Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Four Invoices from the 1880s and 1890s to Allyn Kellogg Talcott & Phineas Talcott of Rockville, Connecticut


Four invoices from the 1880s and 1890s directed to the firm owned by brothers Allyn Kellogg Talcott and Phineas Talcott of Rockville, a village in the town of Vernon, Connecticut.

Allyn Kellogg Talcott (1839-1916) and Phineas Talcott (1845-1940) were the sons of Allyn Talcott (1800-1863) and Martha Goodrich (Robbins) Talcott (1808-1896).

The brothers' paternal grandparents were Deacon Phineas Talcott and Hannah (Kellogg) Talcott. The brother's maternal grandparents were Elisha Robbins and Sarah (Goodrich) Robbins.

Allyn Kellogg Talcott married Hannah Kingsbury, but I couldn't find a record of a marriage for Phineas.

Interestingly, the Talcott family papers are held at the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan.

Allyn and Phineas operated a general merchandise store at 16 East Main Street.


The companies sending the invoices were:
  • W. K. Butler & Co. of Hartford, Connecticut - October 13, 1884
  • Foster & Company of Hartford, Connecticut - May 29, 1885
  • E. A. Buck & Company of Palmer, Massachusetts - May 4, 1893
  • Downing, Taylor & Company of Springfield, Massachusetts - April 13, 1897





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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Stereoview of Baby Maverick Hildreth Whitney of Hampden, Maine


Stereoview of a baby identified on the reverse as Maverick Hildreth Whitney. His age is given but is very faint. Research shows that he was born in Hampden, Maine, possibly in Hampden Highlands.


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

Maverick Hildreth Whitney was born November 30, 1915, the son of Harry George Whitney and Gladys Emily (Clark) Whitney.  In 1930 Maverick married Waverley Merle Alexander, daughter of Myron F. Alexander and Alda Sylvia (Colson) Alexander.

Maverick and Waveley lived in various towns in Penobscot County, Maine, including Hampden, Bangor and Brewer.  I believe they had at least one child.

From his Social Security record, it appears Maverick Hildreth Whitney was a railway worker.  He died in 1998 in Brewer, Maine; Waverley had predeceased him in 1997.  They're buried in Locust Grove Cemetery at Hampden, Maine, according to this website detailing the Whitney genealogy.

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Five Cabinet Photographs of Gouldsboro, Maine, area: Young; Tracy; Sargent; Hamilton; Perry; Dorr


Four cabinet photographs of related people of Hancock County, Maine, mostly from the Gouldsboro, Maine, area, plus one photograph of a young boy who might be related.  Gouldsboro is sometimes seen as Gouldsborough.




The photograph above, by the Herrick studio, shows three sisters, daughters of Dennis M. Young and Maggie M. (Spurling) Young of Gouldsboro, Maine. 

Geneva Prudence Young (1894-1978)
Grace Mary Young (1896-1991) 
Annie Beth Young (1896-1989)

Though the identification, shown at left, gives the order as Grace, Geneva and Annie, it seems from their ages that Geneva was at left and Annie in the middle.  Grace was born in February 1896 and Annie in December of that year.



Another photograph shows a younger Geneva Young.




Geneva Prudence Young would marry Morris Young in 1913; they would raise their family in Hancock County, Maine.  Geneva and Morris, and at least one of their children, are buried in the Corea Cemetery at Corea, Maine.

Grace Mary Young married Allan Rufus Fickett in 1919; they lived in Hancock County for a while before moving to Connecticut, where their son was born.  All three are buried in the Evergreen Cemetery at Milbridge, Maine.

Annie Beth Young married twice: 1) Elvin Tracy Young, who died in 1921; and 2) Vernon Chester Moore, who died in 1955.  Annie had three children with her first husband and at least one with her second.

I don't know where Elvin Tracy Young and Annie Beth (Young) Young Moore are buried.  Vernon Chester Moore is buried in the West Bay Cemetery in Gouldsboro, Maine, with his first wife Carolyn A. Perry (1897-1924).

Interestingly, another of the photographs in the collection is of a young girl identified as Miss Carolin Perry of Gouldsboro, Maine.  She is, presumably, the Carolyn A. Perry who grew up to marry Vernon Chester Moore, as noted above.






Carolyn was born in 1897, the daughter of George H. Perry and Elizabeth A. Spurling, who was a sister to Maggie M. (Spurling) Young, mother of the three young sisters in first photograph shown.

Carolyn and Vernon Chester Moore raised several children in Gouldsboro, Maine. Carolyn died in 1924. As noted above, she's buried with Vernon in the West Bay Cemetery at Gouldsboro, Maine.

Another person who fits into the extended family is a woman identified as Aunt Vine Sargent.


Aunt Vine was Lovina (Tracy) Young Sargent (1851-1923), wife of 1) William Haskell Young (1843-1924) and 2) Charles M. Sargent (1857-1938) and daughter of Lindsey Tracy and Belinda (Tucker) Tracy.  Lovina had several children with her first husband, William Haskell Young.




The identification shown on the reverse was apparently written after 1903, the year Vine married her second husband, Charles M. Sargent.

Vine and Charles are buried in the Greenwood Cemetery at Winter Harbor, Maine, along with other relatives, including Charles' first wife Violette, who died in 1895.  I'm not sure where William Haskell Young is buried.






Another relative shown is "Aunt Maud Hamilton".  She was Maud E. (Tracy) Hamilton (1877-1970), daughter of Lindsey Tracy and Eliza (Stevens) Tracy and a half-sister to "Aunt Vine Sargent".



Maud married twice

1) James Henry Hamilton (1877-1940) in 1889, with whom she had a child

2) Aaron Judson Cate (1873-1945) in 1943.


Maud died in 1970 is buried in the Prospect Harbor Cemetery at Prospect Harbor, Gouldsboro, Maine.







The final photograph may have no relationship to the others, other than that it was found with them.  It shows a young boy with a name on the reverse that appears to be Elma Dorr or Elvira Dorr, perhaps signifying the boy's mother or a person for whom the photograph was intended.  There were people with the surname Dorr, or variants of it, in Hancock County, Maine.








Sadly, there's no studio imprint to give a clue as to locale.












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Photograph of Dr. David Wellington Bunker (1852 or 1853-1924); Tremont, Maine; Bar Harbor, Maine; Bangor, Maine; Blue Hill, Maine


Photograph of a man identified on the reverse as "Dr. Bunker"; by the studio of H. L. Bradley at Bar Harbor, Maine.

Dr. Bunker was likely Dr. David Wellington Bunker (1852 or 1853-1924) of Trenton and Bar Harbor, Maine, son of John Edward Bunker and Mary Anna (Alley) Bunker.

The photograph was presumably taken before 1910, by which time Dr. Bunker had moved his practice to Bangor, Maine.

Dr. Bunker completed his medical training in 1882 at New York University Medical College.  In 1886 he married Ida Augusta Peters (1864-1919), daughter of Augustus C. Peters and Abby Maria (Osgood) Peters of Blue Hill, Maine.

A Maine death record for Ida Augusta (Peters) Bunker shows that she died at Bangor, Maine, on October 27, 1919.

Dr. Bunker died in April 1924; a record shows that his body was first placed in the tomb at Mount Hope Cemetery at Bangor, Maine, and then removed to Blue Hill.  Perhaps Dr. Bunker is buried in the Seaside Cemetery, where his wife's parents are buried.

Sources
U.S. Federal Census
Directory of Deceased American Physicians (1804-1929)

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Photograph of Norman MacKenzie, Husband of Laura (Stubbert) MacKenzie; by a Glace Bay, Nova Scotia Studio


Photograph of a young man identified on the reverse as "Norman MacKenzie, Laura Stubbert's husband". 

The photograph was taken by the Spencer studio of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.  The photograph itself is about 3-1/2" by 5", set on a mat measuring 9" by 7".


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

Norman MacKenzie and wife Laura Hazelton (Stubbert) MacKenzie were both born about 1868.  They married at Sydney, Nova Scotia, on June 25, 1895.  Laura was the daughter of Mathew Stubbert and Amelia Ann (Hull) Stubbert. 

According to the marriage record of their son George Franklin MacKenzie, who married Annie Hilda MacKinnon in 1926, Norman MacKenzie was born at "St Anns, Vict. Co., Cape Breton".

I found a Find a Grave memorial for a Norman John MacKenzie who died in 1946 and is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery at Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, but I don't know if this is the Norman MacKenzie pictured, as there were at least two men with the name Norman MacKenzie in the area.

If you recognize the Norman MacKenzie in the photograph, from your family photographs or research, and can provide more details, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Sources
Censuses of Canada
FamilySearch.org
FindaGrave.com

Friday, November 30, 2018

1874-1883 Autograph Album of Louise M. Williams; presumably Louise Miller Williams of Bristol, Rhode Island


Autograph album of Louise M. Williams, dated December 25, 1874, presumably a Christmas present. I believe she was Louise Miller Williams (1865-1901), then of Bristol, Rhode Island.


The album is a petite one, measuring a bit less than 3-1/2 by 2-1/2, and contains the sentiments of ten people, at least three of whom appear to relatives.  A surname list appears below and an alphabetical list of the inscribers and any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.

Surnames
Armstrong
Bowen
Hawks
Howell
Miller
Morse
North
Smith
Waldron
Williams - 2

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

I believe the album owner was Louise Miller Williams, daughter of Fielding Lewis Williams and Abbie Louisa (Miller) Williams of Bristol, Rhode Island.  Louise was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 8, 1865.  I believe the A. L. Williams who inscribed a page was Louise mother, Abbie Louisa (Miller) Williams.


Abbie Louisa (Miller) Williams was the daughter of Augustus Nelson Miller and Harriet Jones (Waldron) Miller.  It's possible that the H. L. Williams who inscribed a page was Harriet Jones (Waldron) Miller, mother of Abbie Louisa (Miller) Williams and maternal grandmother of album owner Louise.


The next inscription was that of A. P. Waldron, who may have been Annie P. Waldron, presumably related to Harriet Jones (Waldron) Miller.


Louise Miller Williams married John Taylor Lewis in 1898; sadly she died in 1901, after having had one child, son John Taylor Lewis in 1900.  She's buried in the Juniper Hill Cemetery at Bristol, Rhode Island.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, and if you can decode any of the initials of the inscribers, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Perhaps a reader can decode the place in the inscription written partially by James Armstrong and partially by, I presume, one of his parents.  Patapsco ? - short for Institute?  There was a Patapsco Female Institute, and perhaps James was the son of one of the instructors.


Inscribers in the Album
  • James Armstrong; inscribed on November 23, 1880 at Patapsco ?, Baltimore, Maryland
  • G. W. Bowen of Brooklyn, New York; inscribed on July 12, 1875
  • Archie McL. Hawks of Bristol, Rhode Island; inscribed on August 13, 1880; possibly Archie McLean Hawks (1865-1963)
  • W. H. Howell; inscribed on July 12, 1875
  • H. J. Miller; inscribed on May 6, 1878; possibly Louise's maternal grandmother, Harriet Jones (Waldron) Miller, wife of Augustus Nelson Miller
  • Fanny W. Morse of Bristol, Rhode Island; presumably the Fannie W. Morse who gave her occupation as teacher in the 1880 Census of Bristol, Rhode Island
  • Nettie R. North of Bristol, Rhode Island; inscribed on September 6, 1883 - "Royal Frock". Presumably Antoinette Richards North (1863-1921) who would marry William Russell Bogert
  • Ricardo H. Smith of Bristol, Rhode Island; inscribed on August 15, 1880. Presumably Ricardo deBelleville Smith (1864-1924)
  • A. P. Waldron; inscribed on July 14, 1875; perhaps Annie P. Waldron; presumably related to Louise through family of Louise's maternal grandmother Harriet Jones (Waldron) Miller.
  • Louise M. Williams, album owner; presumably given the album as a Christmas present in 1874; presumably Louise Miller Williams (1865-1901), daughter of Fielding Lewis Williams and Abbie Louisa (Miller) Williams of Bristol, Rhode Island and future wife of John T. Lewis
  • A. L. Williams; inscribed at Bristol, Rhode Island, on July 14, 1875; possibly Abbie Louisa (Miller) Williams, mother of Louise Miller Williams

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Letter dated 1852 from Joann Mayo Hersey & Mother Constance (Mayo) Hersey at Pembroke, Maine, to Constance's Sister Joann H. (Mayo) Lurvey at Tremont, Maine


Letter dated May 23, 1852 and postmarked May 24, from Joann Mayo Hersey and her mother Constance (Mayo) Hersey at Pembroke, Maine, to Constance's sister Joann H. (Mayo) Lurvey at Tremont, Southwest Harbor, Maine.

The letter consists of two pages of interest to family historians of the Hersey, Mayo, Lurvey and Lurchin families of Maine's Washington County and Hancock County.

Also of interest, in this new era of DNA testing of artifacts, is the postage stamp - possibly a brick wall buster!


A transcription of the letter appears at the end of this post.  If you notice errors or can fill in any blanks, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

People mentioned in the letter, in alphabetical order.
  • Aunt Eliza; possibly the sister of John Henry Hersey
  • Livona Ann
  • Adelaide Veola Hersey; daughter of Zadoc Lewis Hersey and Catherine (Stoddard) Hersey; Adelaide was born in February 1852 and would marry Alden Bradford Kendrick in 1878.
  • Catherine (Stoddard) Hersey (1820-1900); wife of Zadoc Lewis Hersey; they married April 21, 1844
  • Constance Young (Mayo) Hersey (1806-1856); letter writer; mother of fellow letter writer Joann Mayo Hersey
  • Grandma; has been well this winter but fell on the ice and hurt her arm; possibly Mercy (Dunbar) Hersey, wife of the older Zadoc, though online trees have her death as 1850
  • Henry H. Hersey (1848-1902); son of Zadoc Lewis Hersey and Catherine (Stoddard) Hersey; age 5, behind in vocabulary and/or pronunciation
  • Joann Mayo Hersey (1835-1912), letter writer and daughter of fellow letter writer Constance (Mayo) Hersey; future wife of Leonard Shaw Lurchin, whom she married in 1854.
  • John Edwin Hersey (1850-1921), "Edwin", son of John Henry Hersey and letter writer Constance (Mayo) Hersey and brother of letter writer Joann Mayo Hersey; Edwin would marry Jennie E. Lurvey (1862-1913), daughter of Levi Lurvey and Lydia (Marshall) Lurvey
  • John Henry Hersey (1810-1885), husband of letter writer Constance (Mayo) Hersey and father of letter writer Joann Mayo Hersey
  • Reuben F. Hersey, son of Zadoc L. Hersey and brother of Zadoc Lewis Hersey; married Mary L. Crane; was living with his family and father at Galesburg, Illinois at time of 1850 Census.
  • Salome Hersey; either the mother Salome (Hersey) Hersey or her daughter of that name; has had a lame leg since a fever the previous fall. The link is for the FindaGrave memorial for the mother, Salome (Hersey) Hersey (1808-1885)
  • Zadoc L. Hersey (1779-abt 1854); he was unwell, according to a letter from his son Reuben, with whose family he was living in Galesburg, Illinois but Reuben indicated Zadoc wanted to return home.
  • Zadoc Lewis Hersey (1815-1888); clerk at Foster's store, son of Zadoc Hersey and Mercy (Dunbar) Hersey
  • "Mother Lurvey"; Abigail (Gilley) Lurvey (1789-1866), mother of Samuel Lurvey
  • Jacob; possibly Jacob William Lurvey, brother of Samuel Lurvey, husband of Joanna H. (Mayo) Lurvey, or Jacob Shoppy Mayo, brother of Constance (Mayo) Hersey
  • Joann H. (Mayo) Lurvey (1815-1907), letter recipient; sister of Constance (Mayo) Hersey
  • Samuel Lurvey (1817-1893), husband of letter recipient Joann H. (Mayo) Lurvey
  • Henry E. Mayo (1825-1905); brother of letter writer Constance (Mayo) Hersey and husband of Nancy F. (Smith) Atherton Mayo, whom he married in 1850
  • Isaac Pepper Mayo (1773-1866); father of letter writer Constance (Mayo) Hersey
  • Jacob; possibly Jacob Shoppy Mayo, brother of letter writer Constance (Mayo) Hersey - or Jacob William Lurvey, brother of Samuel Lurvey, husband of letter recipient Joanna H. (Mayo) Lurvey
  • Nancy F. (Smith) Atherton Mayo (1830-1899), wife of Henry Mayo, brother of letter writer Constance (Mayo) Hersey; Constance wants to know what Father and Mother think of her
  • Rosanna (Young) Mayo (1782-1865); mother of letter writer Constance (Mayo) Hersey
  • Aunt Rebeckah; possibly Rebecca Pepper (Mayo) Robinson (1812-1892), sister of letter writer Constance (Mayo) Hersey and wife of Ezra D. Robinson

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Loose Transcription

Pembroke, May the 23 1852
Dear Aunt
I now sit down to write a few lines to you to let you know that we are all well at present and hope you are the same. I received a letter from you in January and wrote back to you again but we have got no answer and I thought I would write again. I have no particular news to tell you. Pa [John Henry Hersey] is to work on the vessel now and when he is down there he is going to work on the ship for six months. Zedok [presumably Zadoc Lewis Hersey] is clerk in Foster's store. Catherine [Catherine (Stoddard) Hersey, wife of Zadoc Lewis Hersey] has got a baby born in February. She calls it Aderlade [Adelaide Veola Hersey]. She has three children now. Henry [Henry H. Hersey], is five years old and he can't talk so well as Edwin [John Edwin Hersey, "Edwin", son of letter writer Constance (Mayo) Hersey and brother of letter writer Joann Mayo Hersey]. He can say but a few words plain. Mr. Hersey [Zadoc L. Hersey (1779-abt 1854, the aforementioned Zadoc's father] has been very sick. They did not expect he would live for some time but he was better the last time Reuben [Reuben F. Hersey, son of the elder Zadoc, then at Galesburg, Illinois] wrote. He [presumably the father Zadoc] wants to see Zedok very much and he talks of moving there this fall.
Grandma [possibly Mercy (Dunbar) Hersey, wife of the older Zadoc, though online trees have her death as 1850] is well and has been well this winter. She fell down on the ice and hurt her arm and this winter Salome Hersey [presumably mother Salome (Hersey) Hersey (1808-1885) or her daughter of that name] has had a lame leg since a fever the previous fall. Aunt Eliza [possibly sister of John Henry Hersey] is not very well this summer. Mother has not weaned Edwin yet. I want you to write as soon as you conveniently can and tell us the news and if you have not any I want you to write. We had a letter from Aunt Rebeckah  [presumably Rebeckah Pepper (Mayo) Robinson] in January and the folks was all well there then. When you write, tell me if Livona Ann is married and where she is. I have no more to write now I believe. This is from your niece. Joann M. [Joann Mayo Hersey]

Dear sister [Joann H. (Mayo) Lurvey]

It is some time since I heard from you and we want to know how do so we write you again, hoping you will answer this soon. Through the Blessing of God we are all in good health and you are the same.  I do wish you could come and see me. I want you to Come and all the ___ rest. Tell Jacob [possibly either Jacob Shoppy Mayo or Jacob Lurvey] if he Comes to Calis [Calais] or Eastport to Call and see us, Three minutes if no more. Tell all the folks to write to us and we will answer them. Give my love to father and Mother [Isaac Pepper Mayo and Rosanna (Young) Mayo]. Tell them I want to see them and hope I shall once more. Our Children send their love to you and Granpa, Granma and all their uncles and Aunts. I want you to tell me how father and Mother likes Henry's wife [Henry Mayo and Nancy F. (Smith) Atherton Mayo] and how Henry's health is now and how all the folks do and what they will do this summer. Joann, don't forget me and not answer my questions. If you can't, tell your husband [Samuel Lurvey] to write. If he won't get some of the rest to. I do not know how to hear from you if you will not answer my letter. Tell me about Rebeckah [presumably Rebecca Pepper (Mayo) Robinson]and her family and all you can think of. Give my love to all enquiring friends & Your Mother Lurvey [Abigail (Gilley) Lurvey]. I want to see her so. I remain your affectionate Sister Constance Hersey [Constance Young (Mayo) Hersey]. Do write to me soon and not fail.
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