in 1839 in County Tyrone, Ireland, but came to America with his family when he was just 14. After establishing himself as a Reverend in the states, Thomas was married to his first wife Phebe Bart. They were both missionaries in Africa, but tragically, she died of malaria fourteen weeks into their marriage. After her untimely death, Thomas returned to America and married his second wife, Sophronia Merrill Adams, in Ohio on April 25, 1866. They had five children together, but their marriage ended for reasons unknown. His third and final wife, the woman he is pictured with, is Antoinette DuBois. They married in New York when she was 47 and he was 61. Antoinette was born on November 04, 1853 to parents Josiah DuBois Jr. and Emily Catlin DuBois of Kingston, New York. When she died in 1932, The Kingston Daily Freeman wrote a brief obituary about her life and death, listed under the Local Death Record section of the newspaper. It is as follows:

Mrs. Antoinette DuBois Burrows,
who was born in Kingston and re-
sided here during the greater part of
her life, died early Sunday afternoon
at her home on Green street, after
a very short illness. Mrs. Burrows
was the daughter of the late Josiah
DuBois Jr., and Emily Catlin Du
Bois. She was the wife of the late
Rev. Thomas Burrows, who was for
a number of years the rector of the
Church of the Holy Spirit in this
city. Mrs. Burrows, who was a
woman of fine Christian character,
firm convictions, and friendly dispo-
sition, will be greatly missed by
many loyal friends. All her life
deeply interested in, and closely iden-
tified with the life and work of the
Episcopal Church. Mrs. Burrows was
at the time of her death, a member of
St. John’s Episcopal Church [of] this
city. Mrs. Burrows is survived by
one brother, William E. DuBois of
New Paltz, and one sister, Mrs. Louis
[Hoyaradt], of this city: a step daugh-
ter Mrs. Harry G. Smith of this city,
and a stepson, Thomas Burrows, of
New York city. Funeral services
with the Rev. S. Glover Dunseath of
West Park officiating in the absence
from town of the Rev. W. Poyntell
Kemper, rector of St. John’s Church,
were held this afternoon at 3 o’clock
at the home of her sister, Mrs. Louis
[Hoysradt], 53 West Chester street,
interment was in Montrepose ceme-

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3 Responses to Photo Friday: a 19th century photographic journey (photo 7)

  1. Irma Elaine says:

    The Historic Huguenot Street Library and Archives collection contains letters written by Emily Catlin, too bad there aren’t any love letters between Thomas and Antoinette. They are just too cute!

  2. Looks like they are on a break.

  3. Elizabeth Cook says:

    I do have a lovely letter written to Thomas Burrows (my great-great grandfather) by his father before he, Thomas, sailed to Africa as a missionary. This letter is full of pride and love, written by a father who wasn’t in any way certain that father and son would meet again. The letter essentially ends with “if we never meet again on this earth, we shall meet in Heaven”. The first time I read this letter, I cried.

    Thank you for posting this wonderful photo! It seems that there is a strong streak of playfulness in our family. In looking at this photo, I’m reminded of both my grandfather, Samuel Burrows Smith (Thomas’ grandson) and my father, Samuel Burrows Smith, Jr.

    Thomas’ marriage to Sophronia ended at her death.

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