Friday, September 10, 2010

1898 or 1890 Cabinet Photo of Florence Marston True, Boston, Massachusetts studio

Note: this is a revision of a post of yesterday, September 10, 2010.

July 1890 or 1898 photograph inscribed by Florence Marston True to her pupil Hannah; taken by Purdy studio of 146 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts.


With best wishes to my dear little pupil Hannah.  I am yours very sincerely - Florence Marston True, July 5m 1898 [or 1890].

I researched online for a Florence Marston True, a Florence M. True and  a Florence Marston who married a True, and I'm not sure I've found the correct person, though I think she is the Florence M. True, music teacher, of Salisbury, Massachusetts.  I'm hoping that a reader will recognize her and contact me either via the comments box at the bottom of this page or by email.

Florence M. True, a teacher of piano and violin, of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachustts, was born in 27 October 1877 or 1878 [I found both years] in Massachusetts.  If the photo were dated 1898, she'd be about twenty or twenty-one years old, which is possible - but 1890 would be unlikely.   

Whether a clue or a red herring, this Florence had a grandmother whose maiden name was Marston.

In the event that music teacher Florence M. True of Salisbury and Amesbury is our Florence Marston True, here is what I have found of her.  She was the daughter of Prince Albert and Sarah Emily (Morrill) True.  Prince Albert, who went by P. Albert, was the son of Deacon Jabez and Anna (Fitts) True of Salisbury, Massachusetts.  

In the previous post I mentioned that I hadn't been able to find the parents or maiden name of Florence's mother Sarah.  After a bit more digging, I've found that she was Sarah Emily Morrill, who was born 19 November 1840 in Salisbury, Massachusetts, the daughter of John and Sarah (Marston) Morrill.   So now I feel a bit more encouraged that the young woman in the photograph is indeed the daughter of Prince Albert and Sarah (Morrill) True of Salisbury, Massachustts.

I haven't yet found the parents of Florence's grandmother Sarah Marston.  A listing in the Salisbury Vital Records indicated that she was living in Deerfield, New Hampshire, at the time of her marriage to John Morrill, though she may not have been born there.  Sally (Marston) Morrill died in 1843, too early to determine her birth state from a Census enumeration.

Using the Censuses as a guide, I was able to determine that Florence had at least two siblings, a sister Helen and a brother Edward.  The book The Genealogy of the Greely-Greeley Family, written by George Hiram Greeley in 1905, lists another brother, Ralph P., who I think is Ralph Preston True, as shown on his World War I draft enlistment card.

I lost track of Florence's parents and siblings after the 1910 census, though I'm pretty sure that I found brother Edward's World War I draft registration card, where he gave his name as Edward Parker True.  I lost track of Florence after the 1920 Census; at that time she was living with her father's sister Idalettea (True) Webster in Amesbury and gave her occupation as music teacher. 

Again, if you have any insights into the Florence Marston True in the photograph or any corrections to make to the information presented above on Florence M. Marston, please leave a comment or contact me directly. 

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