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L. J. Gildersleeve

1858-1859       Address Unknown, Fayetteville, Tennessee.

L. J. Gildersleeve was recorded in two advertisements in the Fayetteville Observer Fayetteville, Tennessee.  Both advertisement were recorded eight time between December 23, 1858 and April 21, 1859.  Christmas Coming.  And with it a great variety of fancies and fineries suitable for gifts for the occasion, such as fine Jewelry, Silver Ware, fancy China Pictures, and fancy and toilet Goods generally, all of which may be had at Gildersleeve’s at low prices.

We are, also prepared to furnish the patent Ambrotype—the finest and most durable picture made—to those who may wish to give a copy of their pretty faces as a memorial to particular friends.  We are the only party in this part of the State in possession of the process, and having the right to use it.

We also take the plain Ambrotype and Melainotype at low-prices.

Particular attention given to work on Watches and every description of Time Pieces.  A great variety of Clocks for sale very low.

Pictures!  Pictures!  Patent Ambrotypes!  L. J. Gildersleeve Has made arrangements with the owners of the right of the process in this State, for taking these inimitable pictures, and is now prepared to furnish all who may wish really fine and durable pictures in style unsurpassed.  Pictures by this process have never been taken in this part of the country, as it is known only to the patentees and their assignees.  They are unequalled by any other.—Rooms in connection with the Jewelry Store.  Pictures taken in all kinds of weather.

L. J. Gildersleeve is not recorded in other photographic directories.

E. B. Taylor

1855                Large Brick Building, South Side of Square, Fayetteville, Tennessee.

1855                Address Unknown, Millville, Tennessee.

1856                Sulphur Spring at Craighead, Tennessee.

1857-1858       South side of the Square, long brick building, Fayetteville, Tennessee.

E. B. Taylor was recorded in three announcements and five advertisements in the Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, Tennessee).  The first announcement appeared on April 26, 1855.  Daguerreotypes—Mr. E. B. Taylor, Daguerrean Artist, has taken a room in the large brick building, south side of the Square, where he may be found on Friday and Saturday of each week, ready to furnish customers with any number of superior pictures that may be desired.  He has an excellent camera, good light, fine and common plates and cases, the best of chemicals, and what is more, he knows how to use them.  Give him a call—he is a clever, accommodating gentleman.

The first advertisement ran from April 26 to May 24, 1855.  Daguerreotypes!  The subscriber has the pleasure of informing the residents of Fayetteville and vicinity, that he has taken an excellent room in this pace, in the large brick, south side of the public square, where all are respectfully invited to call.  Come whether you want pictures or not, and see what is to be seen.

My stay will be short—only every Friday and Saturday of each week—come without delay.  Secure some precious Memento of your friends before death takes them from you.

E. B. Taylor, Practical Daguerreotypist.                   

The second announcement appeared on May 24, 1855.  Daguerreotypes—By reference to the advertisement of Mr. E. B. Taylor, Daguerrean Artist, it will be seen that he will close his room in this place the last of this week, and open on Friday next week, at Millville.  To our many friends in that region, we commend him as a good operator, and an honorable, gentlemanly, courteous man.

The third announcement appeared on June 26, 1856.  Daguerreotypes—Mr. E. B. Taylor has opened his daguerrean rooms at the Sulphur Spring, eight miles north-west of this place.  Our friends in that section who may desire good pictures, would do well to give him a call.  See his card in another column.

The second advertisement ran from June 26 to July 31, 1856.  Pictures.  Do You Want Good Pictures?  Then come one come all to the Sulphur Spring, at Craighead.  Come and see my new specimens—and you that want your pictures, come and sit for one, and I will try to give satisfaction to all.  If I can’t, I will not bind you to take it.  Come soon as my stay is limited. 

The third advertisement ran from February 5 to October 29, 1857.  E. B. Taylor, Daguerrean, Ambrotype, Melainotype Artist, South side of the Square, Fayetteville, middle door of the long brick, and 3d story.

The Melainotype is something entirely new.  It can be seen alike in all lights.  There is no metallic glare in the way as is in a Daguerreotype, and cannot be surpassed by any other Pictures for their richness and beauty, and they can be sold from 75 cents up.  Pictures taken in cloudy weather as well as fair.  I only ask from 1 to 3 seconds in clear weather to take children’s Pictures.  The Melainotype Pictures can be sent in a letter, without a case, and not be soiled.  Come everybody, and see what is to be seen, and get Pictures if you want.  If I can’t give satisfaction before finishing, there is no obligation on the purchaser.      

The fourth advertisement ran from October 29 to November 19, 1857.  E. B. Taylor, Artist, Fayetteville, Tenn.  Takes this method of informing his friends and the public generally, that his business requires him to close his Gallery in Fayetteville in a few days—or at farthest, 3 weeks.  All those desiring Pictures will come.  I have some fine Frames and fine Cases I will sell very low. The price of other Cases as heretofore.  Those owing me will please pay against that time.  If not paid without suing for it, be assured you never get another on a credit.                            

The fifth advertisement ran from February 18 to 25, 1858.  E. B. Taylor, Has opened his Picture Gallery at his old stand, South side of the Square, Fayetteville, middle door of the long brick building, and third story.—My room will be open to all who will favor me with a call.  Always kept on hand an assortment of Cases and Frames.  Prices as heretofore.  I will say to those owing me, that I am obliged to have money to carry on the business. And if settlement is not made by the First Monday in March, I will certainly place their account in the hands of an officer for collection.                 

E. B. Taylor is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. B. Hill

1852-1853       Thompson’s Brick Building, North East Corner of the Square, Fayetteville,                                     Tennessee.                                                                                                                                1853                   Rooms in the west end new brick, on the south side of the Square, second                                     story, Fayetteville, Tennessee.                                                                                          1854                   Rooms in the west end new brick, on the south side of the Square, second                                     story, over Buchanan & Russell’s Store, Fayetteville, Tennessee.                    1855-1856        Odd Fellows’ Hall, Fayetteville, Tennessee.                                                                1856-1857        Rooms South Side of Square, next door to Dr. McNelley’s Office, Up-Stairs,                                    Fayetteville, Tennessee.                                                                                                     1857                   Gallery Two Doors East of M’Elroy & M’Kinney’s Drug Store, Up-Stairs,                                              Fayetteville, Tennessee.

J. B. Hill was recorded in one announcement and six advertisements in the Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, Tennessee). The first advertisement ran from November 18, 1852 to September 15, 1853 Daguerrean. The subscriber respectfully informs the public that he has taken a room in Thompson’s Brick Building, North East Corner of the Square, Fayetteville, where he will wait on Ladies and Gentlemen who may wish Likenesses taken by this Beautiful and Inimitable method.  To parents, children, husbands, wives and friends, it affords an opportunity of procuring at small expense, and almost without loss of time, a most Perfect Lifelike Portrait which can be obtained in no other way.—When we call to mind uncertainty of life, the ordinary though sometimes painful separation of families and friends, together with the ravages of time, it becomes a matter of much interest and importance to secure the features of “the loved ones at home,” before death, distance, or the lapse of time renders it impossible.

Having taken lessons of Mr. F. N. Hughes—the best Daguerrean Artist in the Western States—and furnished himself with a superior camera and implements, the subscriber flatters himself he will be able to give the most entire satisfaction.  The Ladies, who are always judges in matters of taste, are especially invited to call and examine his work and specimens.  A great variety of Cases, of different sizes and quality, will be kept constantly on hand.  Prices very moderate.  J. B. Hill.

The second advertisement ran from September 22 to October 13, 1853.  Miniatures.  From the solicitations of some who are wishing to have Miniatures taken, I have concluded to remain in Fayetteville for a few days.  My stay will be short—and all those wishing likenesses of themselves or friends, will do well to call immediately.  When we reflect on the havoc that disease is making among our friends, it becomes an object with us to secure at least the form of the loved one ere death has taken them from our gaze forever.

It would be unnecessary for me to say anything with regard to the style of my work, of this all are acquainted; suffice it to say, that no picture will be allowed to leave my room unless it be a perfect likeness.  Rooms in the west end new brick, on the south side of the Square, second story.  J. B. Hill.

The announcement ran on August 17, 1854.  Daguerreotypes The subscriber has returned to Fayetteville, and has taken the rooms he has heretofore occupied, over Buchanan & Russell’s Store, and is prepared to put up Daguerreotypes of all sizes, styles, and prices.  As he is determined to remain but a short time those who wish Pictures will do well to call soon.  Rooms open from 8 A. M. to 4 P. M.   J. B. Hill.

The third advertisement ran from September 13, 1855 to May 15, 1856.  Daguerreotypes!!  J. B. Hill, Grateful for the patronage he has heretofore received from this community, again offers his services as an Artist to the ladies and Gentlemen of Fayetteville and vicinity.  Rooms at Odd Fellows’ Hall.

The Fourth advertisement ran from May 22, 1856 to February 12, 1857.  J. B. Hill, Daguerrean and Ambrotype Artist, Rooms south side of the Square, next door to Dr. McNelley’s office, up stairs, Fayetteville, Tenn.

The fifth advertisement ran from February 19 to September 17, 1857.  Ambrotypes.  I take this method of informing my old friends and the public generally, that I am now fitting up and will in a few days open in Fayetteville a large Sky-Light Gallery, which will enable me to furnish better Pictures than have ever before been taken in the place.  Those wanting Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, or Photographs, are respectfully invited to visit my Gallery and examine specimens and prices before buying elsewhere, as I am determined to work on terms as favorable as any Artist in Tennessee.  Children taken in one second.  Great care and attention given to copying Daguerreotypes or other pictures.  All work warranted to give satisfaction.

The Ladies are politely invited to call.  Gallery two doors east of M’Elroy & M’Kinney’s Drug Store—up stairs.  J. B. Hill.

The sixth advertisement ran from September 17 to October 22, 1857.  Sky-Light Gallery.  The subscriber begs leave to say to his many friends and the public generally, that he has so far recovered his health as to enable him to re-open his Gallery, North side of the Square, for the reception of those wishing pictures.

Daguerreotypes, Melainotypes, or Ambrotypes, plain or raised, and every style of Picture taken in the highest style of the art, and warranted to give satisfaction.  Prices very moderate.  A call is solicited.  J. B. Hill.

J. B. Hill is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Henry Carty

1852                Captain Hines’ New Building Fayetteville, Tennessee.

Henry Carty was recorded in an advertisement that ran from May 27 to June 3, 1852 in the Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, Tennessee.)

  Daguerreotype Miniature!                                                                                                      “Old time sweeps on with icy breath,                                                                                      To chill the sweetest flower in death;                                                                                     Secure its form—let beauty bloom;                                                                                         Its truths shall live above the tomb.”

I have opened a room in Capt. Hines’ New Building, the one occupied by Mr. Hughes during his stay in Fayetteville, for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Likenesses; where all are invited to call and see my Pictures whether they sit for a Likeness or not.  Daguerreotypes put up in Lockets, Breast Pins and Fancy Cases.  I have the Papier Mache, Kate Hays and Gold Matted or Kossuth, and plain Cases.  Entire satisfaction given or no charge.  To the Ladies I promise to make their pictures beautiful without flattering them.   Henry Carty, Operator.

An announcement ran on June 10, 1852 in the same paper.   Daguerreotypes—We have neglected to call attention to the fact, that an opportunity is now offered to all desiring an accurate type of their pretty or ugly features, by calling at Mr. Henry Carty’s Daguerrean room in Hines’ new building.

Henry Carty does not appear in other photographic directories.

Frederick N. Hughes; and the Hughes Brothers. (Frederick N. & C. C.)


1849-1851       83 Eighth Avenue, New York, New York

1852                Hines Hotel, Fayetteville, Tennessee.

1852                Union Street, Nashville, Tennessee.

1854-1855       59 College Street, Nashville, Tennessee.

1854-1858       26 Union Street, Nashville, Tennessee.

1857                46 Public Square, over Hicks’ China Hall, Nashville, Tennessee.


John Craig in his Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list Frederick N. Hughes in New York City from 1849-1851.  To date no articles or advertisements have been found in the New York Daily Tribune or The Evening Post in addition none of the suburban New York papers that have been search have revealed anything. C. C. Hughes reported by Craig was also in New York City from 1851 to 1853. 1851 at 271 Bleecker Street; 1852-1853 at 4 Ames Street; and he speculates that in 1854 that Cyril Hughes is the same person and a daguerreian at 201 east 21st Street.  Like his brother no additional articles or advertisements have been found in the New York papers.

On March 11, 1852 an advertisement places Frederick in Fayetteville, Tennessee taking daguerreotypes at the Hines Hotel, which was on or near the Public Square.  It appears by the number of times that he has advertised that he made at least three visits to Fayetteville in 1852.  The first series of advertisements were on March 11 and on the 18th.  His second visit in which he advertised was on April 29, and his third visit from July 15 through August 5, 1852.  On November 18 he advertises that he has permanently relocated to Union Street in Nashville.

The first advertisement for F. N. Hughes found in the Nashville papers is not until October 31, 1854 in an advertisement for the Hughes Brothers Daguerrean Artists and Daguerreotype Stock Dealers.  It is learned from that advertisement that they purchase the Gallery from Dobyns & Co.  “The subscribers have the honor to inform their numerous friends, that owing to an increase of business they have purchased the Rooms lately occupied by Dobyns & Co.”  C. C. Hughes is listed on Union Street, over Streetch & Orr’s.  F. N. Hughes is listed at 59 College Street with the note (late Dobyns & Co.)  Hughes is not listed in any of the Advertisements for Dobyns, in fact an advertisement appears that list Dobyns’ Galleries and his partnerships.  They go on to say that our galleries are fitted up in a neat style, with powerful Sky-Lights…and in the Union Gallery they have a beautiful Piano for the use of the Ladies.

The Dobyns advertisement appeared on August 17, 1853 and ran until January 15, 1854 in the Nashville Union and American newspaper.

Daguerrean Stock And Picture Establishment.

Dobyns & Yearout, Nashville, Tennessee, College Street

Dobyns & Hall, Louisville, Ky.

Dobyns, Richardson & Morssewet, sic. Moissenet, New York City

Dobyns & Spaulding, St. Louis, Mo.

Dobyns & Yearout, Memphis, Tenn.

Dobyns & Harrington, New Orleans, Louisiana

At any of the above establishments, you can procure as fine Pictures as can be had in any city, of any desired style or finish, as we have every improvement, and expect to keep up with any and all improvements.  We are prepared in either city to furnish artists with every article used in the art.  Our arrangements are such, we can furnish stock on the most reasonable terms.

N.B.—Pictures taken in any kind of Weather. Dobyns & Co.

While we’re talking about Thomas Jefferson Dobyns, the following first names or initials of his partners follows.  Nicholas Hall; William H. Harrington; Felix Moissenet; V. L. Richardson; J. M. Spalding; and John T. Yearout.  Two other advertisements related to Dobyns in Nashville are worth mentioning on October 16, 1853 we learn that Edwin Church has accompanied Dobyns from New York to run the Nashville Gallery.  Then on September 3, 1854 the following notice appears—The Copartnership heretofore existing under the firm of Dobyns & Church and Dobyns & Co., is dissolved.  No one is authorized to collect debts of the concern but Mr. J. T. Yearout.          T. J. Dobyns.

Curious no announcements were located in the Nashville newspapers announcing this partnership.  Yearout was in charge of the Nashville and Memphis galleries prior to Church’s arrival and evidently charged with settling the accounts and disposing of the gallery.

In another advertisement for the Hughes Brothers that appeared on November 1, 1854 and ran until September 8, 1855 they added that they also have a powerful side and sky lights, the only ones in the city…In an advertisement in the Nashville Union and American that ran on September 9 to October 16, 1855 they now list themselves as photographic and daguerrean artists, and dealers in daguerreotype stock and apparatus. The same advertisement ran in the Daily Nashville True Whig from September 10 to November 27, 1855 and is the last time the 59 College Street address was listed.

Reported in the Daily Nashville True Whig on October 11, 1855.  The first annual Mechanics Fair of the Mechanics Institute closed on Saturday night, after having been the center of attraction to citizens and strangers for a week…Of daguerreotypes, specimens were exhibited by Messrs. Hughes Brothers and C. C. Giers, and of photographs by the former gentlemen.  These were highly finished specimens, and such as may be produced at the establishments of the exhibitors… The following day October 12 the list of Premiums appeared.

Class 26—Daguerreotypes, Photographs and Apparatus.

Hughes Brothers, daguerreotypes and photographs…..Diploma.

  1. C. Giers, daguerreotypes……………………………2nd class Diploma.
  2. McLain, daguerreotypes……………………………Honorable Mention.

On January 30, 1856 they start advertising themselves as ambrotype, photographic and daguerrean artists at 26 Union Street, Nashville.  They go on and elaborate ambrotypes, photographs, plain or colored in oil, and warranted as permanent as any other style of painting.  Daguerreotypes, stereoscopic, crayon or vignette, and every other style of pictures taken at this establishment.

They go on to say in the next paragraph that they recently introduced the ambrotype to Nashville and that they have become so popular that they have at great expense secured the services of a celebrated New York artist to attend to this branch of the business exclusively.  No name was ever mentioned in any of the advertisements associated with the Hughes Brothers to determine who this was.

On October 26, 1856 the premiums were announced for the second annual exhibition of the Mechanics’ Institute held on October 13 through 20.

Class No. 6—Marble Work, Paintings, Drawing, Daguerreotypes, Etc.

W. & E. S. Dodge, Nashville, Miniatures on Ivory………………………………5

W. & E. S. Dodge, Nashville, Photographs, plain and colored…………. 5

Larcomb, Nashville, Ambrotypes……………………………………………………….5

Hughes Brothers, Nashville, Daguerreotypes……………………………………5

A side note J. W. Dodge is John Wood Dodge (1807-1893) and E. S. Dodge is possibly Edward Samuel Dodge (1816-1857).  It is not known if there is any relation between the two men.  John Wood Dodge is identified through a website as being in Nashville.  Both are miniaturist John Wood is also described as a dioramist.  In researching both men in The New-York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists in America 1564–1860. There is no mention of either one being in Tennessee.  John Craig records in his Craig’s Daguerreian Register Edward Samuel Dodge as a miniature painter in New York City and Poughkeepsie and a Daguerrean in Richmond, Virginia in 1844, and in August, Georgia, between 1850-1853 and possibly earlier.  He sold his gallery in November with the intention to retire.  Craig does not document John Wood Dodge in his Registry.  Advertisements do indicate a partnership of Dodge & Wenderoth in 1855-1856.  On September 29, 1855 an advertisement in The Daily Nashville True Whig announces that they are in St. Louis, Missouri making Photographic Miniature Portraits, (crystalotype likenesses) and that they will be in Nashville in October for a short stay.  August Wenderoth is also a miniature painter.  The last advertisement for the partnership appeared on August 2, 1856.   A little over two months before the second annual exhibition of the Mechanics Institute Fair.

On November 23, 1856 the Hughes Brothers start to advertise that they are making colored ambrotypes and melainotypes for 50 cents.  Put up in first rate style, including case.  Others are charging one dollar, we will take for fifty cents and large ones $1.00. On December 5th they drop their price to forty-five cents.

In the Nashville Union and American on April 14, 1857, J. W. Dodge announces that he has sold his rooms, apparatus, and materials to the Hughes Brothers and plans to reside permanently at his home in Cumberland County.  He takes great pleasure in recommending them as his successors.  He goes on to say that they are gentlemen of skill and experience in their profession and have engaged a corps of artists of superior abilities.

No advertisements appear for J. W. Dodge for his photographic business or for a partnership with E. S. Dodge before or after the 1856 fair, and no death notice was located for E. S. Dodge who died on April 6, 1847.  There are a couple of article and an advertisements for a J. W. Dodge in Cumberland County that are unrelated to photography but are relevant.  On October 18, 1856 at the same fair he is awarded a premium for his display of apples. Pronounced the finest ever seen by all.  On October 22 an announcement that his apples will be sold at auction to-night at 8 P. M.  On November 15th in an article entitled Cumberland Mountain—Fine Fruit And Vegetables.  Which talks about the agricultural resources and access to the Cumberland Mountains and J. W. Dodge.  In this article the possibility that this is the same person changes to probably with the one sentence…Our clever artist friend, J. W. Dodge, Esq.  On December 28, 1856 Dodge advertises that he is selling a tract of land in the Cumberland Mountains.  In this advertisement it is confirms that this is the same person.  A plat of the land can be seen at my painting rooms, over Hick’s China Hall on the square.

The Fourth Annual Fair of the Mechanics’ Institute of Tennessee announced the list of awards on October 22, 1857 where the Hughes Brothers are given a diploma for their photographs, ambrotypes, melainotypes and sphereotypes.  They are the only photographers listed as having an award this year.  (*this should be the third not fourth fair.)

They continue to advertise without mentioning daguerreotypes until January 23, 1858 this advertisement ran until June 3.  A Great Rush!  Hughes Brothers, melainotypes, ambrotypes, photographic and daguerrean artist.  It’s always interesting to see how the daguerreotype is referred to after the introduction of the ambrotype.  Most of the time photographers advertising that they are now taking ambrotypes down play or should I say that they are vehemently opposed to the daguerreotype, they say almost like it’s a caned response in their argument that the daguerreotype is of an inferior quality, they complain about the reflection, and the fact that they are reversed, and that they fade, etc. The argument most photographers give is that the ambrotype is superior, it can be seen in any light, and the tones are richer.  It is refreshing to see that the Hughes Brothers did not use this tactic they continue to offer all processes.

Hughes Brothers, were listed together until 1858.  The last article for the Hughes Brothers was on May 8, 1858 in the Nashville Patriot.  And announce that they have been engaged to execute the likenesses of the delegates and Bishops of the M. E. Church General Conference now in session in Nashville, for the purpose of a steel engraving.

Frederick N. Hughes does not appear in the Nashville newspapers after the June 3d Advertisement.  C. C. Hughes appears through 1859 and continues in business into 1861 in Nashville according to Craig.