Saturday, January 1, 2011

Pages of Ella F. Whitcomb and sister Ida Whitcomb, Waldo, Maine, in Autograph Book of Bertha Clements, Waldo Center, Maine

Above is an image of the page signed on September 18, 1890, by Ella F. Whitcomb of Waldo, Maine, in the autograph book of Bertha Clements of Waldo Center, Maine.

Below, the page signed on September 18, 1889, by Ella's older sister Ida Whitcomb.

From online research, hopefully correct:

Ella Florence Whitcomb was born 2 October 1877 in Waldo, Maine, the daughter of Roscoe E. and Eva Jane (Woodbury) Whitcomb.   Her paternal grandparents were Benjamin and Orinda (Simmons) Whitcomb. Her maternal grandparents were James H. and Eunice (Cross) Woodbury.

On 6 November 1897, Ella Florence Whitcomb married Frank Leslie Harmon in Morrill, Maine.  Frank Leslie Harmon was born 1 January 1870 in Maine, the son of Benjamin Franklin Harmon and his wife Eliza A. Brand or Rand [I found both surnames].  His paternal grandparents were Benjamin Frank Harmon and his wife Rebecca (Tucker) Harmon.

Ella and Frank had at least one child, a son Elmer Harmon.  I found them in the 1910 and 1920 Censuses of Brockton, Massachusetts, where Frank was a letter carrier.

Ida May Whitcomb was born 23 February 1874 in Morrill, Maine, the daughter of Roscoe E. and Eva Jane (Woodbury) Whitcomb.  Her paternal grandparents were Benjamin and Orinda (Simmons) Whitcomb.  Her maternal grandparents were James H. and Eunice (Cross) Woodbury.

In the 1900 Census, Ida was about age 26 and was living as a servant in the home of Augustia [perhaps Augustus] and Charlotte Colburn in Belfast, Maine.  She married Frank Edwin Howard of Belfast on 6 December 1905, according to the Maine Marriages online database.   Frank Edwin Howard was born about 1875 in Maine, the son of Lewis L. Howard and his wife Eliza (Sheldon) Howard.  Frank's paternal grandparents were Samuel and Lucy (Ripley) Howard.  His maternal grandparents were William and Eliza (Simmons) Sheldon.

Frank and Ida May (Whitcomb) Howard had at least one child, a daughter Ruth Evelyn Howard.  In the 1930 Census, I found them living in Medford, Massachusetts.

If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the information presented above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Images, below, of the front of Bertha Clements' autograph book and the page she signed herself:

The signers: [Click on the names in bold for a post featuring their autograph pages and genealogy.]

Bertha Clements signed her first name on the inside cover and her name and address on the first page
"Mother", who was Maria F. (Mixer) Clement of Waldo
Robert Clements, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Frank Blood, friend, 1887
Percy W. Clements, Waldo, Maine
Belle M. Clements, Bertha's sister
Florence A. Roberts, friend, 1891
Burton A. Curtis, friend, 1887
Melvin George Rolerson, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Laura J. Blood, East Knox, Maine
Isaac G. Sanborn, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Georgia, Bertha's friend
Lydia Clements, Bertha's cousin, 1891
Ethel Foss, Brooks, Maine, 1889
Phebe Paul, Waldo, Maine, 1889
? Clements, Bertha's cousin, Waldo, 1891
Bertha, Bertha's friend, 1887
C. E. Whitcomb, friend
Edna Reynolds, Waldo, Maine 1891
John D. Fraser, Pictou, Nova Scotia
Angie M. Sanborn, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Carrie S. Nickerson, Waldo, Maine, 1888
Jabie Clement (?), Bertha's cousin, 1889
Castanous Merrill Smalley, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Isaac Sheldon, Waldo, Maine, 1887
Ida Whitcomb, schoolmate, Waldo, Maine, 1889
Esther Clements, Bertha's sister, Waldo, Maine, 1887
Lela, Bertha's friend, Waldo, Maine, 1887
A. M. Patterson, Bertha's brother - I assume brother-in-law, Whiting Iowa, 1887
Effie Dell Rolerson, friend, Waldo, Maine, 1889
Ida Rolerson, friend, 1887
Lulu R. Cammett (?), Waldo, Maine
Delbert Joel Rolerson, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Ella F. Whitcomb, Waldo, 1890
Verie, Bertha's schoolmate, 1887
George H. Clements, Bertha's schoolmate, Waldo, Maine, 1890
Ellen M. Camett (?), Bertha's cousin, Waldo, Maine, 1889
Ernest L. Curtis, Bertha's friend, 1890
Irvin L. Curtis, Waldo, Maine
Everett Clements, Waldo, Maine
Rachel, Bertha's schoolmate, 1887
Berie Melcher (?), Waldo, Maine
Mary D. Smith, Waldo, Maine
Grace, friend, 1887

A map of Waldo, Maine:

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  1. I've been contacted by relatives of Ella Florence and Ida May Whitcomb, who were so pleased to find these autographs!

  2. Thank you.Been trying to find more information about my family! Was a foster child from Richard and Carol,my understanding is that Rosco and Eva was my grandparents..,. Please drop me a note and exchange