Family Link to Portsmouth’s First Blacksmith and Harris Art Gallery


“The photo was found in my father’s trunk after his passing.   His family has a direct connection to Scioto county with my great-great-grandfather, great-grandfather, and grandfather being from the area.  I’m told that Thomas Katon, my great-great-grandfather, is listed as the county’s first blacksmith.  The Katon name has been spelled Caton, Keton, and finally Cayton…..there may even be some other spellings that I haven’t run across yet.

The photo has an embossed matte with the name Harris’  Art Gallery, Portsmouth.   If I could find the time that the Harris Art Gallery/Photo Studio was in operation, I might be able to narrow the time frame, but I haven’t been able to find the right Portsmouth records yet.  The type of clothing design may also help.  The apparel seems to be before the 1900’s and suggests even Victorian collars, etc.—possibly 1880-90’s.  I have both aunts and uncles from that time frame so I can’t narrow the search from that standpoint.    If anyone recognizes either of these faces from this or other photos, I would appreciate a name…….my source for such information is gone.

I would be willing to share digital copies or computer printed images with anyone interested.  I can be contacted by snail mail at
David Cayton
24477 Dixie Highway, Perrysburg, Ohio, 43551
or e-mail at davidcayton@wcnet.org

WebAdmin Note: The Harris Art Gallery in Portsmouth was in operation circa 1903 as evidenced by the 1903 Photo Era Magazine where the gallery was an award winner. There are also several references to this establishment in the Portsmouth Public Library Digital Collection. Research of Portsmouth City Directories for this time period would help establish it’s location and time-frame.

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