This cabinet card portrait features a pretty woman named Lizzie Smitz. She is identified on the reverse of the image. She is wearing earrings and what appears to be a beaded dress. Ms Smitz has great eyes. The photographer is Abbott, whose studio was located in Henry, Illinois. No biographical information about Lizzie Smitz could be found. The photographer, Charles Abbott is listed in the 1880 US census as an artist. He was 35 years old and lived with his wife, Louisa Abbott (age 32), and their son Harry (age 12). The family lived in a boarding house. The couple had married in 1867. Louisa Abbott was also listed in the census as an artist. The 1900 census finds the Abbots living as a couple in Henry, and Charles working as a photographer. Research also discovered that during the civil war, Charles was a Private in the 27th Maine Volunteer Infantry (Company K).



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  1. In 1870 there is an Elizabeth Smitz living in Peru, Illinois. She was born in 1857. In 1880 there is an Elizibeth Smitz living in Troy Grove, Illinois. She was born in 1847. Both Peru and Troy Grove are located nearby Henry.

  2. Elizabeth Smitz living in Peru, Illinois is the more likely candidate to be the subject of this portrait. The fact that she was born in 1857 puts her in the right age category for the likely date of this photograph. If this cabinet card was published in 1885-1890, she would have been between 28 and 33 years old. This is close to the age the subject appears to be in the image, Thanks for your research.

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