Ever wonder where the house in our Frederick Cohen painting is located? This wonderful article by Christopher Busta-Peck with Cleveland Area History explores where in Northeast Ohio the Bentley Simons Runyan family lived and who they were.
An excerpt: “The 1850 U.S. Census indicates that the Runyan family, living in Madison Township, Richland County, owned real estate worth $2,200. A decade later (1860 U.S. Census), they were living in Mansfield Township. There were five children (ages 13, 11, 8, 5 and 1), and they were of sufficient means to employ a laborer and a domestic. The value of their real estate had jumped to $25,000.
With this information in hand - a large estate (as suggested by the value of the real estate) and a vague location (the west edge of Mansfield) - I knew just where I might find the answer to my question.”
Read the rest of the article here.
Frederick E. Cohen (American, ca. 1818–1858)
Bentley Simons Runyan Family, ca. 1847
Oil on canvas
Gift of Mary Parsons McCullough (OC 1907)