note: The above photo has been
by P. Davidson-Peters to clean up and enhance the
image. However, in doing so, some identifying
marks (edging, color etc.) which are helpful in
dating old photographs have been removed.
Therefore, we suggest you click
the photo to view Sandy (Fox) Whitney's unedited,
original scan to assist in dating
|In 2012 this album came into
the loving care of Sandy (Fox) Whitney, great
great granddaughter of Sarah (Stratton), wife of
Abraham Richard Fox who lived near Reelsville,
Putnam Co., Indiana. It is believed that all the
photos in the album are related to the Daily,
Fox, Stratton and Girton families although many,
such as this woman, are not identified.
Sandy is attempting to identify all
persons in the album and learn more about each of
them through additional research. If you can help
identify or add further information to this
photo, please contact us.
information about photographer J.S. Spurgin:
Although born in Kentucky in 1814 to David M.
Spurgin, a silversmith/photographer/ jeweler, and
his wife Amanda (Secrest) who were married in
Nicholas Co., Kentucky in 1834 and whose family
(including James) was enumerated in the 1850
census residing in Clark Co., Kentucky, James S.
appears to have lived in Putnam Co., Indiana from
at least 1860. By 1870 James S. Spurgin was
listed as a photographer in Greencastle. He was
married to Clara O. Baker in Putnam County on 30
Oct 1873, and is believed to have remained in
business until 1892.
From the digital library of
DePauw University, the following advertisement
appeared in The Greencastle Times on 05 Jul 1888:
"Photos." Spurgin, having again resumed
business in his new and elegant rooms, would
advise all desiring first class work to call on
him. Everything new, with the very latest
improved instruments, accessories, etc. Portrait
and family grouping a specialty. 9 and 11 East
Washington Street. D.M. Spurgin, the Jeweler, can
be found at the same place with everything new in
relative to Sarah (Stratton), wife of Abraham
Richard Fox, who resided in Putnam County,
Indiana include: Butler, Fouts, Fox, Funican,
Girton, Harris, Mahan, McCullough, Moss,
Mullinix, Parker, Prather and Stratton families.