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Engen/James/Kerly Portrait Images—Lincoln County

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2016-094

Content Description

The collection consists of a portrait photo of the Engen family, a charcoal drawing image of Richard Albert James and a color, oval-portrait drawing of William M. Kerly, all individuals who lived in Lincoln County, South Dakota. The portrait photo of the Engen family shows six family members (back row) Jennie, Alfred, Conrad and Clara with their parents Anna and Christian. Both Anna and Christian were born in Norway, immigrated to the United States and were married in Canton on November 3, 1883. The image is roughly 16 by 21 inches. The charcoal drawing is of Richard Albert James, born August 25, 1841 in London. He married his first wife, Mary Ann Kerly on July 3, 1869. He came to Dakota Territory in 1871 and farmed in Lynn Township, Lincoln County. The charcoal drawing measures 16 by 20 inches and is roughly dated to the 1890s. The final image is a color, oval-portrait of William M. Kerly. Mr. Kerly was the father of Mary Ann Kerly who married Richard James in 1869. William Kerly was born in Yorkshire, England in 1828 and immigrated to the United States in 1852. By June of 1880, the family lived in Lynn Township, Lincoln County, Dakota Territory. The oval portrait is roughly dated to 1900 and is 13 by 19 inches in size. Mr. Kerly died in Canton in 1912. More information on the family and individuals was kept with the accession record.

Acquisition Type


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  • ca. 1890s
  • ca. 1900s
  • ca. 1910s


0.5 Cubic Feet