Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Young Boy from Paducah

This photograph of a small boy holding what appears to be a toy rifle was found in a box of unknown photos from Paducah.

There is an embossed area on the mat that is probably the photographers name, but it can't be read.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Graves County Family

This photo of an unidentified young family with a curly haired toddler came from a box of Graves County pictures. It appears to date from around the 1890's.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Man from Ladonia, Texas

This cabinet card is by photgrapher John R. Keasler whose studio was located on West Main St. in Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas. The photo of this unknown man was found in a box of Graves County, Kentucky pictures. This unusual card probably dates to around 1890.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Francis M. Darnall & Friends

One of the young men in this photo has been identified as Francis Marion Darnall, but the other four young men and five ladies are unknown. The photographer's name on the cabinet card appears to be "Fleming".

A Francis Marion Darnall, born in 1850, was a resident of Marshall County, Kentucky. In 1868 he married America Catherine Humphries who is presumably also included in the photo. It is impossible to see the ladies' clothing and hairstyles to help date the photo. If this is Francis Marion Darnall of Marshall County, the photo was probably taken during the 1880's.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Very Young Ladies with Hats

This photo of two very young ladies in hats was taken by the Paschal Studio in Paducah. Another photo found online taken by Paschal Studio which used the same background was dated to 1918. This photo may date to around that time or somewhat earlier. Information found online indicates that Albert D. Paschal had a studio in Paducah from at least 1906 into the 1920's.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Young Men from Marshall County

This photo of four young men was found in a group of unknown pictures from Marshall County. There is nothing to indicate whether they are relatives, friends or possibly co-workers.

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Young Lady from Paducah

This photograph of a young woman was taken by the photographer J. M. Merrill who was located at 134 North 3rd Street in Paducah. The photo was probably taken during the 1880's before the drastic changes in dress and hair styles which occurred in the 1890's.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Ellie Landrum Robbins

This photo of a young woman identified as Ellie Landrum Robbins appears to date from around 1890 to 1900 based upon the hairstyle. The photo came from a group of unknown photos from the Jackson Purchase area but a search of census and other area records of the late 19th and early 20th century produced no results to help identify her family.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Dixie III

Dixie III

This unusual photo from a box of Graves County loose pictures is undoubtably a souvenir of a trip on a riverboat named the Dixie III. One of these men is named on the reverse side as Charly Taylor. The last name is not written clearly but does appear to be Taylor.

An online search for a riverboat of that name was unsuccessful.

Dixie III - Reverse

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Miss Paducah 1924

The photo is identified as "Miss Paducah Kentucky" but no year is given. According to Wikipedia, the only Miss Paducah during the time period of the 1920's was Kathleen McElroy in 1924. There was no Miss Kentucky that year and Kathleen competed in the Miss America pageant as Miss Paducah Kentucky.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Young Man from Calloway County

There is nothing to identify the young man whose photo was in an assortment of Calloway County pictures. He is undoubtedly still a teenager and dressed for some important occasion.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Lula & Leonard Hall

The children photographed with a wicker carriage in this cabinet card by the photographer Bruce located at 112 S. Third St. in Paducah are identified as Lula and Leonard Hall. A search on for Hall families in Paducah around the turn of the 20th century was unsuccessful in finding any children by those names.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Young Woman from Murray

This cabinet card depicting an unknown young woman from Calloway County is by the photographer Bray of Murray, Kentucky. The scalloped edges of the card date it from around 1886 to 1900. Her hair style and dress indicate that the photo was probably taken early in that time frame, probably before 1890.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Mysterious Eula Murrell

This photo was identified as Eula Murrell and found in a box of orphan photos in the Jackson Purchase area of Kentucky. There are no listings in area census of the latter part of the 19th century for anyone by that name.

She is seated, wearing a white or pastel dress which may be a wedding dress. The arrangement of flowers on her lap seems far too large for a bridal bouquet, but may be. Her hair style and dress would appear to date the photo in the 1890's.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pearl White

The pretty young woman pictured in this cabinet card is identified as Pearl White. The photographer was McFadden of Paducah, Kentucky.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Ella Ford, Young Woman of Color

Among the orphan photos from Paducah was this photo of Ella Ford. This cabinet card gives the photographer's name as Riley who was located at 223 E. Third St., Paducah. The card probably dates from the 1890's.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Young Man from Paducah

This photograph of a young man in his late teens or early twenties is from a box of orphan photos found in Paducah.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Calloway County Children

There were no clues to the identity of these children included with this photo. The two little girls are holding their new brother or sister who is wearing what may be a christening gown.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Minnie Pearl Noblin Rozzell

This cabinet card of a lovely, refined young woman from a box of photos was identified as Minnie Pearl Rozzell. Minnie Pearl Noblin married Milford Winslow Rozzell in 1880 which may be about the time this photograph was taken.

Minnie Rozzell was listed as the wife of Milford Rozzell in the 1900 census. That year Milford and Minnie Rozzell along with their children Albany and Noblin were recorded living in Pryorsburg Village of Graves County. Dr. Milford Winslow Rozzell was the son of Miles Washington Rozzell and Melissa Williams, granddaughter of Pryorsburg founder Jonathan Pryor.

Minnie Pearl Noblin Rozzell's obituary gives her date of death as 1902 at age 40.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Walter Copeland

The photograph found in a box of Carlisle County pictures was identified as Walter Copeland. The only Walter Copeland in the Jackson Purchase area around the time this photo would have been taken was living with his parents Sipe and Mary Copeland in District 8 of Graves County in the 1900 census.

A Kentucky Death Record for Walter Copeland, born 8 December 1882 in Tennessee, lists his parents as Sipe Copeland and Mary Gamblin. Walter died on the 14th of April 1916 in Marshall County.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Young Lady in a Flowered Dress

This unknown young woman in a floral dress is from a box of Calloway County pictures.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Man from Murray

This cabinet card of an unknown older man from Calloway County is by the photographer Love of Murray, Kentucky.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Young Man with a Bicycle

Here is another photo of an unknown young man with a bicycle by a Paducah photographer. This cabinet card is by J. B. Bruce and appears to have had a deep red or burgundy wash used on the photo.

A previous post of two men with bicyles was by another Paducah photographer, McClean.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ruby Crutchfield

This photograph from a box of loose pictures identifies this lovely young woman as Ruby Crutchfield. There are several Crutchfield families living in Paducah in the latter part of the 19th century but none of the families include Ruby in census records.

A search of census found no Ruby Crutchfield closer than North Carolina, Pennsylvania or Texas during the latter years of the 19th century and early 20th century.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Their Wedding Day?

This photo may have been taken on this unidentified couple's wedding day - note that he is wearing what appears to be a boutonnière and flowers seem to be cascading from her upswept hair. She is also holding a handkerchief and prominently displaying her wedding ring.

This photograph came from a box of Paducah pictures and probably dates to sometime in the 1880's since the lady's dress style includes a bustle.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Tess Bridges

This cabinet card of Tess Bridges came from the Pryor-Hogue Album which apparently belonged to William and Martha Pryor Hogue of Graves County. Kentucky Death Records show that Tess was born on 11 Oct 1856 in Trigg County, Kentucky and died on 14 Nov 1948 at the age of 92 years of age in McCracken County.

In the 1860 census, 4 year old Tess appears to be the female child listed as "T" Bridges recorded in the household of J. C. Bridges in Trigg County. Her mother's given name isn't listed, only the initial "M". This couple is probably James C. Bridges who married Mary Cohoon, daughter of Archibald and Charity Cohoon, in Trigg County in October of 1855. FindaGrave has a listing of the death of 29 year old James C. Bridges on April 30, 1863 and there are no further census records of this family.

It is unknown whether Tess was related to the Pryor family but in the 1880 census of Graves County, she is found living in the home of H. C. and Louanna Pryor Allison. She was single and her occupation was listed as "cook"; however, she doesn't appear to have been a servant to the Allisons. In later census, Tess is always recorded living in the home of the family of Lola Allison Mankin which continues to create the impression that she was related to H. C. or Louanna Pryor Allison.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Baby in Wicker Carriage

This cabinet card picturing a cute baby with a ruffled cap seated in a wicker carriage is by Paducah photographer W. G. McFadden. The address of McFadden's studio is 333 Broadway, not "opposite the opera house" as it had been before that building burned in 1800 which probably dates the photo to after the turn of the 20th century.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Lady from Arlington

A fashionable unidentified lady from Arlington in Carlisle County is pictured in this Boyd Bros. cabinet card. The photo probably dates from the 1890's.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Pvt. Samuel Crossgrove

The name Samuel Crossgrove was included with this photo that appears to be a Daquerrotype image. A search of Civil War records at Fold3 yielded two Samuel Crossgroves who served in the union army. Although the records at Fold3 included no history or details of either person's service, the commands in which they served were listed.

A Samuel Crossgrove from New York who had moved to Wisconsin prior to the beginning of the war, served in Co. B of the 15th Regiment of Wisconsin Infantry as a private. Since the 15th Wisconsin Infantry's list of battles and campaigns does not include any in Kentucky it is doubtful that he is the individual pictured in the photo found in Kentucky's Jackson Purchase.

Another Samuel Crossgrove from Union County, Pennsylvania is recorded as serving as a private in Co. K of the 51st Regiment of Pennsylvania Infantry. The history of the 51st Pennsylvania shows that it was assigned to points in eastern Kentucky from Covington to Crab Orchard prior to its movement to Vicksburg, Mississippi in June of 1863. After the Seige of Vicksburg, the 51st Pennsylvania was assigned to duty again in Kentucky later that year. Based upon this information, this photograph is most likely the Samuel Crossgrove of Union, Pennsylvania.

Census information reveals that Samuel Crossgrove, born 18 July 1840, was the son of James Crossgrove of Union County, Pennsylvania.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Cowgirl or Actress?

Another of the unique photos found among the "orphan" photographs of Paducah is this young woman in a cowgirl outfit holding a whip. Her outfit even includes what appears to be a gunbelt. It seems likely that she was an actress, either on the stage or in one of the many wild west shows touring the country in the latter part of the 19th century.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Teenage Miss

The young woman in this cabinet card by the photographer Love in Murray, Kentucky appears to be very young, possibly a teenager.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Man in a Top Hat

This cabinet card of a man wearing a top hat is by Paducah photographer J. M. Mitchell. It's such a shame that we have no other information about this gentleman.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Young Lady from Calloway County

This photo of a pretty young woman was found in a box of Calloway County photographs. Her hair style and dress with high collar and puffed sleeves dates the photo to the 1890's.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Kate Kelly

The name "Kate Kelly" is written on this photo of an attractive young woman taken by the photographer McFadden of Paducah. She is wearing a dress with a ruffled bodice and the large puffed sleeves typical of the 1890's that appears to be white. Because the Opera House, noted on the cabinet card in the photographer's address, burned in 1900 this picture would date to before that year.

Could this be the Kate Kelly born in 1878 to Irish immigrant Michael Kelly and his wife Mary who were recorded in the McCracken County census of 1880? By 1900, Katie was married to James Mulvin with an infant child. James Mulvin died sometime between 1900 and 1910 for in the 1910 census Kate Mulvin, a widow with three small children, was living in the home of her father, Michael Kelly, a locomotive engineer for the railroad.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Teacher, Grandmother or Favorite Aunt?

This older lady with glasses could be any or all of these things - teacher, grandmother or favorite aunt, but we have no way of knowing. Her photo was in a box of unidentified pictures from somewhere in the Jackson Purchase area.

Her fashionable, dark colored dress appears to date to the 1890's period.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Paddlewheelers Docked at Paducah

This photo shows several paddlewheel steamers and a few tugs docked at Paducah. The only name visible is that of the steamer Margaret  which appears to be taking on passengers for a voyage on the Ohio River.

Friday, August 31, 2012


This pair of pretty young ladies are probably sisters based upon the strong resemblance. Their hairstyles date the photo to the 1890's. The picture was included in a box of orphan photos from Paducah.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tom & Ada

The couple in this cabinet card by photographer J. B. Brooks of Clinton, Kentucky is identified as Tom Pettit and Ada F. Owen. Thomas C. Pettit and Ada Frances Owen's marriage is recorded in Hickman County on January 4th of 1889.

Tom was the son of Thomas H. and Adeline Pettit of Wadesborough in Calloway County where the family is listed in the 1870 census. Ada's parents were John Reese Owen and Frances Jane Wray previously of Hickman and Ballard counties.

After their marriage, Tom and Ada lived in Bardwell in Carlisle County where their daughter Carline was born in 1892. Ada died in 1930 and Tom in 1940 in Bardwell.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Paducah Lady

This carte de visite may date from shortly after the Civil War era based upon this fashionable lady's hairstyle and clothing.

An attempt to research the City Gallery in Paducah or photographer G. W. Robertson was unsuccessful.

Christmas Portrait

This cabinet card by Boyd Bros. in Arlington, Kentucky is dated December 25, 1897. There is no indication whether it may have been the young couple's wedding portrait or possibly an engagement photo.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Mystery Monday - Young Men in Hats

This interesting photo of six young men all wearing hats came from Paducah pictures. The picture raises so many questions. Who were they? Why are they all wearing hats? Did they work together? What was the occasion for taking the photo?

Thinking that the bowler hats might be a clue, I consulted Wikipedia where I found: In the Americas, the bowler, not the cowboy hat or sombrero, was the most popular hat in the American West, prompting Lucius Beebe to call it "the hat that won the West". Both cowboys and railroad workers preferred the hat because it would not blow off easily in strong wind, or when sticking one's head out the window of a speeding train. It was worn by both lawmen and outlaws, including Bat Masterson, Butch Cassidy, Black Bart, and Billy the Kid.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Curly Haired Toddler

This photograph of a curly haired toddler by Paducah photographer McFadden must date from prior to 1900. The address on the cabinet card shows that W. G. McFadden's studio is located opposite the Opera House which burned in 1900.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Men with Bicycles

This odd photo of two men with bicycles was taken by the photographer McClean. The photographer's address on the cabinet card is 405-1/2 Broadway, Paducah, Kentucky. This picture is from a box of loose pictures which includes another cabinet card also taken by McClean of the same two men again with bicycles but a slightly different backdrop.

The card appears to date from the early 20th century.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Calloway County Family

This unidentified young Calloway County family was from an assortment of loose photos. The cabinet card identifies the photographer Love of Murray, Kentucky.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Young Lady from Milburn

This photograph of an unknown young woman in Milburn, Kentucky was taken by local photographer L. P. Williams. L. P. Williams was recorded in Carlisle County from around 1885 until after 1900 so the photo dates from sometime during that period.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

In Mourning

This unknown middle aged woman dressed severely in black appears as though she might have been in mourning. The photo is from a box of loose Paducah pictures.