Widely believed to be
Rev. Dr. Thomas M. Raysor & Cornelia Ayer Raysor
Source: The Frank Wannamaker Raysor history of the Raysor family
|For many years, the couple depicted in
the portraits above have been widely accepted as those
of Thomas M. Raysor, son of Thomas Raysor, Sr. of
Barnwell County, South Carolina. I have no reason
to doubt that. I do believe that at
least ONE Thomas Raysor portrait below has been
mislabeled. Since family history may passed
down verbally through families, and photographs may be
mislabeled by well meaning historians, I do not want to
make any assumptions.
The photograph ABOVE is labeled in the Frank W. Raysor family history as as Senator Thomas M. Raysor, Sr of Barnwell County (land later became part of the newly formed Bamberg County, South Carolina), son of Michael Raysor and Eleanor Risher, and father of Rev. Dr. Thomas M. Raysor, Jr.
The photograph BELOW is labeled as Dr. Thomas M. Raysor, Jr., son of Thomas M. Raysor, Sr.
While I see a family resemblance in the eyes, eyebrows, and mouth, it is difficult for me to believe that this man is the same man in the first photograph as being Thomas M. Raysor, Jr, married to Cornelia Ayer Raysor. Our noses and ears get larger with age, but the nose in this portrait is vastly different from the first photograph. My hunch is that the portraits of the couple may be Thomas M. Raysor, Sr. and Hannah Stokes Raysor, and the the individual photographs of Thomas M. Raysor and Rev. Thomas M. Raysor, Jr. are switched.
If anyone has evidence of dates and identities, I'd love to hear from you!
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