Friday, May 24, 2013

Photo of Young Girl Alice Mae Smith, by an Old Town, Maine studio

Late 1800s/early 1900s photograph of a young girl identified as Alice Mae Smith.  The photograph was taken by the Howe studio of Old Town, Maine.

I didn't find an Alice Mae Smith in Penobscot County, Maine, during the time period.

There were several possibilities for an Alice M. Smith who lived in the Old Town, Maine, area.  Of course, it's possible that Alice lived elsewhere and happened to have her photograph taken while her family was visiting relatives.

A possible clue to Alice's identity might be that there's a name crossed out under hers.  It looks like Gertie Briggs or Gustie Briggs.

There's an Alice M. Smith who was born about 1900 in Maine, in the 1910 Census of Old Town, Maine, living with a couple I believe are her mother and stepfather, Annie and Arthur Crosby.

There are two instances of an Alice M. Smith in the Maine Marriages Online database, from Old Town or nearby:

  • Alice M. Smith married Paul N. Lachance on 22 February 1932
  • Alice M. Smith married Isaac A. Tibbetts on 24 July 1912
There are a few other instances of an Alice M. Smith born in the 1880s and 1870s, but I've assumed, perhaps erroneously, that the photograph was from a later period.

If you recognize Alice from your family photographs or research, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

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  1. My G Grandmothers name was Alice Mae Smith, she was born in Highland County Ohio though, around this same time frame, she married my Grandfather Walter Grooms, I was adopted as a small child, and am doing my bio family gen research, I wonder if this could be my G Grandmother Alice Mae Smith she sure resembles the other members of my family

  2. Interesting... It was a common name, and Old Town, Maine is a long way from Ohio, but she could have had her photo taken while on a trip back to Maine, who knows?? When you learn more about her, see if one or more of her grandparents was born in Maine. Best of luck to you in your quest!