Miscellaneous Source Bond-Pierce Photographs

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Identification Process:

Comparison of identified images to unmarked photographs in an attempt to identify them


     For identification purposes, this Crittenden Co. photographic collection can be thought of as consisting of four parts:

1) two (2) albums of approximately 50 photographs each, currently retained at the Crittenden Co., KY Historical Society.  These albums appear to have a connection to Florence (Pierce) Yandell, the daughter of James Perry Pierce, former sheriff and judge of Crittenden Co.  Many of the photographs appear to be members of her immediate family, extended family, and business leaders of Crittenden County, with whom her family would have had contact.  The albums may have been made by her, or by someone else in her extended family.

2) approximately two hundred (200) loose photographs, found in the attic of a house in Marion, the county seat of Crittenden Co., KY.  The house was formerly owned and occupied by Florence (Pierce) Yandell and her husband.  Again, the photographs appear to be of and from her family.  The vast majority of these photos are unmarked.

3) six (6) albums of approximately 100 photographs each, the photographic legacy of the Pierce family, collected by Margaret Ramey (Bond) Pierce (1874-1970).  These photos were permanently pasted into the albums and captions/identifications written beside them.  Only a small number are of the Pierce family though; most are from the Bond side.

4) half-tone reproductions which were part of a genealogical article about the Jacob Ahart Pierce family written by Jennie Dorothy (Pierce) Clore (1897-1991).  Though just a few photos, they allow the members of the family (included 8 sons and their wives) to be identified.  A large number of the Crittenden Co. photographs appear to be members of this family - Jacob Ahart Pierce was Florence (Pierce) Yandell's uncle.

     Identification of photos in the three parts will be discussed in the order of easiest to hardest: Part 4, Part 3, Part 1, Part 2.

Part 4 Identification:

     One photo (MISC 003) identifies all eight sons of Jacob Ahart Pierce.  The author, Jennie Clore, knew all her uncles for many decades, so these identifications may be accepted without question. 

     Another photo which has been extremely useful (MISC 004) shows the entire extended family c.1904, but does not have identification.  Fortunately, 1) Jacob and his wife are much older than any other persons, so they were easy to identify, 2) MISC 003 can be used to identify all eight sons wherever they are in MISC 004, 3) the wives of the sons are almost always standing next to their husbands, and 4) their children are in arms or very near by, and can be identified aided by knowing their birth dates and how old they must be in 1904.  Eventually, the entire extended family was identified, and subsequently used to identify other photographs.

Part 3 Identification:

     The six albums in part 3 were collected and mounted by Margaret Ramey (Bond) Pierce (1874-1970), the wife of Norval Lee Pierce (1871-1951).  A part were collected and mounted by her sister, Julia Frances (Bond) Spalding (1877-1968).

     The photographs range in age from about 1850 (but copies printed c.1900) to about 1940.

     Generally, the photographs in these albums were unmounted snapshots or copies of studio portraits.  They were pasted permanently to their pages, and captions were written in ink beside them by either Margaret or Julia.  Therefore, the subjects in the photographs are identified by a person who knew the subjects during their lifetime.  Again, we can assume that these identifications are correct.

Part 1 Identification:

     The photographs in these two albums date from c.1885 to c.1900.  With few exceptions, they are mounted to card stock as cartes de visite (~2½x4") or cabinet cards (~4¼x6½"). 

     In some cases, identifications and/or dates have been written on the backs of the cards.  Often, the inscriptions appear to have nineteenth century penmanship or ink, which may be assumed to have been written by someone who personally knew the subject of the photograph.  These identifications are not plentiful; usually the backs are blank.

     In other cases, identifications have been written in pencil on the album page, usually above the slot for the card.  There are two problems with these identifications: 1) they are probably written relatively recently by someone who only knows the subject by other photographs rather than in person.  In this case, the identification may incorrectly indicate a person who only resembles the actual subject of the photo, and 2) the cards may have been removed and misplaced when reinserted.  In this case, the identification has nothing to do with the actual subject of the photo.  These identifications, therefore, must be treated with suspicion, and hopefully corroborated by other data.

     Whether marked or unmarked, an image is compared with known images in Parts 3 and 4 to make an identification, if possible.

Part 2 Identification:

     The vast majority of the loose photographs are unmarked.  Therefore, almost all must be compared to the known images in Parts 3 and 4 to make an identification.

Comparisons:

     In order to compare images, photos are cropped fairly closely from the top of the head to just below the chin, then scaled to 1000 pixels high, and finally placed in one file next to knowns and unknowns suspected of being the same person. 

     Measurements are sometimes made of facial features or distances between facial features, but usually a qualitative comparison is enough to tell whether the faces are of the same person.  Even when ages vary, it is sometimes possible to find particular facial characteristics that clinch the identification.

     When comparisons have been used, the image strips employed have been added below (MISC 006 and following).  You may make your own comparisons and draw your own conclusions.


MISC 001


MISC 001:
 

 

     An albumen or printing-out paper sepia-toned print.

(Filename includes No. 116 numbering continued from James Andrew Bond album)

Photography: Loose print (printing-out paper), ~5x7"; the back has a stamp about obtaining copies from the M.G. Canwell Co., which implies that this was the proof (often made with printing-out-paper) of a photograph from the studio of M.G. Canwell.

Identification: The photo was mounted in an album of Margaret R. Bond, the daughter of Mattie (Ramey) Bond.  The identification in the album was, left-right: Nathaniel C. Ramey (1848-1892), Martha Jane (Mattie) Ramey (1850-1907), Thomas Moses Ramey (1852-1901), and James Richard Ramey (1858-1921).

Genealogy: Richard Henry Ramey (1824-1859) and his wife, Priscilla Jane Magruder (1824-1873) had children: Nathaniel C. Ramey (1848-1892), Martha Jane Ramey (1850-1907), Thomas Moses Ramey (1852-1901), Curtis Ramey (1854-1855), Walter S. Ramey (1856-bet. 1891-1901), James Richard (1858-1921).  Family tradition says there was another daughter, Annie, but there is no grave in their Eminence, KY plot.
     At the time the photo was taken, all the surviving siblings in the family were present, except for Walter, who died 1891-1901.  Walter may have been excluded from the grouping not because he had died (he probably died after Nathaniel), but more likely because he simply wasn't in nearby Carroll Co., Kentucky, having moved to Tennessee by 1880.

Date:     They appear to be in their late 30's or early 40's, and the photograph had to have been taken before the subject Nathaniel died in 1892, so the photo therefore is likely 1885-1890.


MISC 002 color
MISC 002 b&w
MISC 002 b&w enhanced

MISC 002 Front:

 

     A Daguerreotype in a union (sawdust and shellac) case.

Robert Lewis Bond (1836-1916) and his fox-hounds.  The award-winning Loud is just to his right, lying down.  The original was a Daguerreotype.  He appears to be about 19 years old, so the photograph was taken about 1855.

The top rendition is as is in color.

The middle rendition is with color removed.

The bottom rendition is with color removed, contrast enhanced, and digitally cleaned.


MISC 002 back
MISC 002 enhanced

MISC 002 Back:

 

     The inside of the back of the MISC 002 Daguerreotype case.

The top photo is as it really looks.

The bottom photo is enhanced for visibility of the writing, which reads:

     Robt. Bond and his favorite
     dogs an interesting group indeed

     S[usan?] Green
     New Liberty
     Kentucky

At the time of the Daguerreotype, Robert Lewis Bond lived in Owen Co., KY, nearest town New Liberty.

There are two Susan Greens in Owen Co., KY in the 1850 census (and no other Greens whose first name looks like that in the inscription; and no Green kin, and no Greens who are listed as photographers in either the 1850 or 1860 censes).  Both Susan Greens are about 10 years old, only 4 years younger than Robert L. Bond, but it is hard to believe that teenaged girls in about 1855 had the ready money and means to purchase a Daguerreotype for even a potential suitor.


MISC 003

 

MISC 003 scan:

Provenance:  This Scan is courtesy of Mike Pierce.  The photographs misc 003 and misc 004 come from a book or article in a book that was written by Jennie Dorothy (Pierce) Clore (1897-1991), the daughter of Willis Champion Pierce and Jennie Davis Peay, and the grand-daughter of Jacob Ayhart and Elvira Oliver.  She knew all of the people in the two photographs during their lifetimes, and therefore is in a position to make positive identifications of them. 

Subject:  Standing, left to right: James Boyce Pierce (1881-1954), Jacob Marion Pierce (1878-1958), Richard Miles Pierce (1874-1959), Joseph Oscar Pierce (1872-1950).  Seated, left to right: Wirt Ahart Pierce (1871-1956), John Stanton Pierce (1869-1944), Henry Walter Pierce (1866-1943), Willis Champion Pierce (1864-1941).  Notice that they are arranged from youngest standing and on the left to oldest sitting and on the right.

Date: c.1903, as stated in the book.

Significance:  The photographs misc 003 and misc 004 are key in identifying the many unmarked photographs of this family that are extant.




MISC 004

MISC 004 scan:

Provenance:  This Scan is courtesy of Mike Pierce.  The photographs misc 003 and misc 004 come from a book or article in a book that was written by Jennie Dorothy (Pierce) Clore (1897-1991), the daughter of Willis Champion Pierce and Jennie Davis Peay, and the grand-daughter of Jacob Ayhart and Elvira Oliver.  She knew all of the people in the two photographs during their lifetimes, and therefore is in a position to make positive identifications of them. 

Subject:  The photograph in the book has a caption that identifies the people, but the photograph itself did not show the names.  I added the names and birth-death dates on the photograph for convenience - click the full sized photograph for legibility.

Date: early 1904, deduced from the presence of the baby Rodney Edward Pierce, who was born 7 Nov 1903.

Significance:  The photographs misc 003 and misc 004 are key in identifying the many unmarked photographs of this family that are extant.



MISC 005

MISC 005:  

 

     A photograph of a Xerox of a cabinet card.

Provenance:  This is a photograph of a Xeroxed biographical sketch of the Spalding-Hoagland family that is present in the Carroll Co. Public Library (numbered 929.2 Hoag).

Subject:  Okey Wallace Spalding (1872-1956), son of Daniel Gregg Spalding (1836-?) and Catherine Hoagland (1840-1918), and husband of Julia Frances Bond (1877-1968).

Date: He appears to be about 15; therefore the photograph is c.1887, which date also falls within the era when cabinet cards were popular.


MISC 006


MISC 006:
 

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of William Bennett Yandell (1857-1940), husband of Florence Emeline (Pierce) Yandell (1861-1938) from various sources in this collection of images, in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

Known:
     The photo on the far right, ALBUM 4 PT1 0065, is definitely identified as Yandell, from a written description contemporary with the photo. 

Unknowns:
     The remainder were added working backwards in time comparing photos to the right and left until reaching the photo on the far left, at his youngest.  The remaining images are tentatively identified as William Bennett Yandell because of similarities in facial characteristics, e.g., jawline, distances between eyes, from nose to lip, from lip to chin, eye and eyelid shape, hairline, hair straightness, hair style and ear shape.
     He appears to have been growing out the same shape of moustache from about the age of 20.

     The sources of the images (e.g., CCHS 205) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right):  CCHS 205, CCHS 261, CCHS 212, FPY 009, FPY 010, CCHS 243, FPY 011, and ALBUM 4 PT1 IMG 0065.


MISC 007


MISC 007:
 

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of James Boyce Pierce (1881-1954), son of Jacob Ayhart Pierce (1842-1930) and Elvira Oliver (1845-1929), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

Knowns:
     The extreme right two images, MISC 003 and MISC 004, are from half-tone reproductions in a article or book about the Jacob Pierce family written by Jennie Dorothy (Pierce) Chlore (1897-1991), the niece of James Boyce Pierce.  She identified them in the captions of the photos.  Since she knew them in her lifetime, those two identifications are sound.

 

     He was a first cousin of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Unknowns:
     The image on the far left was identified based on the date of image FPY 074.  Given the date, the only Jacob Pierce family member that could look so young was James Boyce.
     The images FPY and CCHS 209 are tentatively identified as James Boyce Pierce because of similarities in facial characteristics, e.g., jawline, distances between eyes, from nose to lip, from lip to chin, eye and eyelid shape, hairline, hair straightness, hair style and ear shape.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 146, FPY 147, FPY 165, FPY 074, FPY 059, CCHS 209, MISC 003 and MISC 004.


MISC 008


MISC 008:


     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Florence Emeline (Pierce) Yandell (1861-1938), wife of William Bennett Yandell (1857-1940), from various sources in this collection of images, in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

 

     She most likely gathered and kept the loose photos in the collection of Crittenden County photographs on this web site, and it is thought that she also made the two albums that contain the remainder of the Crittenden County photographs on this web site.  Almost every photograph identified (162/192 of loose photos FPY and 29/53 photos in the albums CCHS) is related to her in some way.

Knowns:
     The photo on the far right, ALBUM 3 PT1 0019, is identified in an album caption by the album owner, her sister-in-law Margaret (Bond) Pierce.
     The next two on the right, CCHS 224 and CCHS 225, are identified by writing on the backs of their image cards.  The writing appears to be contemporaneous to the images.  They also appear to be the same woman only younger as the woman in ALBUM 3 PT1 0019.
     Lastly, the second photo from the left, CCHS 268, is positioned in its album next to an older woman having similar facial lines - very probably her mother, and the two cards are identical - taken at the same studio at the same time.  The older woman looks like Emeline (Rolston) Pierce, Florence's mother.  It is significant that both mother and daughter in this pair of photos look like known photos of the women.

Unknowns:
     The remainder of the photos are tentatively identified as Florence Emeline Pierce because of similarities in facial characteristics, e.g., because of similarities in jawline, distances between eyes, from nose to lip, from lip to chin, eye and eyelid shape, hairline, hair straightness, hair style and ear shape.  Ear shape is a surprisingly sensitive test, although not always visible.
     The least sure of these identifications are: FPY 054 (the toddler, far left), and the two girls wearing their hair straight, CCHS 217 and CHS 216.  Identifying toddlers from images of adults is always iffy.  The hair of the Pierce family is almost universally straight, and, from the varying amount of curl evident in these photos, Florence did a lot of curling to remedy her straightness.  Her sister Cora also shows varying amounts of curl throughout her life, but is also probably naturally straight (see MISC 011).  For that reason, I did not eliminate these two images based on hair curl.  Their underlying facial structures and dimensions are consistent with the other images.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 217) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 054, CCHS 268, FPY 068, CCHS 250, FPY 092, CCHS 217, CCHS 216, FPY 008, CCHS 224, CCHS 225, and ALBUM 3 PT1 0019.



MISC 009


MISC 009:
 

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Joseph Oscar Pierce (1872-1950), son of Jacob Ayhart Pierce (1842-1930) and Elvira Oliver (1845-1929), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

Knowns:
      MISC 003 and MISC 004 (in black & white)  are from half-tone reproductions in a article or book about the Jacob Pierce family written by Jennie Dorothy (Pierce) Chlore (1897-1991), the daughter of Willis Champion Pierce, one of the eight sons.  As such, they were identified by a person or persons acquainted with the family of Jacob Ayhart Pierce during their lifetimes, so the identity can be considered known.

 

     He was a first cousin of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.


Unknowns:
     Each suspected image is compared to the two knowns for matching: distance between eyes, distance from nose to mouth, distance from mouth to chin, width of chin, chin contour, length of flat portion of jawline, length of nose, shape of ears and ear lobes (if visible), straightness or curliness of hair, location of hair part, height and width of forehead, and any other significant facial characteristic can be seen.

 

     In this case, there were a large number of possibles.  Once an unknown has been convincingly shown to be the same person, it is then used as a semi-known to compare to the other unknowns, as it may present points of view not present in the knowns.


     Images FPY 25 and CCHS 252 are the same image.  They match the knowns' facial features point by point, including the ear morphology.  These, therefore, are thought to be Joseph Oscar Pierce.

     Likewise, image FPY 065 matches facial characteristics of the knowns, although not as well FPY 035 and CCHS 252, in that his lip to chin bottom distance appears to be slightly longer, and his part is in the middle rather than left side.  Note, though, that the lip to chin bottom distance is larger for MISC 003 than for MISC 004, as if he had his teeth apart in MISC 003, but not in MISC 004.  If he then also had his teeth apart when FPY 065 was taken, then it could very well be Joseph Oscar Pierce, especially since his ear morphology matches.

 

     One of the most distinctive characteristics of Joseph Oscar Pierce is that his nose, rather than being straight, bump on the top of it, which is very noticeable in images having enough detail.  It is only not noticeable in the highly blown up images, MISC 003, MISC 004 and FPY 165.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): CCHS 202, MISC 003, MISC 004, FPY 165, CCHS 223, CCHS 275, FPY 035, CCHS 252, FPY 065, and FPY 064.



MISC 010


MISC 010:
 

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of John Stanton Pierce (1869-1944), son of Jacob Ayhart Pierce (1842-1930) and Elvira Oliver (1845-1929), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  He married Rosa Clark Duley (1871-1929) about 1902 (see MISC 038).

 

     He was a first cousin of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.


Knowns:
      The right two images (in black & white) are from captioned and identified half-tone reproductions in an article or book about the Jacob Pierce family written by Jennie Dorothy (Pierce) Chlore (1897-1991), the daughter of Willis Champion Pierce, one of the eight sons of Jacob Ahart Pierce.  These images were taken c.1903, when he was about 34.

Unknowns:
     The unknown CCHS 198 was identified first from his downward slanting eyes, chin and mouth shape, hairline and, very importantly, the pointed left ear shape of the two known photos of John Stanton Pierce.

 

     Once convinced that the mustached gentleman in CCHS 198 is John Stanton Pierce, it is obvious that CCHS 263 is the same man, and once convinced that CCHS 263 is he, then FPY 063 is also John Stanton Pierce.  The shape of the mustache becomes an important feature of match for the three unknowns.  John is slightly older in the three unknowns than in the knowns, but not more than a few years.  The unknowns were probably c.1910, when he was about 38.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 063, CCHS 263, CCHS 198, MISC 003, and MISC 004.



MISC 011


MISC 011:
 

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Cora A. Pierce (1869-1915), daughter of James Perry Pierce (1841-1916) and Emeline F. Rolston (1840-1895), and wife of George M. Crider (1861-1917), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

 

     She was the sister of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Knowns:
      All the photos in the image strip can be considered knowns except for CCHS 227, second from the left.  The reason is that Cora was one of the few people in the area to wear glasses, which she did from about 1890 on.  In addition FPY 019 was a photo of her and her husband, and FPY 016 and FPY 018 were photos of her with her close friend, Nell Walker.
     FPY 015 is a photo of just her without glasses.  It is known from another copy of the same image which is identified as her in ALBUM 3 PT1 0005.
     Another photo that can be placed in the known category is ALBUM 4 PT1 0059 (on the far left).  This photo is one of James Perry Pierce, two of his daughters and one son, on the occasion of what appears to be the death of his wife.  At that time, there were only two daughters alive, of which the youngest was Cora.  The only problem with the photo is that the rectilinear wide angle lens with which it was taken has caused Cora (at the right edge of the photo) to be distorted (her face is too wide).  A scale factor was applied to make her face more in proportion with other known photos.  This photo is fairly important, since it allows the unknown to be shown to be Cora.

Unknowns:
     The only unknowns amongst the group are CCHS 229 and CCHS 227 (second and third from the left). 
     CCHS 227 was one of only three photos in the collection to have been taken by the photographer Klauber in Louisville.  The other two were both members of the James Perry Pierce family - Norval Pierce (CCHS 214) and Florence Pierce (CCHS 250) - both siblings of Cora.  This, in fact, was the reason that Cora was considered as the identity of CCHS 227.  It is likely that all three (or others if more Klauber photos have been lost) had photos taken on the same trip to Louisville.  If this is indeed Cora, it makes the more sense, since the ages of the three that are apparent in the photos are exactly their relative ages, i.e., Florence the oldest, then Cora, then Norval.
CCHS 229 is a McMinnville carte de visite in which the girl looks very similar to the one in CCHS 227.  The usual markers (nose to lips distance, lips to chin distance, jawline, etc. are consistent with Cora Pierce, including an unusual angle in the middle of the edge of her ears.
     Note that Cora has straight hair as a child or young teenager, then curly hair, back to straight in FPY 218, then a very slight wave.  Her natural hair was undoubtedly straight, as are pretty much all the Pierces (see discussion for her sister, Florence E. Pierce, MISC 008).

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): ALBUM 4 PT1 0059, CCHS 229, CCHS 227, FPY 015, ALBUM 3 PT1 0005, FPY 017, FPY 016, FPY 018, ALBUM 3 PT1 0021, FPY 019, and FPY 167.


MISC 012


MISC 012:


     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of James Perry Pierce (1841-1916), husband of Emeline F. (Rolston) Pierce (1840-1895) (see MISC 013), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

 

     He was the father of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Knowns:
     The only knowns (the two images at the extreme right) are ALBUM 4 PT1 0056, which is identified in an album owned by his daughter-in-law, Margaret (Bond) Pierce, and CCHS 235, which is the exact same image as ALBUM 4 PT 1 0056.

Unknowns:
     The images other than the knowns are spaced out evenly enough throughout his life that the next image to left (FPY 003) is readily recognizable as the same man as the previous image, and so on going from right to left.

    The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 057, FPY 056, FPY 055, FPY 053, FPY 058, FPY 002, FPY 003, ALBUM 4 Pt1 0056, and CCHS 235.


MISC 013



MISC 013:


    Comparison of images known or suspected to be of  Emeline F. (Rolston) Pierce (1840-1895), wife of James Perry Pierce (1841-1916) (see MISC 012), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

 

     She was the mother of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Knowns:
     Image ALBUM 4 PT1 0055 is from an album kept by Emeline's daughter-in-law, Margaret (Bond) Pierce, and positively identified as "Father's Mother" (using "Father" to refer to her husband and father of her children, a custom common even today; it could not possibly be an image of her actual father's (William Rolston (abt.1790-abt.1847) mother (Sarah Hinton (1763-1822), since she died before the first photographic process was invented in 1839).

     The images FPY 004 and CCHS 201 are the exact same image as that in the image ALBUM 4 PT1 0055, so they may be considered knowns as well.

     The image CCHS 267 is from an album in which it is directly facing image CCHS 268.  Both of these photos have the same card stock and photographer's label (Willis & Coquilette).  They probably were therefore taken at the same time, of subjects that are kin.  They resemble each other as would a mother and daughter, of which CCHS 267 is the mother.  In addition, the only other photograph in the entire Crittenden County collection (279 images) is FPY OO2, a cabinet card of James Perry Pierce (241-1916).  The conclusion is that CCHS 267 is his wife, Emeline, and CCHS 268 is his oldest daughter, Florence (see MISC 008 for her image comparison).

Unknowns:
     Image CCHS 238 was taken at almost the same time as CCHS 267 (although she looks slightly younger), and also taken from with the same pose as CCHS 267, so she looks identical.

     Image FPY 070 was carefully compared to the image ALBUM 4 PT1 0055, which was taken using the same pose.  The two images have matching facial characteristics, e.g., distance between eyes, distance from nose to lips, distance from lips to chin, jawline, ear shape, heaviness of eyelid, slant (or in this case no slant) of eyes, etc. 

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 070, CCHS 238, FPY 068, CCHS 267, FPY 084, ALBUM 4 PT1 0055, FPY 004, and CCHS 201.


MISC 014


MISC 014:

    Comparison of images known or suspected to be of  Cortis Jackson Pierce (1864-1924), son of James Perry Pierce (1841-1916) and Emeline F. (Rolston) Pierce (1840-1895), and husband of Laura Miles (1875-1963), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

 

     He was the brother of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Knowns:
     The two grayscale (black and white) images, ALBUM 3 PT1 0002 and ALBUM 3 PT1 0003, from the albums of his sister-in-law Margaret (Bond) Pierce are identified in their album captions.

Unknowns:
     The three images from the loose photograph collection of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, FPY 012, FPY 044 and FPY 013) were identified as Cortis by comparing the facial characteristics, e.g., distance between eyes, distance from nose to lips, distance from lips to chin, jawline, ear shape, heaviness of eyelid, and, in this case, his cleft chin. 

    The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 012, FPY 044, FPY 069, ALBUM 3 PT1 0002, FPY 013, and ALBUM 3 PT1 0003.



MISC 015


MISC 015:

    Comparison of images known or suspected to be of  Norval Lee Pierce (1871-1951), son of James Perry Pierce (1841-1916) and Emeline F. (Rolston) Pierce (1840-1895), and husband of Margaret Ramey (Bond) Pierce (1874-1970), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

 

     He was the brother of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Knowns:
     Because Norval was the husband of Margaret Ramey (Bond) Pierce, the keeper of the Albums 1 through 5, there are a number of images of him identified by their album captions.  These include the grayscale (black & white) images in the image strip to the left, namely: ALBUM 4 PT1 0057, ALBUM 4 PT1 0058, ALBUM 4 PT1 0067, ALBUM 2 0059, and ALBUM 2 0058.

 

     In addition, the image FPY 021 has duplicate images, designated ALBUM 1 0078 and ALBUM 4 PT1 0070, both of which are identified as Norval in their album captions.  These duplicates are not included in the image strip so that other photos may be larger in the 800 pixel wide thumbnail.

 

     Likewise, the image FPY 022 also has a duplicate image, designated ALBUM 2 0049, which is identified in its album caption, and not shown in the image strip.

Unknowns:
     There are only three images in the image strip that are not identified by album captions: the toddler FPY 020, the teenager CCHS 249, and the mustachioed FPY 155.

 

     FPY 020 is pretty much a dead ringer for the photo to its left, ALBUM 5 PT1 0057, CCHS 249 is a dead ringer for the image to its right, ALBUM 4 PT1 0067, and FPY 055 is a dead ringer for the image to its right, FPY 022.

 

     No further discussion is needed, which gives us images throughout Norval's life.

    The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): ALBUM 4 PT1 0057, FPY 020, CCHS 214, ALBUM 4 PT1 0058, CCHS 249, ALBUM 4 PT1 0067, FPY 021, FPY 155, FPY 022, ALBUM 2 0059, and ALBUM 2 0058.  In addition, there are the three duplicate images not shown: ALBUM 1 0078, ALBUM 4 PT1 0070, and ALBUM 2 0049., bringing the total of Norval Lee Pierce images in the collection to 14 reasonably large head shots.  There are many more snapshots of Norval that do not have sufficient detail to be useful for the identification of unknowns. 




MISC 016


MISC 016:

    Comparison of images known or suspected to be of  Ira Tilden Pierce (1876-1924), son of James Perry Pierce (1841-1916) and Emeline F. (Rolston) Pierce (1840-1895), and husband of (Jane Thompson) Pierce (1889-abt.1930), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

 

     He was the brother of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Knowns:
     As usual, the two images from Margaret (Bond) Pierce's albums: ALBUM 4 PT1 0059 and ALBUM 3 PT1 0003, were identified by their album captions.

Unknowns:
     Technically, all of the images except the two album images are unknowns, but, with his large nose, sharp chin and protruding ears, he has a unique appearance that cannot be mistaken.
     The exception is the image at the far left, CCHS 237, in which the child is no more than about 3 years old.  He has the protruding ears and the sharp chin, but still has the button nose of early childhood - the large honker has yet to develop.  Notably, not only do the ears protrude (as do most of the male Pierce ears), but the details of ear morphology are the same in CCHS 227 as for the remainder of the images.  For this reason, he probably is Ira.
 
    The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 027, CCHS 245, FPY 029, FPY 028, ALBUM 4 PT1 0059, FPY 030, FPY 031, and ALBUM 3 PT1 0003.



MISC 017


MISC 017:


    Comparison of images known or suspected to be of  George Collin Pierce (1877-1965), son of James Perry Pierce (1841-1916) and Emeline F. (Rolston) Pierce (1840-1895), and husband of 1) Lucy Ruth Boaz (1880-1963), 2) Lucy Ruth Farris (1885-?), and 3) Louise Unknown (abt. 1899-?), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

 

     He was the brother of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Knowns:
     As usual, the only definite known is from Margaret (Bond) Pierce's albums: ALBUM 3 PT1 0004, which was identified by its album caption.

Unknowns:
     All of the others were identified from similarity in facial characteristics, such as distance between eyes, distance from nose to lips, distance from lips to chin, jawline, and ear shape.  George also seems to always have a drooping right side to his mouth.
 
    The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 166, FPY 032, FPY 067, FPY 033, FPY 077, ALBUM 3 PT1 0004, and FPY 076.



MISC 018


MISC 018:


    Comparison of images known or suspected to be of  Ella J. (Cox) (Langley) Pierce (1861-1928), daughter of Alfred Eli Co. (1831-1920) and Mary Jane Ramsey (1839-1928), and wife of 1)  John Frost Langley (1860-1892), and 2) James Perry Pierce (1841-1916), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

 

     She was the step-mother of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Knowns:
     As usual, the only true knowns are those from Margaret (Bond) Pierce's albums: ALBUM 4 PT1 0065, from which she was identified by album caption.
     But almost as known is the image FPY 117, which is from a photographer in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Fort Smith is where Ella lived with her first husband for a time - no other Fort Smith connection was found in the Crittenden Co. images or albums.
     In addition, the same woman as the one in FPY 117 is found in FPY 037 holding a baby, which is consistent with Ella becoming pregnant with her daughter Miriam shortly after her 2nd marriage.

Unknowns:
     FPY 111 and FPY 034 are probably Ella, based on their  similarity to knowns in their facial characteristics, such as distance between eyes, distance from nose to lips, distance from lips to chin, jawline, and ear shape.
 
    The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 034, FPY 111, FPY 037, FPY 047, and ALBUM 4 PT1 0065.



MISC 019


MISC 019:


    Comparison of images known or suspected to be of  Miriam Elizabeth Pierce (1898-1987), daughter  of James Perry Pierce (1841-1916) and Ella J. (Cox)  (Langley) Pierce (1840-1895), and wife of William Harold Dobyns (1902-1933).

     There are a large number of photographs of Miriam, especially as a baby.  This makes sense as she the youngest of the James Perry Pierce family and yet unique as a child of Ella Cox.

 

     She was a step sister of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Knowns:
     Three are shown from Margaret (Bond) Pierce's albums: ALBUM 3 PT1 0003, ALBUM 3 PT1 0020, and ALBUM 4 PT1 0066, identified from their album captions.  The are a few other snapshots that were not included in the image stick because they are too small and fuzzy.

Unknowns:
     All of the others were identified from similarity in facial characteristics, such as distance between eyes, distance from nose to lips, distance from lips to chin, jawline, and ear shape.  Fortunately, there is rather complete coverage of the childhood and teen years so that those characteristics can be tracked backwards in time from the knowns. 
     The identification of the baby pictures are not as secure as her older photos, since babies facial characteristics change quite a bit as they grow.
     In the image FPY 037, however, said baby face is being held by its mother, Ella (Cox) Pierce, so that baby identification is sure.
 
    The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 037, FPY 038, FPY 039, FPY 093, FPY 080, FPY 087, FPY 041, FPY 083, FPY 079, FPY 078, ALBUM 3 PT1 0003, ALBUM 3 PT1 0020, and ALBUM 4 PT1 0066.




MISC 020:
 

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Willis Champion Pierce (1864-1941), son of Jacob Ayhart Pierce (1842-1930) and Elvira Oliver (1845-1929), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

 

     He was a first cousin of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Knowns:
      The extreme right two images (in black & white) are from half-tone reproductions in a article or book about the Jacob Pierce family written by Jennie Dorothy (Pierce) Chlore (1897-1991), the daughter of Willis Champion Pierce, one of the eight sons.  FPY 046 is known from a caption written on its back, near the time of the photo.

Unknowns:
     The wavy hair, and pointed chin with cleft chin allow photos of Willis to be fairly easily identified.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 045, FPY 046, FPY 047, FPY 074, MISC 003, and MISC 004.




MISC 021:
 

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Jacob Ayhart Pierce (1842-1930), son of Stanton Pierce (1821-1911) and Mary Anna Bettis (1825-1902), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

Knowns:
      The extreme right image (in black & white) is from a half-tone reproduction in a article or book about the Jacob Pierce family written by Jennie Dorothy (Pierce) Chlore (1897-1991), the daughter of Willis Champion Pierce, one of the eight sons.  Also, while not strictly known, the identifications of the subjects in FPY 047 are fairly obvious assuming that the photo is documenting the direct descendants of Stanton Pierce for four generations.

 

     He was the uncle of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Unknowns:
     The sharp nose, slightly wavy hair, and flaring ears allow photos of Jacob Ayhart to be fairly easily identified.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 047, FPY 074, and MISC 004.


MISC 022:
 

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Stanton Pierce (1821-1911), son of Jeremiah Stanton Pierce (1798-1837) and Jane A. Hall (1800-1880), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

 

     He was a great-uncle of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Knowns:
      The extreme right image (in black & white) is from a half-tone reproduction in a article or book about the Jacob Pierce family written by Jennie Dorothy (Pierce) Chlore (1897-1991), the daughter of Willis Champion Pierce, one of the eight sons.  Also, while not strictly known, the identifications of the subjects in FPY 047 are fairly obvious assuming that the photo is documenting the direct descendants of Stanton Pierce for four generations.

Unknowns:
     The age, prominent ears and unusual beard assure that photos of Stanton Pierce are recognized.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 049, FPY 047, FPY 048, and MISC 004.




MISC 023:
 

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Mary Anna (Bettis) Pierce (1825-1902), daughter of Eli Bettis (1791-1869) and Dorthula Lewis (abt.1800-abt.1869), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

 

     She was the grandmother cousin of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.


Knowns:
      FPY 049 is a cabinet card featuring only her and her husband, Stanton Pierce; while neither is identified in this photo, Stanton is identified elsewhere and his appearance is unique among this collection of Crittenden Co. photographs.  Since Stanton was only married once and would not appear in a photograph with a woman not his wife, her identity is solidly established.

     In images FPY 074 and FPY 001, she not only looks nearly identical to her image in FPY 049, but she also appears with a collection of her descendants and their spouses, thereby reinforcing her identity.

Unknown:
     FPY 005 shows a woman at about 30-35 years old.  Despite the image having been taken some 30 years earlier, the spacing of the eyes, the distance from nose to mouth and from mouth to chin, the sharp nose, and, most of all, the downward turning set of her mouth indicate that this is Mary Anna Bettis.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 005, FPY 049, FPY 074, and FPY 001.




MISC 024: 

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Jacob Marion Pierce (1878-1968), son of Jacob Ayhart Pierce (1842-1930) and Elvira Oliver (1845-1929), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

 

     He was a first cousin of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Knowns:
      MISC 003 and MISC 004 (3rd and 2nd from the right) are knowns with excellent provenance, in that they are captioned, identified photographs in an article or book about the Jacob Ahart Pierce (Jacob Marion's father) family. 

     FPY 074 is from an unidentified photo, but all the other subjects in the photo are members of his immediate family, and, of the sons of Jacob Ahart, he is easily recognized as being the same person as in MISC 003 and MISC 004 identified as Jacob Marion.

Unknowns:
     The remainder of the images are identifiable by comparison to the knowns, especially his relatively dark skin shade, slightly slanted eyes, heavy lips, narrow chin, and unique ear shape.  The identification least sure, as usual, is the child, CCHS 237.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): CCHS 237, FPY 075, FPT 165, FPY 074, FPY 061, FPY 071, MISC 003, MISC 004, FPY 050, and CCHS 257.


MISC 025:
 

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Richard Miles Pierce (1874-1959), son of Jacob Ayhart Pierce (1842-1930) and Elvira Oliver (1845-1929), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

 

     He was a first cousin of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Knowns:
      MISC 003 and MISC 004 (1st and 2nd from the right) are knowns with excellent provenance, in that they are captioned, identified photographs in an article or book about the Jacob Ahart Pierce (Jacob Marion's father) family. 

Unknowns:
     The other two images are identifiable by comparison to the knowns, especially his general head and jaw shape, relatively dark skin shade, puffy, squinty eyes, jaw and chin line, and ear shape. 

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right):  FPY 086, FPY 088, CCHS 251, CCHS 204, MISC 003, and MISC 004.




MISC 026:
 

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Ruth Sarah (Farris) Pierce (1885-1975), daughter of John Robert Farris (1844-1933) and Evaline Petty Crawford (1846-1935), and 2nd wife of George Collin Pierce (1877-1965), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

 

     She was a sister-m-law of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Known:
     Inasmuch as FPY 50 shows her sitting with her husband and captioned, it is as known as any image here
 

Unknowns:
     FPY 051 matches FPY 050 in every aspect, including the direction she is facing.  The usual facial measurements all match, and especially the down-turned mouth and hairstyle are perfect.

     FPY 094 does not match as well, but the photograph has a St. Louis, Mo. imprint, which is the location she and her husband lived throughout their marriage.  The ear shape, slight fullness to the chin, as well as the usual length of nose, distance between nose and mouth, and mouth to chin match, even if the down-turned mouth is not. 

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right):  FPY 094, FPY 050, and FPY 051.




MISC 027:
 

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Jennie Dorothy (Pierce) Clore (1897-1991), daughter of Willis Champion Pierce (1864-1941) and Jennie Davis Peay (1869-1946), and wife of William Lindsay Clore (1886-1977), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

 

     She was a first cousin once removed of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Knowns:
     MISC 004 is from a photo of the extended Jacob Ahart Pierce family for which all the participants are identified. 

     The photo on the far right is posted on the Family Tree Maker/Ancestry.com public tree "Roger Jones family tree, 2012", presumably by an descendant.  She looks like she could very well have been the child in MISC 004, so this photo can be treated as a known.

Unknowns:
     FPY 107 and FPY 108 are easily seen to be the same girl as MISC 004, as they were taken in the same era.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right):  MISC 004, FPY 108. FPY 107 and an image taken from a family tree posted by a probable descendant.




 

MISC 028: 

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Warren Vinson Pierce (1901-1989), son of Willis Champion Pierce (1864-1941) and Jennie Davis Peay (1869-1946), and husband of Nellie Mae Gabhart (1902-1987).

 

     He was a first cousin once removed of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Known:
     MISC 004 is from a photo of the extended Jacob Ahart Pierce family for which all the participants are identified. 

Unknown:
     FPY 108 and MISC 004 are easily seen to be the same boy, as they were taken in the same era.  His wild hair is curled in FPY 108, but MISC 004 appears to be its natural state.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right):  FPY 108 and MISC 004.





MISC 029:
 

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Jessie (Davis Pierce (1876-1975), daughter of Blackhawk Davis (1851-1938) and Sarah Elizabeth Kiplean  (1857-1949), and wife of Richard Miles Pierce (1876-1975), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

 

     She was the wife of a first cousin of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Known:
     On the right, the image marked MISC 004 is from a photo of the extended Jacob Ahart Pierce family for which all the participants are identified. 

Unknowns:
     FPY 109 and FPY 110 are clearly the same woman, and the downward tilting eyes, the set of the mouth and point of the chin suggest that they are the same as the woman in MISC 004.  The hair in FPY 110 and MISC 004 is worn the same way.  This is not the firmest identification, though - it would be nice if the chin were pointier.  She looks to have put on some weight in the throat or has pulled her chin in for the picture.

     FPY 109 shows her with one of the Jacob Ahart Pierce sons - she would have to be his wife.  Of all the wives and husband combinations in MISC 004, Richard and Jessie appear to be the best fit. 

 

     FPY 066 is a photo similar to MISC 004, having a number of the wives of Jacob Ahart Pierce's sons; they are easy to match up to the known MISC 004 images.  It gives us another view of a woman who can sometimes look pudgy and sometimes the prettiest of the wives.  FPY 066 is, in pudginess, about halfway between FPY0109/110 and MMISC 004, and, as such, links those images more securely as images of the same woman.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right):  FPY 109, FPY 110, MISC 004, and FPY 066.




MISC 030:

 

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Katherine M. (Shewmaker) Pierce (1898-?), daughter of Gabriel Harrison Shewmaker (1872-1947) and Mattie E. Patterson (1873-1966), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  She married Willis Conway Pierce (1895-1974), son of Willis Champion Pierce (1864-1941), who was the first of the eight sons of Jacob Ahart Pierce (1842-1930).

 

     She was the wife of a first cousin twice removed of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Known:
     On the far right, the image marked
ALBUM 2 0056 is from a Margaret (Bond) Pierce captioned album, and therefore Kate is identified, in this case, in a photo with her son, Conway.

Unknowns:
     The shape of the face compares well from ALBUM 2 0056 to FPY 143 and then to FPY 141.  Once FPY 141 and FPY 143 are identified as Kate, FPY 115 and FPY 149 can be seen as a younger version, but still having the same face shape and contour, as well as measurements - between eyes, nose length, nose to mouth and mouth to chin, hair texture and forehead height.  FPY 148 is a guess due to its profile configuration, but probably a good guess, based on the measurements.

 

     FPY 115 and FPY 149 can be seen as younger versions of FPY 141 and FPY 143, but still having the same face shape and contour, as well as measurements - between eyes, nose length, nose to mouth and mouth to chin, hair texture and forehead height.  FPY 148 is a guess due to its profile configuration, but probably a good guess, based on the measurements.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right):  FPY 115, FPY 149, FPY 148, FPY 141, FPY 143, and ALBUM 2 0056.





MISC 031:

 

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Berna (Langley) Flynn (1884-1967), daughter of Ella J. (Cox) Langley (1861-1928) and her first husband, John Frost Langley (1860-1892), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  Ella's second  husband and step-father of Berna, was James Perry Pierce (1841-1916).

 

     She was the step-sister of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Known:
     On the far right, the image marked
ALBUM 4 PT1 0062 is from a Margaret (Bond) Pierce captioned album, and therefore Berna is identified by someone who knew her in her lifetime.

     Almost as much of a known is FPY 001, second from the right, which is from an image showing her with the part of the Pierce family, her eventual step-family, taken 1901-1902.

Unknowns:
     The shape of the face compares well from ALBUM 2 0056 to FPY 143 and then to FPY 141.  Once FPY 141 and FPY 143 are identified as Kate, FPY 115 and FPY 149 can be seen as a younger version, but still having the same face shape and contour, as well as measurements - between eyes, nose length, nose to mouth and mouth to chin, hair texture and forehead height.  FPY 148 is a guess due to its profile configuration, but probably a good guess, based on the measurements.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 118, FPY 001, FPY 122, and ALBUM 4 PT1 0062.




MISC 032:

 

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of James Wilson Flynn (1879-1952), son of Mahlan Flynn (1835-?) and Ann Newton Shirley (1839-1911), and husband of Berna (Langley) Flynn (1884-1967), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

 

     He was the husband of the step-sister of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Known or Unknown:

     None of these images are known for sure to be him, but they do appear to be images of the same man, and are closely associated with Berna (Langley) Flynn, his wife. 

 

     Especially closely associated with Berna is FPY 001, in which he stands next to her and gazes at her while she plays the piano. 

 

     CCHS 213 has the imprint of a Henderson, KY photographer.  Henderson is where James' father, John H. Langley, was from.  It is also close to Nebo, KY, where James lived.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 073, FPY 001, CCHS 253, CCHS 213 and FPY 124.

 


 
MISC 033:

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Elvira (Oliver) Pierce (1845-1929), daughter of John W. Oliver (1814-1877) and Mary Jane Gee (1826-1898), and wife of Jacob Ahart Pierce (1842-1930), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

     She was an aunt of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Knowns:
     MISC 004 comes from an article or book about the Jacob Ahart Pierce family, in which a group portrait of the extended family is captioned with all identities.

     FPY 099 was a snapshot whose back had an inscription of the age of the subject and the date of the photo:  "Sep. 2, 1934, age 90 years".  Elvira was born in 1845, so is probably the only person among those in these photographs to match that criteria as well as having the same facial characteristics as the woman in MISC 004.

Unknowns:
     FPY 074 is an image of Elvira that, while unmarked, is obviously the same woman as in MISC 004.  Also, she is with a few of her children in the photo.

     FPY 125 requires the furthest stretch of imagination, being almost in profile.  Regardless, the typical measurements (eye to eye distance, nose length, nose to mouth distance, mouth to chin distance, etc.) appear to match up well with the other photos.  The most obvious similarity is that the habitual frown seen in MISC 004 and FPY 074 is also present in FPY 125.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 125, FPY 074, MISC 004, and FPY 099.



MISC 034:

Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Francis "Fannie" Mary (Oliver, Yandell) Gwaltney (1856-1930), daughter of John Augustus Yandell (1822-1908) and Margaret E. Crouch (1830-1863), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

     Being the sister of William Bennett Yandell, she was the sister-in-law of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

  She married 1st in 1869 Joseph R. Oliver (1849-1872), with whom she had no children.  She married 2nd in 1875 Solomon Gwaltney (1846-1915), with whom she had 4 sons and 1 daughter.  The Gwaltneys lived in Charleston, Missouri.

Known:
     FPY 126 is an image of a family from Charleston, Missouri that consists of father, mother, 4 sons and 1 daughter.  The Gwaltneys are the only family connected to Florence (Pierce) Yandell, the collector/keeper of these photos, to fit the location, numbers of children, and approximate age of children.

Unknown:
     FPY 127, an unmarked cabinet card, looks so much like FPY 126 that detailed measurements are not necessary. 

     FPY 179 and FPY 178 are of a much older woman, but found in snapshots from the late 20's, suggesting that she was born about the same time as Fannie, but they are far from definitely her.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 127, FPY 126, FPY 179, and FPY 178.




MISC 035:

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Alonzo "Allie" Yandell Gwaltney (1877-1911), son of Fannie Mary Yandell (1856-1930) and Solomon Gwaltney (1846-1915), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  He married Etta May Sabin (1888-1944).

     He was a nephew of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Known:
     FPY 126 is considered known, inasmuch as it is part of a photograph of his entire family, in which the mother, Fannie (Yandell) Gwaltney has already been confirmed.

Unknowns:
     The remaining images are single portraits.  His receding straight hair, distance between eyes, measurements from nose to mouth and from mouth to chin, relatively broad nose, and ear shape all help to identify these men as the same as is in FPT 126.

The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right):  FPT 126, FPY 130, FPY 139, FPY 138, and FPY 140.

MISC 036:

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Naomi Grace (Gwaltney) Brewer (1871-1956), daughter  of Fannie Mary Yandell (1856-1930) and Solomon Gwaltney (1846-1915), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  She married William C. Brewer (1878-1932).

     She was a niece of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Known:
     FPY 126 is considered known, inasmuch as it is part of a photograph of his entire family, in which the mother, Fannie (Yandell) Gwaltney has already been confirmed.

Unknowns:
     Both FPY 128 and FPY 134 are single portraits.  The glasses, which appear to be the same pair in all three images, are the most obvious match, but her general jaw shape, slightly cleft chin, the usual measurements, and her wavy hair kept up also add to the certainty of the identifications.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 126, FPY 128, and FPY 134.





MISC 037:

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Wirt Ahart Pierce (1878-1968), son of Jacob Ahart Pierce (1842-1930) and Elvira Oliver (1845-1929), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  He married Rosa Lucille Lee Farris (1876-1970).

     He was a first cousin of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Knowns:
     MISC 003 and MISC 004 are cropped from half-tone photos in a book having images of the eight sons of Jacob Ahart Pierce (003) and the extended family of Jacob Ahart Pierce (004).  The captions contain identities for the persons in the photos.

Unknowns:
     CCHS 266 and CCHS 197 are thought to be Wirt Ahart Pierce because of the usual coincidence of facial measurements and nose, jaw and ear shapes.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): CCHS 266, MISC 003, MISC 004, and CCHS 197.



MISC 038:

Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Rosa Clark (Duley) Pierce (1871-1929), daughter of Henry Hamilton Duley (1840-1927) and Mary L. Hardin (1840-1894), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  She married John Stanton Pierce (1869-1944), son of Jacob Ahart Pierce (1842-1930) and Elvira Oliver (1845-1929).

     She was the wife of a first cousin of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

Known:
     On the right, the image marked MISC 004 is from a photo of the extended Jacob Ahart Pierce family for which all the participants are identified.  The extended family photo is from a captioned and identified half-tone reproduction in an article or book about the Jacob Pierce family written by Jennie Dorothy (Pierce) Chlore (1897-1991), the daughter of Willis Champion Pierce, one of the eight sons of Jacob Ahart Pierce.

Unknown:
     It is very fortunate that CCHS 265, the image of Rosa (Duley) Pierce, has exactly the same photo mount and photo toning color as CCHS 263, a photo identified with John Stanton Pierce.  The same mount and color of the two photos indicates that they are man and wife rather than man and random female.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): CCHS 265, and MISC 004.

MISC 039:

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of John Thomas Franks (1858-1926), son of John Marshall Franks (1822-1883) and Nancy Tate Moore (1828-1886), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  He married Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Loving (1869-1944).

     He is distantly related to the Walker family to whom Florence (Pierce) Yandell's father was guardian.  He also was sheriff, as was Florence's father.

Known:
     An advertisement in the Crittenden Press, Thursday, 24 Jan 1901, shows the same image as FPY 036 and names him as a candidate for sheriff. 

Unknowns:
     The unknowns, CCHS 269 and CCHS 247, are quite easy to match, since they are the same pose.

     The odd thing about FPY 036 is that it has been apparently manipulated (or by accident) in printing to make his face thinner.  I have noticed that in others of these photos as well - that one image has different proportions than another image of the same person.  I don't know how that could happen, but there it is. 

     CCHS 269, FPY 036 and CCHS 247 look very similar here, being the same pose.  However, they were taken at different times, as can be seen from the differences in how his hair is combed and the length of his beard.  In the full images, one can see that he is wearing different clothes. 

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): CCHS 269, FPY 036, and CCHS 247.



MISC 040:

Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Henry Walter Pierce (1866-1943), son of Jacob Ahart Pierce (1842-1930) and Elvira Oliver (1845-1929), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  He married Georgia Ann Farris (1868-1934) in 1889.

Knowns:
     MISC 003 and MISC 004 are cropped from half-tone photos in a book having images of the eight sons of Jacob Ahart Pierce (003) and the extended family of Jacob Ahart Pierce (004).  The captions contain identities for the persons in the photos.

Unknown:
     CCHS 271 is possibly Henry Walter Pierce, and a number of facial metrics are correct, e.g., distance between eyes, length of nose, distance from mouth to chin, jawline, location of hair part, thickness of hair, height of forehead, the way his lower lip tends to stick out, and shape of ears.  However, he seems to have a slightly thinner head, which may be an artifact of rapid rectilinear lens distortion in MISC 003 and MISC 004.  So this may not be Henry.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): CCHS 271, MISC 003, and MISC 004.



MISC 041:

Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Jake Mount Lee (1880-1971), son of George S. Lee (1853-1940) and Felicia Orr (1860-1910), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  He married Nellie Lois Miller (1885-1974).

Known:
     The image in Album 3 Pt1 0066 was captioned as one of the "boyfriends of the nineties" of Margaret Ramey (Bond) Pierce, the person who made the album.  He was identified as "Jake Lee."

Unknown:
     CCHS 277 was a cabinet card of a young man and wife, probably taken around the time of their marriage.  The back had an inscription of "Jake" made near the time the photograph was placed into its album.

     Even though this Jake is connected with a Crittenden County album and the known Jake is connected with a Carroll County album, they look enough alike to be the same person.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): ALBUM 3 PT1 0066, and CCHS 277.



MISC 042:

Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Nellie Lois (Miller) Lee (1885-1974), daughter of Frank Seymore Miller (1850-1905) and Anna Mae Cary (1858-1927), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  She married Jake Mount Lee (1880-1971).

Known:
     Neither photo is really known.  However, if the identification of the male in CCHS 277 as Jake M. Lee is correct, then his partner is surely Nellie L. (Miller) Lee.

Unknown:
     CCHS 278 is adjacent to the "known" photo CCHS 277 in its album.  This is probably because one of the women in CCHS 278 is the same woman as the woman in CCHS 277 - probably Nellie.

      The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): CCHS 278, and CCHS 277.


MISC 043


MISC 043:

Comparison of images known or suspected to be Martha J. Walker (1879-1920s), daughter of Lewis Walker (1829-1896) and Mary Belt (1858-1897), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  She married William J. Powell (1880-aft.1940). 

Knowns:
     The photo of her as a toddler from the internet (See FPY 156 for image) is known in as much as it is a photo of the first four children of Lewis Walker and Mary Belt and there is only one daughter: Martha.  Being so young, this photo is of limited use in identifying other photos.

     FPY 158 is also somewhat known because it is a member of a series of photographs (FPY 156-FPY 164) having identical mounts and photographic characteristics, and thus probably all taken at the same time.  Martha is the oldest daughter in the Walker-Belt children, and this photo is the oldest daughter in the series of photos, so her identity seems secure.

Unknowns:
     FPY 182 is a snapshot containing four women and one girl, apparently related by family.  The number of daughters in a family known well enough by Florence to keep their photographs leads us once more to the Walker-Belt family.  The oldest person in the snapshot looks very much like an older version of FPY 158 as far as facial metrics, nose and jawline shape, and hair being slightly waved.

     FPY 183 is easily seen to be the same woman as in FPY 182, and actually looks more like FPY 158 since she is wearing the same expression.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): Internet (Find-a-Grave for Lewis Walker, the image of which may be seen at FPY 156), FPY 158, FPY 182, and FPY 183.

MISC 044


MISC 044:

Comparison of images known or suspected to be Myrtle Nancy Walker (1896-1975), daughter of Lewis Walker (1829-1896) and Mary Belt (1858-1897), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  She married Willis Ozias Andrews (1891-1978). 

Knowns:
     FPY 162, the photo of her as a baby, is part of a series of photographs (FPY 156-FPY 164) having identical mounts and photographic characteristics, and thus probably all taken at the same time.  Myrtle is the youngest of the Walker-Belt children, and this photo is the youngest in the series of photos, so her identity seems secure.  However, being so young, this photo is of limited use in identifying other photos - it only shows the inter-ocular distance and gives some idea of the nose and nose-mouth distance.

     ALBUM 3 PT1 0008 is from a photo having only two women in it, and the album identifies them as Myrtle and Miriam Pierce.  Since Miriam appears alone elsewhere in the albums, the image of Myrtle is definitely known.

     The Album 4 photos (ALBUM 4 PT1 0063 and ALBUM 4 PT1 0065) are identified as Walkers, but the author of the album (Margaret Ramey (Bond) Pierce (Florence's sister-in-law) could not tell the Walker daughters apart.  Myrtle is so different from her sisters, with her broad face and bright smile, that she is easily picked out based on the Album 3 Pt1 0008 image.  These, therefore can be considered knowns.

Unknown:
     FPY 182, the only unknown, is easily seen as an older version of Album 3 Pt1 0008, especially since they are the same pose.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 162, ALBUM 4 PT1 0063, ALBUM 4 PT1 0065, ALBUM 3 PT1 0008, and FPY 182.


MISC 045


MISC 045:

Comparison of images known or suspected to be Perdie Walker (1891-?), daughter of Lewis Walker (1829-1896) and Mary Belt (1858-1897), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.

Knowns:
     ALBUM 3 PT1 0063 is not really identified from the caption in the album, so is not really a known.  However, two other Walkers, Maggie and Myrtle, are indirectly known from other images from the albums.  That means that this woman is either Harriet or Perdie.  That she is Perdie is inferred from two things: 1) she certainly looks younger than the other unidentified woman in image 0063, and 2) she appears in other images in this collection, whereas the older-appearing unknown does not, which would be more expected from a married woman, such as Harriet.

Unknowns:
     Album 4 Pt1 0065 is another image in which Perdie is present as an identified Walker.  She can be matched in this photo to the pseudo-known Album 4 Pt1 0063, which, although a slightly different pose, certainly contains the same smiling expression.

     FPY 182 is another image containing multiple Walker sisters, of which she is one.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): ALBUM 4 PT1 0063, ALBUM 4 PT1 0065, and FPY 182.


MISC 046


MISC 046:

Comparison of images known or suspected to be Maggie Walker (1894-1954), daughter of Lewis Walker (1829-1896) and Mary Belt (1858-1897), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  She married Walter Price Wheeler  (1893-1950). 

Known:
     There is no photo of Maggie by herself in this collection, but she appears to have been fairly close to a similarly-aged Miriam Pierce (the half-sister of Florence (Pierce) Yandell), and so shows up in no fewer than four images from this collection.

     The only true known containing Maggie Walker is Album 3 Pt1 0003FPY 162, which pictures her and several easily identified Pierce family members.

Unknowns:
     The other three images are snapshots containing multiple Walker sisters (usually the younger ones) from the Lewis Walker-Mary Belt family.  She can be told apart from some of her sisters by her long chin, and others from her overhanging nose.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): ALBUM 3 PT1 0003, ALBUM 4 PT1 0063, ALBUM 4 PT1 0065, and FPY 182.


MISC 047


MISC 047:

Comparison of images known or suspected to be George McClelland Crider (1861-1917), son of Presley Harris Crider  (~1830-Bef.1900) and Sarah J. Shipton (1838-1909), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  He married Cora A. Pierce  (1869-1915). 

Known:
     He is identified in the captions of both the "Album" photos, Album 4 Pt1 0064 and Album 3 Pt1 0003.  In addition, FPY 019 is a copy of the same image as in Album 4 Pt1 0064.  All of these can be considered well known.

     In FPY 001, his wife is standing close behind him, which makes this image almost as known as those above.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right):  FPY 001, FPY 019, ALBUM 4 PT1 0064, and ALBUM 3 PT1 0003.
 

MISC 048


MISC 048:

Comparison of images known or suspected to be Jennie Davis (Peay) Pierce (1869-1946), daughter of John Moreland Peay (1832-1888) and Laura Catherine Batsell  (1843-1892), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  She married Willis Champion Pierce  (1864-1941). 

Knowns:
     The MISC 004 has been cropped from a half-tone photo in a book having images of the extended family of Jacob Ahart Pierce (004).  While the caption does not explicitly contain the identities for every person in the photo, she is standing closest to her easily recognizable husband and her children in the photo to create a family group.

     In FPY 074, she is once again standing next to her husband, the only other males in the photo being two of her brothers-in-law who are much younger than she is.

     Though her identity in these two photos has been deduced, the conclusions are so solid as to almost be knowns.

     FPY 074 was taken in 1893 and MISC 004 in 1904.  For images 11 years apart, she surely has the same expression on her face.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right):  FPY 074, and MISC 004.



 

 

 

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