Cartes de Visite of a man identified as B. H. Marston and a young girl identified as Esma May Marston. The photographs were taken at the Loring studio at Eastport, Maine.
B. H. Marston was presumably Byron Haley Marston, a school teacher. According to his Find a Grave memorial, Byron was born December 27, 1855 at Lubec, Maine, the son of Nathan Marston and Mary E. (Wormell) Marston.
On June 26, 1884 at Northwood, New Hampshire, Byron married Lulu Esma Berry, daughter of Simeon P. Berry and Sylvia P. (Marston) Berry. Byron Haley Marston and Sylvia P. (Marston) Berry shared a common ancestor, Nathaniel Marston, born at Deerfield, New Hampshire, in 1773.
Esma May Marston, daughter of Byron Haley Marston and Lulu E. (Berry) Marston, was born November 21, 1885 at Northwood, New Hampshire. At some point the family moved to Massachusetts, where Byron died in 1920. He, Lulu and at least two of their children are buried in the Wyoming Cemetery at Melrose, Massachusetts.
On June 26, 1909 at Melrose, Massachusetts, Esma May Marston married Allan F. Downing, son of Cyrus Downing and Susan (Ellsworth) Downing. Allan was born at Wentworth, New Hampshire, about 1886. The 1910 Census of Wentworth lists Allan and Esma as living in a household next to that of Allan's parents. Allan was working as a butcher.
Sadly, Allan's New Hampshire Death Record indicates that he died at age 32 of pneumonia, brought on by the Spanish Flu, at Wentworth, New Hampshire, on October 4, 1918. His death record indicates that he had always lived at Wentworth.
By 1920, widow Esma May (Marston) Downing was rooming at Manchester, New Hampshire and working as a saleslady at a hardware store. At some point Esma married Charles Perkins Dickinson. She died in 1950 at Hanover, New Hampshire and is buried with Charles in the Homeland Cemetery at Bristol, New Hampshire.
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- U.S. Federal Census
- New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947
- New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900
- Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915
- New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947 - death of Allan F. Downing
- New Hampshire Death Records, 1938-1959 - death of Esma May (Marston) Downing Dickinson
- Find a Grave
- The Marston Genealogy, in Two Parts, written by Byron Haley Marston's father Nathaniel Washington Marston of Lubec, Maine, and published in 1888