I came across an old album of a trip to England taken by my grandmother and her family. In it I was surprised to see a photo of William Sargent (b. 1929), Mary Wills’s husband. It was taken in Northampton, England. Since the family supposedly left for the US right after the end of the Civil War, he would not have been any older than roughly 38 here. Not a very “happy chappy,” but folks did not seem to smile much in photos back then. His daughter Elizabeth’s resemblance to him is striking.
There were also photos of the Blisworth Church in Northamptonshire where Mary and all of her sisters were allegedly married. I’m not certain this was the case and am hoping to find some concrete evidence of that.