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Old Monday 19th December 2016, 12:41   #1
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Just a small remark on battyi in HBW key of today:

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Joseph H. Batty (1846-1906) professional collector in tropical America 1896-1906 (Leptotila).
From OD it is not clear to whom Rothschild dedicated the dove. It is very likely that it is in fact the author of Practical taxidermy, and home decoration: together with general information for sportsmen as he collected in Panama Falsified Data Associated with Specimens of Birds, Mammals, and Insects from the Veragua Archipelago, Panama, Collected by J. H. Batty

In last articles is written as well:

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On his last expedition. Batty was "killed instantly by the accidental discharge of his gun while collecting near Pijijiapan, in the southern part of the State of Chiapas, Mexico, on May 26, 1906"
Nevertheless I am not sure if he was born 1846. Maybe what's written here is correct?

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Batty, Joseph H. (1850–1906), taxidermist and specimen hunter recently accused of fraudulent practices, “killed instantly by the accidental discharge of his gun,” age 55, in Mexico.
In Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal of year 1982 is written:

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Joseph H. Batty (ca. 1846-1906), naturalist and taxidermist, was born in Springfield, Mass. where he received a high school education.
But maybe there is a reliable source I missed?

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Old Monday 19th December 2016, 14:43   #2
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BATTY, Joseph (father) , and Henriette G. [no surname shown], had a baby boy, Joseph BATTY born 3 Sep 1847 in Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A..
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Old Monday 19th December 2016, 21:34   #3
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Well noted, Martin, and apparently a justified "small remark" ...

Rocky Mountain Naturalists, by Joseph Ewan (1950) supposedly (Google search, no preview) says:
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BATTY, JOSEPH H., 1847-1906 Taxidermist of New York City, professional plume hunter before the laws prohibiting the commerce were passed, ...
The same (no preview) goes for Guide to the Ewan Papers, by Douglas Holland (1997):
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Batty , Joseph H. (1847-1906) Taxidermist; New York,
The United States in Latin America: a historical dictionary, by David Shavit (1992), here (Google snippet view) also have the same years:
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BATTY, JOSEPH H. (1847-1906). Taxidermist, born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Batty was in business as a taxidermist in New York City, and later engaged in plume hunting, visiting, for this purpose, western Mexico, Central America, ...
Lives of game animals: an account of those land animals in America, north of the Mexican border, which are considered "game," either because they have held the attention of sportsmen, or received the protection of the law (Vol 1) by Ernest Thompson Seton (1953), here (same snippet view):
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Batty, Joseph H. (1847-1906).
Also see the "Notes and News" pages in The Auk 34 (4) 1917, here:
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Seven others born in 1847 did not enjoy as long a span of life but nevertheless left their names indelibly impressed on the records of ornithology. ... The American names include ... Joseph H. Batty, taxidermist and field collector, ...
And note the sentence by Storrs L. Olson (2008), p.3, second link in Post #1:
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According to a note in the collector/donor file in the Division of Birds, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (USNM), he was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on September 3, 1847.
If correct, based on what, is unknown to me. But it sure looks like it!

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From OD it is not clear to whom Rothschild dedicated the dove. ...
True, Martin, however see the first part of Storrs Olson's Paper (2008):
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Batty was the first person to collect birds and mammals on the very large island of Coiba, ...
As that the Type of the Brown-backed Dove Leptotila battyi ROTHSCHILD "1901" (1902?) [as "Leptoptila (sic) battyi"] was collected on the same "Coiba Island" I think its pretty safe to assume hes the proper guy.

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PS. Mark, I think his Mother's first name was Henrietta.
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Old Tuesday 20th December 2016, 10:22   #4
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True, Martin, however see the first part of Storrs Olson's Paper (2008):As that the Type of the Brown-backed Dove Leptotila battyi ROTHSCHILD "1901" (1902?) [as "Leptoptila (sic) battyi"] was collected on the same "Coiba Island" I think its pretty safe to assume hes the proper guy.

@ Bjrn, There was no real doubt that it is the correct guy.

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PS. Mark, I think his Mother's first name was Henrietta.
Henrietta Greene Batty, ne Ferre (e.g. [here] or [here]).
(But Mark was just quoting the page he linked to, where she is indeed "Henriette G.".)
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Last but not least an Obituary in The Auk 23(3) p. 356-357 here. (but still the middle name missing).
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And here pictures of our Batty.
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