Friday, June 19, 2020

1894 Photograph of Carrie M. (Fenner) Evans of Clinton, Massachusetts


1894 photograph of a woman identified on the reverse as Carrie M. (Fenner) Evans, wife of F. B. Evans of Clinton, Massachusetts; her husband took the photograph himself.

In one ink: "Taken Winter 1894".  In another ink: "Carrie M. (Fenner) Evans, Taken by F. B. Evans with Keystone Dry Plate Camera, in Parlor at apartment on Henry [or Haney or ?] Street Clinton, Mass"


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

Carrie Maria (Fenner) Evans (1867-1959) was born about 1868, the daughter of Joseph Fenner and Susan M. (Marsh) Fenner. On 7 June 1892 at Clinton, Massachusetts, Carrie married electrician Frederick Brigham Evans (1867-1967), son of Amos Evans and Lydia G. (Babcock) Evans.

The photograph was taken about a year and a half after their marriage.

If you have information on the Fenner and Evans families, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

This photograph was found with one of Mary Abbie Evans (1888-1893) of New Hampshire, presumably a relative.

1908 Photograph of Mary Abbie Evans upon Graduation from RSNS, perhaps Randolph State Normal School in Vermont


Graduation photograph of Mary Abbie Evans, Class of 1908 at R.S.N.S., perhaps Randolph State Normal School in Randolph, Vermont.


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

She was presumably Mary Abbie Evans (1888-1983), born 25 October 1888 at Kensington, New Hampshire, daughter of Amos Merrill Evans and Lydia D. C. (Brackett) Evans.  The 1910 Census of Rochester, New Hampshire, shows Abbie living with her parents and working as a teacher.

On 17 June 1914 at Rochester, Mary Abbie married machinist Allen Cleveland deRochemont (1888-1956), son of Clarence M. deRochemont and Ella G. (Wilson) deRochemont. Allen was also born at Kensington, New Hampshire.  Mary Abbie and Allen had at least two children.

Allen died in 1956 and Mary Abbie at Hingham, Massachusetts, in 1983; they're buried in the Kensington Cemetery in Kensington, New Hampshire.

The photograph was found with a photograph of Carrie M. (Fenner) Evans of Clinton, Massachusetts, taken by her husband Frederick Brigham Evans, presumably a relative of Mary Abbie (Evans) deRochemont.

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

Cabinet Photograph of Alexander Morse; by the Towne Studio of Athol, Massachusetts


Cabinet photograph of a man identified on the reverse as Alexander Morse; taken by the A. F. Towne studio of 104 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts.


He may have been the Alexander Morse (1829-1917) born in Sullivan, New Hampshire, who would marry Lucy B. Day in 1864 at Royalston, Massachusetts, not far from Athol.

Or he may have been Edward Alexander Morse (1844-1919), born in Massachusetts at nearby Hubbardston; he married Mary Elizabeth Marean in 1868. Edward, however, had moved to the Midwest by 1870, although he may have come East to visit.

Or another Alexander Morse.  If you recognize him from your family photographs or research, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Memorial Card for Bessie M. Cole (1881-1903) of Sebago, Maine


Memorial card in memory of Bessie M. Cole, who died 21 March 1903 at the age of 21 years.

She was presumably Bessie M. Cole (1881-1903), daughter of Benjamin Franklin Cole (1852-1910) and Alma L. (McKenney) Cole (1854-1911) of Sebago, Maine.

Bessie, who was born [page 82] December 1881, at Sebago, Maine, died, unmarried, at Sebago, Maine, of acute tuberculosis. She, her parents and other relatives are buried in Forest Hill Cemetery at Bridgton, Maine.

If you have information on the Cole and McKenney families, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

c1899 Photograph of Elton P. Cook of Leeds, Maine, at the Age of Six


Circa 1899 photograph of Elton P. Cook of Leeds, Maine, at the age of six.  The photograph was taken by the Hammond studio of Lewiston, Maine.


From brief online research, hopefully correct:

Elton P. Cook was born 6 November 1893, the son of Forest A. Cook (1855-1907)  and Ella Mary (Parkman) Cook (1855-1938)

Elton, his older brother Eugene and their parents were enumerated in late June in the 1900 Census of Wales, Maine.  Sadly, Elton died a few months later, on December 6, 1900.  His death occurred within a year or so of this photograph.

Forest also died before his time, as the result of an accident in 1907.  He and Ella had met, presumably, while growing up in Palmyra, Maine.

The surviving son, Eugene Forest Cook (1887-1975), was working as a brakeman for the Maine Central Railroad when he married Lillian Ranco in Old Town in 1915.

Forest, Ella and Elton are buried in the Keenes Corner Cemetery at Leeds, Maine.

If you have information on the Cook and Parkman families, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Tintype of, presumably, Rosanna Mayo Harlow (1844-1889) of Brewer, Maine


Tintype of a young woman identified on the jacket reverse as Rossanna Harlow of Brewer, Maine.  I believe she was Rosanna Mayo Harlow (1844-1889), daughter of Ivory Harlow, Jr., and Rachel Doane (Mayo) Harlow.

The record for their Intention to Marry, dated 2 November 1834 at Sangerville, Maine, shows residences of Sangerville and Hampden, Maine, for Ivory and Rachel, respectively.

Rossana and her twin sister Rosilla Morgan Harlow were born 5 June 1844 at Sangerville, Maine.  According to the record, the girls had four older brothers:
  1. Willard Monroe Harlow, born 26 December 1835; died in 1904
  2. Henry Augustin Harlow, born 1 January 1837; died in 1922; note discrepancy in birth year on gravestone
  3. George Manson Harlow, born 24 May 1841; died 3 September 1913 in Red Wing, Minnesota; note discrepancy in birth year on gravestone.  Read more about George here.
  4. Washington Irving Harlow, born 22 [or 29] February 1842; died in 1861 in the first Battle of Bull Run



At some point, the Harlow family moved to Brewer, Maine, where Ivory Harlow had a brickyard.  Rosanna's twin Rosilla died in 1878 and Rosanna herself in 1889. They, their parents, siblings and other relatives are buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Brewer, Maine.

If you have information on the Harlow and Mayo families of Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties in  Maine, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Cabinet Photograph of Ellen Amanda (Rogers) Swales (1850-1931) of Jacksonville, Illinois, wife of George Washington Swales


Cabinet photograph of "Mrs. Ellen A Swales taken 40 years ago, 729 N Prairie St, Jacksonville, Ill. ...Irene Frost's Aunt ca 1860". Taken by McKinnon's Portraits, successor to G. W. Clark, Opposite Court House, Jacksonville, Illinois.

She was Ellen Amanda (Rogers) Swales (1850-1931), wife of George Washington Swales of Jacksonville, Illinois, who were born in New York and Illinois, respectively.

According to Ellen's death record, she was born 5 September 1850 in New York, casting the possible date of of the photograph, noted above as 1860, into doubt.  More likely the photograph was taken in the range from the late 1860s into the 1870s.

Ellen died on 9 December 1932 and is buried in the Jacksonville East Cemetery in Jacksonville, Illinois, with her husband.


If you have information on the families of Ellen Amanda (Rogers) Swales and George Washington Swales, please leave a comment or contact me directly.