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Communication artifacts; Documentary artifact
unknown maker
Photographic Image
overall: 5 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in

This is a tintype of the Speedy family. A young couple, Thomas Jefferson Speedy and Amanda Newton Speedy, are standing in the back. He is wearing a gray suit coat with a black vest and white shirt. He has a curl of hair hanging on his forehead. She is wearing a dark dress with a striped ribbon tied at her neck. She has curly hair with a barrette on top. An elderly couple, Andrew J. Speedy and Nancy A. Shingle Speedy, are seated in the front. He is wearing a gray coat and trousers with a white shirt. His hands are folded in his lap. She is wearing a pinstriped dress with a checkered shawl. Her hands are folded in her lap. Andrew J. Speedy (March 2, 1802 - April 20, 1886) was born in Pennsylvania. Nancy A. Shingle Speedy (March 12, 1812 - November 23, 1892) was born in Pennsylvania. Andrew Speedy enlisted as a private in Company F, 49th Indiana Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. He enlisted at Jeffersonville, Indiana on November 1, 1861. At the time of enlistment he was 58 years old, with blue eyes, light colored hair, and stood 5 feet 9 inches tall. His occupation was listed as a farmer. He was discharged due to disability on December 8, 1862. Andrew and Nancy are buried in Glimore Cemetery, Crawford, Indiana Thomas Jefferson Speedy (January 1, 1854 - April 4, 1941) was born in Ohio. Amanda Newton Speedy (May 30, 1856 - March 14, 1934) was born in Indiana. They are both buried in Eckerty Cemetery, Crawford, Indiana. Sarah Bell (Speedy) Brown (August 4, 1887 - December 6, 1981), the wife of Lawrence S. Brown, is the daughter of Thomas and Amanda Speedy. Indiana, Crawford County, Mifflin and Eckerty. Lawrence S. Brown was born on January 11, 1889 in Mifflin, Indiana. He was the first child of Elijah P. Brown and Sarah E. Walls. He attended Central Normal College in Danville, Indiana in 1907 to further his education in order to teach school. He married Sarah Bell. Speedy on July 20, 1908 in Crawford County, Indiana. He and Sarah had four children: Paul A., Blanche, Walter, and Eunice. In 1916, he was working as a chauffeur in Hammond, Indiana for his uncle H. M. Walls. He was a member of the Teamsters Union (12/1/1919 - 4/26/1920) while working for the steel mill. He returned to Eckerty, Indiana to teach school in Crawford County. In 1922, he started working on automobiles. In 1928, he built a garage in Eckerty, Indiana for automobile repairing, battery service, rebuilding engines, auto supplies and accessories. Ford work was his specialty. He died May 27, 1973 (84 years) at his home in Eckerty, Indiana.

This tintype provides material documentation of an early Indiana family, supporting the provenance of the owner of the camera and his amateur photography (.0001-.0013).

Donated by Gary Ridenour