Isaac Jaques — a photograph guessing game

Isaac Jaques

Isaac Jaques

The reverse of this photo has “Isaac Jaques” written on the back, but unfortunately it is not dated. Could this be my third great grandfather Isaac Jaques (1791-1880)? I don’t think so, but I’m not absolutely sure.

Over the last year, I’ve discovered other “Isaac Jaques” in the family tree: one a son of the aforementioned Isaac, one a grandson, and one a great grandson (see accompanying tree image). Could this be a photo of one of them?


CORRECTION: Walter Jaques was married to Catherine Nichols.

Could this be Isaac Sr’s son Isaac (born between 1820-1825)? There is somewhat of a resemblance to his sister (my second great grandmother) Wealthy Ann–around the eyes, maybe.

If it’s from the 1870s, the image seems like it could be that of Isaac Wellington Jaques (1851-1909), a pharmacist* who had a store at 854 Elizabeth Ave, Elizabeth, NJ, in the late 1890s. I think it is safe to rule out Isaac Jaques (b. 1872). N’est-ce pas?

If you have any thoughts on this topic, please don’t hesitate to share. I would love to solve this little family mystery. Thanks for reading, and have a great week.


*The Druggists’ Circular and Chemical Gazette, October 1898, Volume 43: p. cv; also, a brief obituary in The Pharmaceutical Era, issued January 7, 1909, stated: Isaac Wellington Jaques, aged fifty-nine, died recently at his home in Elizabeth, N. J. He had been engaged in the drug business in Newark, Trenton and Elizabeth. A second wife [Mary F. Randolph], whom he married three years ago, and a daughter survive him. He belonged to several organizations, including the Masons and Elks.

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4 thoughts on “Isaac Jaques — a photograph guessing game

  1. The beard and hair length would suggest to me 1880-1900, but I am not familiar with the various era fashions in America at that time. After 1900 the fashion was clean shaven chins with a moustache. Do you know the reason for the middle name “Wellington”? Was it his mother’s maiden name?


    • Hi, Susan. Many thanks for your thoughts on this. I don’t (yet) know where Wellington comes from. His mom was Catherine Nichols, and her parents were Samuel & Elizabeth Nichols. The image itself does not look like a proper ‘photograph’, which is why I thought it dated back to an earlier, more primitive photographic era. But, you may very well be right about 1880-1900. I’ll look at the fashions and see what I come up with. I appreciate getting your opinion. Thanks again!


  2. I’ve also found some local history books online for the counties where I do my research. Years ago these books were so difficult to access. It’s really nice that they are now readily available.


    • It is great, I agree. I’m always pleasantly surprised to come across yet another old book that has been digitized and is readily available. Many thanks for your comment, Sheryl.


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