Monday, December 28, 2015
1885 Photograph of either L. F. Bene or L. H. Lequin or L. H. Leguin; New York City studio
Spring 1885 photograph of a young man, taken by Frederick's Knickerbocker Family Portrait Gallery of 770 Broadway, Corner, Corner of 9th Street, New York, New York.
Two names appear on the reverse, one presumably the photograph recipient and one presumably the young man in the photograph: L. F. Bene, who may have been Laurence F. Bene, and L. H. Lequin or L. H. Leguin. Both of them, or just one, may have been a graduate of a high school or college in 1885.
I found a Lawrence F. Bene, or Lawrence F. Bene, born September 15, 1861 at Hoboken, New Jersey, son of Rehul T. Bene and wife Lizzie (?). He may have been the same Laurence F. Bene who died at Fairview, New Jersey in 1899. Additionally, I found a Lawrence F. Bene cited in a 1898 DAR publication noting the membership of his wife, Mrs. Linba Helen Dewey Bene, daughter of John Van Deusen Dewey and Cornelia H. (Miller) Dewey. An L. F. Bene was shown as a private in the 7th Regiment of New York, in an 1886 Annual Report of the Adjutant-General.
As for L. H. Lequin or L. H. Leguin, I found a couple possibilities but hope that a reader will come through with an identification and a connection to L. F. Bene.
If you have insights into the two names on the reverse of this photograph, please leave a comment or contact me directly.