Monday, October 22, 2018

1852 Warrant for Road Upkeep at Rome, Maine: Surnames Worster, Foster, Martin, Tracy, Knight

1852 Warrant from Rome, Maine, from Assessors Nathan P. Martin and Thomas Tracy to Lemuel Worster for his portion of road upkeep, beginning at the Mercer Road on the cross road near the Hersom Schoolhouse so called Eastardly on said Road to Stephen P. Knight Bars opposite of his Barn to which you are to observe and conform yourself."

Listed on the Warrant as contributing to this upkeep:
Lemuel Worster
Lemuel Worster, Jr.
Harding Foster
George Worster
Elias Foster
Stephen Worster

From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

Lemuel Worster was presumably the Lemuel Worster born in 1789 at Berwick, Maine and who died at Rome, Maine, at the age of 87 in February 1876, as shown on a record in Maine, Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980.

He married Nancy Marson [or Mason or Marston ?] on November 11, 1815 at Gardiner, Maine - Maine Marriages, 1771-1907.  They had several children, including the following three, whose names also appear on the Warrant:
  • Lemuel Worster (1822-1902); Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921; presumably the Lemuel Worster who married Mary Ann Nickerson, daughter of Eben Nickerson and Hannah (Stain) Nickerson, at Rome, Maine, on April 20, 1844 - Maine Marriages, 1771-1907
  • George Worster (b. abt. 1826); possibly the George Worcester who married Emma A. Fletcher on February 21, 1852 at Mercer, Maine; living at Augusta, Maine, at the time of the 1880 Census, with wife Emma and brother Stephen; working as a stable keeper; possibly the George Worster who died in 1888 at Augusta, Maine and buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery there; served in the Civil War - Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918
  • Stephen Worster (abt 1829-); married Susan Hodges Caswell on February 18, 1863 at Mercer, Maine, on April 20, 1844.

As for Harding Foster and Elias Foster, also mentioned on the Warrant:
The Assessors:
The Stephen P. Knight mentioned in the description of the area that Lemuel Worster was assigned to upkeep was presumably the Stephen P. Knight who was born in 1796 and died in 1871.  He married Reliance Higgins on December 1, 1824 at Rome, Maine - Maine Marriages, 1771-1907.

The Rome annual report of 1930 includes a question of whether to sell the Hersom schoolhouse to the highest bidder, but its name appears again in a 1936 town report so the building was either reprieved or replaced by another building given the same name.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

1910 Real Photo Postcard of 5 Month Old Jesse William Greenlief, Postmarked Newton, Iowa

Real photo postcard postmarked August 19, 1910 at Newton, Iowa, showing Jesse William Greenlief at age 5 months; addressed to Miss Mary Hughes at 738 West 20th Street, Des Moines, Iowa.

From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested - while respecting the privacy of living or recently deceased people:

Jesse William Greenlief was born March 9, 1910 at Newton Township, Iowa, the son of Charles E. Greenlief and Jomattie Ellen (Rumbaugh) Greenlief; their fifth child.  The postcard notes "This is Gracie's Brother".  Gracie was Delta Grace Greenlief, born in 1899, presumably Mary Hughes was Grace's friend or caretaker.

On July 21, 1929 at Huntington Park, Los Angeles, California, Jesse married Marjorie Elizabeth Castner, also an Iowa native, born October 16, 1910 at Union Township, daughter of James Miller Castner and Lucile (Morrisey) Castner.  Another record, from California, County Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1849-1980, gives the date as July 23, 1929.  At the time they were both living at Long Beach, California.  They would have at least two children, a daughter and son.  U.S. Censuses show that they lived in the Los Angeles, California area and at Seattle, Washington.

Jesse died at Toronto, Ontario in 1974; Marjorie died in 1984.  They're buried in the Carling Cemetery at Carling, Ontario, Canada.  Jesse's Social Security death record gives his address as the U.S. Consulate, but I don't know if that means he worked there or if they handle the deaths of U.S. residents in Canada.

I don't know the identity of Miss Mary Hughes but note that there was a Mary Hughes, born about 1903, who is enumerated in the 1910 Census as living on 20th Street in Des Moines, the daughter of Ernest M. Hughes and Edith (Todd) Hughes.  If this Mary was the recipient of the postcard, she would have been about age 7 at the time, not out of the ordinary.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or an identity for Miss Mary Hughes, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Please be careful when mentioning living or recently deceased people.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Calling Card of George M. Sanborn, Evangelist, Y.M.C.A., Boston, Massachusetts

Calling card of George M. Sanborn, Evangelist, whose mailing address was care of the Y.M.C.A. at Boston, Massachusetts.

I wonder if he was the George M. Sanborn who was a licentiate in 1882 at the North Congregational Society at the Head of the Tide at Belfast, Maine, as noted on page 57 in History of the City of Belfast in the State of Maine: From Its First Settlement in 1770 to 1875, Volume 2, by Joseph Williamson, published in 1913.

If you have a theory as to the identity of the George M. Sanborn represented by this calling card, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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1880s CDVs of Siblings Millie F. Pervear and Harry Thomas Pervear of Sedgwick, Maine

Cartes de Visite of siblings Millie F. Pervear and Harry Thomas Pervear of Sedgwick, Maine.  They were the children of Thomas Jefferson Pervear and Ellen Frances (Cummings) Pervear.

Reverse of the CDV of Millie F. Pervear.

Millie was born in 1873 at Sedgwick, Maine, and married Archie Babson Kane of Brooklin, Maine, at Sedgwick, on November 30, 1893.  Sadly, Millie died young, in 1896 of Typhoid Fever; she left a son Myron Francis Kane, born May 2, 1894 at Brooklin, Maine.

Millie is buried in the Sedgwick Rural Cemetery at Sedgwick, Maine. Her husband Archie remarried and move to the Midwest.  He died in 1940 and is buried in Michigan.

Interestingly, I have an inscription done by the siblings' paternal grandfather Philip Pervear, age the age of 105, in the autograph album of Frances E. (Milliken) Leverton of Surry, Maine, and Mount Desert Island Maine.

Below, CDV of Harry Thomas Pervear.  He was born in 1881 at Sedgwick, Maine, and married Nova Scotia native Stella M. Hoffman at Portland, Maine, on June 25, 1902.  They divorced, after having had a least one child, Harry Thomas Pervear, Jr.  Harry Sr. married New Brunswick native Priscilla (Johnston) Douglass on June 17, 1908 at Lynn, Massachusetts.  Harry may have died in 1961, but I can't verify that.  Many online sources have his date of death confused with that of his son, Harry Thomas Pervear, Jr.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921
Maine Marriages, 1771-1907
Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1922
Maine, Marriage Index, 1892-1966, 1977-1996
Massachusetts Marriage Records, 1840-1915
U.S. Federal Censuses

Thursday, October 18, 2018

1875 Letter to Ida G. Mansir from her Sister Edith at East Pittston, Maine

Letter dated September 26, 1875 at East Pittston, Maine to sister Ida G. Mansir at Box 110, Pittston, Maine, who appears to be away from home working. In those days of slow and difficult transportation, people didn't have to be all that far from each other to write letters to one another.

Ida had six siblings and one half sibling, but the letter appears to have been written by a younger sister, which would lead me to Ida's younger sister Edith C. Mansir.

A transcription appears farther below.

Ida G. Mansir was born March 25, 1858, the daughter of Charles Mansir and Martha A. (Murphy) Mansir.  Interestingly, the letter has a teasing mention of Ida and Daniel Reed, who would become Ida's husband in 1881.

People mentioned in the letter:


East Pittston, September 26, 1875
Dear Ida
I will now write you a few lines to let you know that we are all well.  Grammie had a letter from Nellie last night.  She is smart and has been to Boston and back.  She sent 5 dollars in the letter to Mother.  She says you are a going to work there this fall.  I wish I could work.  __ until School commences.  I am a going to have a new dress.  Have got most money enough to get  one.

O, Ida, did you know that Adalade Avril [Adelaide Averill, "Addie"] was dead.  She was buried a week ago last Sunday.

I am learning to make coats now.  Emmie learnt me so I could almost put one together and I am a going up to Mrs. Blodgett's tomorrow to make one.  We was all up there last Thursday evening and husked corn.

Emma went with us.  Leni Pulcifer is very sick with the Cute [acute ?] Rheumatism.  He can't get off of the bed without fainting.  I am awfull sleepy.

Mr. Pulcifer was up here today and he haint been up before for 10 years.  Henry was down today and he says he is a going over to Gardiner Saturday and you be sure and a come home with him.  Want you.  I can't think of more now.  Good Bye, from
Pooty ___

Daniel Reed - Ida Mansir - Friendship hate to bad.

Mother Sends her Love to you and says she shall be glad when another week is gone for your sake and hers too.  She will send for you if Henry don't come out.

Daniel is Well. He was down today with his __ and gig.

Is this the way to back a letter to you.  Miss Ida Mansir, Pittston, Maine, Box 110

If you have further information on the Mansir family of Pittston, Maine, or if you can fine tune the transcription, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Photograph of Harry Weldon Osgood of Pittsfield, Ellsworth, and Bangor, Maine; 1894 Graduate of Colby College at Waterville, Maine; 1898 Boston University School of Medicine

Photograph of Harry Weldon Osgood of Pittsfield, Ellsworth, and Bangor, Maine, presumably taken upon his graduation from Colby College in the Class of 1894.  The photograph was taken by the Preble & Jordan studio of 66 Main Street, Waterville, Maine.

From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

From birth information in an obituary in the Colby Alumnus, Volume 21, No. 1, October 1938: Harry Weldon Osgood was born May 5, 1871 at Pittsfield, Maine, the son of Irving Osgood and Awilda M. (Foster) Osgood.  He graduated from Colby College in 1894 and Boston University School of Medicine in 1898.  He first practiced medicine in Ellsworth, Maine, and for the rest of his career at Bangor, Maine.

Harry married Blanche Lillian Reeves at Ellsworth, Maine, on June 14, 1904; they had a daughter Constance.  Harry was the City Physician for Bangor, Chairman of the Bangor Board of Health and, for a time, the State Medical Director for Maine.  He died in 1938 and is buried in the Woodbine Cemetery at Ellsworth, Maine, with Blanche, who died in 1951.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

U.S. Federal Censuses
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 - marriage of Harry W. Osgood and Blanche Lillian Reeves
Alumni information in publications of Colby College
Alumni Information in publication of Boston University
Publications of the City of Bangor, Maine

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

1880s Autograph Album of William Chinn Polk (1860-1949), Mainly While in Mobeetie, Texas; with his Later Notes

Autograph album kept by William Chinn Polk (1860-1949), mainly while he was living at Mobeetie, Texas, where he apparently had a drug store at one time and may also have worked for noted cattle dealer Charles Rath, born Carl Gottfried Rath, whose wife Carrie inscribed a page in the album.

William may have been the Billy Polk mentioned in Chapter 21 of The Rath Trail, by Ida Ellen Rath.

The gem sized photograph stamp affixed to the inside front cover presumably shows William Chinn Polk himself.

William was the son and brother of noted architects Willis Webb Polk and Willis Jefferson Polk.  See an incredible sketch, shown farther below, that Willis Jefferson Polk made of the Josephine Hotel at Hot Springs, Arkansas.

The album measures approximately 7" by 4", has detached covers and contains the sentiments of 30 of William's relatives and friends.  William added notes to several of the pages, including one 65 years later.

An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this post.

From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

William Chinn Polk was born in 1860 in Missouri, the son of architect Willis Webb Polk and his first wife Parthenia Frances (Dye) Polk, who died in 1866.  William had a sister, Sarah, who died young.  Willis Webb Polk then married Endemial Drane and had several more children, three of whom inscribed pages in William's album.

William's younger half brother, Willis Jefferson Polk, inscribed a page at Hots Springs Arkansas, on December 28, 1884, and included a incredible sketch of the Hotel Josephine.

William's younger half sisters Endie and Dasie, or Daisy, also inscribed pages.  Sadly, Endemial Polk, "Endie", died shortly after the era of the album, in 1890.

Sister Dasie, or Daisy (Polk) DeBuyer-Mimeure (1874-1963) went on to have a noted life, especially known for her relief efforts in France during and after World War I.  She received the Medaille de Reconnaissance and was made a Chevalier in the Order of the Legion of Honor.  William added a note 65 years after Dasie's 1884 inscription, to the point that Dasie had visited him at Weston, Missouri, in the Winter of 1949.

About 1891 in Weston, Missouri, after the era of this autograph album, William married Minnie Hillix.  I believe they had one child, a daughter, Ellen Rebecca Polk, who married George H. Calvert and died fairly young in 1934.  William worked as clerk and cashier at a bank in Weston, Missouri.

He died in 1949; Minnie had predeceased him in 1947.  They're buried in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery at Weston, Missouri.

James Dickerson of Mobeetie, Texas, pasted his photograph to a page inscribed by Retta A. Griffith of DeKalb, Missouri.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Surnames in the Album

? - 2HHalley - 2PPatterson
AndersonJJonesPolk - 4
CCresswellMcKany - 2WWilliams
CDickersonNNations ?Williamson

Inscribers in the Album
  • Dell M. H.; inscribed on July 31, 1886
  • R. D. Allen; inscribed at Mobeetie, Texas, inscribed on December 1, 1887.  Will's note: "My Clerk in my Drug Store at Mobeetie, Texas"
  • Mrs. Francis Anderson of Mobeetie, Texas; inscribed on June 18, 1884
  • Fannie Boynton; inscribed on October 29, 1883
  • H. W. Cresswell; inscribed on May 2, 1883 in Wheeler County, Texas.  Will wrote: "Home in Canadia"
  • James Dickerson of Mobeetie, Texas, who pasted on his gem stamp photograph; shared the page with Rella A. Griffith of DeKalb, Missouri
  • Eva L. Dye; inscribed at Weston, Missouri; Will's cousin
  • Janet Egerton; inscribed at Childress, Texas, on September 26, 1890
  • Blanche Giddings; inscribed at Visalia on January 27, 1890
  • Retta A. Griffith of DeKalb, Missouri; inscribed on June 29, 1883.  Shared the page with James Dickerson of Mobeetie, Texas, who pasted on his gem stamp photograph
  • Anna Halley; inscribed on July 31, 1886.  She signed A. H.; Will wrote her full name.
  • Fannie Halley; inscribed on July 31, 1886
  • Emma Hull of "Hill Side"; inscribed on July 18, 1883
  • Mrs. C. Jones; inscribed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 12, 1889
  • Mrs. Mattie Kimball; inscribed at Mobeetie, Texas, on January 4, 1883
  • Mrs. L. G. McKamy; inscribed at Mobeetie, Texas, on March 22, 1884
  • Willie McKamy
  • Hannah ?, possibly Hannah Nations; inscribed at Mobeetie, Texas, on March 19, 1884
  • Emmie E. Nesper, inscribed on 10.4.85; future wife of Carl Gottfried Rath, "Charles", of Dodge, Kansas.
  • Jno. B. Neville; inscribed at Mobeetie, Texas, on December 9, 1888
  • Cora Newby of Weston, Missouri; inscribed on July 20, 1883
  • H. C. Patterson, V.D.M.; inscribed at Neosho, Missouri, on 11-12-89.  Inscribed the page to "My Dear Brother".  Was Rev. H. C. Patterson a brother-in-law or was he using an honorific?
  • Alice B. Patton; inscribed on May 5, 1884
  • Dasie Polk; inscribed at Hot Springs, Arkansas, on December 28, 1884.  Added note: Dasie visited me here in Weston this Winter 1949, 65 years later".  William's sister, with her stone spelling her name as Daisy De Buyer-Mimeure, a well known person in her own right.
  • Endie Polk ["Polk" was written in a blue ink"], "Your Devoted Sister"; William's half sister Endemial Polk (1872-1890)
  • William C. Polk, "Billie", "Willie", :"Will", album owner; includes a gem sized photo stamp on inside front cover of, presumably, William C. Polk, dated December 29, 1885.  He owned a drug store at Mobeetie, Texas about 1887.
  • Willis J. Polk; inscribed at St. S. on December 28, 1884; he sketched an incredible drawing of the Hotel Josephine at Hot Springs, Arkansas.  William's brother, architect Willis Jefferson Polk.
  • C. R. Rath of Dodge City, Kansas; presumably Caroline R. (Markley) Rath; then wife of Carl Gottfried Rath, "Charles", of Dodge City, Kansas.
  • Newton Williams of Mobeetie, Texas, inscribed on February 6, 1882 [or 1884 or ?]
  • M. P. Williamson of Mobeetie, Texas; inscribed on September 28, 1883