Lost Pictures: New York Gathering of Last Men of the Revolution
Searching GenealogyBank’s database of newspaper, I came across a notice for a reunion of Revolutionary War veterans in the New-Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette for August 28, 1845.
In that month, George Washington Park Custis, adopted son (and grandson) of President George Washington visited New York City. There was a reception at the house of Alderman Peters attended by “the friends and companions in arms of the great Washington.” At that time, photography was still a relatively novel invention, but it’s quite possible that some of the attendees sat for a daguerreotype portrait before their death.
The following individuals were at the reunion. Their ages at the time (if known) are in parentheses. Not all were veterans. Some were well-known in New York while others were children of veterans.
Major Popham (93)
John Battin (93) of New York City
Major General Van Buren of Staten Island
Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church
George B. Thorp
Elisha Whittlesey of Ohio
James M. Crane of Virginia
Samuel L. Waldo
Dr. John W. Francis
Isaac T. Hopper
Homer Curtis of Mount Vernon, Ohio
Dr. James E. Maney
Thomas Morris (born in 1771)
Teunis Quick (born in 1767)
A.S. Norwood (born 1770)
Gilbert Smith (born 1772)
James Black of Newark, New Jersey
John W. Mulligan
Daniel B. Tallmadge
Judge Ogden Edwards
Geroge F. Hopkins
These are the only individuals named in the article, but according to the report about two hundred men who had served in the American Revolution came to pay respects to Custis. I’ve already checked online databases and historical societies collections.
If you know of any images of these men, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.