Wednesday, January 19, 2011

1904 Photograph of the Adams Sisters of Stoneham, Maine

September 1904 Photograph of Alice, Lottie, Ethel, Josie and Goldie Adams of Stoneham, Maine.  The photograph was taken by W. Allen.

From online research, hopefully correct:

The parents of these Adams sisters were William and Sarah Frances (Ridlon) Adams.   Their paternal grandparents were William and Eliza Adams.  Their maternal grandparents were Thomas E. and Philinda Decker (Ridlon) Ridlon.

Josie Mae Adams was born 11 June 1882 at Stoneham, Maine.  She married Herbert W. Taylor in 1931.  After his death, she married Vernice L. Harriman in 1942.

Goldie Frances Adams was born 16 July 1885 in Maine.  She married Fred Albert Wight on 5 February 1919 at Norway, Maine.

Alice M. Adams was born 2 May 1887 at Stoneham, Maine.  She married Mack Dionne.  I found them in the 1930 Census of Stoneham, Maine.  Josie was living with them. [Thanks to a reader for the information about Alice's husband Mack Dionne - see comment below]

Lottie Maude Adams was born 2 July 1889 at Stoneham, Maine.  She married Willie H. Warren, also of Stoneham, on 14 January 1922 at Paris, Maine.

Ethel P. Adams was born 13 April 1891 in Maine.  She married John Ceylon Files, also of Stoneham, on 1 July 1911 at Waterford, Maine.

These sisters had half-siblings who were not shown in the photograph: Herbert, Guy, Edith, Grace, Blanche and Charles, children of their father's first marriage to Olive Brooks, who, according to daughter Edith's death certificate, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.   [Thanks to the same helpful reader for supplying this information; see comment below]

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

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  1. We actually live on Adams Rd. in Stoneham. You might want to try the Lovell Historical Society for more info. Also, the person who does our plowing is an Adams, also of Stoneham.

  2. It's neat that you live on a road named after this family! Hate to say it, but you may have a chance to see your plow person very soon if what I'm hearing about another storm is true. If so, perhaps you could pass the word in case these sisters are fairly close relatives. I see that the Lovell Historical Society has a wonderful website: Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  3. Lottie was my Great-Great Grandmother. Just wanted to add some corrections: Alice was married to Mack Dione. The other siblings (Herbert, Charlie, Guy, Grace, Blanche, Edith) Were from a previous marriage to Olive (Brooker) Adams.