Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Clipping About Reunion of Sisters born Ellsworth, Maine, Separated 77 Years

Newspaper clipping of unknown age found in the diaries of James Moore and his daughter in law Vesta Estella (Garland) Moore of Lakewood, an area near Graham and Green Lakes in Ellsworth, Maine.  The diaries run from the late 1800s to the 1940s, in five separate books.

The caption:  Photo shows sisters, Mrs. Henrietta Carr, left, and Mrs. Hattie Ayer, right, who met after being separated for 77 years at Ellsworth, Maine, recently.  They had been parted by adoption.

I found several possibilities for Mrs. Henrietta Carr: married to Enoch Carr; married to Rufus Carr; or married to Richard Carr.  For Hattie Ayer, I found possible husbands: Richard and John.  

But their husbands could have been entirely different men.

I'm hoping that this story will strike a nerve in a reader who will then forward an answer to the mystery and, hopefully, their ancestry by birth and by adoption.

I'm not sure what relevance Ellsworth, Maine has in this story.  They apparently reunited at Ellsworth, but whether they were born there or not, I don't know.  And I don't know if they have any relationship to the Moore and Garland families of Ellsworth, Maine.

If you have any insights into this clipping, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

A map of Ellsworth, Maine (the lakes are to the north and northwest of the city):

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Monday, March 28, 2011

1887 Autograph Page Signed by Russell M. Smith, Columbia Falls, Maine

Russell M. Smith was born June 1860, possibly at Jonesboro, Maine, the son of Charles Loring Smith and his wife Asenath Delia (Allen) Smith.  

His paternal grandparents were Benjamin Russell Smith and wife Margaret Kilton.  His maternal grandparents were Henry and Leah L. (Jacobs) Allen.

About 1883 he married Mildred "Millie".  I haven't yet found her maiden name or the names of her parents.  

 In 1887, when he was living in Columbia Falls, he signed the autograph book of his cousin, Berniece E. Allen of Centerville, Maine.   By this time, he would have had one daughter born, Maud(e) E, born about 1884 in Maine.  

Russell's brother, Adin L. Smith, later a physician in Machias, Maine, also signed Berniece's autograph book, as did his parents Charles Loring Smith and Asenath Delia (Allen Smith, and other relatives and friends.

Russell and Millie would go on to have two more daughters: Florence, born about 1888 in Maine and Mildred, born about 1895 in Massachusetts.  They were living in Cambridge, Massachusetts when the 1900 Census was enumerated, and in New Britain, Connecticut in the 1910 Census.    

At the time of the 1920 Census, Russell and Millie were living at Roque Bluffs, noted for its beautiful ocean beach, near Machias, Maine; an area of Roque Bluffs is now set apart as a state park.  Their daughters were no longer with them.  By the time of the 1930 census, they were living in Jonesboro, Maine.  

Mildred F. Smith, their third daughter, married Wellington B. White.   I haven't yet found more information on the first two daughters.

I don't have dates of death for Russell M. White or his wife Millie.

If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the information provided above or in the family tree below, please leave a comment or contact 
me directly.  Thanks!

For more information, see the page of Russell M. Smith at the Maine and Maritime Canada Genealogy network.

A map of Jonesboro, Maine: Zoom out and you will see Columbia Falls, Maine.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

1881 Autograph Page signed by Adin L. Smith, later a Physician at Machias, Maine

From online research, hopefully correct:

Adin L. Smith was born 21 December 1868 at Jonesboro, Maine, the son of Charles Loring Smith and his wife Asenath Delia (Allen) Smith.  

His paternal grandparents were Benjamin Russell Smith and wife Margaret (Kilton) Smith.  His maternal grandparents were Henry and Leah L. (Jacobs) Allen.

In 1881, Adin L. Smith signed the page shown above in the autograph book of cousin Bernice E. Allen of Centerville, Maine.  Adin's mother Asenath Delia (Allen) Smith and Bernice's father Eben F. Allen were siblings, the offspring of Henry and Leah L. (Jacobs) Allen.

Adin's parents also signed pages in the autograph book.  They were both rather faint, so I had to tweak them a bit.

In 1894, Adin L. Smith married Alice M. Bridgham.  She was born 21 August 1872 at Whitneyville, Maine, the daughter of Zenas W. Bridgham and wife Lucy (Watts) Bridgham.  

Her paternal grandparents were Andrew and Ann (Downs or Downes) Bridgham.  Her maternal grandparents were Samuel Emerson Watts and wife Emily (Farnsworth) Watts.

According to his marriage record, he was a medical student at the time.  It's interesting that there was a Dr. Henry Herbert Smith in Machias at the time, if a relation at all certainly a distant one.  I wonder if he had been an inspiration for Adin.

About 1896, Adin L. Smith graduated from Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and subsequently established a medical practice at Machias, Maine.  

I found a few online references to him, including an interesting report in the Maine State Board of Health Annual Report of 1904 that in June of 1903 a man suffering from smallpox had come to his office in Machias from a bark peeling camp about 40 miles away. 
Machias.June 16, 1903, Dr. A. L. Smith, secretary of the local board of health of Machias telephoned that a man with smallpox had come out from a bark peeling camp on Township 43, about forty miles from Machias. Arrangements were made with Dr. Smith to go into the camp to vaccinate the members of the crew, to disinfect, and to establish such quarantine regulations as might be found to be required. It is not known that any other case resulted from exposure to this one. The men were living in a tent, and left the camp before the eruption was fairly out.

A 1920 issue of the American Journal of Public Health indicated that Dr. Adin L. Smith had been appointed District Health Officer for Hancock and Washington Counties, Maine.

From what I could determine, Dr. Smith and his wife had two children, a daughter Faye, who married Lawrence E. Merrow, and a son Loring B., who died in childhood.

Adin L. Smith died in 1927 at Boston, Massachusetts.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Clytie R. Worcester, born 1871 Columbia Falls, Maine; autograph book page

Autograph page written on January 9, 1888 by Clytie R Worcester of Columbia Falls, Maine, in the autograph book of Berniece E. Allen of Centerville, Maine.

From online research, hopefully correct:

Clytie R. Worcester was born in Columbia Falls, Maine on 22 April 1871, the daughter of Samuel Cummings Worcester and his wife Rosina (Reynolds) Worcester.  

Her paternal grandparents were Clement Fernald Worcester and wife Tamson Willey (Cummings) Worcester.   Her maternal grandparents were Ezekiel and Rosanah W. Robinson.

In a few places online, I found that some have interpreted Clytie as Clinton R. Worcester; however, I found Clytie's birth record showing her to be a female, and Census data bears that out.  Perhaps she had a brother Clinton, maybe even a twin.

I found Clytie in the 1900 US Census, working as a servant in a large household or boarding house in Putnam, Connecticut.  I couldn't find her again until the 1930 Census, when she was living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, married to Una Worcester, a blacksmith.  According to his naturalization records, Una Worcester, born around 1886 in Lancashire, England, had changed his name from William Dawson.  in this Census, Clytie was working as what I'm interpreting to be a professional lecturer.  

When Una Worcester filled out his World War II Draft Registration card, he was living in Amherst, Massachusetts and gave the name of Mrs. Margaret Worcester as his contact.  Whether this meant that Clytie had died by then or she and Una had divorced, I don't know.  I haven't yet found Clytie's date of death.

If you have any corrections, additions or insights, especially about Una Worcester/William Dawson, regarding the information provided above or in the family tree below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

For more information on the Worcester and related families in western Washington County, Maine, see the page for Clytie R. Worcester at the Maine and Maritime Canada Genealogy network.   

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Clifford Gilmore Allen, b abt 1870, possibly Centerville, Maine - his 1881 autograph

Page, unfortunately faint, in the autograph book of cousin Bernice E. Allen of Centerville signed by Clifford Gilmore Allen of Centerville, Maine.

From online research, hopefully correct:

Clifford Gilmore Allen was born about 1870, possibly at Centerville, Maine, the son of Edward Foster Allen and his wife Eunice E. Norton.  

Clifford's father Edward Foster Allen was born 14 March 1825 at Centerville, Maine.  On 10 July 1864, at the age of 40, when he had six children, he enlisted as a private in Company F of the Maine 20th Infantry Regiment.  He mustered out on July 16, 1865.  He had two more children after the war.  Clifford was the last of his children.

Clifford Gilmore Allen's paternal grandparents were Henry and Leah (Jacobs) Allen, both born, I believe, in Centerville, Maine.

Clifford's mother, Eunice E. Norton, was born 18 September 1828 at Addison, Maine.  Her parents were Enoch Norton and Phebe (Norton) Norton, both born in 1796.   Her two grandfathers, Seth Norton and Abraham Abraham of Addison, Maine, were brothers, sons of Seth and Amy Daggett (Norton) Norton.

Clifford Gilmore Allen made his way from the small village of Centerville, Maine, to Boston University, where he graduated about 1900.  He subsequently moved west where he became a professor of languages and philology at Leland Stanford Jr. University, now known simply as Stanford.  In the 1910 Census of Palo Alto, California, he listed his occupation as professor.  He wrote books on language and philology.

In 1913 he married Alice J. Chalfant, who was born 18 June 1884 at Ukiah, California, the daughter of Samuel Jesse Chalfant and his wife Elizabeth W. Cunningham.   I don't have information on her grandparents except that her maternal grandmother's first name was Mary.

Samuel Jesse Chalfant moved from his birth state of Maryland to California.  In the 1870 Census of Big River, Mendocino County, he gave his occupation as saw filer.  In the 1880 Census of Little River, Mendocino County, he gave his occupation as superintendent of a mill.  In 1884, applied for a patent on a Saw Tooth Swage.

Also in 1884, his daughter Alice was born, and he built a house for his family in Mendocino, a house that still stands today, at 45080 Calpella Street.

Clifford Gilmore Allen and his wife Alice J. (Chalfant) had two sons, John Gilmore Allen and Robert Chalfant Allen.   
John Gilmore Allen was born in France on 9 December 1913.  He majored in political science at Stanford.  He died in the 1980s in California.  
Robert Chalfant Allen was born 19 November 1918 in California.  He also attended Stanford University.  After graduation, he joined the US Navy as a Lieutenant Junior Grade.  Sadly, he went down with his ship in World War II.

As I was researching this family, about which I knew nothing when I started, I experienced the highs and lows of genealogy.   First, the high, when learning that a young man from a small village in Maine grew up to receive a doctorate, become an author and Stanford professor.  Kudos to him, his parents and his village teachers.  

Then, the low, when I discovered that his younger son died in World War II.

For more information on this family, see the page of Clifford Gilmore Allen at the Maine and Maritime Genealogy network.

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

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Andrew Harrington Bibber, Civil War veteran, marine painter

Andrew Harrington Bibber was an officer in the First Maine Cavalry and Assistant Adjutant-General of  Volunteers Infantry Regiment.

First Maine Cavalry Late Standard
with Battle Honours
Hoist 36", Fly 42", Material: Silk,

Manufacturer: A. W. Pollard, Boston

Andrew Harrington Bibber was born at Lubec, Maine, on 22 July 1836, the son of Charles H. and Adeline Ann (Harrington) Bibber. From online research, I found that the name Bibber likely goes back to the spelling Vibert, a European name that likely started out as a Christian name and over time became a surname.

His paternal grandparents were Thomas and Dorcas (Pettingill) Bibber of southern Maine.  His maternal grandparents were Andrew and Abigail "Nabby" (Clark) of Eastport, Maine.

With President Lincoln's call to the states for 75,000 men, Maine responded, not with the one requested, but with ten regiments, fully armed and ready to serve for three years. 

Andrew Harrington Bibber became a sergeant in the First Maine Cavalry and rose through the ranks to full Captain of Company F, First Maine Cavalry in July of 1864.  After mustering out on 13 March 1865, he became a commissioned officer as Assistant Adjutant General of Volunteers Infantry Regiment.

His first marriage was to Sarah Houghton, daughter of Hon. Partman and Orinda Ann (Prince) Houghton.  Partman Houghton was a member of the Maine state legislature, but is probably best known today for a fund he endowed, still extant, whereby many elderly women in Eastport are given a gift of money during the holiday season.  It would be interesting to know what inspired him to set up this fund, something very sad, no doubt.

Andrew had a dry goods business and enjoyed painting marine scenes, for which he was receiving some acclaim.

Andrew and Sarah had two daughters: Edith Prince Bibber, born 23 July 1870 and Sarah P. H. Bibber, born 24 December 1871.  Less than two weeks after Sarah H. P. Bibber's birth, Sarah (Houghton) Bibber died, on 3 January 1872, likely as the result of complications of childbirth.

On 27 September, 1876, Andrew Harrington Bibber married again, to Annie Louise Ansley (also seen in the variation Annesley), who was born at Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, on 11 July 1854, and educated at Saint John Young Ladies Academy and at Vassar College.

 Her father, John, a mill owner and government official, was the son of  Devonshire  immigrant Daniel Ansley, who became a successful shipping merchant at Saint John.  Annie's mother, Sarah (Hayden) Ansley, a descendant of John Alden, was born on Beacon Hill in Boston.  

Sarah P. H. Harrington died shortly after her father's marriage to Annie.  

Andrew and Annie had a daughter, Alice Alden Harrington, born 30 October 1883 at Eastport, Maine. 

In 1890, Andrew, Annie, Edith and Alice moved to Orange, California, where they purchased twenty acres to develop an orange orchard.   Andrew later resumed the dry goods trade.  In his later years, he took up his brush again and became known for his seascapes.

Andrew Harrington Bibber died on 6 October 1913.  Annie, Edith and Alice remained in California after his death.  Annie died at Los Angeles on 5 February 1938.  Edith, a Vassar graduate like her stepmother, was a music teacher who gave private lessons at her home; she died in 1964, at Los Angeles.

Alice Alden Bibber graduated from the Girls' Collegiate School of Los Angeles and later married her first cousin, Roy Bibber, who had by then changed his name to Dion Ray O. Van Bibber.  The marriage ended in divorce.  Alice died in 1960 at Los Angeles.  Her ex-husband died in 1985 in Texas.

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

I found a very interesting site on the Vibert Family, which cites Andrew Harrington Bibber as one of its "famous members".  Incidentally one of the other "famous members" was James Bibber, who was learning to weave with my ancestor Elizabeth (Meader) Hanson of New Hampshire. During this time she and her children were attacked by Indians; two sons were killed.  Elizabeth and another son (my ancestor) and daughters were carried off. All but one were eventually ransomed.

For more information on this family, see the page for Andrew Harrington Bibber at the Maine and Maritime Canada Genealogy network.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

1890 Graduation Exercises Program of Bath High School at Bath, Maine

Program for the Graduating Exercises of the Class of 1890 at Bath High School at Bath, Maine.   Sheet of paper approximately 11-1/2" x 8-1/2", folded into four pages.

This item was found in the 1850s autograph book of Ellen A. Crooker of the Bath, Maine area.  Ellen married Hiram C. Cornish, who was born 26 February 1844 at Bowdoin, Maine.  

For more information on Ellen and Hiram, see the page at the Maine and Maritime Canada Genealogy network for Ellen A. Crooker and husband Hiram C. Cornish.   Also, use the search function about a quarter of the way down this page on the right to find other posts dealing with Ellen A. Crooker, Hiram C. Cornish, any other items of ephemera found in the autograph book or to view individual pages of the autograph book (an ongoing process).  

Transcription of the cover, above:

Graduating Exercises of the Class of 1890
FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 1890, AT 9.00 A.M.
Herbert E. Cole, Principal
Mr. James O. Lincoln
Miss Bertha L. Soule
Miss Maria F. Upton
Miss Viola G. Hogan
George E. Hughes, Esq.
Dr. Edwin M. Fuller
Mr. John G. Richardson

Order of Exercises

Salutatory, John Ernest Quimby
Our State, Elinor Frances Hunt
Woman's Influence, Lillian Grace Wescott
Madame Roland, Mattie Aurelia Montgomery
Lessons from the Rocks, Jennie Williams
Unintended Influence, *Amy Reed Morse
The American Navy, Ernest Linwood Stinson
Recollections, Emma Victoria Matson
The Magnetism of Words, Hattie Maria Brown
July, Katherine Theresa Madden
The Demands of the Age, Herbert Langdon Spinney
Living for Something, Mary Norcross Gilmore
A Leaf from Memory's Tablet, Cynthia Grafton Worth 
A National Hero, Llewellyn Drew Rogers
Knots, Mary Augusta Blasland

All Right, Fannie May Moulton
Henry M. Stanley, *John Parks Chase
My Bouquet of Life, Maude Carleton Worth
Self Praise, Margaret Florence Farrell
Old Letters, Lillian Augusta Soiett
India, Fred Fuller Blaisdell
She Hath Done What She Could, Christena Hanson
Class History, Annie Turner McDonald
Class Prophecy, Jessie Christine Carter
Valedictory, Henry Francis Palmer
Presentation of Diplomas
Singing of Class Ode


Class Ode
Written by Elinor Frances Hunt
Air - "Shells We Gathered Long Ago"

The hour has come when we must part;
Then let us all assembled here,
Drive ev'ry sorrow from the heart,
And brush away the silent tear.
The happy days that have been ours
Should cause nor sorrow nor regret,
Our pathway, ever strewn with flow'rs
Has teemed with joys we'll ne'er forget.

Banish from these parting hours
All gloomy cares and fears today
We'll stew life's pathway with the flow'rs
That we have gathered on our way.

The buds of promise open now
Upon our vision clear and bright;
And joyous hope, on every brow,
Weaves garlands of supreme delight.
The way of wisdom lies before,
Whose portals we're but entering,
And as we con her lessons o'er
We'll ever gladly, gaily sing.
Banish from these fleeting hours, etc.

Times Print, Bath

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1905 Program of Memorial Day Exercises of G.A.R. Sedgwick Post #4, Bath, Maine

1905 Program for the Memorial Day Exercises of Sedgwick Post #4, Grand Army of the Republic, at Bath, Maine.  This item was found in the 1850s autograph book of Ellen Augusta Crooker of Bath, Maine.  Ellen, who married John Nicholas Blaisdell of Harpswell, Maine, had died in 1893, so presumably one of her children placed the program in her album.

Transcription of the Program:

Under the Direction of Sedgwick Post No. 4, G. A. R., Bath, Me., Tuesday, May 30, nineteen hundred and five.

The procession will form on Front street, right resting on Elm Street, at 2 P.M. sharp, in the following order:
Co. C.N.G.S.M.

Disabled Comrades in Carriages - Children of Bath Military and Naval Asylum - Mayor - Chaplain - Orator of the Day - Members of the City Government
The procession will pass over the following route: Up Front to Summer, to Winter, to Middle, to North, to Oak Grove Cemetery, where the Memorial Services will be held at the G. A. R. Monument.  Music.
The column will then reform and pass through Lincoln street to Green, to High, to Soldiers' Monument; thence through Centre to Front, to Post Hall where the parade will be dismissed.
Flower Service at City Landing, by Kennebec Naval Veterans on the return of the procession from the Cemetery.  Music by Brunswick Band.
The following exercises will be held in the Wesley M. E. Church, at 7:30 P.M.
Music ..........................................................................Brunswick Band
Call to order...............................................................Commander
Reading to Orders......................................................Adjutant
Introduction of Mayor Crosby as presiding officer
Singing by School Children ......................................Miss Lillian Woodside, Directress
Prayer.......................................................................Rev. A. L. Gerrish
Reading of Lincoln's Address at Gettysburg............Past Dept. Commander Snipe
Reading of Roll of Honor.........................................Mayor Crosby
Singing, School Children.........................................Miss Lillian Woodside, Directress
Address....................................................................Rev. D. B. Holt
Benediction .............................................................Rev. A. L. Gerrish
Music.......................................................................Brunswick Band
      We would earnestly request of our citizens the observance of the day in a manner fitting to the memory of fallen comrades who endured hardships and death to maintain the unity of the Republic.  Let us recall the fact that we are beneficiaries of all that nobility of action, and of its long line of marvelous achievements of the broadening of the way down to our time.
     We respectfully ask that all business be suspended on Memorial Day, as a special mark of respect for the day by our citizens.
     All veterans, Army and Navy, in the city on this day, are cordially invited by Post Sedgwick to join with us in these exercises.
     Contributions of flowers will very materially aid us in performing the beautiful custom of the day.  All flowers designated for particular graves will receive our special care.  All decorations should be sent to Post Hall, Tuesday, forenoon, May 30.
                     Per Order,

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