(Note: I have more questions about this image than answers, so anything you see in it that is of note to you, please call it out!)
Johan Bauer and his wife Anna Hagen had three children, a son and two daughters. The silhouettes depict two men and a woman, and the dates around the silhouette perimeters don't seem to match with any information given elsewhere in the image. If not the family (based on the information in the image) then to whom might the silhouettes belong?
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Other questions related to this image:
- What is this thing? A pre-photography family photo? Is this a common object in German/European/American families in the mid-1800s, or is this unique?
- If the above is a common pre-photography heirloom, does it help identify when it was created?
- "Catharine Elisabeth Wilhelmine Bauer" is known as "Minna Bauer" in every record in which she is found (and similar for other family members). On Ancestry.com how would I document her actual name v. the name she is most commonly known by (v., apparently, the name they are given at baptism)?