Now that I’ve got some clues on one of my mystery photos, I thought I’d take a look at some additional pictures in the photo album of my my great-great grandmother, Lavina (Bursley) Stanwood. The picture above has posed quite a mystery; to my knowledge, no family members resided in Illinois. However, after delving into Grandma Lavina’s maternal family, I discovered her mother’s cousin, James Day, lived in Esmen, Illinois, in 1860. James’ son, John B. Day, died in Chicago 20 July 1902. John, born about 1849, is the right age to be the subject of this photograph, which was taken about 1883-1885, the time frame that J. M. Adams was operating the photography studio in Elgin.
No identifying marks or photographer name were included on this picture, which was placed on the same page as a known Day photo. Is he somehow related to Lavina’s mother, Cynthia (Day) Bursley?
This photo appeared above the preceding one, on the same page as a known Day photo. Comparing his attire to Civil War era photos, I’m guessing this gentleman was photographed sometime around 1865 or perhaps a little later? If so, he is a candidate for Aaron Day, Cynthia Day’s father, or perhaps her father-in-law, Lemuel Bursley.
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