Mark Boardman: Nineteen-year-old Billy, on the right, is significantly taller than Frank and Tom (Ben Traywick believes the youngster was about 6‘2“).
Next to him is Tom; his specially-made casket is much shorter.
Next to him is his brother Frank—and his casket is shorter yet.
McLaury expert Paul Lee Johnson says "This means that “Frank was about 5‘3“ or so, and Tom was around 5‘5“, maybe 5‘6”
"Sure, the average American male of the 1880s was shorter than his modern counterpart. But 5‘3“ is short. Really short"
“It runs in the family. Most of the McLaury men were small. That’s what their great-nieces told me”
Granted, no specific measurements are available, at least none that have been found. Johnson admits he is guesstimating. The bottom line is that Frank and Tom McLaury were short, even for that period.
Joyce ... I see no big difference that can't be attributed to the angle of each casket, if not the perspective ... all the bottoms and "windows" are aligned, if not the very top ... however Tom's appears deeper for some reason ...
...might well be in question. It's hard to be sure about some of these things, but in painting them I studied their features carefully with a magnifying glass and compared what was available. However,... more
Pam ... this was an article by Mark Boardman which quoted Paul Lee Johnson .. maybe it's in his book ... take care https://www.historynet.com/interview-with-historian-paul-lee-johnson.htm "My book... more