A letter from Mildred Chenoweth Stites to her cousin, William Marshall Bullitt, dated February 27th, 1912. Mildred mentions that she had a photograph of a person formerly enslaved by the Bullitt family. The "Grandmammy" she describes is most likely Louisiana Taylor, and she states that Helen was five months old at the time of the photograph. The Filson Historical Society has this photograph in our collections, see "Photograph of Louisiana Taylor and Helen Stites, August 12th, 1879."
A photograph of Louisiana, also known as Louisa, Taylor and a young Helen Stites around 1879. The handwriting on the back says that Louisiana's father was Native American. Louisiana is referred to as "mammy." Helen Stites is a descendent of Mildred Ann Fry, who recieved Louisiana as a "present" for her seventh birthday, when Louisiana was five days old. Mildred would later marry William Christian Bullitt.