How old do you reckon my great great great great grandmother, Eleanor Sears Simmons (1780 ~ 1866), is in this photograph? As the rigors of daguerreotype sittings were being phased out by the 1850s, I’d guess she was around 70. I suspect what ever smile she started out with (though smiles were not common in the early days of Shadow-Catching) had faded to this mugshot expression pretty quickly. Also, it looks as if her fingers are all caught up in Chinese finger traps….
She lived in Bristol, Ontario County, New York.