JAMES PENNINGTON PHOTOS
There are but two known photos of James Pennington. The first is the large portrait of a Lincoln's War era, James Pennington: the original being painted in pastel. The second is mentioned by Bernice Pennington Whitbeck in her private papers.
She writes, "there is a picture of him when he was young down to Edith and Oliver Pennington's at Alto" and that he was "a very handsome man."
When Edith Pennington died, the last of the 2nd American Generation, the girls (Warren Pennington's daughters) moved in to clean house in addition to the wives of Lyle and Ronald Pennington.
Divvied up were the personal possessions of Edith and Oliver Pennington - and what was left behind by their mother Esther. Because the picture at right landed in the possession of Bernice Whitbeck and passed down to Doris Bartell, I believe this picture may be the picture Bernice was referring to.
If truly James Pennington the photo was taken before 1868 because this is the year that "the left eye was injured by a limb of a tree striking it, in winter of 1868, and eye was destroyed." The left eye became atrophied and shrunken back into the orbit leaving only a white stump.
I would argue for an earlier date from 1848 to 1857. Why? Based on the clothing style worn in the photo. He is wearing the typical cravat, that strip of fabric worn around the neck and tucked inside the shirt. The cravat/wrap is tied around a large bow tie. Large lapels.
The following photo is known to have been taken in 1848. Compare to that worn by James in the above photo.
By the 1860s lapels became smaller, the wrap/cravat disappears to be replaced by a smaller bowtie.
What James wears above is NOT from the 1860s. Assuming the photo was indeed taken between 1848 and 1857 - this was a pre-marriage (or marriage photo) of James Pennington. 1857 saw a return to wide lapels and cravats... just like James is wearing above.
James and Esther Pennington were married in 1857.
But is it james?
Should you overlay the right photo (1850s) over that of the portrait of James Pennington, the brow ridge and eye separation is precisely the same. Both men have the same ice-blue eyes. Head length is the same. Thin lips at the same distant from the eyes in both photos. Rounded chin. Same receding hair line on sides of head.
The 1850s nose does appear thicker than the Lincoln's War portrait. But it is only a portrait. Also, James would be thinner in the portrait due to poor eating conditions during the war.