This portrait of Stephen Smith Buffum of Yates City, Illinois was found in a lot of ephemera I purchased on eBay a while back. On the reverse the following information is written in pen: "S. S. Buffum, Yates City, Ill.," and "Stephen Smith Buffum, George M. Buffum's father."
It's difficult to say when this image was created, but it has been drawn over, likely in an attempt to make it appear more like a piece of drawn artwork. The original photograph was probably taken in the 1860s. I was lucky enough to locate information about Mr. Stephen Smith Buffum in an old history book called, Portrait and Biographical Album of Johnson and Pawnee Counties, Nebraska, Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches. The reason S.S. Buffum appears in a Nebraska history book, not having lived there, is that his son, Joseph, became a prominent citizen, farmer and county judge in Johnson County, Nebraska. The biography focuses on Joseph, but includes information about his mother and father, and even on his grandfather, Stephen Buffum, Sr.
Stephen Smith Buffum was born on the 22nd of October in Addison, Vermont, son of Stephen Buffum. He moved west and settled in Ashtabula County, Ohio, where he married Esther Mann. Four children were born to the couple there: Rufus (1829), Matthew (1831), Joseph (1834) and George (1836), and in 1836 the family left Ohio to settle in Knox County, Illinois. Four more children were born: Austin (1839), Amanda (1841), Olive (1844) and Silas (1846).
He died in February of 1871 at the age of 69 years and his grave can be found here: Stephen S Buffum (1802 - 1871) - Find A Grave Photos.
September 3, 2012 UPDATE: This portrait is on its way to Illinois to be reunited with a relative of Stephen Smith Buffum's.