Unknown Photographs from Bancroft, Daviess County, Missouri #6 in 52 Ancestors

Today’s article features two photographs from the collection of my paternal grandparents, William Musgrove Jr. and Eva Buckmaster Musgrove, now in my collection. There is no writing on the back of these photographs to suggest names for the featured people. The name of the photography studio, W. H. Allen, yields no clues from a computer search.

However, the location of Bancroft, Mo. does give us some clues. Bancroft is in Daviess County, Missouri, where my 2nd great grandparents James T. Pennington and his wife Elnorah Melvina Francis were born in 1857 and 1859, respectively. Their young family was in Daviess County for the 1880 census, but had moved to nearby Harrison County, Missouri by the 1900 census. The 1890 U.S. census was destroyed in a fire, a constant point of grief for genealogists.

While the Pennington and Francis families did scatter into other areas of Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and California, some were still in Daviess County in 1900. Daviess County is north and a little east of Kansas City, Missouri on the way to Des Moines, Iowa. Harrison County is on the border of Missouri and Iowa with Daviess County just south of Harrison County.

This style of photograph is called a cabinet card.

“One style of photograph that can often be found in many old family photo collections is the cabinet card. First introduced in 1863 by Windsor & Bridge in London, the cabinet card is a photographic print mounted on card stock. The Cabinet card got its name from its suitability for display in parlors — especially in cabinets — and was a popular medium for family portraits.”[i]

The cream colored cards measure 4 1/4” by 6 ¼” with rounded corners and a thin gold border imprinted around the edge of the photograph. The name of the photography studio, W. H. Allen, and Bancroft, Mo. are written in script with same gold ink. The back of the cards has three chubby cupids flying around a heart pierced by two arrows. Ms. Powell, on her website, indicates cabinet cards with rounded corners and a thin gold border were popular from 1889-1896. Though, if a photographer had those cards in inventory, they could be used later.

Cabinet Card photo abt 1889-1896

As I look at the photograph of the two young girls, I see my own pug nose on the girl on the right, the one with the high-necked dress. I wonder if this could be my great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth Pennington Musgrove. In 1896, she would have been 17 years old and her younger sister, Alice Cynthia, would have 15. We have other pictures of these women when they are older, but it’s hard to tell. Those of you that have those pictures, or knew the women, what do you think – could these be Mary Elizabeth and Alice Cynthia Pennington?

Cabinet Card Bancroft Mo Two young couples 001

The picture of the two young couples is more difficult, though it does seem like the young women on the left in both pictures share at least a family resemblance, with the woman in the couples picture looking a little older. What do you think?

If you have any clues to the identity of these people, please let me know.



[i] Powell, Kimberly, Cabinet Cards, (http://genealogy.about.com/od/photo_dating/p/cabinet_card.htm :accessed  20 Feb 2014).

 

Written for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge at No Story Too Small.

Copyright © 2014 Andrea Musgrove Perisho

 

Neosho River, Kansas Picture – Pennington

Written on back of picture is Hazel, Desse, Hershall, Jess, Grace, Jim, June, Margaret, Inez, Kenneth. Neosho River Kansas. Picture is from Debbie Cook Davis and is used with her permission. Accessed on Ancestry.com on 29 May 2013 at http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/24126424/photo/bcfac365-ab6f-4b4e-bbcc-678dddf22d63.
Written on back of picture is Hazel, Desse, Hershell, Jess, Grace, Jim, June, Margaret, Inez, Kenneth. Neosho River Kansas. Picture is from Debbie Cook Davis and is used with her permission. Accessed on Ancestry.com on 29 May 2013 at http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/24126424/photo/bcfac365-ab6f-4b4e-bbcc-678dddf22d63.

Debbie Cook Davis is a cousin found on ancestry.com. We share James T. Pennington and Elnora Melvina Francis as ancestors. My great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Pennington, was their oldest daughter and Debbie’s grandmother, Hazel Pennington, was their youngest daughter. So I’m not sure if we are 2nd or 3rd cousins. Does anyone have that figured out?

While working on my great grandparents records (William Walker Musgrove and Mary Elizabeth Pennington), I went through Debbie’s extensive collection of pictures on ancestry.com and found this great photograph.

Does anyone have any thoughts on the three in the middle of the picture sitting together – Grace, Jim and June? After I get some comments back, I’ll update this post.

 copyright © 2013 by Andrea Musgrove Perisho

 

 

Thomas Andrew Pennington – Missouri Calvary, Union Army, bugler.

Union Civil War Flag

Thomas Andrew Pennington was born on March 24, 1825, in Russell, Kentucky. His father was Royal Riley Pennington and his mother was Elizabeth Kerns.

On November 18, 1847, he married Cynthia Ann Brown. They had five children before the war, including James T. Pennington, who was William (Bill) Musgrove Jr.’s grandfather. Another child was born in 1863 and two more after the war.

 He enlisted in 1862 at the age of 37. He joined Company A, 1st Regiment, Missouri State Militia Calvary Regiment. He started as a second class musician, but by the end of the war, he had been promoted to bugler. On January 24, 1862, Thomas Pennington along with the rest of his company was dispatched to fight against Chandler’s Jawhawkers who had attacked several farms near Atchison, Kansas. Some of the Jawhawkers were captured, the remaining escaped toward White Cloud, Kansas.  

 He died on April 3, 1880, (age 55 years) in Patton, Bollinger County, Missouri.

Sources

  • U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865, online, Provo Utah.  General Index to Pension Files 1861-1934, National Archives, for Cynthia’s pension application #349881, Feb 4, 1887, filed in Mo. T288, roll 367.
  • Index to Compiled Military Service Records, film M390, roll 37. Union Army, Vol.5, p.52.
  • Index to Compiled Military Services Records can be found at the following website –  www.civilwar.nps.gov/csss/

Copyrighted, 2012 by Andrea Musgrove Perisho.