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The Harper family - Wales, the U.S.A. and Canada.
 
  We recently received mail from Sylvia Harper Nelson in the US. Sylvia owns a charming old photograph which has the family name and a farm location written on the reverse (The Harper Family, Cwm Farm, Shirenewton, Chepstow). She wondered if we had any ideas for researching this family and its history here in Wales. Many years ago, some of the Harpers moved from Shirenewton to another farm, which  happens to be located just a couple of fields away from the home of the Data Wales website. In short order we were able to mail Sylvia with the pictures below - from an early portrait photograph of the previous generation. It appears that this adventurous family moved from Hereford across the border into Wales (at some time early in the 19th century) and that sons left to seek adventure in both the U.S.A. and Canada.   Sad to say, we cannot offer to help with similar enquiries, but we are interested to see more early photographs taken in Wales but transported to far away places. 

If you have a query about the U.S. or Canadian Harpers send a note to Sylvia at shn1@ix.netcom.com 

 

The original portrait of this couple was far too big to fit on our scanner (hence the vignettes) but if you want to take a look at a snapshot of this early photograph (illustrating some of the stylistic features of early portrait photography) check here
 
 

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