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Title [The Cocroft children in the trees]
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date November 2, 1886
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. A woman, nine children, and an infant are arranged in and around the branches of a tree. The woman sits in the center of the group, holding the infant in her lap.
(Keywords: Posed Group, New York)

Film Size 6.5x8.5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History The woman in the center of the photo is identified in an envelope inscription as Mrs. Cocroft. In the book Alice's World, Ann Novotny says that Mrs. Cocroft did housework for Alice Austen's grandmother.

Mrs. Cocroft was Annie McDerny (1857-1939), the second wife of John Barnard Cocroft (1847-1931) of Staten Island. John had 7 daughters with his first wife, Georgia Anna Mann, who passed away in 1882, and had 4 sons and 4 daughters with Annie. The infant in this photo is likely their daughter Alice E., who was born in September 1886. The two youngest children are likely their children John W. (born 1883) and Anna M. (born 1885). The older girls are presumably John's daughters with his first wife.

Earliest Date 1886
Latest Date 1886
Subjects Children
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Cocroft, John Barnard
Catalog Number 50.015.6493
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, January 2013.
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