Portrait of Charles D. Summers

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Charles D. Summers (1870-1948), husband of Elizabeth J. Gaither Summers, was the son of Talbot County furniture-maker and carpenter Samuel A. Summers (b. abt. 1832, Md.) and Anna Louise Ross Summers (b. abt.1850, Md.).

Charles, one of ten siblings raised in the village of Trappe, became a house carpenter. Sometime between 1880 and 1900, he moved to Baltimore, along with his mother, his younger brother Joseph Eugene Summers,  an aunt, possibly his grandmother Ellen Bullen Ross‘ sister, Anna L. Bullen, and a cousin, Mabel G. Ross.

By 1900, they were settled at 1936 West Lafayette Avenue, and Charles had found steady employment as a house carpenter. The block is a street of tidy two-story, two-bay row houses with bow windows, in an area, north of Edmondson Avenue and west of Harlem Park and Lafayette Square, that was undergoing rapid residential development at the turn of the century.

Elizabeth Gaither’s father, Vachel H. Gaither, was also a house carpenter, so perhaps Elizabeth met her future husband through their connection with the building trades.

Elizabeth and Charles had one daughter, Margaret Ross Summers (b. abt. 1905, Baltimore, Md.).

According to Kelbaugh’s Directory of Maryland Photographers, London Studio, where Charles Summers had his portrait taken, was located at 5 W. Lexington Street ca. 1894-1895. That would make Charles about 25 at the time of the photograph.

All photographs from the Elizabeth J. Gaither Summers album were acquired on ebay from jbatro (johnscollectibles@att.net).

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