Thursday, December 23, 2010

Late 1880s Autographs of Siblings Ida, Melvin, Effie Dell and Delbert Rolerson of Waldo, Maine

In the autograph book of Bertha Clements of Waldo Center, Maine are pages signed by the four Rolerson siblings in Waldo, Maine: Ida M. (Rolerson) Wight, Melvin George Rolerson, Effie Dell Rolerson and Delbert Joel Rolerson.

For a complete list of the people who signed the autograph book, images of many of the pages and a brief genealogy on the book's owner, see a previous post on Bertha Clements

I believe the parents of the four siblings were Benjamin F. Rolerson and his wife Sophronia, based on the 1880 Census, though I found a marriage record for Delbert where he named his parents as James and Sophronia.

Even if their father was Benjamin F. Rolerson, it looks as though there were two Benjamin F. Rolersons in the area, so I'm hoping a reader will come forward to clear up the mystery.  At least one of them was a Civil War veteran.

Ida M. Rolerson was born 5 August 1871.  I found a reference online where her mother was listed as Sophronia.  Ida married Burton S. Wight, son of Samuel and Eliza Mansfield (Ware) Wright; they lived in Lynn, Massachusetts and had at least one daughter.

Melvin George Rolerson was born 17 June 1876 in Maine.  I'm not sure he married.  Interestingly, he was enumerated in California in the 1900 Census where he was a servant in Tulare, San Joaquin County.  By the time of the 1910 Census, he was back in Maine, living with brother Delbert's family in Belfast, Maine and working as a farmer.  He was still living with his brother at the time of the 1920 Census, but I lost track of him after that.

Effie Dell Rolerson was born about 1878 in Maine.   I found her in the 1900 Census of Rutland, Massachusetts, working as a servant in the household of Daniel Demond.  I didn't find her in the Maine Marriages online database; perhaps she never married or she married in another state.  I found an obituary online, for Mrs. Betsy R. (Clements) Keller, wife of Gilbert D. Keller, which includes the fact that a large bouquet of white roses was sent by Mrs. Ida M. Wight and Miss Effie D. Rolerson of Lynn, Massachusetts.  I believe Betsey Keller died in October of 1900, so perhaps Effie left Rutland, Massachusetts for Lynn shortly after the Census enumeration.

Delbert Joel Rolerson was born 9 January 1880 in Maine.  He married Harriet D. Hartshorn on 5 June 1901.  They lived in Belfast, Maine and raised, I believe, three children.  Delbert was a farmer.

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

The signers: [Click on the names in bold for a post featuring their autograph pages and genealogy.]

Bertha Clements signed her first name on the inside cover and her name and address on the first page
"Mother", who was Maria F. (Mixer) Clement of Waldo
Robert Clements, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Frank Blood, friend, 1887
Percy W. Clements, Waldo, Maine
Belle M. Clements, Bertha's sister
Florence A. Roberts, friend, 1891
Burton A. Curtis, friend, 1887
Melvin George Rolerson, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Laura J. Blood, East Knox, Maine
Isaac G. Sanborn, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Georgia, Bertha's friend
Lydia Clements, Bertha's cousin, 1891
Ethel Foss, Brooks, Maine, 1889
Phebe Paul, Waldo, Maine, 1889
? Clements, Bertha's cousin, Waldo, 1891
Bertha, Bertha's friend, 1887
C. E. Whitcomb, friend
Edna Reynolds, Waldo, Maine 1891
John D. Fraser, Pictou, Nova Scotia
Angie M. Sanborn, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Carrie S. Nickerson, Waldo, Maine, 1888
Jabie Clement (?), Bertha's cousin, 1889
Castanous Merrill Smalley, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Isaac Sheldon, Waldo, Maine, 1887
Ida Whitcomb, schoolmate, Waldo, Maine, 1889
Esther Clements, Bertha's sister, Waldo, Maine, 1887
Lela, Bertha's friend, Waldo, Maine, 1887
A. M. Patterson, Bertha's brother - I assume brother-in-law, Whiting Iowa, 1887
Effie Dell Rolerson, friend, Waldo, Maine, 1889
Ida Rolerson, friend, 1887
Lulu R. Cammett (?), Waldo, Maine
Delbert Joel Rolerson, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Ella F. Whitcomb, Waldo, 1890
Verie, Bertha's schoolmate, 1887
George H. Clements, Bertha's schoolmate, Waldo, Maine, 1890
Ellen M. Camett (?), Bertha's cousin, Waldo, Maine, 1889
Ernest L. Curtis, Bertha's friend, 1890
Irvin L. Curtis, Waldo, Maine
Everett Clements, Waldo, Maine
Rachel, Bertha's schoolmate, 1887
Berie Melcher (?), Waldo, Maine
Mary D. Smith, Waldo, Maine
Grace, friend, 1887

Below are images of the front of Bertha Clements' autograph book and the page she signed herself:

A map of Waldo, Maine:

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