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Berengera Caswell [?], ca. 1849

Contributed by Susan Reynolds-Phaneuf through Maine Historical Society

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).

Other Information

  • Title: Berengera Caswell [?], ca. 1849
  • Creation Date: circa 1852
  • Subject Date: circa 1852
  • Town: Saco
  • County: York
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ambrotype, photograph
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822

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