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Ladieeeees and gen-tle-men, I am researching family history, and would greatly appreciate any help you might give me. I am interested in John Green – born in 1818 in Southwark, Philadelphia in about 1858, he married Rachel P. Horn of New Hampshire. Both John Green and the Horn family (Rachel’s three brothers) owned a circus between 1850 and 1860. I have 3 newspaper articles referencing these circuses.

Thanks very much, Gary H. Caufman

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It would be helpful if you provided the titles of the shows, as well as the dates and locations of the engagements, as listed in your three newspaper articles. If the articles are not period pieces, in the time of the shows, but later flashbacks, that would also be helpful to learn. This is important because Slout’s ‘Olympians of the Sawdust Circle’, on this website, offers a fairly comprehensive biographical encyclopedia of 19th century American circus activity, fails to list any owner named John Green or Horn brothers. Similarly, Stuart Thayer’s ‘Annals of the American Circus 1793-1860’ fails to list the requisite Green and Horn-named proprietors. If they owned a hitherto undocumented circus, or menagerie, it must be quite obscure.

Fred Dahlinger Jr., Curator of Circus History, Johan and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

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