Monday, January 31, 2011

1903 Photograph of William Bruce Burns, b. 1880 Fort Fairfield, Maine



Photograph of young man identified on reverse as W. B. Burns of Fort Fairfield, Maine.  The photograph was taken by a Bangor, Maine, studio and was possibly taken as a result of his graduation from the University of Maine, Orono, Maine.


On the reverse is this handwriting: W. B. Burns, Phi Gamma Delta, U of M, 1903. Ft. Fairfield, Me.  You can also see a faint image of a photograph that was stored against this one, a photograph that I don't have, unfortunately.




From online research, hopefully correct:


William Bruce Burns was born 14 February 1880 at Fort Fairfield, Maine, the son of Francis Wesley Burns and his wife Eliza Nichols Slocomb.  His paternal grandparents were William Henry Burns, born in Ireland, and Adelaide (Murphy) Burns.  His maternal grandparents were Caleb Edgar Slocomb and his wife Adeline (Baker) Slocomb.


On 24 September 1902 at Fort Fairfield, Maine, he married Cora Mabel White, who was born 10 November 1880 at Fort Fairfield, Maine, the daughter of William J. and Emmeline (Barnes) White.  Her paternal grandparents were William and Bridget (Cane possibly) White.  Her maternal grandparents were Joseph and Sarah (Kinney) Barnes.


William and Cora Barnes lived at Fort Fairfield at least through the 1930 Census, when I lost track of them until their deaths, which occurred in 1958 at Augusta, Maine, for William and in 1961 at Gardiner, Maine, for Cora.  They raised a family of at least 8 children, it appears.


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


Please visit the page made for William Bruce Burns and Cora Mabel White at the Maine and Maritime Canada Genealogy network.


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Calling Card of Charlie O. Brown, likely of Wilton, Maine


Found in an autograph book signed by people from the Wilton, Maine area.  Calling card with the name of Charlie O. Brown.


From online research, hopefully correct, and hopefully for the correct Charlie O. Brown:


Charles O. Brown was born about 1869 at Wilton, Maine, the son of David and Hannah (Newell) Brown.  His paternal grandparents were, I think, Isaac and Ruth (Mosier) Brown.  His maternal grandparents were Franklin and Elizabeth "Betsey" (Clayton) Newell.


On 17 October 1897 at Farmington, Maine, Charles O. Brown married Ida M. Smith.  She was born about 1870, the daughter of Dennis H. and Mary A. (Stetson) Smith.  Her paternal grandparents were, I think, George and Sarah Smith.  Her maternal grandparents were Nathaniel and Matilda Stetson.


So far I haven't found Charles and Ida after the 1900 Census of Wilton, Maine, where the couple was living with their 2 year old daughter and Charles' father David.


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


See the page created for Charles O. Brown and wife Ida M. Smith at the Maine and Maritime Canada Genealogy network.


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Sunday, January 30, 2011

19th Century Cabinet Photograph of Mary Brewster, possibly nee Mary A. Oliver of New Brunswick and Maine



Late 1800s cabinet photograph of a woman identified on reverse as Mary Brewster.  The photograph was taken by the Loring studio of Eastport, Maine.




It's possible that the Mary Brewster pictured is Mary A. Oliver, who was born about 1837 in New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of Thomas Oliver and Susan (Surles) Oliver.


Mary married William Brewster, who was also born in New Brunswick about 1834, the son of John and Mary (Thornton) Brewster.  His paternal grandparents were Nathaniel and Ann (Pearson) Brewster.  His maternal grandparents were Titus and Mary B. (Hicks) Thornton.


William and Mary (Oliver) Brewster lived in Eastport and Lubec, Maine, and raised a family of, I believe, seven children.


If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the information presented here, or if you have another possibility for the Mary Brewster pictured, please leave a comment or contact Todd House directly.


Map of Eastport, Maine.  Zoom out to see Lubec, Maine and surrounding areas of New Brunswick.  It's possible that Mary was born in this nearby area of New Brunswick.



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Saturday, January 29, 2011

1911 Photograph of Lester Bragg Jr. & Edward E. Bragg; Portland, Maine studio


September 1911 photograph of brothers Lester Bragg, Jr. and Edward E. Bragg, taken by the C. R. Smith studio of Middle Street, Portland, Maine.


From online research, hopefully correct, and assuming that I have the correct Bragg family:

Lester Blake Bragg, Jr. was born 22 November 1895 at Portland, Maine.  Brother Edward E. Bragg was born 20 December 1897, also in Maine, possibly Portland.  Their parents were Lester Blake Bragg and his second wife Emma Jeannette (Pollard) Bragg.

Their paternal grandparents were Washington B. and Mehitable (Whitten) Bragg.  Their maternal grandparents were Benjamin and Nellie Cynthia (Estes) Pollard.

I found the World War I draft enlistment card for Lester Blake Bragg, Jr., where he indicated he was single (he also indicated he'd lost three fingers).  I found a listing in the Maine Marriages online database for a Lester B. Bragg who married Rose Landry, but that's a different Lester B. Bragg, Lester Bernard Bragg  I did find a Lester Bragg living in th 1930 Census of Falmouth, Maine, similar in age, and married to a Stella, but I don't know if he was our Lester.

I haven't yet found a World War I draft enlistment card for Edward E. Bragg, but I did find a marriage in 1920 for him, to Laurie P. Snow.

Laurie P. Snow was born in August of 1899 in Maine, the daughter of George W. and Jennie (Leach) Snow. Her paternal grandparents were William S. and Abbie J. (True) Snow.  Her maternal grandparents were James J. and Phebe (Latham, according to Jennie's marriage record) Leach.

It's possible that Edward and Laurie are the Edward and Laura Bargo enumerated in the 1930 Census of Meriden, Connecticut. If so, there were no children living with them.

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

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1906 Photograph of young Edith B. Brackett; South Berwick, Maine studio



12 October 1906 photograph of young Edith B. Brackett, with her pet sheep.  The photograph was taken by George A. Wilkins, Amateur Photographer, South Berwick, Maine.   Along with the date and Edith's name on reverse is the word, I think, Gusta.




From online research, and assuming I have chosen the correct Edith B. Brackett:


Edith Beatrix Brackett was born, I think, 5 May 1901 at South Berwick, Maine, the daughter of Henry Bruce Brackett, who was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota 6 November 1871, and his wife Sarah A. (Littlefield) Brackett, who was born  about 1869 at Berwick, Maine.  Edith's paternal grandparents were Alfred Bruce Brackett, born 21 May 1826 at New Market, New Hampshire, and Martha (Mary?) E. (Ferguson) Brackett.


Edith's maternal grandparents were James H. Littlefield, born 1 December 1840 or 1841 at Wells, Maine, and his wife Sylvia Ann (possibly Allen) Littlefield.


I could be offbase on this family history, especially on the Littlefield side, because that surname was plentiful in the York County area of Maine.  I found several James Littlefields who could be the father of Sarah A., but I chose the one whose age seemed to fit the Census enumerations.   If you have information otherwise, please let me know.


I lost track of Edith after the 1920 Census, when she was still living at home with her parents and brother Leslie B. Brackett.


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


If you're unfamiliar with the State of Maine, you still may have heard of South Berwick, as it was the home of author Sarah Orne Jewett and was featured in many of her works.


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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Two photographs of Gertrude E. Bowen of Searsport, Maine



Two photographs of Gertrude E. Bowen of Searsport, Maine.  Each was taken by Tuttle & Son studio of Belfast, Maine.




From online research, hopefully correct:


Gertrude E. Bowen was born 23 December 1887 at Searsport, Maine, the daughter of George Andrew "Bohan" Bowen and his wife Caroline "Carrie" (Gray) Bowen.  Her paternal grandparents were Captain William Bowen and Mary (Cunningham) Bowen.  Her maternal grandparents were William Austin Gray and Sarah Jane "Sister" (Crockett) Gray.






I lost track of Gertrude E. Bowen after the 1910 Census.   I didn't find a marriage for her in the Maine Marriages online database, but I may have missed her or she may have married out of state.  Or perhaps she never married.  


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


A map of beautiful Searsport, Maine, home of the Penobscot Marine Museum:



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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

1873 Ordination & Installation Program for Loring Everett Beckwith at Augusta, Maine



Program for the Order of Services in Ordination and Installation of Rev. L. E. Beckwith, Pastor of Christ Church, Augusta, Maine, on Wednesday Evening, July 2, 1873.




ORDER OF SERVICES
1. Voluntary
2. Invocation
3. Reading of the Scriptures, Rev. T. H. Eddowes, Farmington
4. HYMN
1. MIGHTY ONE, before whose face
Wisdom had her glorious seat,
When the orbs that people space
Sprang to birth beneath Thy feet; 
II. Source of Truth, whose rays alone
Light the mighty world of mind;
God of love, who from Thy throne
Kindly watches all mankind;
III. Shed on those, who in Thy name
Teach the way of truth and right,
Shed that love's undying flame,
Shed that wisdom's guiding light.
5. Sermon, Rev. C. C. Everett, D.D., Cambridge, Mass.
6. Anthem, by the Choir
7. Prayer of Ordination and Installation, Rev. W. C. Gannett, Boston
8. Response, By the Choir
9. Charge to the Pastor, Rev. J. T. G. Nichols, Saco
10. Right Hand of Fellowship
11. Address to the People, Rev. S. C. Beach, Norton, Mass.
12. HYMN [see image]
13. Prayer, Rev. D. N. Utter, Belfast
14. HYMN [see image]
15. Benediction, By the Pastor




From online research, hopefully correct:


Loring Everett Beckwith was born 12 February 1845 in Maine, the son of George C. and Tamison (Heath) Beckwith.  His paternal grandparents were Holmes M. and Eunice (Pineo) Beckwith.  His maternal grandparents were Richard and Tamison (Freeman) Heath.


On 28 April 1871 Loring Everett Beckwith married Alice Campbell Houghton, who was born 22 Jlu 1847 in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of George Augustus Houghton and his wife Mary Appleton (Tilden) Houghton.  I don't yet have the names of the parents of George Augustus Houghton.  Alice's maternal grandparents were Bryant Parrott Tilden and his wife Zebiah Cravath (Brown) Tilden.  


The couple had at least one child, a daughter Theodora Mary Tilden Beckwith, born on 21 April 1880.  She married Harry Thompson Burbank.


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


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Monday, January 24, 2011

5 Envelopes Addressed to the Prescott Family of Maine and New Brunswick, Canada



6 empty envelopes sent to members of the Prescott family of Maine and New Brunswick, Canada.  Although I'd love to have the contents, I'm happy that someone took the time to note some genealogical information on the back of a few of the envelopes.


The envelope above and directly below was sent to Honorable Jessey Prescott, Jr., at Pennfield, New Brunswick.  Apparently Mr. Prescott, who I believe was Jesse, rather than Jessey, was the Postmaster at Pennfield (Pennfield is misspelled on the envelope).   I believe the letter was sent from Eastport, Maine and acquired markings from St. Stephen, Saint John and Pennfield along its way.   Note that someone has written Jesse Prescott along the side, from a more contemporary era.




Three envelopes were addressed to Mr. George D. Prescott, two to Eastport, Maine, and one to Poughkeepsie, New York.  The envelope addressed to Poughkeepsie appears to have the honorifics "Hon" and "Mr." written perhaps as an afterthought.  That particular envelope was mailed from Eastport and marked along the way by Portland and New York.  Another envelope was mailed from, I think, Waterville, Maine, to Eastport. The third was mailed from Poughkeepsie, New York to Eastport, and it has a bit of genealogical information on the reverse, again in that more contemporary hand: George D. Prescott, 16 May 1864, Alice A. Chaffey, Mother.  Jessie McClean, wife, married 8 Dec 1892."  [Actually, Jessie's maiden name was McLean; more on their genealogy below]




The reverse of the above three envelopes, in the same order:






The last two envelopes were addressed to Miss Kate C. Prescott, in care of John Prescott at Calais, Maine.  Both were mailed from Eastport, Maine, one identified as coming from Box 8.  Again, there is some genealogical information on the reverse of one of them in that more contemporary hand: George's Sister. Father Moses 1827 fm Canada, Pennfield, N.B..  Mother Alice A.




Here is the reverse of the envelopes in the same order:



From online research, hopefully correct, and assuming I have the correct Jesse Prescott in Pennfield, New Brunswick, Canada:


Jesse Prescott was born 29 March 1833 at Pennfield, Charlotte County, New Brunswick, Canada, the son of Jesse and Sarah "Sally" (Knight) Prescott.  His paternal grandparents were Jonathan and Catherine (Marston) Prescott, both born in New Hampshire and died in Maine.  His maternal grandparents were Joshua and Jane (Vernon) Knight, part of a group of families that came to New Brunswick, Canada, from Pennsylvania.


On 26 Aug 1855, Jesse Prescott married Abigail Ann Young, who was born 28 August 1827 at Pennfield, New Brunswick, the daughter of John Bailey Young and his wife Priscilla (Hawkins) Young.  Her paternal grandparents were Isaac and Mary "Polly" (Turner) Young.  Her maternal grandparents were Zadok and Mary (Paul) Hawkins.


Jessie and Abigail Ann (Young) Prescott had a family of, I believe, four daughters and a son.


Regarding the set of three envelopes: George Don Pedro Prescott was born 16 May 1864 at Pennfield, New Brunswick, the son of Moses and Alice A. (Chaffey) Prescott.  His paternal grandparents were Jesse and Sarah "Sally" (Knight) Prescott.  His maternal grandparents were James and Mary (Hurley) Chaffey.


On 9 December 1892, he married Jessie McLean, who was born in 1868, possibly in Nova Scotia, the daughter of Andrew and Susan Jane (McNichol) McLean.  Her paternal grandparents were William and Ann (McCredie) McLean.  Her maternal grandparents were John and Jane (McDiarmid) McNichol.  Many of these names also appear in online resources as Mac.


George D. and Jessie Prescott had a daughter Ethelyn.  There could have been more children, but I haven't yet found a record of the family beyond the 1911 Census of Canada.


For anyone interested in the Knight family [George D. Prescott's grandmother was a Knight], I found an interesting website on the Harding family, one of whom married Amy Knight.  There are many letters of George's great grandfather Joshua Knight transcribed there.  Descendants of William Harding


Finally, regarding the set of two envelopes: George's sister Catherine "Kate" C. Prescott was born 15 July 1862, in Maine, the daughter of Moses Prescott and his wife Alice A. (Chaffey) Prescott.  Her paternal grandparents were Jesse and Sarah "Sally" (Knight) Prescott.  Her maternal grandparents were James and Mary (Hurley) Chaffey.   The John Prescott that she stayed with in Calais, Maine, was her uncle, her father's brother.


In 1885, Kate married Frank Tenney Wadsworth, who was born 28 May 1862 at Eastport, Maine, the son of Samuel Longfellow Wadsworth and his wife Ann (Bibber) Wadsworth.  His paternal grandparents were  and had three sons as of the 1900 Census.  Sadly, she died on  24 October 1904 at Eastport, Maine.   Frank married for the second time on 28 July 1920 to Louise Milliken or Milligan.


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


For more information on the Prescott family of New Brunswick and Maine, click here for the Maine and Maritime Canada Genealogy network and scroll down to the listings for the surname Prescott.


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Friday, January 21, 2011

1898 Photograph of H. G. Barker Family of Gardiner, Maine, vacationing at Ocean Point



1898 Photograph, with the following identification on reverse:  Family of H. G. Barker, Manufacturer & Retailer of Hats, Furs, Furnishings, Trunks & Bags.  134 Water Street, Gardiner, Maine.  Taken at Ocean Point, August 9th, 1898, Maine.  The last sentence was written in a different hand and was probably the earlier notation.




I found a Henry G. Barker born in 1868, but only one man in the photo looks as though he might be age thirty.  What do you think?  The people in the photograph are identified as his family, so perhaps they're his mother, siblings and wife Lillian, whom he married in 1893.


In case I have the right H. G. Barker, from online research, hopefully correct:


Henry G. Barker was born 8 March 1868 at Brunswick, Maine, a date I derived from a passenger list from he trip he took to Bermuda in 1923 with his daughter Alice.  I've been unsuccessful so far in determining his father.  


I didn't have much more luck determining Henry's mother and grandparents.  I found a Mary Frances Garland from Norridgewock and an M. Frances or Francoise Gale from Augusta, Maine.


In the 1900 Census, a Frances Garland, described as Henry's mother, was living with Henry and his wife Lillian at Gardiner, Maine.   Could she have given her maiden name and be related to the Garland family from Norridgewock?


Or, could  the 1880 Census point to the Gale family?  In 1880 a Henry G. Barker was living with his mother Francis (but described as a daughter, so her name was likely Frances)and grandfather John Gale at Augusta.  John Gale was born in New Hampshire about 1804.  He was working as a blacksmith, as he was in Quebec in 1833 when he married Francoise Paul (Hus) Gale.  Francoise had died before the enumeration of the 1880 Census.


Henry G. Barker married Lillian A. Turner, who was born 24 October 1871 at Augusta, Maine, the daughter of Nathan Turner and his wife Georgiana (Van Wyck) Turner.  I don't yet know the parents of her father.  I believe her maternal grandparents were Francis and Emerline (Dole) Van Wyke.


Henry and Lillian had a family of at least two daughters, Maude and Alice.


I'm assuming that the man driving the buggy is not a member of the family but a liveryman, but I can't be sure. The horse is a beauty.


Here's a map of the Augusta/Gardiner area of Maine.  Below that is a map of Ocean Point, Maine.



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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Calling card of William C. Annas of Bradford and Sebec, Maine, area



Calling card of William C. Annas found in a scrapbook of many other 19th century calling cards of people, mainly in Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties.  Three of the cards mention town names: Dover, Sebec and Williamantic [Willamantic]; and one mentions Piscataquis Grange.


It's possible that the family used the surname Annis and Annas interchangeably.


From online research, hopefully correct:


I found a William C. Annis, born 13 July 1854 in Bradford, Maine, the son of William Chase Annis and, I believe, his second wife Emeline Twombly or Twombley.   The younger William's paternal grandparents were James and Deborah C. (Chase) Annis.


I found another Emeline Twombly born a few years earlier, and much of the documentation I found online seems to have the two Emelines confused.  It's possible that they are one and the same.  Hopefully a reader will clear up the mystery.   Not only do I not dare declare Emeline's parents, but I'm not even sure that Twombly or Twombley was her maiden name.


On 26 December 1909, William C. Annis married Julia C. Griffin, who was born in Canada, perhaps the daughter of Thomas and Mary A. (Mathews) Griffin.  I'm not sure if they had children.  There were no children living with them in the 1910 and 1930 Censuses of Dover and Sebec, Maine, respectively, but I haven't yet found them in the 1920 Census.


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


A map of Sebec, Maine: [zoom out to the south to see Bradford, Maine, which is near Hudson]



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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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Thompson & Abbott Families of Winterport, Maine - Nebraska Photo & Old Clippings




An envelope containing a late 1800s or early 1900s photo of the Thompson children at Norden Nebraska and some newspaper clippings about the Thompson and Abbott clans of Winterport, Maine.  

The clipping above is entitled "Henry Buxton Says...Famous Old Thompson Clan of Winterport Can Boast Many Distinguished Members.  Count Rumford, Member of English Branch of Family, Knighted for Attainments in Science and Invention; Benjamin Thompson, First of Clan in Winterport; Historic Old Homestead."   It's definitely worth a read, if you have a few moments.  These Thompsons were involved in the Revolution, War of 1812 and Civil War.

Another clipping is shown some paragraphs below, entitled "Henry Buxton Says...Three Abbotts Were Physicians in Winterport.  Town's Health Guarded by Three Generations of Same Family".  This clipping is also fascinating, with descriptions of the life of a country doctor and service as physician with the 20th Maine in the Civil War.

Also shown below is a photograph of the Thompson children at Norden, Nebraska.

Below, front and back of the envelope.



The clipping about the Abbott Family:





The last few lines in the image above are a bit clipped off.  Starting with the last line shown above, the end of the column reads "received his medical education at New York University.  At the out-.  Then read up to the top of the second column, so you'll see that out is the first syllable of "outbreak".

The photograph of the Thompson children:


Reverse, reads: Norden, Nebraska.  The Thompson children.  Emma & Abbott


Abbott may refer to Charles Abbott Thompson, who was born 13 June 1892 in Rhode Island, the son of Tobias and Maria (Abbott) Thompson.

From online research, hopefully correct:

Tobias J. Thompson was born 5 April 1848 at Castine, Maine, the son of Tobias Thompson and Lydia Perkins Hatch.  His paternal grandparents were Benjamin Thompson and Olive Oakman.  His maternal grandparents were Mark and Lydia (Perkins) Hatch.

On 12 January 1873, at Winterport, Maine, he married Maria Abbott, who was born 9 July 1854 at Frankfort, Maine, the daughter of Charles and Harriet Newell (Chick) Abbott.  Her paternal grandparents were Edmond and Alice (Ware) Abbott.  Her maternal grandparents were Elisha and Ruth (Avery) Chick.

Tobias and Maria spent part of their marriage living in Hay Springs, Nebraska and Fairfax, South Dakota, where they encountered many hardships and adventures.   The dust storms of the 1920s, as the article indicates, made them think of home, and they returned to Winterport, Maine in 1929 to live in the Captain Tobias Thompson homestead.

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

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Two Photographs of Anna Woodcock, by Edwards studio of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada


Two photographs of Anna Woodcock, taken by the Edwards studio of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada.



Assuming I have the right Anna Woodcock and that my online research is correct:

Anna G. Woodcock was born 2 July 1894 in Massachusetts.  I don't have the names of her parents, but in the 1900 Census of Pembroke, Maine, she was living in the household of her uncle Edwin Carter.   From what I've been able to determine, Edwin had possibly four sisters, Georgiana, Joanna, Adeline and Eliza, any of which may have been Anna's mother.  I don't think Anna's mother was Georgiana, though, as she married Thomas James.

In the 1910 Census of Pembroke, Anna was living with her grandparents, Samuel and Margaret Carter.

In 1937, when Anna was living in Calais, Maine, she became the second wife of James Alexander Skidds.   He died in 1958 in Calais.  Anna died in Somerville or Charlestown, Massachusetts in May 1979.

If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the information presented above, or if you feel that the Anna Woodcock in the photographs is a different woman entirely, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

I'm hoping that a family researcher of the Woodcock, Carter or Skidds family will come forward to help fill in the blanks of Anna's life.





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Photograph of Charles Thompson; Bangor, Maine studio


Photograph of a young man identified on reverse as Charles Thompson. The photograph was taken by a studio in Bangor, Maine.



I'm not sure who this Charles Thompson was exactly, but there was at least one Charles Thompson living in Bangor during the time I believe the photograph was taken.  

Please see another post with a photograph of a Charlie Thompson, also taken by a Bangor, Maine studio.  I have a feeling that they're one and the same, but would like readers' opinions on that. 


Assuming the photograph shows this Charles H. Thompson, and from research, hopefully correct:


Charles H. Thompson was born September 1880 or possibly 1886,  in Maine, the son of William G. Thompson of Guilford, Maine, born about 1836, and, according to Charles' marriage record, his wife Emma.  Charles' paternal grandfather was, I believe, William A. Thompson.   


In 1913 Charles H. Thompson married Cora F. Thompson at Bangor, Maine.  Cora was born in May of 1880, in Maine, the daughter of William H. and Abbie J. Thompson of Bangor, Maine.  


The couple were living in Bangor, Maine, at the time of the 1920 Census.  Charles was working as a salesman in wholesale groceries.  There were no children living with them.  


In the 1930 Census of Bangor, the couple were living with Cora's widowed mother Abbie.  Charles was still working as a wholesale groceries salesman.


If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the information presented above, or if you feel that the fellow in the photograph is another Charles Thompson, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


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Cabinet Photograph of, possibly, H. N. Stetson; Mechanic Falls, Maine, studio


Cabinet photograph of a man identified on reverse, in very faint handwriting as, I think, H. N. Stetson.  I'm fairly sure of Stetson, but I don't know if I have the initials correct or not.


Assuming that he was a Henry, I found a Henry Stetson in an agricultural census of Auburn, Maine, which is very close to Mechanic Falls.  But I'm not even sure of the "H", let alone Henry.

If you have researched the Stetson family in the Mechanic Falls area, or if you recognize this handsome gentleman, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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Cabinet Photograph of Mrs. Elizabeth Reed Sparks; Philadelphia studio


Cabinet photograph of a middle-aged woman identified on reverse as Mrs. Elizabeth Reed Sparks; taken by P. Edward Chillman & Co, No. 18 S 8th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Was Elizabeth's maiden name Reed?  Or was it just her middle name?  

I found numerous Elizabeth Reeds in the Philadelphia area, and I found a William and Elizabeth Sparks in the 1880 Census of Philadelphia.   That Elizabeth was born abt 1852 in Pennsylvania.  William was a sailor.

If you have another candidate for the Mrs. Elizabeth Reed Sparks in the photograph, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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Snaphot of Infant Robert Sterling Smith, possibly Maine


Snapshot of 4 month old Robert Sterling Smith, with perhaps his mother or grandmother.




The photograph was acquired in Maine, but Robert Sterling Smith could have lived anywhere.  I did find, however, a Robert Sterling Smith born in the 1930s in the Skowhegan, Maine area.


I found several other Robert Sterling Smiths throughout the country.


Hopefully a reader will recognize the woman in the snapshot and leave a comment or contact me directly.


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Photograph of Alice Haskell; Bangor, Maine studio. Bangor or Deer Isle?



c. 1900 Photograph of Alice Haskell.  The imprint is very faint against the gray background, but I believe I can make out "Bangor, Maine".





I searched for an Alice Haskell in the Bangor, Maine area, and found one, Alice L. Haskell, born about 1871 in Maine, the daughter of Henry and Lorinda Haskell.  

However, Bangor is the commercial center of a large portion of Maine, and many people, then and now, gravitate there for shopping, schooling and employment.  So it's possible that the Alice Haskell in the photograph came from a larger area of Maine. 

I'll delve into two Alice Haskells that I found, and there could be more.

From online research, hopefully correct:

First, the Alice Haskell of Bangor, Maine.

Alice Haskell was born in August of 1871 or 1871 in Maine, the daughter of Henry and Lorinda Haskell.   The family is enumerated in the 1880 Census of Bangor, Maine, where Henry gave his occupation as house carpenter.  

Based shakily on the 1850 Census of Bangor, Maine, I believe that the parents of Henry Haskell were Abner and Achsah Haskell.  I haven't as yet found any information on the parents of Abner or Achsah, other than that Abner's father was born in Maine, and his mother in Massachusetts.   I found Abner in the 1850-1880 Censuses of Bangor.  Achsah appears to have died in the 1870s.  

By the 1900 Census, Alice Haskell and her parents were living in Santa Clara, California.  Alice's name was now Alice Terrill and she indicated she was married, but Mr. Terrill was not listed in the household. 

There's a dearth of information online about this Alice and her family.

Now for the second choice, Alice Weaver Haskell of Deer Isle, Maine.  It's possible that this Alice traveled from Deer Isle to Bangor, which is the closest large city.  She may have gone to school there or worked there or visited for a bit of shopping and a photography sitting.

Alice Weaver Haskell was born 12 April 1883 at Deer Isle, Maine, the daughter of Jasper Webster Haskell and his wife Martha Flavilla (Haskell) Haskell.  Her paternal grandparents were Aaron Stickney Haskell and his wife Margaret H. McDaniel Atwood Haskell.  I don't have the names of Margaret's parents, and I'm not sure if Margaret's maiden name was McDaniel or Atwood.


On 27 December 1904, Alice married Irving Charles Gray, who was born 6 July 1880 at Deer Isle, Maine, the son of Charles Gray and his wife Olive Jane (Pickering) Gray.  Alice and Irving had a son, Everett Randall Gray, born in late 1905.  


Sadly, I believe that Alice died in late 1905 or 1906; I found both death years for her.  If late 1905 or early 1906, possibly she died as a result of childbirth.


Her husband married a second time, to Roseana A. Pentecost, who was born 3 Oct 1888 in Nova Scotia, Canada. 


I found conflicting birth dates, names spellings and death dates for Irving online.  However, according to the Maine Marriages online database, he was Irving C. Gray.  According to his World War II draft registration card, his date of birth was 27 July 1880.  As for his date of death, I found 1949 and 1956.  It's possible that he is sometimes confused with a Charles Erving Gray.


If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the information presented above, or if you know of another candidate for the Alice Haskell in the photograph, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


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