Lizzie Davant is photographed by Samuel Anderson in his studio located in Houston, Texas. The beautiful Ms Davant gave the photograph to her Uncle Jim and inscribed the back of the card. Samuel Anderson was truly a pioneer photographer. He worked as a photographer for many years in New Orleans and then had studios first in Galveston, and then in Houston. He wrote that he selected Houston because he believed in would become the “metropolis” of Texas. He worked in Houston in 1853-1854 and 1884-c 1901. In 1856, Anderson had a wood engraved portrait published by Frank Leslie. To see other photographs by Samuel Anderson, click on this site’s category of “Photographer: Anderson”.


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  1. Lizzie Davant was born in Kentucky in September 1865. In the 1900 U.S. Census, she is living with her husband of 12 years, R. C. Davant, in Beaumont, Texas, where he is employed as a “scaler” at a saw mill. A scaler (or grader) inspects logs for defects, measures logs to determine their volume, and estimates the marketable content or value. In the census, she is listed as age 34, and R.C. is 38. They have no children listed.

    The date of this image should be roughly between 1888 (approx. date of her marriage to R. C. Davant) and 1892, when Anderson moved his studio from the Main Street location. That would put her age in the image as roughly 23 to 27. A strikingly beautiful woman in any era.

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