Above: Carte de Visite format tintype depicting a revolver armed George Frensley. If properly identified the photograph was probably taken in north Texas sometime in the 1870s.

Carte de Visite formatted Tintype
Unknown Photographer
Possibly North Texas
United States
c. 1870s


It could be a Colt Single Action Army which would date the image no earlier than 1873. His sidearm could also be a Colt cartridge conversion which also dated from the early 1870s.


After an exhaustive search of historical records, the evidence seems to indicate that George Frensley may, in fact, be George Washington Frensley who was born on April 3, 1855, at
Water Valley, Kentucky to Charles Alfred Frensley and Letitia Susan Draper. The family relocated to Texas sometime after 1860 and by 1870 Charles Frensley had died. The family
was living on a farm in Cooke County, Texas along the border of Indian Territory (today’s Oklahoma).

Frensley does not show up in the 1880 census and it is possible that he was employed as a riving cowhand. This photo seems indicative of that possibility. Little else regarding Frensley
has come to light other than the fact that he died at Whitesborough (today’s Whitesboro) Texas on January 15, 1883. The town – also close by the border of Indian Territory – was so
unruly in the 1870s that female residents were forbidden on the streets on weekend evenings due to the rampant random gunfire that plagued the frontier town.

Naturally, the question at hand is whether or not the George Frensley in the tintype is one and the same with George Washington Frensley. No definitive proof has been found indicating
that they are the same man but at the same time no other suitable person by the same name has turned up in my repeated searches although the possibility of other likely candidates
turning up cannot be discounted.
Above: George Frensley’s tintype removed from its paper frame allowing the image to be viewed in its entirety.