Genealogy Mystery #1: Fayette, Howard County, Missouri – 24 May 1887

I was browsing an antique store today 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,Fayette - 1887 - watermarks 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 getting it to a 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 the email address on the watermark.  In the meantime, I will 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 I discover more about the subjects through research.

1.  Rosenbaum

2.  Marshall

3.

4.  Armstrong

5.

6.

7.  Ed Long

8.  Oliver _____

9.  James Howard

10.  McGraw

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.

13.

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.

15.  Bruer

16.  Jake Rosenbaum

17.  McMurray

18.  Arthur Thurman

19.  Smith

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.

22.  Armstrong

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2 thoughts on “Genealogy Mystery #1: Fayette, Howard County, Missouri – 24 May 1887

  1. Harold Kerr

    I am President of the Howard County Missouri Genealogical Society, based in Fayette MO. A member sent this to me but I cannot decipher the email you have as the watermark. I want to help if I can. Armstrong, Howard, Maupin and Thurman are names that “jump out” at me.

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