Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tiny photograph of Tom Wiley, husband of Mabel W. Waldron, Thomaston, Maine


Small photograph of a man identified on reverse as Tom Wiley, husband of Mabel W.  I believe this is Thomas E. Wiley, the husband of Mabel W. (Waldron) Wiley, of Thomaston and Rockland, Maine.


From online research, hopefully correct:

Thomas E. Wiley indicated on the 1900 Census of that he was born in November of 1864 in Maine; this could be off by a year, as is frequently the case.   I don't have a death date for him, but I can't find him in the 1930 Census.  He was a merchant.

I haven't found anything about his parents.  I found a Thomas Wiley in the 1880 Census of Searsmont, Maine, but his birth year was given as 1871.  This Thomas was the son of Ephraim W. Wiley.

In 1887 Thomas E. Wiley married Mabel W. Waldron, who was born 3 May 1868 in Maine, the daughter of George Waldron and his wife Caroline P. (Hall) Waldron.  George Waldron was a stonecutter.  I haven't yet determined his parents, though I found a possible George Waldron living in Frankfort, Maine, in the 1850 and 1860 Censuses, the son of Daniel and Mehitable.

The George Washington Waldron in the 1850 Census of Calais, Maine, was not Mabel's father, as he died in 1858, before she was born.

Mabel's mother Caroline P. (Hall) Waldron was a bit easier to trace.  She was born 24 August 1833 in Maine, the daughter of Ambrose and Caroline P. (Clark) Hall.  Her paternal grandparents were Isaac and Ann (Anderson) Hall.  I don't have the parents of Caroline P. (Clark) Hall or if Clark was indeed her maiden name.

I find Thomas and Mabel in the 1900 and 1910 Censuses of South Thomaston, Maine, and in the 1920 Census of Rockland, Maine.  As noted above, I didn't find Thomas in the 1930 Census.    It's possible the Mabel W. Wiley living as a boarder with the Roberts family in Reading, Massachusetts in the 1930 Census is our Mabel (Waldron) Wiley, but she gave her birth state as Massachusetts, though this could be an error.  I found a reference online that Mabel died in 1941, just days after Pearl Harbor.

I found that Thomas and Mabel (Waldron) Wiley had a son Clifford, who was born in 1888 and died in 1895.  In the 1910 Census, there is a Dorothy Leach, age 3, indexed as a daughter of Thomas and Mabel.  Thomas, Mabel, Mabel's mother Caroline Waldron and Angeline Lawry, age 7, who is surprisingly listed as a servant, are the last entries on one page, and Dorothy Leach is the first entry on the next page.   Perhaps the Wileys took in Angeline and Dorothy?  I hope the girls had a happy childhood.

If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the information presented above, please leave a comment in the comments box or contact me directly.

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