Identification on photo: Henry West
Photo taken: Benjamin Studio, De Ruyter, Madison County, New York circa 1885
Purchased: Aug 2017 Madison-Bouckville Antiques Week
This photo of Henry West is rather faded, but I was able to manipulate the digital image to bring out more definition. I include both versions here.
De Ruyter is a small community southwest of the Madison-Bouckville area where I acquired the photo.
Ancestry.com finds a Henry West, age 16, on the 1870 Census for Lincklaen, NY, which is a village about 8 miles south of De Ruyter. Earlier State Census records include older siblings Rosalinda and Charles. His mother's maiden name is possibly Ward.
1870 Census, NY > Chenango > Lincklaen
WEST, John, 52, farmer, born in Herkimer County NY
WEST, Eliza, 52, keeping house, born in Herkimer County, NY
WEST, Laura, 22, Chenango County
WEST, Anna, 18, Chenango County
WEST, Henry, 16, Chenango County
WEST, Mary, 14, Chenango County
WEST, Jerrie, 8, Chenango County
1880 Census, NY > Chenango > Lincklaen
WEST, John, 62, head, born in NY, farmer
WEST, Eliza, 61, wife, born in NY
WEST, Laurie, 30, daughter, born in NY
WEST, Henry, 25, son, farm laborer, born in NY
1891 July 9 - the newspaper "The Weekly Gleaner" of De Ruyter NY, mentioned Henry West. It is a fairly mundane mention (see middle paragraph at right), but verifies that he was living in the area at that time.
1898 Dec 15 - the "DeRuyter Gleaner" reports that Henry West of Lincklaen is recently married. Sadly they do not report his bride's name.
1910 Federal Census, NY > Cortland > Homer
WEST, Henry, head, 55, widower, born in NY of NY parents, laborer
There is also a Henry West, of about the same age, who lived and died in Binghamton, but I have to believe the Henry West in this photo is the one who lived nearer the De Ruyter area.
Sadly, I can find no more than this without a visit to the Chenango County Historical Society.