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.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Calloway County School

This photo is of the teacher and students of an unidentified school in Calloway County, Kentucky. The teacher's style of dress and hair indicates that it was probably taken sometime during the 1890's.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Capt. D. A. Given, Jr.

Capt. Dickson Augustus Given, Jr. was born on August 6th, 1842 in Kentucky to Dickson Augustus Given, Sr. and Clarissa Goodall Given. The 1860 census records the family living in Paducah, McCracken County.

Statue of Brig. Gen. Lloyd Tilghman at Vicksburg Memorial ParkWhen the seige of Vicksburg ended on the 4th of July, 1863, 1st Lt. D. A. Given, Jr. is listed among those prisoners captured and paroled the next day. He is recorded on those lists of prisoners who surrendered at Vicksburg as an aide-de-camp of Brig. Gen. Lloyd Tilghman. Gen. Tilghman had died during the Vicksburg Campaign six weeks before on May 16, 1863 at the Battle of Champion Hill. Gen. Tilghman apparently had several aides for his nephew Oswald Tilghman was also his aide-de-camp and was famously at his side when he fell.

Like most of the officers of the Confederacy, he returned to service after being paroled at Vicksburg. On May 4th, 1865, Capt. D. A. Given, Jr., A.D.C., was among the soldiers of Buford's Division who were surrendered by Gen. Nathan Bedford Forest at Gainesville, Alabama.

D. A. Given, Jr. died in New Orleans, Louisiana on the 23rd of November 1895.

Siblings from Calloway County

This photograph of a boy and teenage girl who appear to be brother and sister came from a box of Calloway County photos. From the style of the girl's hair and what can be seen of her dress, the picture probably dates from the 1890's.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Shellie Penn of Bandana, Kentucky

This photo is identified as Shellie Penn of Bandana, Kentucky and was probably taken around the turn of the 20th century.

Census records of Ballard County in 1900 show Shellie's parents as Thomas Penn and Lura E. (Taylor) Penn. Shellie was born on September 17th, 1893 and according to death records, died in December of 1984 living to be 91 years old. She married Robert H. Harkey around 1920 and they settled in McCracken County.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Little Blonde Boy

The photo of a little blonde boy who appears to be around 4 or 5 years old was taken by Paducah photographer W. G. McFadden. As this cabinet card notes, McFadden was located opposite the Opera House which could date the photo from before 1900 for the opera house burned that year.

McFadden was listed in the Paducah City Directory in 1890 and 1891 and was also present there after 1900 for his photographs of the 1902 ice storm are preserved in a volume he created entitled “Souvenir of Paducah: The Great Sleet Storm of January 1902.”

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Their Wedding Portrait?

Rosie and Fayte Cooper
Writing on the back of this photo identifies this couple as aunt Rosie Vaughan Cooper and uncle Fayte Cooper of Boaz, Kentucky. It also states that Rosie was the sister of Eddie Vaughan.

A brief search reveals that Rosanna Vaughan, age 33, married widower William Lafayette Cooper, age 45, on the 28th of August 1901. From their probable ages in the photograph and the style of Rosie's dress, this photo would appear to date to around 1901 and is very probably their wedding portrait.

The death record for William Lafayette Cooper who died on the 15th of December, 1930 in McCracken County, lists his birth place as Roberson, Virginia and his parents as James Mathew Cooper and Winnie Freeman, both of Virginia.

According to Rosanna Vaughan Cooper's 1939 death record, her parents were William Vaughan, born in Halifax, Virginia and Elizabeth Wright, of Centreville, Tennessee.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Unknown Minister in McCracken County

This photo of a minister was in a box of McCracken pictures with no indication of his identity. He may have pastored a local church or merely been a visitor to Paducah.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Mikado

Based upon the actress' costume, she was probably performing in a production of The Mikado. Written by Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado premiered in London in March of 1885 and was so hugely popular that by the end of 1885 countless companies across America and Europe were producing it.

The Paducah Sun Newspaper ran articles on May 25 & 26, 1903 regarding a performance of The Mikado by the Boston Ideal Opera Company at the Casino Theater in Wallace Park in Paducah. However it's more likely that this cabinet card is from an earlier production as it gives the photographer W. G. McFadden's location as opposite the opera house which may date the card to before 1900 when the opera house burned.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Unknown Paducah Couple

The photo of an unknown Paducah couple who appear to be in their mid to late 20's is by the photographer Hunt of Paducah. This cabinet card probably dates from sometime during the 1890's.

Sgt. H. W. McCarty

For a change, this photo (probably a tintype) had quite a lot of information. Sgt. H. W. McCarty was a prisoner of war in Paducah in 1864.

A quick search of Fold3 produced one record for a Cpl. H. W. McCarty of Co. A, 62nd Tennessee Mounted Infantry, Rowan's Regiment, 80th Tennessee Infantry of the CSA.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Fulton County Men in a Wagon

Photo of four men in a wagon which was presumably taken in Fulton, Kentucky since the photographer's information printed on the card is H. A. Stewart, Fulton, KY.

An attempt to date the photo only produced one individual living in Fulton County named H. A. Stewart in 1880; however, Henry A. Stewart was not a photographer but instead a black minister.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Happy Baby

The photo of this smiling, happy baby was in an assortment of loose photos from Calloway County.

Fashionable 1930's Grandmother

This older lady's clothing appears to be from the late 1920's or early 1930's. There is no clue to her identity or the origin of the box in which the photo was found. This came from the same box that included the photo of the Elegant Unknown Young Woman - could this be her grandmother?

Young Man in a Straw Hat

The photo of an unknown young man wearing a straw hat probably dates to the very early years of the 20th century.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ballard County Children

A young boy and girl, possibly brother and sister, with their dog. This photo was probably taken around the turn of the 20th century.

The photo is by T. O. Humphrey, Photographer, Wickliffe. T. O. Humphrey photographed several of the Kentucky scenes taken around Wickliffe that are part of the Ford Collection. Scenes from various parts of Kentucky were taken for display in the Kentucky Building at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. The exposition was known as the St. Louis World's Fair. The photographs were taken between 1890 and 1903.

Elegant Unknown Young Woman

This photo came from a box of pictures and even the origins of the box are unknown. The elegantly dressed young woman of the photo appears to be wearing evening attire.

This photograph was probably taken sometime during the 1920's based solely upon the hairstyle.