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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Fattest Tie Knot Ever: George H. Sibbalds, Greece City, PA, ca 1870-80s

This photograph is inscribed on the reverse:  George H. Sibbalds, Greece City, Butler Co, Pennsylvania.  Judging by the style of the carte de visite, I would date this sometime in the 1870-1880s.  It has all the appearances of an earlier card:  no imprint on reverse or photographer's imprint.  It's very difficult to date without an imprint or other identifying info and men's fashions are hard to pinpoint.

The 1910 US Census provides us with one George H. Sibbalds, born PA in 1857.  He is living in Columbus, Ohio with wife, Levis and sons Edwin B. Sibbalds, 26 and Edwin's wife, Ewa, 20.  

I haven't been able to find George in earlier censuses, even though the 1910 census claims that he was born in PA.  It's probably an issue with the surname, but so far the search variations I've used haven't proved fruitful.  Suggestions, anyone?


  1. http://genforum.genealogy.com/p/pa/butler/messages/525.html

    This records substantiates "Edwin Bailey Sibbalds who's parents died in a flu epidemic around 1918"


  2. This site has an obituary for Grandson Arthur's wife who died in West Jefferson, Ohio (a suburb of Columbus) on Nov. 12, 2003, listing a great many children.


  3. Intense Guy, Thanks so much for the research on this and for opening up some possibilities on locating descendants. So many perished during the 1918 flu epidemic. How sad Edwin lost both of his parents in the same year, in the same manner.

    Thanks for posting!