Photograph of teacher Ethel Matthieu and students from a Farmington, Maine school. I've found Ethel's surname spelled variously as Mathieu, Matthew and Mathew.
From online research, hopefully correct:
Teacher Ethel Matilda Matthieu was born in April of 1880 at Farmington, Maine, the daughter of Joseph W. Mathieu and Emma Mary Matthieu, born in St. Francois, Beauce, Quebec, and St. Claire, Dorchester, Quebec respectively. Her parents married at Farmington, Maine on 16 May 1872.
Ethel's paternal grandparents were Jean and Anathalie (Fortin) Mathieu. I'd be grateful if a reader would forward the names of Ethel's maternal grandparents.
Note: See the comment of a helpful reader, below, who found a baptismal record for Marie Emma Matthieu, born at Ste. Claire, Dorchester County, Quebec, the daughter of Marcel Matthieu and Cleophie (Morin) Matthieu.
Ethel married Wilfred Auguste Caron at Farmington, Maine, on 6 September 1910.
Wilfred was born about 1878 in Canada, the son of Auguste and Celina (Laurendeau) Caron.
Ethel and Wilfred lived at Rumford, Maine, where Wilfred was a barber and later a manufacturer. By the time of the 1930 Census, Ethel, after raising at least one child, was again teaching.
Ethel's older brother Albert A. Mathieu graduated from Holy Cross at Worcester, Massachusetts, and became an attorney and judge at Waterville, Maine.
It would be interesting to know how closely Ethel and Alfred were related to Jean-Baptiste Mathieu, the first French Canadian settler at Waterville, Maine. Jean-Baptiste had migrated from Quebec down the "Indian Trail", later called the Kennebec Road or the Canada Road. He would stay at a place as long as there was work for him and then move farther south. In the early 1820s, he had worked his way to Shirley, Maine, where he started a business of supplying logging camps with provisions. In 1827 he moved his operation to Waterville.
Clyde Luce; Adella Luce; Eva Luce; Almon Luce
These four were siblings, the offspring of Francis Eugene Luce and wife Lucy (Furbush) Luce, born in New Portland, Maine, and Farmington, Maine, respectively. Their paternal grandparents were Hooper and Laura (Fuller) Luce. Their maternal grandparents were John and Mary (Luce) Furbush.
There were six older siblings not in the photograph: Simon, Mary, Emily, Frank Carville, Elizabeth and George.
Clyde Eugene Luce was born 17 June 1883 at Farmington, Maine. Clyde married Cora E. Oliver on 22 August 1909.
Cora was born in June of 1885 in South Dakota, the daughter of George and Emma M. (Smith) Oliver, who were born in Industry, Maine, and New Vineyard, Maine, respectively.
Cora's parents were both deceased at the time of her marriage, according to the Maine Marriage Records 1705-1922. I believe George died in South Dakota; I'm not sure where Emma died.
Cora's paternal grandparents were Thomas Mar Oliver and wife Rachel A. (Gordon) Oliver, born, if my information is correct, in Starks, Maine, and Embden, Maine, respectively.
I don't as yet have information on Emma M. Smith.
I found Cora in the 1900 Census of Anson, Maine, in a household headed by her uncle William Oliver. Also in the household were his parents, and Cora's grandparents, Thomas and Rachel Oliver.
It appears that Clyde helped his father in the operation of the family farm, as his parents and his own family were living in the same household at the time of the 1920 Census of Farmington. By 1930, they were living adjacent to each other but in separate households. Clyde died in 1957 at Farmington, Maine.
Adella Luce, Clyde's sister, was born 27 February 1885 at Farmington, Maine. She married Robert Earl McCleery on 23 November 1910 at Farmington. He was born 24 September 1878 at Farmington, Maine, son of Robert and Susan E. (Stanley) McCleery.
Robert's paternal grandparents were James and Jane (Stewart) McCleery. His maternal grandparents were Samuel and Phoebe Stanley.
Robert and Adella farmed at Farmington, Maine, and had at least one child, a son. Adella died in 1963 at Farmington, Maine.
Eva C. Luce, sister of Clyde and Adella, was born 2 June 1887 at Farmington, Maine. On 1 September 1906, at Farmington, Maine, Eva married Albert Ward. He was born about 1887 at Bondsville, Massachusetts, the son of David and Lydia (Paine) Ward, each born at Bondsville. Albert gave his occupation on the marriage record as railroad brakeman.
By the time of the 1910 Census, the couple was living with their young son in Fairfield, Maine. Albert's occupation was listed as brass finisher in a car shop. By the time of the 1920 Census, Eva (Luce) Ward was a widow, and she and her son were back at Farmington, Maine.
On 12 October 1920, Eva married John E. Stevens of Farmington. He was born about 1884 at Stow, Maine, the son of John A. and Mary E. (Kneeland) Stevens, born in Fryeburg, Maine, and Sweden, Maine, respectively.
His paternal grandparents were William and Caroline (Wyman) Stevens. I believe his maternal grandparents were Ephraim Winship Kneeland and wife Lauraney F. (Hackett) Kneeland, but I'm not positive.
The 1930 Census found John and Eva and her son living at Augusta, Maine, where John was a mechanic at the State Garage. Eva died in 1977 at Farmington, Maine.
Almon J. Luce, brother of Clyde, Adella and Eva above, was born 15 July 1890 at Farmington, Maine. On 17 August 1918 at Waterville, Maine, Almon married schoolteacher Persis Wentworth. She was born 14 May 1895 at Freedom, Maine, the daughter of Charles Danford Wentworth and wife Maud Edna (Fuller) Wentworth, born in Waldo, Maine, and Freedom, Maine, respectively.
Persis' paternal grandparents were Silas and Ruth Ann (McKinney) Wentworth. Her maternal grandparents were Edmund Allen Fuller and wife Louise H. (Forbes) Fuller.
I found mention of a collection of papers belonging to Maud and her father Edmund Allen Fuller. The collection includes the autograph book of a young Maud, family photos, Edmund's ledgers and other items preserved and donated by the daughter of Almon and Persis (Wentworth) Luce.
Almon and Persis ran the family farm at Farmington, Maine. Almon died at Farmington in 1979.
I found siblings John S. and Mabel Ruth Titcomb, the children of Manning Ellis Titcomb and Ella Mar (Jones) Titcomb.
They had a sister Harriet who was born in September of 1889, but she is either not in the photograph or perhaps she is the "Addie Titcomb" in the middle row. The person who made the identifications could have heard her name incorrectly.
Their paternal grandparents were Rev. Stephen Titcomb and wife Harriet (Ellis) Titcomb. Harriet (Ellis) Titcomb was the daughter of another minister, Rev. Manning Ellis.
Their maternal grandparents were John Daniel Jones and wife Mary Small (Rand) Jones.
John S. Titcomb was born 22 January 1886 in Maine. He married Addie H. Leeman of New Sharon on 19 November 1911.
Addie was born in March of 1893 in New Sharon, Maine, the daughter of Thomas William Leeman and wife Marie Elizabeth (Cookson) Leeman.
Addie's paternal grandparents were Alexander and Emeline (Boynton) Leeman. Her maternal grandparents were Leander Darius Cookson and wife Mercy Jane (Fish) Cookson.
John and Addie raised a family of at least four children at Farmington, Maine. In the 1930 Census of Farmington, John's occupation was listed as general farming. His father Manning, by then a widower, was living with them, for some reason listed as a servant. John died in 1974.
Mabel Ruth Titcomb was born 28 June 1892 at Farmington, Maine. She married Joseph Leslie Jannell on 16 June 1918 at Farmington, Maine. He was born at Lisbon Falls, Maine, on 4 February 1896, the son of Leslie David Jannell and wife Belle Jennie (Dingley) Jannell. Joseph and his parents were living at Mexico, Maine at the time of the 1910 Census; his father was a machinist at a paper mill.
After their marriage, Mabel and Joseph moved to Massachusetts. They were living at Weymouth, Massachusetts at the time of the 1920 Census, where Joseph was working as a mechanic at a garage.
In 1921, Joseph started his own garage, Jannell Motors. His reputation grew to the point where Ford offered him a franchise in 1933. Jannell Motors is still in operation today, at locations in Weymouth and Hanover, Massachusetts. One of the oldest Ford dealerships in the U. S, it's run by two grandsons of Joseph and Mabel.
Just in case Addie Titcomb is Harriet Titcomb:
Harriet ("Hattie") Mary Titcomb was born 26 October 1889 at Farmington, Maine. Hattie became a teacher and moved to Massachusetts, in the general area of where her sister Mabel and husband Joseph Leslie Jannell were living. Hattie died at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1984.
In addition to Carroll and Lora, there were two other daughters in the family.
Notice that person who wrote the identifications put the name "Dyer" in parentheses after Lora's name. Perhaps this person was a member of or more familiar with the Nathaniel Luce family than the other families.
Her paternal grandparents were Samuel Frost Mosher and Irene Nutter (Folsom) Mosher, born in Farmington, Maine, and Starks, Maine respectively. Her maternal grandparents were Leonard J. and Angelia Burns (Tuttle) Luce, both born in Freeman, Maine.
Lila married Linwood James York, who was born 10 May 1896 in Brighton, Maine, the son of James W. and Mary Esther (Cooley) York.
His paternal grandparents were Richard and Sylvia Ann (Tozier) York. His maternal grandparents were Eliphalet and Esther Ann (Gilman) Cooley.
Lila and Linwood were farmers and raised their family at Farmington, Maine. Lila died at Farmington in 1979.
As for Addie Titcomb, so far I've been unsuccessful in further identifying her. I can find several instances of a married Addie Titcomb in the Farmington area, but not an unmarried Addie Titcomb.
Spreading out into Maine a bit, I find a couple possibilities, but I have no way of knowing if I have the right Addie. Hopefully a reader will come forward.
I'm leaning toward the possibility that she was actually Harriet "Hattie" Mary Titcomb, sister of John Titcomb and Mabel Titcomb, as discussed above.
If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding any of the information presented here, please leave a comment or contact me directly. Thanks!
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