Tuesday, February 21, 2023
1835 Letter from E. Richardson, Cashier at Bangor Commercial Bank, Bangor, Maine; to C. Dole, Cashier at Citizens Bank in Augusta, Maine; Richardson is Resigning to become Cashier at Bank of Portland, Maine
August 17, 1835 letter from Edward Richardson (1809-1876), Cashier at Bangor Commercial Bank in Bangor, Maine, to Carleton Dole (1798-1870), Cashier at Citizens Bank in Augusta, Maine.
Richardson reports that he is resigning as Cashier at the Bangor Commercial Bank to become Cashier at the Bank of Portland. He informs Dole that William H. Foster will be the Cashier at Bangor Commercial Bank, and that every confidence can be placed in him.
Foster was perhaps William Hammond Foster (1809-1902), who was later involved in banking in Massachusetts and New York.
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Monday, February 20, 2023
7 photographs of the family of George Marshall Slater (1861-1926) and Emily Augusta (Martin) Slater (1865-1935), New York State natives who married in New York, had their oldest child there, and then moved to Dexter, Maine, where they had four more children and lived out their lives.
- Photograph of George Marshall Slater (1861-1926). By the B. L. Call studio of Dexter, Maine.
- Photograph of George Marshall Slater (1861-1926), wife Emily Augusta (Martin) Slater (1865-1935) and their three older children. By the B. L. Call studio of Dexter, Maine, taken in 1890. The children are identified as George E. Slater; Rexford C. Slater and Mable I. Slater. The children were George Edward Slater (1883-1973); Charles Rexford Slater (1886-1960); and Mabel Irene Slater (1888-1967). Mabel would marry George H. Royal, who predeceased her; Charles Bray Simms, from whom she was divorced; and Harry Warren Young, who outlived her.
- identical photograph as above but with thinner stock and no imprint.
- Candid winter photograph of three people identified on the reverse as "Hazle; Wilford and Mable". They were the three youngest children: Mabel Irene Slater ((1888-1967), Hazel Slater (1892-1955) and Wilford E. Slater (1898-1951). Mabel would marry 1) George H. Royal, who predeceased her; 2) Charles Bray Simms, from whom she was divorced; and 3) Harry Warren Young, who outlived her. Hazel would marry William R. Spencer, who outlived her.
- , 6. and 7. - identical photographs, taken in 1890, of Mabel Irene Slater (1888-1967) at age 2 by the B. L. Call studio of Dexter, Maine.
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1825 Shipbuilding Document, Steuben, Maine; Names of brothers Philo Lewis & Thompson Lewis; and Tunk Mill owners Mark Wilson & Moses Colson
January 3, 1825, Steuben, Maine; handwritten document where Philo Lewis and his brother Thompson Lewis are purchasing planks from Mark Wilson and Moses Colson, owners of the Tunk Mill.
A previous contemporary owner of this document wrote "Shipbuilding" in pencil; presumably the Lewis brothers were shipbuilders.
From brief online research: If you have corrections and/or additional information, please leave a comment for the benefit of other family researchers
- Philo Lewis - presumably Philo Lewis (abt 1785-1838); Postmaster of Steuben from 1823-1827; Connecticut native. Also, thanks to information provided by a reader, a smuggler during Pres. Jefferson's Embargo Act of 1807.
- Thompson Lewis - presumably Thompson Lewis (abt 1788-1827) - his FindaGrave notes his military rank as Colonel; Connecticut native
- Mark Wilson - presumably Mark Wilson (1782-1866); Maine native, possibly Cherryfield, Maine
- Moses Colson - presumably Moses Colson (1782-1860); Maine native, possibly Cherryfield, Maine
10 Documents, c1772-1852, pertaining to the Spinney & Pettegrow Families of York County, Maine, & Portsmouth, New Hampshire
10 documents, one since donated, pertaining to the Spinney and Pettegrow families of York County, Maine, with one document, the one shown above, from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, perhaps 1772.
The documents are listed below, followed by a guess as to the identity of those mentioned. If you have corrections or additional information, please leave a comment for the benefit of other family researchers.
- [shown above] Portsmouth, New Hampshire, February 22, 1772 [not sure of year]. John Raynes and Israel Kaen [Kean ?] promise to pay Joseph Pettigrow 3 pounds lawfull money for value... Perhaps Joseph Pettegrow (1742-1822)
- November 7, 1798 handwritten document: codfish sold to Stephen Pettegrow, Jr.
- 1819-1822 handwritten document: Capt. Caleb Spinney to C. Greene; mentions Mr. Morton and Benjamin Adams; seems to be an account of court cases. Perhaps Capt. Caleb Spinney (b. 1755). Perhaps Capt. Benjamin Adams (abt 1763-1842)
- July - October 1820 handwritten document: Nicholas Spinney, invoice from Nehemiah Green. Perhaps Nicholas Spinney (1783-1845); perhaps Nehemiah Green (1766-1824)
- August 2, 1824 handwritten document; Nicholas Spinney, invoice for mending from James B?- Bartlett? Bouths? Bouthes? Perhaps Nicholas Spinney (1783-1845)
- Eliot, Maine, November 30, 1839 [not sure of year, could be 1829]: Nicholas Spinney, invoice for sash and glazing from Stephen Paul. Perhaps Nicholas Spinney (1783-1845)
- November 18, 1842, Kittery, Maine: handwritten document: received of ? Spinney for Dresser, Sixteen Dollars in full, Warren Dockum. Perhaps Warren Dockum (1812-1890)
- Eliot, Maine, April 12, 1843; Nicholas Spinney, invoice from Nathaniel Paul for building a cart plus iron, nails, boards, etc. Perhaps Nicholas Spinney (1783-1845); perhaps Nathaniel Paul (1787-1865)
- Kittery, Maine, May 28, 1849 handwritten document: Nicholas Spinney, Esq. bought at auction, horse rake; plough; sled. Received payment, Isaiah Hanscom, Administrator and Auctioneer. Perhaps Nicholas Spinney (abt 1789-1866); perhaps Capt. Isaiah Hanscom (1815-1880)
- 1852 handwritten document: W. Skinner [or possibly Spinney]; invoice from William Seaward for pasturing cows. Possibly William Seaward (abt 1772-after 1860)
Saturday, February 18, 2023
Three early 1800s letters pertaining to the Hathorn family of Midcoast Maine:
- undated, but early 1800s, letter from sister Lucinda, who was presumably Lucinda Hathorn (1796-1876) who would marry Joshua Cornish; to Lucinda's sister Naamah, who was presumably Naamah Kendall (Hathorn) Hathorn (1788-1875), wife of Seth Hathorn (1783-1865). Newsy letter.
- 1832 letter from Ira Chamberlain (1793-1890) and wife Ruth (Hathorn) Chamberlain (1801-1884) in Bangor, Maine, to Seth Hathorn (1783-1865 in Woolwich, Maine. Newsy letter - Ira and Ruth have become more religious of late. Seth's son Warren Hathorne (1798-1898) is with them and attending school and learning a trade.
- 1835 letter from Ira Chamberlain (1793-1890) in Bangor, Maine, to Seth Hathorn (1783-1865) in Woolwich, Maine - sorry to hear that Seth is so fatigued; hope that Seth's son Warren Hathorne (1798-1898) will soon be well enough to help him.
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Friday, February 10, 2023
Invoices and letters associated with John Keller Ames (1834-1901), lumberman of Machias, Maine, whose Christmas card is shown above.
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Hill, Pike & Co., Calais, Maine
Invoices, Letters, in alphabetical order:
- Adriance, Platt & Co. of Portland, Maine (Poughkeepsie, New York), Manufacturers of Mowers, Reapers, Binders - invoice of July 24, 1896
- Adriance, Platt & Co. of Portland, Maine (Poughkeepsie, New York), Manufacturers of Mowers, Reapers, Binders - invoice of July 27, 1896
- Bearce, Murphy & Co. of Portland, Maine, Notions, Clocks, Jewelry, Spectacles, Eye Glasses - invoice of June 15, 1888
- A. H. Berry Shoe Company, Manufacturers and Jobbers, of Portland, Maine - invoice of September 14, 1892
- John Bird Company, Wholesale Grocers, of Rockland, Maine - invoice of July 6, 1896
- W. L. Blake & Co. of Portland, Maine - Fine Engine Va;ve & Cylinder Oils and Portland Lubricating Greases - invoice of March 16, 1891
- Cobb, Wight & Co., Wholesale and Retail Grocers and Ship Chandlers, Rockland, Maine - invoice of September 29, 1891
- Emerson & Stevens Manufacturing Company, Oakland, Maine - Scythes and Axes - invoice of September 9, 1892
- C. R. Gardner of Pembroke, Maine, Manufacturer of Brick, Dealer in Mowing Machines & Farming Implements - letter of July 15, 1889
- Hill, Pike & Co. of Calais, Maine, Molasses, Tea, Jobbers of Flour - invoice of March 26, 1896
- M. A. Jewell & Company of Portland, Maine, Teas, Tobacco, Cigars, Molasses, Vinegar, Pickles - invoice of July 31, 1886
- J. L. Keith & Son of Old Town, Maine, Custom Boots and Shoes - invoice of April 9, 1888
- J. L. Keith & Son of Old Town, Maine, Custom Boots and Shoes - invoice of April 12, 1888
- I. P. Longfellow of Machias, Maine, Broken Egg, Stove and Mixed Coals - invoice of August 4, 1882
- Loring, Short & Harmon of Portland, Maine, Books, Stationery & Paper Hangings - invoice of May 27, 1881
- McLellan, Mosher & Co. of Portland, Maine, Blank Book Manufacturers, Stationers, Lithographers, Law Booksellers - invoice of June 10, 1889
- Monson Refrigerator Co. of Monson, Maine, Arctic Slate Lined Butter Boxes - invoice of September 9, 1887
- Portland Rubber Company of Portland, Maine, Rubber Goods of Every Description - invoice of March 30, 1896
- John F. Rand of Portland, Maine, Hosiery, Gloves, Corsets, Underwear & Notions - invoice of September 15, 1893
- John F. Rand of Portland, Maine, Hosiery, Gloves, Corsets, Underwear & Notions - invoice of October 24, 1893
- Byron Stevens of Brunswick, Maine, Bookseller & Stationer - invoice of March 20, 1889
- Widber & Bacon of Portland, Maine, Building Lumber, Doors, Sashes and Blinds, Black Walnut, Cherry, White Wood, Mahogany, Ash, Etc., Brownville and Monson Slate - invoice of October 24, 1881
- William Anson Wood Mower & Reaper Co. of Portland, Maine, Mowers, Reapers, Self and Hand Dump Hay Rakes, Harvester and Twine Binder - letter of January 23, 1884
- William Anson Wood Mower & Reaper Co. of Portland, Maine, Mowers, Reapers, Self and Hand Dump Hay Rakes, Harvester and Twine Binder - invoice of July 9, 1886
- F. C. Young of Winterport, Maine, Harnesses, Trunks, Bags and Robes - invoice of August 12, 1889
1889 Letter from Calvin Rubin Gardner (abt 1834-1909) of Pembroke, Maine, to John Keller Ames (1834-1901) of Machias, Maine; re: Bricks
(Reprinted, with permission, from the Border Historical Society blog)
July 15, 1889 letter from Calvin Rubin Gardner (abt 1834-1909) to lumberman John Keller Ames (1834-1901) in Machias, Maine, regarding Gardner's delivery of bricks to Ames.
According to the letterhead, Gardner was a manufacturer of bricks, a dealer in mowing machines and farming implements and the proprietor of the Gardner House lodging establishment.
This auction site features a postcard of the Gardner House, although the house depicted may have been a private home.
Gardner mentions delivering bricks to Ames via the Schooner Osias. I wasn't able to find information about a schooner named Osias (Ozias or Osiris ?). Interestingly, there were several people named Ozias in the area. Hopefully a reader will weigh in.
Perhaps the current-day Brickyard Road (map below) was named for Gardner's brickyard, which, if so, was presumably located along it, perhaps close to a wharf.
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