Sunday, October 13, 2019

1880s Photograph of Richard White & Family; by the Blackburn studio of Grand Forks, Dakota, before North Dakota Statehood

Photograph of Richard White, his wife and three children; by the Blackburn Studio of Grand Forks, Dakota, now Grand Forks, North Dakota.

The photograph was taken at the George F. Blackburn studio, 313 DeMers Ave, Grand Forks.  Where the photograph imprint doesn't specify North Dakota specifically, I'm assuming that this photograph was taken before Statehood in 1889, or Blackburn was using up old stock.

Because the photograph was obtained in a Maine antique shop, it's tempting to think that Richard White was a Maine native, or from other parts of New England or the Maritimes.  But photographs from all over North America and beyond find their way to Maine antique shops, so where the photograph was obtained may not be a clue at all.

If you recognize this family from your own family heirlooms or research, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

The White family presumably lived in the Grand Forks, North Dakota, area or were visiting.  The map below shows 313 DeMers Avenue, where the Blackburn studio was once located.

Photographs of Rufus Prince (1801-1881) and Wife Sophia (Brewster) Prince (1804-1864)

Photographs of Rufus Prince (1801-1881) and Sophia (Brewster) Prince (1804-1864) who lived at Bangor, Maine.  The photographs were taken by the Frank C. Weston studio of Bangor, Maine.

Identifications on the reverse of each photograph were written by the Princes' great granddaughter Gladys.

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

The following information is from The Brewster Genealogy : 1566-1907 : A record of the descendants of William Brewster of the "Mayflower ruling elder of the Pilgrim church which founded Plymouth colony in 1620 by Emma C. Brewster Jones and published in 1908.

Rufus Prince was born 24 September 1801 at Buckfield, Maine, son of Job Prince and Hannah (Bryant) Prince.  Sophia (Brewster) Prince was born 11 January 1804 at Kingston, Massachusetts, daughter of Thomas Brewster and Mary (Hall) Brewster.

Rufus and Sophia married at Kingston, Massachusetts, on 18 November 1828 and had eight children at Bangor, where Rufus was a merchant.

See an 1864 drawing by Prince employee John Martin (1823-1904) of the Prince house here and of the Prince soap and tallow factory and store here.

Rufus and Sophia are buried in the Bangor City Cemetery, also known as the Public Grounds Cemetery, adjacent to Mount Hope Cemetery at Bangor, Maine.

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

Photograph of Richard Harris Sennett at 9 Months; presumably of Calais, Maine

Richard Harris Sennett at the age of nine months; presumably of Meddybemps, Maine, and Calais, Maine.

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

I believe this is the Richard Harris Sennett who was born in Maine in 1923, son of Richard James Sennett and Nettie May (Fenlason) Sennett, who were born at Meddybemps, Maine, and Wesley, Maine, respectively.

Richard Harris Sennett married New Brunswick, Canada, native Viola Irene Nielson in 1948 at St. Stephen, New Brunswick.  They divorced in Washington State in 1929; their divorce record indicates they had 5 children.  Interestingly, on their New Brunswick marriage record, Richard said that he was born at Turner, Maine, in Washington County.

The actual Turner, Maine, is in Androscoggin County, where his parents may have had ties, as they both died in Androscoggin County.  On the other hand, Turner was a common surname in eastern Washington County and Charlotte County, New Brunswick, so perhaps Richard was referring to a "Turner" village.

Richard and Viola appear to have lived in New Brunswick, Canada, for a time but eventually moved to the western United States.

Richard died in Reno, Nevada, in 1982.

If you have corrections to the information above, or an alternate theory as to the identity of Richard Harris Sennett, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Please be careful about posting information about living or recently deceased people.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

1855 Document, Skowhegan, Maine: Christopher Thompson Promises to Pay William Rowell; Attested by John Dinsmore

Document dated April 3, 1855 at Skowhegan, Maine, where Christopher Thompson promises to pay William Rowell $100 in four years with interest annually - the note to be secured by mortgage.  The document was attested to by John Dinsmore.

Figuring on the document shows payment due dates of up to May 26, 1865, so the obligation apparently ran over the time limit but presumably with no repercussions other than the accrual of additional interest.

The presence of the word "Paid" in two places would seem to indicate that the note was eventually paid off.

Names on the document:
  • William Rowell - the 1860 Census of Skowhegan, Maine, shows a William Rowell occupied as "Bank President", presumably the William Rowell who was born in 1798 at Madison, Maine, and died in 1867.  He may have been the same William Rowell or a relative whose signatures appear on documents featured in another post.
  • Christopher Thompson - perhaps this Christopher Thompson or relative
  • John Dinsmore - perhaps John Dinsmore, Jr., (1800-1861), who is buried at Bingham, Maine.
If you have information that will identify any of these three men, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Photograph of Two Women Participants in the Centennial Pageant of Milo, Maine, September 1-3, 1923

Real Photo Postcard of two women participants in the Centennial Pageant of Milo, Maine, on September 1-3, 1923.

They're identified on the reverse as Mrs. G. Warren Daggett, as the Spirit of Religion, and Mrs. A. P. Mills, as the Spirit of Education.

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

Mrs. G. Warren Daggett was presumably Clara Louise (Brown) Daggett (1873-1942), second wife of George Warren Daggett (1862-1945), or Warren George Daggett.

Mrs. A. P. Mills was presumably Sara E. (Creighton) Mills (1870-1923), wife of Alonzo Putnam Mills (1870-1950) [other records show his birth year as 1872].

Milo, Maine, located near the exact center of Maine, was incorporated from Plantation 3, 7th Range, North of Waldo Patent, in 1823 and is known as the "Town of Three Rivers", the Piscataquis, the Sebec and the Pleasant.

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

1805 Writ to Attach Property of Samuel Chamberlain of Gray due to Nonpayment of Note to William Hanson of Windham

Writ dated 29 May 1805 by Sam Freeman, Court Clerk, and witnessed by Stephen Longfellow, Esq. of Portland, asking the Cumberland County Sheriff to attach property of Samuel Chamberlain of Gray, Maine, for nonpayment of an 1804 promissory note to William Hanson of Windham, Maine.

The amount appears to be $40 but could be $20.

Thomas Chute, Deputy Sheriff, carried out the duty by attaching a dwelling of Samuel Chamberlain.


If you have information on any of the people mentioned above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

1787 York, Maine, Document: John WIncott; Mary Allen; William Frost, Register of Deeds

Document dated May 31, 1787 at York, Maine, signed by William Frost, Register of Deeds for York County, regarding his bill for services rendered to Mrs. or Miss Mary Allen in researching the estate records of John Wincott - or W. John Wincott or Mr. John Wincott, from 1647 to the present.

In 1647 and up to 1820, Maine was a District of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

It's interesting to speculate on what led to the necessity for researching the records.

William Frost (1747-1827), a Revolutionary War veteran, served as Register of Deeds for York County, District of Maine, from 1786 to 1816, as well as County Treasurer from 1787-1812.  The link provides extensive information and a photograph of the monument erected by William Frost's great grandchildren.

John Wincott may have been the 17th century Maine landowner and civic leader John Wincott or one of his descendants.  If you can tease out the connection between Wincott and Mary Allen, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

York, Maine, was larger in area in 1787; it set off land for South Berwick in 1834.