In case you’ve adopted me lengthy sufficient you already know I've an obsession with collections. Taxidermy, dolls, tarot playing cards, books, pulp fiction, artwork, Hagen-Renakers, buttons, and extra. Victor collects books and Japanese swords, and we each accumulate comics however I accumulate them to learn them again and again till they crumble and Victor collects them to seal them hermetically away from the world. Our newest favourite factor is having a drink whereas watching Fb reside auctions as a result of it’s all of the enjoyable of going antiquing whereas by no means leaving your home, however we’ve kind of turn into these individuals watching QVC at midnight besides as an alternative of shopping for gold cash of Presidents we’re shopping for Victorian funeral paraphernalia and skeleton keys and, lately an enormous assortment of coverless comedian books that I needed to have as a result of they have been so low-cost and since vodka exists.
Apparently when comics didn’t promote the store may simply mail again the quilt to get credit score so I suppose that is all of the unpopular inventory from a store that closed in 50+ years in the past. I at present have 5 full lengthy containers of mainly the identical 15 coverless comics and I plan on wallpapering all the lavatory of Nowhere Bookshop with a field of campy romance comics and leaving all the remainder on a desk exterior for fellow hoarders, comedian lovers, crafters. (I’ll maintain you posted.)
However for each doable miss there's a wonderful hit just like the one I acquired this week.
I accumulate B&W classic images and create books with them. Some are inventive. Some are unhappy. One complete e-book is simply classic snaps victor and I've been captioning for our personal amusement since we met within the 90s:
So when an enormous assortment of pictures was being auctioned I bid on this monumental tintype (like 6 occasions greater than the traditional tintype) that had this glittery background as a result of it was lovely and I’d by no means seen something prefer it. And I gained! After which one other 3 big tintypes of individuals from the identical household got here up and I used to be like, “That’s loads” however the different bidders have been like, “THIS FAMILY HAS BEEN TOGETHER FOR 150 YEARS AND THAT CAN’T END NOW” so I adopted all the household. More often than not tintypes aren’t labeled as a result of they’re printed on black metallic you possibly can’t write on however two of those had some figuring out information and my favourite factor is to attempt to determine the individuals in order that I can discover their descendants and ship copies of the the pictures. (Greater than as soon as I’ve been gifted with this myself and it's magical. Genealogists are angels.) And I used to be particularly as a result of this lot got here from a bigger set labeled “MURDER VICTIMS”.
Tintypes and homicide? Sure, please.
(Don’t choose me. This isn't me saying I like homicide. I identical to previous tales. Particularly the murdery ones. Okay, you possibly can choose me a bit of.)
The 2 daughters had their maiden names and “Kent, Connecticut” written in yellowed paper taped to the again. The mother and father solely had the tape, however between Ancestry, Newspapers.com, The Kent Historic Affiliation, family tree loss of life data, and Discover-a-grave, I used to be capable of finding them, their historical past, their fascinating previous and their (now lengthy gone) presumably haunted home.
Why would you need to hear a narrative about good strangers who I adopted from images? If you're asking your self that it is best to cease right here since you in all probability wouldn’t. If you're saying, “SHUT UP AND GET TO THE MURDER” then I'm right here for you and let’s do that.
(Marge, curator of the Kent Historic is verifying my work so I could replace issues however I feel that is all correct.)
The Benedict Household of Kent Connecticut – photos from Eighteen Eighties, in all probability
That is German Benedict, the daddy, who died not lengthy after this photograph was taken (can’t discover a reason behind loss of life).
And that is Flora Louise Benedict, his spouse.
Flora had a daughter (Frankie) when she was 19 however didn’t marry German till she was 25 so Frankie was both born out of wedlock or to a earlier husband. When Frankie died at age 12 (can’t discover causes) her headstone solely listed her because the “daughter of Flora”, so it may very well be the primary though that’s actually uncommon for the time. Frankie died earlier than these images have been taken.
That is their daughter, Sarah Belle Benedict Bigelow, who acquired married however didn’t have kids and died at 49. (That is the image I initially bid on.)
And that is youngest daughter, Cora Elnora Benedict Web page, who additionally married however had no kids so the household line will die out along with her.
That is normally about so far as I can take issues and I’ll publish them to Ancestry so individuals can discover them however then I got here throughout this story:
Right here is that story. So mainly Flora was widowed after which Sarah died, after which Cora was widowed and Flora’s sister was widowed too so Flora, Cora and the sister determined they’d simply reside along with lady energy of their previous age and run their farm with the assistance of two employed arms, till one in every of them, Sidney Ward, ruined every thing.
That is Sidney Ward, complete dick.
Sidney was continually getting drunk and performing the idiot so Flora and Cora fired him and he acquired mad and began taking pictures his pistol into their window and was like, “Are you able to die?” they usually have been like, “Uh, no” however the cops apparently didn’t take it critically I suppose as a result of they have been ladies and their hysterical wombs made them unreliable or one thing so he got here again once more with a rifle this time and waited till Flora went out to feed the chickens and killed her. Cora wakened as Sidney barged into her bed room however Cora was like, “NOT TODAY, MOTHERFUCKER” and beat the shit out of him and pushed him down the steps and when she screamed for assist he left, however seems he was simply mendacity in wait exterior the place he’d staged Flora’s physique (creepily crossing her arms such as you did to our bodies again then) and when Cora and the opposite employed hand discovered her he shot Cora (however simply within the arm) and shot on the different man however missed. Then he went to their neighbors home along with his rifle to ask for tobacco and was like, “I killed two this morning and there’ll be extra quickly” and the neighbor was like, “Okay, drunkie” and assumed he meant deer or one thing and shrugged it off. Then he took off into the woods and a bunch of individuals have been like, “Oh, that bastard’s gonna kill me too,” together with his brother, and that very same brother’s son noticed Sidney out within the woods on the home of the girl who bought everybody moonshine, who was identified solely as (I shit you not) “previous one-eyed John’s spouse”. So the nephew tells the posse which might be out in search of him and once they discover him he tries to seize his gun however they shoot him within the foot and he provides up and is like, “Ow. My foot. Y’all need some moonshine?” they usually share a “quart” which looks as if a lot of alcohol to share with a wanna-be serial killer however you do you, I suppose.
Sidney is taken to jail and a Harvard “alienist” (what shrinks have been earlier than they have been shrinks) involves see him as a result of Sidney needs to plead madness however the alienist is like, “Nah, you’re only a dick” and so Sidney is all, “Fuck it. I did it. No regrets, mom fucker.” (I’m paraphrasing all this, btw.) And the choose sentences him to life in jail and cuts his leg off. (The choose didn’t lower his leg off however when he acquired to jail they have been like, “This leg is gross” and that’s just about the one remedy for medically gross legs 100 years in the past, however they did say they have been going to make him a picket leg and that appears fairly progressive on the time. However then it will get bizarre as a result of he’s sentenced to life in jail at Wethersfield State Jail however in line with their data he by no means went there after which he simply disappears.
Cora lives on, comparatively alone it appears, for one more 50 years on the identical home the place she dies age 99. She was identified for sitting on her porch and after she died kids would carry sleeping luggage and camp in her deserted home (ah, the 80s) and listen to ghosts (that their mother and father advised them have been in all probability simply unfastened cattle) till lastly the home was demolished.
And that's the story of the Benedict household.