I checked the obsolete books I have (SC, TN, AL, AK, MS, FL) and the GA obsolete website and did not find it.
Bruce Smith writes:
Regarding the Lafayette scrip, check the Indiana obsolete note catalog. Lafayette was an important town in Indiana in the 19th century. Unfortunately all my books on U.S. paper money are packed up and I can not get to them.
I have the book Indiana Obsolete Notes and Scrip by Wolka, Vorhies and Schramm (1978). The note is not list in the Lafayette section and I didn't notice a maverick section. -Editor
Anne Bentley of the Massachusetts historical Society writes:
I can't say I know where it originated, but our 1905 Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World has the following Lafayettes on record, which might give Dennis Schafluetzel and Tom Carson some new directions to search:
Walt Wiegand writes:
A quick look at census records reveals the following:
1860: Reuben Frank, age 28, b: Germany; unmarried and living with an older relative in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana; "deals in hides"
1870: R.H. Frank, age 38, b: Prussia; "[undecipherable word] Merch't"; living with wife, Julia, and young son in the 3rd Ward, Vicksburg, Warren Cty, Mississippi
1880: Reuben Frank, age 48, b: Prussia; "Bar Keeper"; living with wife and large family in the 2nd Ward, Vicksburg, Warren Cty, Mississippi
From the Family Search website: Reuben H Frank married Julia Leyens, 9 September, 1868 in Warren Cty, Mississippi
Sounds like your guy, but couldn't find any mention of "Frank's" in the SPMC Indiana book. Hope this is useful.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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