Category Archives: Genealogical Research

Stories Behind the Portraits: Ruth McCarty (Mrs. Ephraim Allison)

Ruth McCarty was born on April 7, 1844, in Saline County,Missouri.  At the age of 24, 0n 28 May 1868, she married Captain Ephraim Allison, 32, a Confederate veteran of the Civil War.  They honeymooned at the J. Huston Tavern … Continue reading

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Stories Behind the Portraits: Eliza Rollins

The eldest daughter of Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins (1783-1845) and Sarah Harris Rodes Rollins (1787-1856) was Eliza.  She was born in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, on February 4, 1814, two years after her brother, James Sidney Rollins (1812-1888).  In the spring of 1830, … Continue reading

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Stories Behind the Portraits: Miss Annie Allen (Mrs Samuel Long)

Miss Annie Allen (1853-1927) was a granddaughter of Dinah Trigg Allen and Shubael Allen. When George Caleb Bingham painted Annie’s portrait, she lived with her disfigured, reclusive grandmother and her pharmacist father, Trigg Thomas Allen (1804-1905). Her mother, Ann January Allen, died … Continue reading

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The Stories Behind the Portraits: Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins – Part 2

Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins was “a remarkably fine-looking man, near six feet in height, and weighing about two hundred pounds, with a kindly and benevolent disposition, always neat in his dress, and very social, but dignified.”  After studying with Dr. … Continue reading

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Stories Behind the Portraits: Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins, Part 1

In the 1835 portrait of Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins by George Caleb Bingham, the frilled dress shirt and carefully coiffed hair belie his humble beginnings. Continue reading

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