Wednesday, May 9, 2012

c1900 Photograph of Seth Bradstreet, by a Belfast, Maine studio

Photograph of a young man identified on reverse as Seth Bradstreet.  Taken by the W. L. Hall studio of Belfast, Maine.

Note: See a newer post, dated 19 June 2012, which features photographs of Seth's father Fred and sister Gertie.

From online research, hopefully correct:

I believe the young man is the Seth Henry Bradstreet, born 20 April 1885 at Freedom, Maine, son of Frederick K. and Clara A. (Harvey) Bradstreet, both Freedom natives.

Seth Henry Bradstreet graduated from Freedom Academy in 1903. Perhaps this was his graduation photograph.

Seth's paternal grandparents were Simon and Eunice (Fuller) Bradstreet.  His maternal grandparents were Asa and Margaret (Bradstreet) Harvey.

On 29 August 1908 at Palermo, Maine, Seth Henry Bradstreet married Ethel Gladys Nelson.  She was born 19 August 1887 at Palermo, Maine, daughter of Horatio M. Hussey Nelson and Sarah Frances "Sadie" (Shorey) Nelson, who were born in Palermo and Albion, Maine, respectively.

Ethel's paternal grandparents were Jacob Washington Nelson and Keziah Howe (Gould).  Her maternal grandparents were Francis and Jane P. Shorey.

After their marriage, Seth and Ethel moved to Albion to take care of a farm owned by a recently deceased relative.  They had ten children there and were still living in Albion at the time of the 1930 Census.  One of their grandsons served as Maine's Commissioner of Agriculture.

Read an interview with Seth's son Seth Henry Bradstreet Jr. about the family and their farming activities here.

If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding any of the information here, or if you think the Seth pictured is a different Seth, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Freedom, Maine, in Waldo County: zoom out once to see Albion, close by to the west

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Albion, Maine, in Kennebec County:

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  1. A very interesting article. The Seth Bradstreet who served as Commissioner of Agriculture during the Baldacci administration,is Seth Henry BradstreetIII, born April 7, 1959, now living in Newport, Maine on the Bradstreet family farm, which was established by his father, Seth Bradstreet,Jr.Seth Bradstreet IV was raised on this farm, now lives in Newport and has a son Seth Bradstreet V.

  2. Thanks for this update on the Bradstreet family - it seems that the name and the love of agriculture have persisted through the generations.

  3. This is very interesting to actually see a friend and pallbearer of my Great-Uncle Henry Davis. They graduated together from Freedom Academy and were very close friends of the whole Davis family.

  4. I'm sorry I meant to type Harry Davis

  5. Neat, Melanie! Glad you happened upon this post and that you took the time to comment.