Monday, October 28, 2013
1899 Graduation Photograph of Helen Hanson Merrill, Salem High School, Salem, Massachusetts
1899 graduation photograph of Helen Hanson Merrill from Salem High School, at Salem, Massachusetts. The photograph was taken by the studio of W. G. Hussey of Salem.
From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections and additions welcome!]
Helen Hanson Merrill was born 1 July 1880 at Salem, Massachusetts, the daughter of Samuel S. and Mary Elizabeth (Fielden) Merrill, who were born at Hallowell, Maine, and Great Falls (now Somersworth), New Hampshire, respectively.
Helen's paternal grandparents were William Patch Merrill and Martha Castland (Averill) Merrill. Her maternal grandparents were Thomas and Mary (Hanson) Fielden.
On 3 October 1908 at Salem, Massachusetts, Helen married Bangor, Maine, native John Ernest Chalmers, son of Charles L. and Hannah P. (Phillips) Chalmers. John Ernest Chalmers also had Averills in his maternal line. Charles L. Chalmers operated a hardware store at Bangor, Maine, for many years.
After their marriage, Helen and John Ernest lived in New Jersey and then at Auburn, Maine, where John was a lumber dealer. They had, I believe, a daughter and two sons.
This photograph was found with many others of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine people and scenes. It's tempting to think that the woman pictured in the snapshot below was Helen Hanson Merrill, but only if the date on the reverse of the photograph was 1907. The year looks more like 1917, when she would have been married to John Ernest Chalmers. What do you think?
If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly. Thanks!
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