Based on where this cabinet card was made, Ft Wayne, Indiana, I suspect this is a Clugston family member. The photo is not identified in the Mearns Family Album, but our fabulous Intense Guy discovered that the Clugstons moved out to Indiana some time between the 1850 and 1860 census. The head of the family, Asher Clugston, died in Indiana in 1865 at the age of 64. He was a farmer, who along with his wife Catherine Rittenhouse Clugston had seven children. While in Indiana, it appears that his oldest son, Asher R. Clugston, was quite successful with a general mercantile business in Columbia City, IN. I don’t know how they are related to Minnie Clugston who we looked at back on July 14th. It is often difficult to sort out the intertwined families of old.
The photographer for this photograph was Barrows. The back of the card is blank, which suggests earlier in the cabinet card era, but her hair style and dress suggest later in the era. I had some difficulty find the photographer due to the name. See, there is a great Indiana Historical Society website, but it’s editor is a Barrow, so every single document he edited comes up as a match for the search! Anyway, I did find something that suggest Mr. Barrow was in business in the 1890s, so that is the date we will go with here.