Posted by: marthabernie | February 23, 2015


001fAnother unidentified tintype, but this one also bears a striking resemblance to the McMenus males.  I think it could be my great grandfather when a boy, but we will never know for sure.  Tintypes were used as early as the 1850’s, but I wonder if they were prevalent in rural Missouri?  Clearly there were photographers in the towns, so anything is possible, I guess.  If it is not my great grandfather, Joseph McMenus, it is a closely related relative as mouth, ears, forehead and eyes are the same.


  1. The old tintypes seem to hold up better than some of my photos from the the 50’s and 60’s. Maybe they should have kept them around.


    • I have experienced the same thing…especially with the 1950’s and 60’s color photos and slides. They fade and lose their color over the years. That’s one of the reasons I am blogging them and copying them to my computer files.


      • That’s exactly why I started.


  2. In the Lawrence CO. Historical Soc. (MO.) BULLETIN April 2012 issue, page:18, is a record/story about Charles Brixey Faulkner. He died 13 Feb 2012 in Springfield, most likely a relative of yours? His wife was Norall (Phariss) Faulkner. I just wanted to let you know that I have the Phariss connection in the early days of Dallas Co., MO. and Lawrence Co., MO.

    Pat Kennedy


    • They may be distant cousins, but I have no direct informatin on this line of the Faulkners/Forkners.


  3. Old pictures like this are such a treasure! Have you tried attaching them to your family tree on Sometimes people that have relatives in common will recognize relatives. It could be a good way to confirm.


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