Monday, December 28, 2009

Orphan Photo #37

Orphan 046

What a lovely wedding photo!  It’s a shame there is no identifying information for this one.


Monday, December 21, 2009

Orphan Photo #36

Orphan 045

Unfortunately there is no identifying information for this photograph.  But don’t you just love the hat!?!?!?


Monday, December 14, 2009

Orphan Photo #35

This one is definitely a find for a genealogist.  It practically gives you the family on the back of the card! 

Bub. Jones Son of
Jim and Criss M[?]ierly Jones,
Grandson of
Abel and Martha Underwood Jones,
Brothers and sisters of Bub. Jones
Cap. Jones Glisan [?]
Mattie Jones Sillers
Carrie Jones Riney-Miller
Lille Jones
Albert Jones
Melvin Jones

The photographer’s imprint reads: 

Kahoka Mo.

Well, wouldn’t ya know, there is no “Bub” Jones in the censuses (okay, there are two but neither are relevant).  So I searched for Melvin, since it’s the least common name among the list of Jones’.  I find the family living in Lewis County, Missouri in 1870 and 1880.  Kahoka is located in Clark County, Missouri, which is right above Lewis County.  Having not done extensive research in the area, I suppose Kahoka could have one time been located in Lewis County.  Regardless, the relative location seems to be a good fit for this photograph and this family.

From what I gather, this young gentleman is James Jones, who apparently went by the nickname Bub.  I assume this because James is the only one not accounted for on the list on the back of the photo, but shows up in the 1870 and 1880 censuses. 

James was born about 1860, so based on this and guessing that he was about 20 or so when the photo was taken, I estimate it was taken about 1880.

There are a LOT of James Jones’ that I can’t even begin to piece this one together to even begin to figure out if there are any living relatives that may want this photograph.  So, if you think it’s yours, please contact me.  If anyone wants to take a stab at piecing the family together, post a comment on this post.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Orphan Photo #34

Orphan 044

This beautiful cabinet card, appears to be a wedding photo and is in near-perfect condition.  Unfortunately, there is no identifying information.  The photographer’s imprint reads:

John Hills

Art Studio

Cleveland, Wis.

Oddly enough, there are five towns of Cleveland in Wisconsin.  To narrow down the approximate location, I did a census search for John Hills.  I find a John Hills living in Centerville, Manitowoc, Wisconsin in the 1900 census.  He was born in 1870 and is listed as a photographer.  I continue to find him through 1930, but never again listed as a photographer.  Based on this information, I estimate that the photo was taken between 1888-1909, starting with when he would have been about 18-years old and up to the year I find him as a postmaster in the 1910 census.  It is of course possible that his main occupation in 1910 was postmaster and that he did photography on the side.  I’m having a hard time narrowing the time frame down based on the apparel the couple is wearing, so that’s my best guess.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Orphan Photos #32 & #33

I have quite a few in my batch of photos from this same photographer.  I’m posting these two together because it seems like they are of the same person.  What’s even more interesting is that these photographs were taken by a female photographer in the late 1800s.

Before I get into the subjects of the photos, I want to take a quick jaunt about the photographer.  The imprint on these cabinet cards reads:

Mrs. Reed
Branch House
LaGrange, Mo.
Quincy, Ill

Mrs. Reed was Candace McCORMICK Reed, who was born in 1818 in Tennessee.  She married Warren Reed in 1842.  Her and her husband relocated to Quincy, Illinois, where they opened a photography studio.  Mrs. Reed died in 1900.  More information about Mrs. Reed, along with additional photos can be found on the website Early Illinois Women:  Photographs by Candace McCormick Reed (1818-1900).

What also struck me as odd was the fact that there were two locations noted in the imprint.  Looking at the map, I see that LaGrange, Missouri and Quincy, Illinois are fairly close to one another, each resting along the Mississippi River in their respective states.

Image obtained from Google Maps

Fortunately, there is some identifying information on these photographs, which also led me to believe the gentleman in each photo was the same person.

On the back of the photograph of the couple, it says:

With best wishes of
Sister Martha


Mr. & Mrs.
A. L. Towles
LaGrange M

The back of the other photograph simply states:  Uncle Alfred Towels.

Upon first glance, I actually thought the photographs were taken at the same time.  However, upon closer inspection, two things stood out.  First, the man is were a different jacket; in one photo it's double-buttoned, in the other, single-buttoned.  And second, the imprint is slightly different, suggesting a different time period of when the photo was taken.  But the man certainly looks to be the same man in both photos, and it is fair to assume that “A.L. Towles” is “Alfred Towles.”

Next it was off to see if I could find this gentleman records to help me identify possible descendants who may want these photographs.  At first this was a little tricky because I was not sure which state to look in since both Missouri and Illinois are on the photograph imprint.  Fortunately, there weren’t many Alfred Towles to choose from, and two just happened to be in LaGrange, Missouri.

In the 1880 census, I find an Alfred and Jane Towles living in LaGrange, Lewis, Missouri, with their children, one of whom is Alfred, born about 1850 in Missouri.  Guessing that the photograph of the couple was taken in about 1890 (there is that date written on it, as well as the time period of the photographer), the couple look like they could be about 40-years old.

I move on to the 1900 census, and find an Alfred L and Florence M Towles living in Houston, Harris, Texas.  Alfred’s birth month and year are indicated as August 1846 and the census notes he was born in Missouri.  There is no indication as to how long they’ve been married.  So this is a likely suspect, but I need more information.

I try to find a marriage record, with the available online resources (heck I can hardly afford to rent FHL films for my own families, let alone orphans!!).  I came up empty.

So I take a quick peek at the public family trees on Ancestry.  I find a few possible matches, but one seems to be the most accurate, showing Alfred Lewis Towles born in Missouri and residing and dying in Texas.  My hunch may be correct then.  However, the marriage date for Alfred and Florence was “about 1898,” which could be off based on the date of the photograph, or perhaps he was married before (it looks as if Florence had been married before, given there are two daughters listed with a different surname in the 1900 census and the notation for one of them is “step daughter”).  Also worth noting is that this tree listed his residence from 1870 to 1910, but does not list his parents or children.  That being the case, I’m thinking that this may be collateral relatives and want to find someone more direct to give these photos to.

At any rate, I move on to other records.  Over the weekend, I was doing some work on my own collateral folks who eventually ended up in Texas, about the same time period.  Knowing that Family Search has death records for Texas, I headed on over in hopes of finding something.  And I did.  Not only did I find a death certificate for his death in 1915, but it tied him to the person found earlier in Missouri.  It lists his parents as Alfred and Jane Towles, his birth place as Marshall, Missouri (which is located in Saline County, where I find the family in 1850), and that he is to be buried in LaGrange, Missouri.  BINGO!

My next step is to try and locate someone that wants these photographs.  I’m going to try someone with a private Ancestry tree, who seems to have a more complete picture of this family than anyone else I can find (it’s hard to know for sure when the tree is private, but there are many Towles in the tree and it’s even name Towles).  I will certainly post an update if I’m able to reunite these photos with family.


Monday, August 31, 2009

Orphan Photo #31

Orphan 043-A

Orphan 043-B 

This is a cabinet card of Benjamin Franklin Way.  The back of the card provides a wealth of information, including his birth and death dates.  It even includes three generations of descendants!  I am in the process of locating family members to pass this photograph onto.  I’ll let you know if I am able to connect with any of them.

UPDATE – On October 5th, this cabinet card was reunited with family!


Monday, August 24, 2009

Orphan Photo #30

Orphan 042

This photograph is of Euphemia Kyner.  It was taken in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania by the photographer, Bishop.  On the back of the photograph it also states “Alexander Kyner’s sister.”  With that being the case, I suspect that this is the Euphemia I found in the 1850 U.S. census for Southampton, Pennsylvania, daughter of George and Mary (?), sister of Alexander.  She was listed as age 22 in the census.  Also noted on the back of the card is that she was single.  Since cabinet cards didn’t come into play until the mid 1860s, and based on her age, I would suspect this was take about the mid to late 1860s.  I am unable to find her beyond the 1850 census, so I suspect that she was married shortly after the photo was taken, or she perhaps died.

I am currently working on finding some living relatives in the hopes of handing this photograph over to family.  Wish me luck!


1850 U.S. Federal Census, Southampton, Franklin, Pennsylvania; Roll  M432_782; Page: 352; Image: 198.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Orphan Photo #29

Orphan 041

This lovely baby is Florence Roger (or Rogers).  The photograph was taken circa 1890 by William V. Alford in Conneautville, Pennsylvania.

Unfortunately, a quick search on Ancestry didn’t yield any results on Florence or William.  May have to dig a little harder sometime in the future.


Monday, August 10, 2009

Orphan Photo #28

Orphan 040

I just love photographs of little ones.  Unfortunately, there is no identifying information other than “2 years 4 months” written on the back.  Why, oh why, couldn’t they have included a name?

At any rate, the photographer is H. L. Bundy, of Hartford, presumably Connecticut.  I did find a Horace L Bundy listed as an artist located in Hartford, Connecticut, in the 1900 U.S. census.  I would imagine that they are one in the same.


1900 U.S. Federal Census, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut; Roll  T623_137 Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 163.


Monday, August 3, 2009

Orphan Photo #27

Orphan 039

This handsome gentleman was photographed by Harless in Albion, Indiana.  Unfortunately, there is no identifying information for him.

I was however, able to locate a John A Harkless of Albion in the 1900 U.S. census, listed as a photographer.  I imagine this is the same photographer.


1900 U.S. Federal Census, Albion, Noble, Indiana; Roll  T623_395 Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 81.


Monday, July 27, 2009

Orphan Photo #26

Orphan 038

This CDV hails from Northampton, Massachusetts.  On the back, I believe it reads Ethel Frances Fernald and the year 1902.  A quick search on Ancestry revealed a few possibilities that will take some time to dig into to see if I can uncover some living relatives that may be interested in this photograph.


Monday, July 20, 2009

Orphan Photo #25

Orphan 037

This CDV is of Theodosia Currier, who was a teacher at Miss Buckingham’s School.  It was taken about 1896-1899 in Canton, Ohio. (All information was written on the back.)

I wasn’t able to find Theodosia in a quick search on Ancestry (and by quick I mean that I did spend two hours!!).  But it’s such an interesting photograph that I intend to keep looking to see if I can identify any family that would love to take ownership.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Orphan Photo #24

Orphan 036-A 

Orphan 036-B

This photograph was taken in Edinboro, Pennsylvania by the photography studio W. H. VanDyke & Son.  Unfortunately there is no identifying information for this wonderful lady.

I suspect that the photography studio was owned by William H VanDyke of Edinboro, Erie, Pennsylvania.  I was able to find him in the 1880 U.S. census, listed as an “artist.”  He died sometime between 1880 and 1900, as his widow was found in the 1900 census living in Buffalo, Washington, Pennsylvania with her son Henry.


1880 U.S. Federal Census; Edinboro, Erie, Pennsylvania; Roll  T9_1128; Page: 11; Enumeration District: 157.

1900 U.S. Federal Census; Buffalo, Washington, Pennsylvania; Roll  T623_1493 Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 118.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Orphan Photo #23

Orphan 035-A

Orphan 035-B

This cabinet card hails from Ottawa, Illinois.  Since there is a stamp on the back that reads “Duplicate Ordered. Mar 1892” I would assume that the photo was taken around that time.  Unfortunately there is no identifying information for the woman in the photograph.

The photographer is W. E. Bowman (William Emory) and in the lower left on the back of the card it states that the gallery was established in 1865.  You can read more about the photographer in the article “Bowman Was a Big Name in Photography” by Mollie Perrot.


Monday, June 29, 2009

Orphan Photos #21 & #22

These two orphan photos may very well be a brother and sister.  Both of the photographs are cut in an oval and mounted on a board measuring 2-15/16” by 16-1/16”.  The boards are mounted on black paper (similar to scrapbook paper).

The imprint in the lower right corner reads:  Parks Studio, Keene, N.H.

There is no identifying information for this lovely duo.


Monday, June 22, 2009

Orphan Photo #20

This photograph is of a lovely woman, who is unidentified.  The photograph is cut into an oval and mounted on a board measuring approximately 3-1/2” by 7”.  Barely noticeable is the imprint in the lower left corner.  A rubbing reveals that the imprint reads: Lake City Studio, Dunkirk, N.Y.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Orphan Photo #21

Orphan 026

This photograph is printed on a thick paper, measuring 6-11/16” x 10-11/16”. 

There is no identifying information.

P.S.  This one’s for you fM!


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Another Blog Award

Judith over at Tennessee Memories has kindly given this blog the Puckerbrush Award of Excellence.  You can read more about it and see my award recipients at my other blog, GenBlog.


Monday, June 8, 2009

Orphan Photo #20

Orphan 027

This photo is mounted on a decorative card that measures 6”W x 8”H.

The imprint reads:  Druse, LaGrange, MO.

There is no identifying information on this photo.  Just two cute kids from Missouri.


Monday, June 1, 2009

One Lovely Blog Award

Who Will Tell Their Story? has been awarded the One Lovely Blog award by Holly over at Raeburn Family Odyssey.  I also received this award over a GenBlog; you can read that post, and see my award recipient here.

Thanks, Holly!


Orphan Photo #19

Orphan 029

This photo is mounted on a decorative card measuring 6-7/8” x 8-5/8”; the card has a beveled edge.

The imprint on the front reads: Stratford.

On the back, the following is handwritten:

Kenneth Guthrie          Lyell Guthrie

Sent by there [sic.] mother

Mrs. Luella Guthrie

There is no other information to indicate where this photograph was taken.  However, a two-minute Ancestry search pinpointed these folks.  In the 1900 census, there is a Guthrie family in Winters, Yolo, California.  Dillard R (head/father), Luella (mother), Kenneth (son), and Lyell H (son).  In the census, the boys were listed as six and four years of age respectively (Lyell’s age is indexed incorrectly).  The boys look a little older than that in the photograph, so I estimate it as being taken about 1905, likely in California.

According to the SSDI, Lyell died in June 1961.  According to the California Death Index,  Kenneth died on 18 June 1952.

I’ve hit a brick wall tracking down a living relative to share this with.  If you have any idea, please email them to me (do not post in comments for privacy reasons, thanks).



1900 U.S. Federal Census, Winters, Yolo, California; Roll: T623_116 Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 203.


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