Friday, October 16, 2009

Photograph of Luman Walker LeMasters Jr. (1842-1931)

At our recent family reunion my aunt and uncle were going through a box of old photos trying to identify them and they came across this interesting photo. It shows my paternal 2nd-great grandfather, Luman Walker LeMasters Jr. (1842-1931) sitting on the porch with whom we believe may be two of his sons.

Luman was a Civil War veteran, born October 19, 1842 in Shelby County, Ohio, the son of Luman Walker and Nancy (YOUNG) LEMASTERS. Luman died November 18, 1931 in Salamonia, Jay County, Indiana, so that dates this photograph sometime before 1931.

Here is another version of the same photograph, slightly enlarged for better viewing. Note the old car in the background to the left. Can anyone identify what type of car?

According to his Civil War records, grandpa Luman was not a very tall man. He stood only 5' 3" tall. From the photograph you can tell his frame is smaller than the others.

We believe that the son on the right side is Arthur Raymond LeMasters (1888-1955) but are not sure who is on the left.

Luman married Mary Keziah Chew, daughter of Dr. Ezekiel Cooper and Caroline Bishop (WOOLSTON) CHEW on October 2, 1864 in Versailles, Darke County, Ohio. After the war, they lived out their lives on a farm in Salamonia, Jay County, Indiana.

Other posts regarding Luman include his tombstone and family information.

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