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Photograph: Mary Ridout Radenhurst
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Title: Photograph: Mary Ridout Radenhurst
Identifier: 2005.1.94.1
Donor: Geoffrey and Kay Sayers
Item Date: 1850-1894
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A black and white photograph of an older woman, wearing a black matriarchal gown and a black and white veil or head covering. The photo is glued to a card backing. On the reverse it reads: "Mother of Annie Radenhurst Grant, Mary Ridout married John Radenhurst, Geoff's great, great, grandmother." There is a red stamp in the centre for E.J. Palmer Pho. Toronto C.W. (Canada West).

Mary Ridout was Geoffrey Harris Sayer's great-great grandmother. Alex Campell a U.E.L. (United Empire Loyalist) married Janet Spiers. They had three daughters: Mary, Ann, and Catherine Campbell. Mary Campbell married Thomas Ridout. They had a daughter Mary Ridout. Mary would go on to marry her cousin John Radenhurst and together they would have 5 children including Annie Radenhurst Grant.

Eli Palmer (1820-1894) was a prominent photograph in the Toronto area working mostly in the late half of the 19th Century. His early work consisted of daguerreotypes and later was known for taking cartes de visite of the gentry in Toronto and visitors in the area around 1861.

The item is part of a box of original papers, letters, transcripts and research notes complied and transcribed by Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers. Geoffrey Sayers and his wife Kathleen (née Colloton) occupied Benares from 1969 until 1981. During that time, they acted as care takers of the estate on behalf of the Ontario Heritage Foundation. They kept a small display of artifacts in the kitchen, and opened up the house once a year to the public. He also maintained the Benares financial affairs in 1932 for Naomi (Na) and Mary, who were unable to do so themselves. Along with sisters Dora Sayers and Barbara Sayers Larson, Geoff donated Benares to the Museums of Mississauga in 1995.
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