National Society of Colonial Dames of
America in Tennessee

















Portrait #1797

Subject/Title:
Wemyss, James Alexander
Artist:Cowan, Sarah E.
Date Created:1850s
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:32 x 28
Image Dimensions:24.25 x 20.25
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented:17 November 2008
Condition:Good

Description:Bust length frontal of a fairly young man in a formal-wear black coat, black vest, white shirt and black bow tie.
History of Work:
Notes:The subject's father emigrated from Scotland and fought with the British in the Revolutionary War. After the war he moved South to Alabama. James Wemyss, the son, worked as a cotton broker in Mobile. During the Civil War he was captain of an equestrian Confederate regiment and was wounded. His first wife, Fannie Hatch #85, and children died of diptheria. Later he married her sister, Annie Hatch #83, who was ten years younger. The couple had eleven children. After the War, the carpetbaggers in Alabama became so objectionable to Wemyss that he moved his family to the Gallatin area of Tennessee. Their home was named Maple Shade.

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