I am researching the ancestors for a friend. His grandfather and greatgrandfather,William James Spavold and Edward Spavold were both born in Whitwell Derbyshire, they are said to have gone to Illinois to help sink the coal mines. We have photographs taken probably in the 1880s-90s, (William James is back in England by 1901) at the studio of P Clark of Streator Illinois.
The questions I would like assistance with are:
Can anyone help with the date of the photographer at that address?
The youngest son of Edward Spavold may have been born in Illinois Gus or Agustus Spavold, sometime during the 1880s-90s, where might I search for a birth?
Were there any coal mines being sunk nearby at that time where they might have been employed? We also have a photograph taken at Dixon in Lee County Ill.
Any guidance that can be given will be gratefully received. Many thanks for reading this,