Life in Old South Central Alabama

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South of Birmingham, Alabama, United States
I am an antique trader in central Alabama....I love old houses... My log home was built in 1817 by my ancestors Benjamin and Hannah Harless Wilson .............. Outside the house are herb gardens and lots of pass-along plants................ No one in Alabama is in a hurry about anything......... Visitors think that the garden needs weeding and the furniture needs polishing....I am a direct descendant of Joseph Towne, whose two sisters Rebecca Towne Nurse and Mary Towne Easty were hanged in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 as witches. I am also a direct descendant of Pocahontas and husband John Rolfe.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Polly Hamlin Beals age 54

Here is the portrait of Polly Hamlin Beals wife of Ezra Beals.  She was born 4 October 1785. She lived in Norfolk, Massachusetts. 

Her portrait measures 25 x 30 and is somewhat cracked and crazed with varnish. The auction house pointed this out to me before I placed a bid, but that was an aspect of the portrait that appealed to me. 

The portrait has also been strip lined ( see the new canvas around the perimeter) due to age. This was sold by a Massachusetts auction house, and she is very New England.  I thought she was holding her bible, but it is a little box with her name on it and the name of the portrait artist which I have yet to decipher.  I am also looking on Find A Grave for her tombstone or burial location for herself or her husband ( so I can post her portrait there ) but so far no luck. 
  According to the ancestry site, she should have many descendants today.


  1. Bless her heart

    you amaze me how you know all this information about your new portrait finds

  2. You are so very kind to offer that for sale to a family member. Wish I could say I was one, but I'm not! I do hope she ends up with her descendants though. :)