DAGUERREOTYPE EARLY 1840s
GREENHILL, Stephen (1772-1846). A 1/6th plate daguerreotype of a gentleman, mounted in a full plain leather case, containing an old paper label reading "Stephen Greenhill. Aunt John Silverlock’s Father". The daguerreotype plate is in fine condition, but with some oxidation to the periphery of the image on three sides. Included with this photograph is a letter from Frank Silverlock to Messrs Raper & Freeland, 2 sides, Croydon, 2nd March 1888, regarding a draft lease that his father (John Silverlock) is dealing with. Also with these items is a copy of the marriage certificate of John Silverlock and Sarah Greenhill.
Stephen Greenhill was born in 1772 in Ashford, Kent, the son of Richard and Mary Greenhill, and appears to be the descendant of the Rev. Stephen Greenhill (d.1777) rector of Sevington who came into substantial properties in Kent. The latter included Court Lodge at Mersham, Ashford, where Stephen Greenhill settled with his family for some years. Stephen Greenhill married in 1797 Elizabeth Tress (1770-1840) daughter of Thomas Tress, at Tenderden, Kent, by whom he had a large family. Stephen and Elizabeth Greenhill were buried at St George’s Church, Esher, whose headstone gives their dates of birth and death. One of their daughters, Sarah Greenhill (born 1808) married in 1839 the tea dealer John Silverlock (1817-1888), and can be identified therefore as “Aunt John Silverlock’s Father” in the label. John Silverlock’s son Frank Silverlock (1856-1941), whose autograph letter is included, was a clerk in his father’s firm.