Genealogy Mystery #1: Fayette, Howard County, Missouri – 24 May 1887
I was browsing an antique store on July 29, 2015, in Waynesville, Missouri, and found this original photograph from 24 May 1887, taken in Fayette, Howard County, Missouri, by Stowe Photo Studio from 518 Broadway in Hannibal, Missouri.
There are 22 people in this photograph and 22 names written in pencil on the back. I haven’t been able to read all of the names, but some surnames are Armstrong, Baily, Ferguson, Holson, Howard, Long, Maupin, McGraw, McMurray, Rosenbaum, Smith, Thurman.
I bought the picture and am researching the names on the back in hopes of: 1.) learning the identities of the individuals and the group pictured; 2.) getting the original photograph to a verified descendant of someone in the picture. If you know anyone with one of the surnames above who had ancestors in Fayette, Howard County, Missouri, around 1887, have them contact me at raburdjr at gmail dot com or respond in the comments. I am not asking for information on living individuals, I am asking that they be given the opportunity to contact me if you know them.
In the meantime, let’s try to figure out the names on the back and some background information on these likely citizens of Fayette. The post will be updated as we discover more about the subjects through research.
7. Ed Long
8. Oliver _____
9. James Howard
11. Louis Holson
12. “Warren Baily” / Possible Match: Warren Bailey (22 Oct 1858 – 16 May 1938); married Rena Morrison (19 Jan 1869 – 15 Apr 1959), daughter of James Prior Morrison and Caroline Stewart; Warren and his wife are buried in Fayette City Cemetery.
14. “James Ferguson” / Possible Match: James Crews Ferguson (18 Jul 1862 – 25 Apr 1923); son of Julius Caesar Ferguson and Margaret Ward Crews; married Laura Belle Elkin; had at least five children: Margaret (b. 1888), Vaughan E. (b.1890), Felix (b.1892), Julius C. (b. 1894), Elizabeth (b. 1896), and Catherine (b. 1902); James and his wife are buried in the Fayette City Cemetery.
16. Jake Rosenbaum
18. Arthur Thurman
20. “George Smith” / Possible Match: George Wilcoxson Smith (20 Apr 1869 – 26 Oct 1939); son of James and Josephine Smith; brother of Willard and Elliot; George is buried in Fayette City Cemetery.
21. “Joe Maupin” / Possible Match: Joseph Cleveland Maupin (28 Jul 1853 – 1 Nov 1932); married Alice T. Major in Fayette, Howard County, Missouri, on 13 November 1889. They had the following children: Margaret (b.1891), Major (b. 1893), Dorsey (b. 1894), Ione (b. 1896), Docas (b. 1905). Joseph and his wife are buried in Fayette City Cemetery.