This photograph is courtesy of Ron Casbon.
The older man is Sylvester V Casbon, my second great grandfather. The man sitting next to him is unidentified – does anybody recognize him? The photograph is undated and location unknown. I wonder if it was taken near his farm in Deep River.
[UPDATE: 14 May 2020: I have another copy of this photograph from a different source, who has labeled the people as Thomas Hiram Church, Jr. (left) and Charles Thomas Casbon (right), the brother of Sylvester. There is insufficient detail for me to confirm the identities based on comparison photos.]
Sylvester was born June 6, 1837 in Meldreth Cambridgeshire, England, the eldest living son of Thomas Casbon (1803-1888). Sylvester was the first Casbon to settle in Indiana, after moving from Ohio. He had three children with his first wife, Adaline Aylesworth (1842–1868) and three with his second, Harriet Emiline Perry (1842–1874).
After moving to Indiana, he initially settled in Boone Township, Porter County, but later moved to Deep River, in Ross Township, Lake County. In 1892 he moved to Valparaiso, Porter County, where he remained the rest of his life.
Although there is little detail in the photo, I’m guessing that Sylvester was in his 50s or 60s at the time. This would date the photo to the late 1880s or the 1890s. Compare to this photo, taken at a family reunion in October 1901.
Or, compare to this photo of Sylvester and his living descendants, taken about 1905.
Referring back to the original photo of Sylvester on the cart, I believe this kind of cart is known as a buckboard. It is a simple cart, with a seat place on a platform of planks. The platform is not suspended on springs. On some buckboards, the seat may be placed on springs. That does not appear to be the case in the photograph.