Contributed by Susan Reynolds-Phaneuf through Maine Historical Society
Not available for reproduction or licensing. More info.
An ambrotype that may be Berengera Caswell, a mill girl who in 1849 died after a botched abortion and whose body was found in a Saco stream.
The photo -- unidentified -- has been passed down through the family and the young woman pictured fits the physical description of Caswell as recalled in period newspapers.
Caswell's life, and unfortunate death, was memorialized in fictionalized accounts such as Mary Bean, The Factory Girl (1850), and Life of George Hamilton (1852).
About This Item
- Title: Berengera Caswell [?], ca. 1849
- Creation Date: circa 1852
- Subject Date: circa 1852
- Town: Saco
- County: York
- State: ME
- Media: Ambrotype
- Object Type: Image
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219
Please post your comment below to share with others. If you'd like to privately share a comment or correction with MMN staff, please use this form.