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.