Unknown Ancestors – Pictures from the Musgrove collection #4 of 52 Ancestors

Copyright 2014 Andrea Musgrove Perisho
Copyright 2014 Andrea Musgrove Perisho

Last summer, a Musgrove aunt gave me several pictures collected by my paternal grandparents,  William Musgrove Jr and Eva Buckmaster Musgrove. Most of these photographs had been removed from photo albums and had no other identification. Perhaps, someday a Musgrove, Buckmaster, Pennington, Medcalf or Hopkins cousin will find this blog and identify these ancestors or family friends. Family members with all these surnames lived in or near Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.

Copyright 2014 by Andrea Musgrove Perisho
Copyright 2014 by Andrea Musgrove Perisho

The three photographs in today’s post were all taken by Klepfer Studio in McLoud, Oklahoma. From what I’ve learned today about early photography, these were probably all taken sometime shortly after 1900. A call to the McLoud library indicated no city directories are available to decide when Klepfer Studio was in business. I did find a Klepfer photographer in the Oklahoma City area and sent a message through Facebook, just in case the McLoud Studio owner was related. Using Google images search, no matches for these images showed up. Articles and books recommend looking at clothing/hairstyles to decide a range of years the pictures could be taken. I’m thinking that might work better in a metropolitan area. Any suggestions on how to identify these old photographs would be appreciated.

Copyright 2014 by Andrea Musgrove Perisho
Copyright 2014 by Andrea Musgrove Perisho

We originally thought the picture of the baby in the wicker baby carriage might be my grandfather, William Musgrove Jr., but after seeing a labeled picture of my grandfather in a different gown, this is probably a different baby.

The pictures are out of their ziplock bag and into an acid free archival quality Hollinger Metal Edge album, safely stored for future generations, if we just knew who these people were. I’ll be posting more of these photos as I get a chance, next up with be six cabinet cards from Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri – perhaps Francis or Webster kin.

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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