The Mysterious Melissa

A comparison.

Ted Anthony
Sep 7, 2015 · 5 min read
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The Anthony Family, Rockport, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Oct. 21, 1897. My grandfather is the little boy at left who moved, blurring his face.
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Melissa Eunice (Tyler) Redington. Taken sometime in the mid-19th century.
  • the fact that Sophronia’s sister was named Melissa, which was an uncommon name at the time.
  • the fact that the dates of her life match the appearance of the woman in the photo’s age.
  • the fact that Melissa Redington could have quite plausibly been there for the family get-together because she lived just a few miles west. (Strengthening the notion that it was indeed something of a momentous get-together, two of the Anthony sisters-in-law, shown at the right, Martha Anthony Peck and Sarah Anthony Lord, were living in Colorado at the time).
  • the possibility that there exists a resemblance between the Melissa Redington in the early photo and the “Melissa” in the family portrait, though about half a century separates the two images.
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Two Melissas, one in about 1855 (left) and another in 1897: Are they one and the same?

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