three-quarters of a yard in length. The dark skirt has four bands of velvet ribbon at the bottom. Over all is a heavy gray coat. Her right hand holds her gloves, the left is in a large chinchilla muff; on her wrist is, apparently a plain gold bracelet.
Her son, Henry Stuart Bidwell was born in 1838, so possibly this picture was taken about that date. His name was the only child name given me, by her daughter-in-law, but I distinctly remember Grandmother saying "Julia was never the same after her daughter died, a beautiful young girl." In grandmother's album is a tin-type labled "Miss Jane Bidwell," a lovely girl, and to me there is no question but what she was dau. of Julia Maltby Bidwell. There was also a large engraving of "W. H. Bidwell," possibly father of Henry Bidwell. He looks to be a man of considerable importance.
Julia had a very handsome mahogany table--which Mrs. Stuart Bidwell left to me. It was claimed it had belonged to my great-great grandfather, Col. Stephen (4). I had an antique dealer clean and put it in good shape, and as I was living in Canada, when Mrs. Bidwell died my cousin, Helen (Benedict) Barnes, kept it for me, with the understanding I could send for it at any time. She certainly would have sent it. Her last letter from Florida said she was very ill, and that her daughter was to take her, by plane, to Long Island. She closed by saying, "Be sure and write to "Pestie." I not only wrote to this daughter, Mrs. Richard R. Borgarts, 39 Sunset Drive, Nanhasset, Long Island, N.Y., asking her to let me know how her mother was, but wrote to Helen--a very dear cousin. After waiting weeks I again wrote Mrs. Borgarts, saying how anxious I was about Helen and would she please drop me a line. Probably Helen died--but it does not look as though I should ever know.
It may be that at some time this card table may turn up--if so, whoever owns it may care to know its history. I list two children as I feel very certain there were two. So many, many times, where a child died unmarried, people have failed to include its name when sending records. Henry Bidwell was b. in 1810.
Children of Julia Ann Maltby and Henry Bidwell: VI.1007. Jane Bidwell VI.1008. Henry Stuart Bidwell, b. 1838.
V. 368. Lydia Diana Tyler, b. Mar. 8, 1774 (Abigail 4, Sam.3, Sam.2, Wm.1). Mar. a Bishop.
Children: VI.1009. David Bishop. VI.1010. John "
V.369. William Augustus Tyler, b. Dec. 9, 1779 (Abigail 4, Sam.3, Sam.2, Wm.1). Mar. Jan. 19, 1806, Mary Bassett Knowles, at Troy, N.Y. She born Mar. 10, 1782, dau. of Rev. Isaac and Deliverence (Bassett) Hall Knowles. She was dau. of Jonathan and May (Freeman) Bassett, of Sandwich, and widow of Elisha Hall of Sandwich. Mrs. Tyler died at Halfmoon, Saratoga Co., N.Y., Mch. 6, 1842.
Children: VI.1011. Mary Bassett Tyler, b. Nov. 5, 1807; d. Oct. 24, 1863. VI.1012. Harriet " b. Aug. 22, 1809; d. Feb. 22, 1886.