Below are two photographs (each 6.3 x 10.3 cm on very stiff card nearly 1 mm thick) that were placed next to each other in the album of my great grandfather Thomas Anslow Hitchcox. The album was given to Thomas by his mother (my 2nd great grandmother) whose maiden name was Emma Symons Treloar Billin on 5 Feb 1890 (his 22nd birthday).
On each of the two photographs has been written, in the hand of my grandfather Robert George Hitchcox, the word "WILLS". The photographs are near the back of the album in an area where a number of photos have an "X" written on them, meaning that my grandfather did not know who they were, and a number of others have no markings. In the front of the album there tend to be labelled photographs of Thomas and his siblings and his wife but one of his mother is also near the back.
On 7 Feb 1894, at Angaston, South Australia, Thomas married Mary Ellen Nettell whose parents Matthew Nettell and Grace Martin Wills arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia on 23 Dec 1865 (see Did uncle of Grace Martin Wills (or perhaps of Matthew Nettell) own the Gosforth?).
I suspect that these photos are of Grace's parents George Wills (1806-1873) and Frances "Fanny" Angove (1815-1899). That would make them Thomas' wife's grandparents.
During his life George was recorded as having the occupations of Miner (1841 Census), Rail Labourer (1851 Census), Miner's Labourer (1861 Census) and Carrier (1865 Marriage Certificate of his daughter Grace; 1871 Census).
Both George and Frances appear to have lived their entire lives at Illogan, Cornwall, England which is about 18 miles from Penzance where the photos appear to have been taken. They appear to have been 9 years apart in age, and I think that fits with the photos.
I suspect that these may have been photographs taken shortly before Grace and Matthew left for Australia, perhaps around the time they married on 23 Sep 1865, but the reverses of the photos look a lot like this one by the same photographer from 1853.
Unfortunately, I have not yet found a site suitable to use for dating photographs by Robert. H. Preston although it looks like efforts have commenced here.
Can anyone suggest whether the ages, dress, photo date/location, etc of these two people can be used to support/refute my theory that they belong to George Wills (1806-1873) and Frances "Fanny" Angove (1815-1899)?