This photo has now been identified as Dorothea "Doris" Georges Förtmeier, as it was written in German, but there has also been (in the past) speculation that it is of Marie Mente Foertmeyer, one of Doris's daughters-in-law. Personally, I cannot tell because of the age differences between the two photos, but cousin Stephanie has provided good evidence that the photo is indeed of Dorothea "Doris" Förtmeier.
Compare faces below...
Children of Dietrich Friedrich Wilhem Förtmeyer and Ilse Dorothea "Doris" Georges are as follows; five of the eleven staying in Germany, while six immigrated to the United States: Dorothee Luise Förtmeier, B: 02 Jun 1826 in Essern, Nienburg, Lower Saxony, Germany. Stayed in Germany – Mother of George H. who immigrated to Cincinnati
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Information provided by Stephanie Foertmeyer:
It's quite likely that the portrait of the seated woman is Dorothea Foertmeyer. It is most certainly not a photo of Maria Mente. I studied fine art photography for several years and had the privilege of learning about the history of photography from a man who was also a collector who could show us examples of various types of photographs. First, the portrait of the seated woman is from the mid-19th century probably made by wet collodion process She is a middle aged woman, probably in her late forties-early fifties: the hair style, lace day cap, and style of the dress also confirm this. Regarding her facial features: she has very pale and/or fine eyebrows. Dorothea died in 1864, not very long after this photo was taken. The confirmed photo (a candid photo taken outdoors with a camera type of much later vintage) of Maria Mente as a considerably older woman with very dark eyebrows.
The comparison photo of Maria Mente (right) was taken about the same time as the one shown here (below):
which you have dated circa 1923. Maria Mente would have been a youngster at the time the other photo was taken. The photos are most certainly of two different women.
Marie Mente Foertmeyer
Dorothee Foertmeyer's travel document
Denotes her arrival in New Orleans in 1851
THIS IS IN ERROR... We had thought this to be true, but it turns out that this was actually Doris's first born child, Dorothea Luise Förtmeier, who settled in Louisville, Kentucky.
"Today the archives in Uchte finally replied. I asked there for documents about the school in Bohnhorst and Dietrich Förtmeier. They obviously have no records. But the head of the archive forwarded my request to a lady from Bohnhorst, who wrote a chronicle about Bohnhorst. Maybe she'll get back to me.
By chance I found an entry in the yearbook 1840/1841 of a trade association for the Kingdom of Hanover.
'Afterwards Mrs. Dorothea Förtmeier from Bohnhorst received a subsidy of 1 Thaler and 16 cent in 1840 as premium for the promotion of the house linen weaving.'
Here is a link to the book Read more about Dorothea
I assume that after moving to the new school building in Bohnhorst, Mrs. Förtmeier set up a loom there and produced linen. Maybe she earned the money for the later crossing to the USA."