There are several copies of this photo in circulation within the Turnage circles. Family tradition states that the photo is that of the Robert Daniel Turnage family and they had gathered to honor his birthday.
Reportedly, Robert Daniel Turnage is the man sitting in the front row with the child sitting on the ground in front of him. His brother is sitting next to him- the man with the long beard. This was a huge gathering! I counted at least 106 people in this photo, and I probably missed a few! I wish that the people in this photo from the past could each be identified.
Robert Daniel Turnage was my paternal 3rd great grandfather. He married Martha Ellen Pigott on 25 January 1848 in Marion County, Mississippi. They had 8 children that I'm aware of. Some sources say the couple had 14 children, but I have not investigated the family thoroughly as of yet.
If anyone can help identify some of these family members, please contact me. I would love to know more!