Tuesday, August 3, 2010
1905 Graduation Photo of Maribeth Maria Jellison, "Beth", Eastern State Normal School, Castine, Maine
1905 graduation photograph of Maribeth Maria Jellison, or "Beth Jellison", at Eastern State Normal School in Castine, Maine. Her name appears in the annual review of Education in Maine, published by the Maine Department of Education in 1905, listed among that year's graduates at Eastern State Normal School, a class described by Albert F. Richardson, the school's superintendent, as the best class ever graduated.
On the reverse, no doubt in her own beautiful handwriting:
From online research, which is not always reliable, I found that Maribeth Maria Jellison was born in November 1879 in Maine, the daughter of Joseph Warren Jellison and his wife Carrie Susan (Wallace) Jellison. Joseph Warren Jellison was born abt 1854 in Maine, the son of Nahum Young Jellison and his wife Mary (Abbott) Jellison. Carrie Susan Wallace was born 7 March 1852 in Milbridge, Maine, the daughter of Albion Keith Parris Wallace and his wife Maria Sanborn (Wallace) Wallace.
Joseph Warren Jellison and wife Carrie Susan (Wallace) Jellison had four children that I could find, Maribeth being the eldest. Joseph died in Florida about 1942; Carrie had predeceased him in Florida a couple years earlier.
Tenants Harbor is the commercial heart of St. George, Maine, which is located in Knox County near Rockland. It's a beautiful area of ocean and island vistas.
In the 1910 Census, Beth was living with her parents in St. George and was a teacher at a normal school. I'm not sure where the normal school was, but Castine was too far to commute on a daily basis. It's possible that she stayed in Castine during the week but maintained her residence at St. George.
By the time of enumeration of the 1920 Census, Beth is no longer living with her parents, and I haven't yet found her in that Census or in the 1930 Census. I found one reference online where she died in 1938, but I have no proof of that. It's possible that she died earlier. I don't see a listing for her in the Maine Marriages online database, but she could have married out of state, if at all. She may have followed her parents and brother Chalmers Upton Jellison to Florida. Perhaps a reader can help fill in the blanks.
Hopefully this heirloom will have special meaning for you. If you have any information on the Jellison or Wallace families of coastal Maine, I would love to hear your corrections and additions.
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