Sunday, September 3, 2017

Manoah Henry Eberhart

Photographer: M. H. Eberhart
Traveling Photographer, Texas

Manoah Henry Eberhart ( 1831 - 1910)

M. H. Eberhart was 30 years older than most of the other cabinet card era photographers.

M. H. Eberhart’s son Ira A. Eberhart (1859-1953) is listed as “photographer” in the 1880 US Census and the 1885 Iowa Census but beginning with the 1900 US Census, his profession is shown as physician for the rest of his life. Early on, he was probably only assisting his father.

According to many records M. H. Eberhart lived in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Iowa. The only challenge left is to calculate when he was in Texas for the photograph at the left. And, when was he there long enough to have cabinet card blanks printed with “Texas” in the lower right corner.

Oddly, he is not picked up in any city directory and only one Iowa Gazetteer. This could mean possibly that his residence was always outside of the city limits. No newspaper items or advertisements were found.

1831 Jan 17
Born in Hickory, Mercer, Pennsylvania
1856 Nov 06
Marriage to Mary Elizabeth Briscoe (1835-1920) in La Porte, Indiana
(US Census) listed as farmer in Eldorado, Iowa
(Civil War Draft Registration) listed as photographer in Eldorado, Iowa
(US Census) listed as photographer in Mount Vernon, Iowa
(US Census) listed as photographer in Mount Vernon, Iowa
(Iowa Gazetteer) as photographer in Mount Vernon, Iowa
(Iowa State Census) listed as photographer in Mount Vernon, Iowa
(US Census) listed as photographer in Chicago, Illinois
1910 Feb 16
Died in Chicago, Illinois

If more information turns up, it will be added here.

Not the one you were looking for? Here's the photographer's INDEX by name. Listed here are all the Cabinet Card photographers of the 19th century found in LOST GALLERY. This is a work in progress. For a look at the original postings go to LOST GALLERY.

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