Category: Unknown Photos

1900’s Unknown Woman

Two photographs, by all regards of the same currently unknown woman, purchased from an antique store on 2nd Street in Portsmouth, Ohio. The card stock frame indicates that they were produced at the studio of William Gillett, a photographer, active in Portsmouth (Scioto) in 1900. He was a native of Ohio, born in 1860 (Source: 1900 Scioto County Census #1319).

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Barbara Hattono’s Compton Family Photo Collection


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1930 Wheelersburg High School Football Team

WebAdmin Note: No information was made available or request for this image. It is assumed that that the requested information is the names of the above photographed individuals. A cursory search of the Portsmouth Public Library Digital Yearbook Collection yielded no results for 1930 Wheelersburg.

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Unidentified Huffman or Wrightsel Family Portrait

“When my husband’s cousin passed away, two old photo albums were given to us. Most of the pictures were labeled. This picture was loose and stuck inside of one of the albums. It was not labeled. This is a beautiful family picture and we would love to know who they are. The cousin’s name was Roberta Wrightsel and her parent’s were Ralph Victor Wrightsel and Hazel Dell Huffman. This picture could be on either the Huffman or Wrightsel side. If you recognize any of them, please let us know! Thank you.”
Janet Huffman

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Family Link to Portsmouth’s First Blacksmith and Harris Art Gallery

“The photo was found in my father’s trunk after his passing.   His family has a direct connection to Scioto county with my great-great-grandfather, great-grandfather, and grandfather being from the area.  I’m told that Thomas Katon, my great-great-grandfather, is listed as the county’s first blacksmith.  The Katon name has been spelled Caton, Keton, and finally Cayton…..there may even be some other spellings that I haven’t run across yet.

The photo has an embossed matte with the name Harris’  Art Gallery, Portsmouth.   If I could find the time that the Harris Art Gallery/Photo Studio was in operation, I might be able to narrow the time frame, but I haven’t been able to find the right Portsmouth records yet.  The type of clothing design may also help.  The apparel seems to be before the 1900’s and suggests even Victorian collars, etc.—possibly 1880-90’s.  I have both aunts and uncles from that time frame so I can’t narrow the search from that standpoint.    If anyone recognizes either of these faces from this or other photos, I would appreciate a name…….my source for such information is gone.

I would be willing to share digital copies or computer printed images with anyone interested.  I can be contacted by snail mail at
David Cayton
24477 Dixie Highway, Perrysburg, Ohio, 43551
or e-mail at

WebAdmin Note: The Harris Art Gallery in Portsmouth was in operation circa 1903 as evidenced by the 1903 Photo Era Magazine where the gallery was an award winner. There are also several references to this establishment in the Portsmouth Public Library Digital Collection. Research of Portsmouth City Directories for this time period would help establish it’s location and time-frame.

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Edwin G. Turner’s Grandparents?

These two unidentified pictures belonged to my Great-grandfather Edwin Godwin Turner (1872-1952), who lived most of his life in Scioto Co., OH. Edwin G. Turner was the son of Martin Slocum Turner and Emaline (Rose) Turner. His grandparents were Joseph and Aurilla (Slocum) Turner AND Simon S. and Mary (Griffith) Rose. All of these lived in Scioto Co., OH. It is believed that these pictures might be of Edwin G. Turner’s grandparents. Any information on these pictures would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards,
Chris Robinson

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Crain, Paden, VanSkiver or Parker? Maybe you know!

This is one of my favorite photos. We have no idea who he is. The filigree around the picture is gold and the picture has been cut out and glued into the oval.
Possibilities are Crain or Paden who were from Portsmouth, Ohio or VanSkiver or Parker who were from Preble and Butler Counties.
Some of the families stayed and some went to Indiana, in the 1870’s.
Barb Crain-Caldwell

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Possible Crain Family Member

Unidentified male taken at Central Gallery in Hamilton, Ohio. I thought this might be a Crain because he looks a lot like a Crain cousin of mine. This photo and the photo Unidentified male taken at “Lutz” studio were on facing pages of my g-grandmother Crain’s album.
Barb Crain-Caldwell

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Is this Will or James Crain?

I can’t tell if this is Will, born 1865, maybe his brother, James Thompson Crain. born 1868, or someone else altogether.
The one on the right is William Edward Crain and wife, Elizabeth VanSkiver with their children Elsie M., born 1889 and Clarence Albert born 1890, both in Indiana.
Will was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, and James was born in Missouri. I think their father died in Missouri, prior to 1870.
Will and James lived with Henry and Ann Wiley Paden in Portsmouth until after 1880 when they came to Indiana. James died 1888 unmarried.
Barbara Crain-Caldwell

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Searching for Great Grandfather’s Name

This is my Grandfathers Father ? Farrington. My Grandfathers scrapbook had this photo in it and on the back has Williards Father, whom was my Grandfather. Am hoping someone may know what his first name was. Most of our family lived in Iowa, Maine and came from England. This Man and my great Grandmother Elizabeth were my Grandfathers parents.

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