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Saturday, February 28, 2015

McCUE, Evelyn

Evelyn McCUE, 1919
This photo of Evelyn McCUE was located last week at the Palm Beach County Fairgrounds Antique Show in Florida. The photo is a full body shot and presented in a brown tri-fold cover inscribed "Evelyn McCue, B.H.S. 1919." The brown cover is also embossed with a small stamp which reads: Rand, Brockton, Mass.  I believe B.H.S. stands for Brockton High School, and the photo was taken upon completion of her education.

Evelyn McCUE, born 6 Nov 1899 in Randolph, Massachusetts, daughter of Edward T. McCUE and Mary DUFFY.

Marriage record for Evelyn's parents indicate that Edward (b. abt 1863) is a son of Patrick McCue and Sarah (unknown). Mary (b. abt 1864 in Ireland) is a daughter of Patrick Duffy and Mary Burns.

Birth record for Evelyn, notes indicate that Edward was born in South Weymouth and Mary was born in Ireland. Edward worked as a "Treer"  in a shoe factory. (Evidence points to him dying in Randolph or nearby Brockton MA in 1903-1904).

Edward and Mary also had a son (Edward P.) born April 16, 1904, which lived a day.

1924 Brockton City Directory
McCue, Mary, widow of Edward T, resides at 91 E Ashland
McCue, Evelyn M., clerk at 159 Spark (Douglas Shoe Company), boards at 91 E Ashland
McCue, Mary E. waitress, boards at 91 E Ashland

1930 Census, Brockton, Plymouth, MA
McCUE, Mary, 62, widowed, no occupation
McCUE, Mary A., 34, single, stitcher in shoe factory
McCUE, Evelyn, 30, single, typist in shoe factory

1933 Brockton City Directory
McCue, Mary E., widow of Edw T., home 57 Ford
McCue, Evelyn M., clerk 159 Spark, resides 57 Ford
McCue Mary E., shoeworker , resides 57 Ford

1935, all three women are still at 57 Ford.

The 1942 City Directory has both Mary McCue's still at 57 Ford Street but Evelyn is missing. (Perhaps married, moved or deceased.)


BUMPUS, C.E.

Here is another photo I probably should not have purchased. Scanning through the backs of the photos at the antique store, I thought this image was adequately identified to be useful for this project, but upon closer examination later, I see this was not the case.

This photo is labeled in pencil, on the back:

"Mr. C. E. Bumpus, 25 Cedar Street, Wakefield, Mass."

That may mean that the subject of the photo is "C.E. Bumpus," or that the photo belonged to Mr. C. E. Bumpus, and is an image of someone else.

The photo was likely taken between 1890 and 1900. The fellow in the photo appears to be about eight to ten years old. That would mean he was born between 1880 and 1890. Wakefield is a community on the north side of Boston.

In the 1894 City Directory of Wakefield, we do indeed find a man named Charles E. Bumpus, living at 25 Cedar Avenue. His occupation is "iron moulder." He is still at 25 Cedar Street in the 1905 City Directory. In the 1907 edition he had relocated to 549 Main Street.

Unfortunately, C.E. Bumpus is not indexed in Ancestry.com in the 1900 Census records, although he clearly should be there as he was living at the same address in Wakefield for many years. After much searching through individual pages of the 1900 Census, Charles E. Bumpus was eventually verified at 25 Cedar Street, Wakefield.

BUMPUS, Charles Ellis, Mar 1855, born in Massachusetts of Massachusetts parents, occupation iron moulder
BUMPUS, Abbie Etta, May 1861, wife, born in Massachusetts of Massachusetts parents, no occupation
BUMPUS, Chas. W. Mar 1886, son, born in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, at school

Seeing that C.E. Bumpus was 45 years old in 1900 would tend to give evidence to the photo being of someone else, and  not the man at the given address. It is most likely an image of his son, Charles Weston Bumpus who was 14 at the time of the Census, and around 10 at the time of the photo.

In the 1910 Census, Charles E. and Abbie (maiden name is Swift) have moved to Wareham in Plymouth County, Massachusetts and are engaged in farming. Young Charles is no longer in the household. Abbie died in 1914 and is buried at Centre Cemetery in Wareham.

The 1920 Census shows Charles the elder is widowed. In his household are Charles Jr., his wife Ethel (vital records show her maiden name as Hopkins) and daughter Dorothea (b. 26 Sep 1913 in Wareham). The elder Charles is employed at a truck farm. Charles Jr. is a marine engineer and is at sea.

Charles E. died in 1921 and is buried in Centre Cemetery in Wareham, Mass. The 1855 State Census shows that Charles E. was the son of Silas Gifford Bumpus and Betsy (Maxim) Bumpus who were living at the time of his birth in Carver, Plymouth County, Mass.

Following his father's death, Charles Jr and family returned to Melrose, in Middlesex County where the family remained until his own death in 1954. Charles W. is buried in the same Plymouth County cemetery as his parents, and wife Ethel (1890-1980).

Daughter Dorothea "Dolly" was a popular student at Melrose High School. She married in 1937 to Raymond John Dodge. She lived to the age of 90, passing away in 2004.

Melrose High School Yearbook - 1931



Thursday, February 26, 2015

WILLIS, Margaret and Helen

Helen Chandler WILLIS at 22 mo.
These two images were located at an upstate NY antique shop last fall. I purchased both photos, as the girls were clearly siblings, and I wanted the photos to remain together,

Research finds that the photos were taken about Nov 1892. The photographer was F.E. Willis studio, Middletown CT. The elder girl is identified as Margaret Gordon Willis at age 3 1/2.. The younger girl is Helen Chandler Willis at 22 months. The photographer is their father.

1900 Census, Middletown Connecticut.
WILLIS, Frank E., 40, born Nov 1859 in NH, occupation Photographer
WILLIS, Alice N., 30, born Nov 1860 in VT
WILLIS, Margaret, 12, born Mar 1888 in VT
WILLIS, Helen C., 10, born Jan 1890 in VT
WILLIS, Martha O., 5, born Nov 1894 in CT


In the 1910 Census, Frank is not listed in the household. Alice is given as the head of the house, but marital status is given as "married." So I am not sure where Frank was.  All three daughters are present, and all three are shown as born in Connecticut. Eldest daughter, "G. Marguerite" at age 22 is employed as a teacher.

From the book "Leading Businessmen in Middletown, Portland, Durham and Middlefield"
Margaret Gordon WILLIS at 3 1/2 yrs
FRANK E. WILLIS, Photographer ; studio, 158 Main Street, Middletown, Conn. — The day when it was necessary to pay an exorbitant price for a photograph has passed, and there is now no reason why everybody should not possess an artistic portrait. There is no need to enter into an argument to uphold our position so far as the Middletown people are concerned for all they have to do is to call on Mr. Frank E. Willis at No 158 Main Street, and see what he has to offer as regards goods and prices. The illustrations in this book are from photographs obtained at his studio. We also understand that he always has for sale a fine assortment of views of all the principal points of interest in Middletown and vicinity. Mr. Willis is a native of Keene, N. H., and succeeded Mr. F. J Moore in business in 1889. The premises utilized comprise a large and pleasant reception-room, operating-room and work-room. He is steadily increasing the number of his patrons by strict attention to business, good work and fair prices, and honorable dealing and deserves the cordial support and appreciation of this vicinity. Mr. Willis and his two assistants are always ready and willing to give prompt and polite attention to all patrons.

Vermont Vital Records show that Frank E. Willis and Alice Frost Newman were married in Windsor VT on 27 Apr 1887.  His father was George W. Willis, and his mother was Mary M. Chandler. Frank was born in Winchester NH.

Margaret Gordon Willis is listed as a Junior at Middletown High School in 1904.
She married Burton Leroy Mallory and moved to Cook County, Illinois. She had two children; Burton L Mallory Jr (who died in The Philippines in 1945) and Louise Beckett Mallory (b. 1922).

Helen Chandler Willis, born Jan 5, 1890 in Windsor VT, to parents Frank Willis and Alice Frost.
She is listed in the 1912 Yearbook for Wesleyan University, Middletown CT as a member of the class of '12, and winner of the Olin Prize. She was also listed among Honors students.

The Wesleyan Yearbook of 1921 lists her among Alumni with following entry:


At age 44 (still using name Willis) was listed on the ship's manifest, S.S. Tegucigalpa, from Vera Cruz Mexico to New Orleans , LA.

Youngest daughter Martha Olcott Willis (of whom I have no image) was born 1 Nov 1894 according to church baptism records.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BURK, Boyd's mother

UPDATE - This photo has been claimed by a descendant of Boyd Burk and is going home!

This photo, acquired from the "Breakable Collectibles" booth at an antique show in Stewart Florida. I probably should not have purchased it, as it really does not identify the people in the photo with any certainty.

The mat is stamped Jones Studio, Columbia City, Indiana, and appears to have been taken about 1880-1885. The woman appears to be around 20-25 and the gentleman appears to be a bit older, like about 35-40.

The inscription on the reverse says "Great grandma Burk, Boyd Sr.'s mother."

So I am searching for a couple who had a son named Boyd Burk, and the fact that he is referred to as "Boyd Sr." implies that there is also a "Boyd Jr." in the family.

The only match I have come up with so far, is this:

William Edgar Burk (1840-1923), a German-born contractor, living with his family in Akron Ohio. Wife Lena Mann (also seen as Helena and Alenia) born 1862 in Germany, d. 1935). They have several children, but one of these is Boyd Frederick Burk (1885-1976) who later marries Florence Rundell, and they have a son Boyd F. Burk Jr. (1910-1980).

JOBSON, Fredrick

Fredrick JOBSON
In my stack of old photos which I had acquired last month but had not yet begun the research, I find another person with the surname of JOBSON. 

I have already placed John Henry Jobson with a granddaughter, but not sure if Frederick JOBSON is also related.

There are no location clues on this photo. I am guessing that the image is circa early 1880's.  The young man appears to be in his 20s.



The back of the photo contains a few confusing clues.

First, written in pencil, are the words "Fredrick Jobson" and then the mysterious word "Englonia" (?), which I suppose could be Euglonia, but that would be weird.

Above image enhanced to bring letters out more clearly.
Secondly, at the bottom of the backside of the photo, written in ink, are the words "Carlos (something illegible) Woolrich (?)" The last word could also say Woolworth.



Thursday, February 19, 2015

BARNTHOUSE, James H. and wife

James Hiniman Barnthouse and
wife Catharine Mathews-Barnthouse
UPDATE - James Barnthouse and his wife have been claimed by a relative and they are going home! This photo was found in an Antique Fair in Vero Beach, Florida, but the booth owner is from upstate New York. Like most booth owners I have met, they did not remember how they came to possess this particular image.

The photo mat is stamped "Ischanen Studio, Upper Sandusky, Ohio" and appears to have been taken around 1895.

The couple in the photo appear to be around 65 years of age, thus birth years will be near 1830.

On the back, the hand-written note says "From James H. Barnthouse, Harpster, O. RFD (?) 1"

Harpster is a town just south of Upper Sandusky.

1990 Census Antrim township, Wyandot County, OH
James H. Barnthouse, 67, Nov 1932, born in Penn, Farmer
Catharine Barnthouse, 66, Apr 1834, born in Ohio
Vernon Barnthouse, 19, June 1880, grandson, born in Ohio, farm labor

According to Ancestry.com records, James' middle name appears to be Hiniman. His wife was born Catharine Mathews (1834-1904).

James died on Feb 19, 1910, his wife having preceded him by a few years. This newspaper insert is taken from the "Marion Star", Marion, Ohio, Wednesday 23 Feb 1910:


Sunday, February 15, 2015

TRAVER, Willett R.

WILLETT R. TRAVER
This photo of Willett Traver was located at the Antique Fair last weekend at the South Florida Fairgrounds in Palm Beach County, Florida.

The name written on the back is "Willett R. Traver" but unfortunately the location is unknown as the mat has been trimmed and there is only a remnant of the photographic studio's name remaining.

Fortunately, the name is unique enough, I believed it would be possible to track him down. The Traver family was well-known in Dutchess County NY at the end of the 19th century, and that is where Willett was found.

WILLETT R. TRAVER
born 22 Nov 1851
died 05 May 1894
buried Wurtemburg Cemetery, Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, NY

His wife was Lizzie E. Schultz (1860-1946)

1865 NY State Census, Clinton, Dutchess County
TRAVER, William Curtis, 42
TRAVER, Ann, 43
TRAVER, Zuletta (Ruthella), 17
TRAVER, Willett, 13
TRAVER, Mary E (or May), 13
TRAVER, Maria A, 11

1870 Census Clinton, Dutchess County, NY
TRAVER, William, 47, farmer
TRAVER, Ann, 48, keeping home
TRAVER, Willett, 18
TRAVER, Merritt, 18
TRAVER, Ann, 15
TRAVER Catherine, 10

1892 New York State census, Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, NY
TRAVER, Willett, 40, clerk
TRAVER, Lizzie E., 31, dressmaker
TRAVER, Alice A., 8
TRAVER, Julia A., 70

The 1892 State Census did not describe any relationships, so one is left to assume that Alice (8) is the daughter of Willett and Lizzie. This was later confirmed on the 1920 Federal Census where we find Alice at the age of 35, living with her husband Ethan Coon (occupation florist), daughters Margaret (5) and Catherine (3), along with her mother Lizzie E. Traver (59) and her husband's father Robert. Lizzie is described as the widowed mother-in-law of the head of the household.

Further research shows that Margaret Coon married a man named Bowman. Younger sister Eleanor (born 1921) married a man named Closs.

Willett's mother was born as Ann Bishop.

It seems that Willett was a twin, as a sibling of the same age appears on two Census reports. However, in 1865 the sibling is reported as a female named Mary E., and in 1870 is reported as a male named Merritt. I believe Merritt is correct, as there is a record of Merritt Traver, same birthdate as Willett Traver, marrying a Lucy Lambert Cookingham in 1875 in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

BISHOP, Sam

Sam Bishop, Philadelphia, Penn.
This photo was located at an antique fair at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

The photo was taken in Philadelphia, around 1885. Sam Bishop appears to be about 25-30 years old, which would  make his birth somewhere around 1855-1860.

The 1880 census for Philadelphia finds a Bishop family living at 17 Sharpnack Street, in the Germantown district. Head of the family is Isic (Isaac?) Bishop (56, teamster) but there is no wife listed. Eldest son in the house is Sam Bishop (22 [thus born around 1858], working in a woollen mill). There are also three daughters, Elizabeth (17), Mary E. (12) and Annie F. (10).

The 1870 census sheds a bit more light. At that earlier time, Isaac's wife, Cathus was present. She was 37 in 1870, thus born around 1833.  At age 13, Sam was already working in the woollen mill.

Now we jump forward to the 1900 Census. The family is now situated on Cumberland Street. Head of the household is Sam, now 41 years old and employed as a machinist. Living with him are sisters Elizabeth Bishop (35), Mary Toner (28, widowed, employed as a grocery cashier), Anna Bishop (22), as well as three boarders.


Father Isaac died in 17-Sep-1895.  News of his funeral was mentioned in the 20-Sep-1895 Philadelphia Times.

Sister Mary married Joseph Vincent Toner in 1895, but he apparently died prior to the 1900 Census as Mary had returned to her family's residence by that time..


Sunday, February 8, 2015

ORR Augustus and wife Rebecca STEWART

UPDATE - this photo was claimed by a descendent and has gone home. This photo was acquired on February 8, 2015 at a booth at the Antique fair at Palm Beach County Fairgrounds in Florida.

It was taken circa 1890-95 at a photographic studio in Cadiz, Ohio.

On the back is written "Augustus Orr and wife Rebecca Jane Stewart."

Rebecca is the second wife of Augustus and about 19 years his junior. On the 1900 census for Rumley Township, Harrison County Ohio, his birthday is recorded as "Aug 1827" and hers is "June 1846" (although it appears to have been corrected to 1844.)

Also in the household are two children from his first marriage to Levina Arbaugh (1824-1878); Jonathan (Nov. 1856) and Andrew (June 1864), as well as two daughters from his second marriage; Amanda (Jan 1883) and Jessie (May 1885).

Augustus died in 1920. His parents were Singleton Orr and Mary Marsh.

Rebecca lived until 1927. Her parents were Jesse Stewart and Rebecca Haines.



Saturday, February 7, 2015

MUSGROVE, Roxie Rogers and Arphax


UPDATE - Roxie Rogers and Arphax Musgrove have been claimed by family and are going home. The lovely young lady below was labelled with the inscription above. It took me weeks to finally identify the name as "Roxie Rogers-Musgrove." The last name drove me nuts. I kept seeing it as "Innesgrove" or "Inersgrove." Only when I put these away for a while, then pulled them out and looked again, did I finally see the first letter as an M.

ROXIE B. ROGERS-MUSGROVE
Born 6 Nov 1890 to Parents James William Rogers and Louisa Deaubary Kaster.
Died  25 or 26 June 1930 (age 39)

She had one sister (Mrs. Cecil Willet), and 3 brothers Charles W. Rogers, Kastor C. Rogers, and Glenn W. Rogers.

Married to Gilbert Rowan Musgrove on 7 Apr 1919.

Children: Walter Rowan Musgrove (b. abt 1924), Nellie Lou Musgrove (1925) and Lillie Virgilia "Jill" Musgrove (1928).

1930 Census (April 12, 1930) Canton Township, Missouri.
MUSGROVE, Gilbert R. (36) General Farming
MUSGROVE, Roxy (39)
MUSGROVE, Walter (6)
MUSGROVE, Nellie (3 and 9/12)
MUSGROVE, Lillie (2 and 2/12)

ARPHAX MUSGROVE
Roxie's husband Gilbert (16 Sep 1893-1954) was a son of Thomas Arphaxad Musgrove and Lillie. Gilbert had a younger brother named Arphax W. Musgrove (born 3 October 1896, died 1969).

In the same box in which I located the photo of Roxie, in fact right next to her, was found this photo of "Arphax Musgrove". I thought at first this may be a photo of the man she married, given the same last name, but it turned out to be her brother-in-law.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

SPINK, Beda

UPDATE - Beda Spink has been claimed by a descendant and is going home. This photo, taken in Winona Minnesota, circa 1885-1890, bears an inscription on the back, which says:

"Grandmother Wallcott-Lindsey, mother of Eliza Alice Wallcott-Fishbyrne, wife of William Alexander Fishbyrne"

Upon investigation, I find that the name of the grandmother is "Beda Spink."

BEDA SPINK-WOLCOTT-LINDSAY
born 1834 (Wyoming County, NY) to parents David Spink and wife.
died 1925 (Caledonia, WI)

Married to 1) George H WOLCOTT and 2) Chester LINDSAY

She had 6 children with her first husband and 1 child with her second husband.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

STAGG, Fred

FRED STAGG, Brockville, Ont.

This snapshot of Fred Stagg was found in the same box as the six previously posted photographs, at the Antique Fair in Vero Beach last weekend.

To this point, most of the other photos all seemed to have a connection to St. Lawrence County, New York.

This photo bears a hand-written note on the back which says "Fred Stagg, Brockville, Ont."

The only obvious connection between this photo and the previous four is that Brockville, Ontario is situated directly across the St. Lawrence River from Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, New York.

I cannot determine from the clothing when this photo may have been taken. My guess 1910 to 1920, and Fred looks to be around age 25 to 30 at this time.

I find a Fred Stagg on the 1891 Canadian Census for Brockville, Ontario.  The family is enumerated thusly:

  • STAGG, Alfred, age 52, born in England, occupation Butcher
  • STAGG, Laura, 52, born in Ontario
  • STAGG, Fred A., 27, Ontario, Butcher
  • STAGG, William, 23, Ontario
  • STAGG, Louisa, 21
  • STAGG, George, 19
  • STAGG, Lillian, 16
  • STAGG, Frank, 14
  • STAGG, Ethel, 11

However, unless the photograph was taken earlier than I suspect, the Fred mentioned in the Census would appear to be too early to be the same man, although the man in the photograph could be from the next generation of Staggs in Brockville. In 1891, Fred was 27, thus born around 1863. That would make him about age 56 in the photo above, if the photo was taken around 1920.

Fred and George are mentioned in this news items from Brockville, Ontario, which appeared in the THE BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE edition of Monday, March 9, 1896.

 

Being a butcher, Fred not surprisingly owned some pigs. His name appears in the 1908 edition of the Canadian National Record for Swine, Volume 19, page 31, as the owner of two named sows from the same 1908 litter.



I still suspect the fellow in the photo is a son or nephew of the fellow I have found the evidence for. I would love to hear from someone who can shed more light on this young man and help me find his family.


Monday, February 2, 2015

KLOCK, Dr. Henry Albright

Dr. H. A. KLOCK
UPDATE - Dr. Klock has been claimed by a family member and is going home. This photo of "Dr. H.A. KLOCK" was taken in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, circa 1885-1888.

The subject's full name, upon investigation, is found to be HENRY ALBRIGHT KLOCK.

Born 16 Aug 1848 in Pitman, Schuylkill County, PA.
Son of Joseph Z. Klock and Magdalena Hepler, who were farmers in the area of Pitman, Schuylkill County. Henry had a brother named William who continued in the farming business.

Henry married in 1872 to Elizabeth Sidney Seiler.

1880 Census - Mahanoy City, Shuylkill County PA.
54 Centre Street
KLOCK, H. A., 31 yr, head, Physician
KLOCK, Elizabeth, 28 yr, wife, housekeeping (her parents were Welsh immigrants)
KLOCK, Joseph,  7yr, son
SEILER, Cyrus, 21 brother-in-law, laborer

1900 Census - Mahanoy City, Schuylkill PA.
231 East Centre Street
KLOCK, Henry A., head, Aug 1848, 51, Physician
KLOCK, Elizabeth S., wife, March 1852, 48
KLOCK, LeRoy Egbert, son, Dec 1880, 19, at school
KLOCK, Joseph Victor, son, March 1873, 27, Physician
KLOCK, Minnie M., daughter-in-law, March 1873, 27
BARNHART, Edith, servant, July 1879, 20, servant

Dr. Klock died in Mahanoy City on 1 Feb, 1908. Both of his sons followed in their father's footsteps and became doctors in Schuykill County.

HAND, Fred Ziba

Nine year old FRED Z. HAND
This photo was found at an antique fair in Vero Beach this weekend.

It was taken at a studio in New York City. Can't quite read the photographer's mark, but it looks like "Bostinck" or possibly "Rostinek."

The back of the photo is inscribed: "For Grandma from nine year olf Fred Z. Hand". The photo taken early to mid 1880's, making his birthday around mid-1870's.

The 1880 Census finds the family living in Flushing, Queens. Father Ziba is a butcher. At that time, Fred is 7 years old (thus born around 1873) and attending school. There is a 2-year-old daughter named May. The family also has a 21-year-old servant named Mary Maker, whose parents were Irish immigrants.

Frederick Ziba Hand died 11 Aug 1895 in  Manhattan County, NY, age 21.

Death notice was carried in the newspaper "New-York Tribune" 13 Aug 1895, page 7. It states that his parents were Ziba and Hannah C. Hand. But does not say why he died so young.


1900 Census for Queens has the remaining family members at a residence at 71 Broadway. Ziba is now 72 years old and employed as a Clerk. Mother Hannah is 63; she has had 2 children, 1 of which is still living. Fred's sister May is 22 and working as a teacher.

Father Ziba Hand appears to have come from the Potsdam, St Lawrence County area of NY. He appears as a 21-year-old on an 1850 census there, living with his parents Ziba and Irene Hand (presumably the "Grandma" mentioned in the inscription on the photo), his two elder sisters and one younger brother.  Ziba Hand died in Queens, NY in 1901.


In trying to find the maiden name of Fred's mother, I found this funeral notice for her. She died in 1923. Fred's sister May apparently married Walter H. Griggs and lived in Elmhurst. This insert was carried in the New York Times shortly after June 8, 1923.

Searching further into May's life (for possible descendents), I see that she applied for a passport in 1920 and listed her husband as Walter Hubbard Griggs.

The newspaper "Long Island Daily Press," issue of 19 Jan 1925 includes this insert which mentions that May died on December 8 of the previous year.

Walter remarried in October of 1925.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

JOBSON, John

John Jobson
UPDATE - John Jobson has been claimed by his granddaughter, and is going home. This photograph labeled simply "John Jobson" was located at the Vero Beach Florida Antique Fair this weekend.

The fact that it is a snapshot with no matte which might yield clues regarding the location, made me wonder if it would possible at all to correctly identify the family to whom he belongs.

But my fears were unfounded, as he was identified rather quickly.

This is JOHN HENRY JOBSON, born 20 Nov 1901 in Jefferson County, NY, to parents Arthur Jobson and Florence Hearns. He died in July 1955 in Ogdensburg, St Lawrence County, NY.

He married Violet Catherine Brown, and they had eight children.

This photo was found on-line at Ancestry.com
In seeking more clues at Ancestry.com , I discovered that there were several men named "John Jobson" who appeared to be roughly the same age as the man in the photo. Without a known location, this fellow could have been any of those.

But the clincher came when I saw this photo (at left) on-line, which is clearly the same individual, and was obviously taken during the same studio sitting. His hair is styled the same way. He is wearing the same suit and tie. And the light source at the left of both photos is identical.

Without this second photo as positive confirmation, I do not think I could have been certain exactly which John Jobson I had found.