William Sawtell, Photographer

William F. Sawtell (1843-1909) was a talented photographer who lived and worked in Wellington in the nineteenth century. He ran a studio in the village–in at least two separate downtown locations–from 1866 until 1888. You can read more about his life here. He also painted later in life, and you can see one of his landscape paintings here. Below are examples of Sawtell’s photographic portraits, all from my own collection. (The initial grouping of images is sorted according to the evolving decorative design elements on each verso; any future images will be added as they are acquired.) As you will see, very few of these images are identified. If you believe you recognize any of these images, or if you are related to any of the known individuals, please leave a comment and share your family story!

Note: Images are not displayed to scale.

 

1a1b1. Unidentified young woman
3 7/8″ L x 2 3/8″ W
Undated
“W. Sawtell, Wellington, Ohio.”

 

2a2b2. Unidentified older couple
4″ L x 2 3/16″ W
Undated
“W. Sawtell, Wellington, Ohio.”

 

3. Unidentified young man
4″ L x 2 3/16″ W
Undated
“W. SAWTELL, Photographer, Wellington, O.”

 

4. Unidentified man
3 7/8″ L x 2 3/8″ W
Undated
“W. SAWTELL, Photographer, WELLINGTON, O.”

 

5. Unidentified older woman
3 7/8″ L x 2 3/8″ W
Undated
“W. SAWTELL, Photographer, WELLINGTON, O.”

 

6. Unidentified young man
3 7/8″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. SAWTELL, WELLINGTON, OHIO.”

 

7. Unidentified young woman
3 7/8″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. SAWTELL, WELLINGTON, OHIO.”
Note: bottom edge of photo is cropped/cut diagonally

 

8. Unidentified older woman
4 1/8″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. SAWTELL, WELLINGTON, OHIO.”

 

9. Infant, identified in hand-written inscription as Mary Mather, 8 months old
4 1/8″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Dated in inscription July 17, 1877
“W.F. SAWTELL, WELLINGTON, OHIO.”

 

10. Unidentified woman
3 3/4″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. SAWTELL, WELLINGTON, OHIO.”

 

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11. Two unidentified females, possibly mother and daughter
4″ W x 2 3/8″ L
Undated
“W. SAWTELL, PHOTOGRAPHER, Wellington, Ohio,”

 

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12. Unidentified infant, probably post-mortem
3 7/8″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. SAWTELL, Wellington, Ohio.”

 

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13. Woman, identified in hand-written inscription as Ellen Ackley Dunbar (1836-1922)
4 1/8″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. Sawtell, Photographer, Wellington, O.”
Note: spouse of Simon T. Dunbar [#15]

 

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14. Unidentified infant
4 1/4″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated, though hand-written inscription indicates child is 6 months old
“W.F. Sawtell, Photographer, Wellington, O.”

 

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15. Man, identified in hand-written inscription as Simon T. Dunbar (born ca. 1832)
4 1/4″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. SAWTELL, Photographer, Wellington, O.”
Note: spouse of Ellen Ackley Dunbar [#13]

 

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16. Unidentified woman
4″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. SAWTELL, Photographer, Wellington, O.”

 

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17. Three unidentified girls, possibly sisters
4 1/8″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. SAWTELL, Photographer, Wellington, O.”

 

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18. Unidentified boy
4 1/8″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. Sawtell, Wellington, Ohio.”

 

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19. Two boys, identified in hand-written ink inscription as Ron and Ray Mills
4 1/4″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. Sawtell, Wellington, Ohio.”

 

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20. Unidentified woman
3 7/8″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. Sawtell, Wellington, Ohio.”
Note: bottom edge of photo is cropped/cut

 

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21. Unidentified woman
3 7/8 ” L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. Sawtell, Wellington, Ohio.”

 

22. Unidentified woman
3 7/8″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. Sawtell, Wellington, Ohio.”

 

23. Unidentified older man
4″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. Sawtell, Wellington, Ohio.”

 

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24. Woman, identified in hand-written inscription as Addie Dudley
4 1/8″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. Sawtell, Wellington, Ohio.”

 

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25. Unidentified young man
4″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. Sawtell, Wellington, Ohio.”

 

26. Unidentified young man
4 1/8″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“Sawtelle.”

 

27. Unidentified older woman
4″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“SAWTELLE. WELLINGTON, OHIO.”

 

28. Unidentified infant
4 1/8″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“Sawtelle, PHOTOGRAPHER, WELLINGTON, OHIO.”

 

29. Unidentified woman
4 1/8″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“SAWTELLE, PHOTOGRAPHER, WELLINGTON, OHIO.”

 

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30. Unidentified female child
4 1/8″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“Sawtelle | Wellington.”

 

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31. Unidentified Man
4 1/8″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“Sawtelle | Wellington.”

 

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32. Two unidentified infants, possibly twins
6 1/2″ L x 4 1/4″ W
Undated
“Sawtelle, | Wellington, Ohio.”

 

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33. Two unidentified children, possibly twins
6 1/2″ L x 4 1/4″ W
Undated
“Sawtelle, | Wellington, Ohio.”

 

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34. Unidentified woman
6 1/2″ L x 4 1/4″ W
Undated
“Sawtelle, | Wellington, Ohio.”

 

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35. Unidentified girl
6 1/4″ L x 4 1/4″ W
Undated
“Sawtell, | Wellington, Ohio.”
Note: top edge of photo is cropped/cut; reverse is marked in pencil “one Mrs. Brown”

 

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36. Unidentified woman
6 1/2″ L x 4 1/4″ W
Undated
“Sawtelle.”

 

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37. Unidentified woman
6 1/2″ L x 4 1/4″ W
Undated
“Sawtelle, | WELLINGTON, OHIO.”

 

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38. Family portrait, identified in ink on reverse as Robert Lawrence French; his wife Eliza Cook French; and their three children, Elbert, Mildred and Arthur
6 1/2″ L x 4 1/4″ W
Undated
“Sawtelle, | Wellington, O.”

 

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39. Unidentified woman
6 1/2″ L x 4 1/4″ W
Undated
“Sawtelle, | WELLINGTON, OHIO.”

 

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40. Unidentified older man
6 1/4″ L x 4 1/4″ W
Undated
“Sawtelle,”

 

41. Unidentified man
6 1/2″ L x 4 1/4″ W
Undated
“SAWTELL, ARTIST, Wellington, Ohio.”

 

42. Girl, identified in ink inscription as Mary Ethel Sutliff
6 1/2″ L x 4 1/4″ W
Undated
“W.F. SAWTELLE, Willington, Ohio.”
Note: Per blog reader Michael Sutliff, “According to my Sutliff Genealogy Book #42, Mary Ethel Sutliff was born in Bristolville, Ohio on February 5, 1883. Her father was Joseph J. Sutliff, who fought in the Civil War.”

 

43. Unidentified woman, possibly spouse of unidentified man [#44]
6 1/2″ L x 4 1/4″ W
Undated
“W.F. Sawtelle.”

 

44. Unidentified man, possibly spouse of unidentified woman [#43]
6 1/2″ L x 4 1/4″ W
Undated
“W.F. Sawtelle.”

 

45. Unidentified man
4 1/8″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. Sawtelle.”

 

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46. Unidentified man
6 1/2″ L x 4 1/4″ W
Undated
“Sawtelle, Wellington, Ohio.”

 

47. Unidentified man
4″ L x 2 3/4″ W
Undated
“W. SAWTELL, Photographer, Wellington, O.”

 

48. Girl, identified in ink inscription as Emily E.A. Miller
4″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. Sawtell, Wellington, Ohio.”
Note: bottom edge of photo is cropped/cut

 

49. Unidentified woman
4 1/8″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W.F. Sawtell, Photographer, Wellington, O.”
Note: Per the previous owner of this image, it may depict a company member from one of the numerous circuses that passed through Wellington in the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

 

50. Unidentified man
4″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W. F. Sawtell, Wellington, Ohio.”

 

51. Unidentified boy
4″ L x 2 1/2″ W
Undated
“W. Sawtell, Wellington, Ohio.”

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