Source: Williiam Blount Rodman Papers, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #329
Staff Person: Martha Elmore
The image below is of Mary Marcia Blount Rodman (January 12, 1819-1911), the daughter of William Wanton Rodman and his wife Polly Ann Blount Rodman of Washington, North Carolina. The inscription on the back of the photograph says that she “enjoyed trips to Ocracoke until after her 90th year.” This photograph is so intriguing because she is dressed up in a nice black satin dress and bonnet while holding the fish she had caught. Another point of interest is that the photographer is Bayard Wootten (1875-1959) of New Bern, North Carolina., who was a pioneering woman photographer in the early decades of the 20th century. This image can be found in the William Blount Rodman Papers and the finding aid is available at Manuscript Collection #329. If you are interested in seeing this photograph in person, please tell a Special Collections staff person that you would like to see the photograph numbered p-329/60 which is located in box #329.168.c.