Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Cabinet Photograph of Bert Kilgore; Norway, Maine studio; likely Adelbert D. Kilgore

Cabinet photograph of a man identified on reverse as Bert Kilgore.  The photograph was taken by the Swan and Stone studio of Norway, Maine.

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]

I believe the man in the photograph is Adelbert D. Kilgore who was born at Hartford, Maine, on 25 May 1858, son of Joshua Dennett Kilgore and Cynthia (Eames) Kilgore.  I found photographs of him at an older age when his mustache was in its silver prime.  His middle name may have been Donald.

Adelbert was married at least three times.  On 28 August 1883 he married Lizzie Adams, daughter of Sylvester and Louisa (Paule) Adams of Stoneham, Massachusetts.  They had at least three children:
  • Blanche Sarah Kilgore, born about May 1885; married George Bernard Potter in 1902
  • Etta M. Kilgore, born about June 1886
  • Ethel Louisa Kilgore, born about December 1888; married Wallace W. Jones
Adelbert and Lizzie (Adams) Kilgore divorced on 17 October 1896.

Adelbert married Mary Abbie (Morrill) Potter on 22 April 1899 at Denmark, Maine.  Mary was born at Raymond, Maine, daughter of Jacob and Susan (Merserve) Morrill.  Mary had previously been married to Arthur Shepley Potter, with whom she had children.  Mary Abbie (Morrill) Potter Kilgore died February 4, 1913 at Denmark, Maine.

On 16 April 1913, at Norway, Maine, Adelbert D. Kilgore married Etta M. (Beecher) Jewell.  She died 5 February 1925.  Adelbert died 4 December 1944 at Norway, Maine.

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


  1. Sylvester Adams was married to Louisa Paule. They were from Stoneham, Maine. Sylvester and Louisa were my great-great-great grandparents on my mothers side of the family. My email is Please feel free to contact me.

  2. I believe you may be needing to make some corrections. Mary Abigail Morrell Potter married Arthur Shepley Potter. Born in 1851 in Bethel, Oxford County Maine, died in 1913. Her parents are Jcaob and susan meserve Morell.

    1. There a Maine record for a marriage between Adelbert D. Kilgore and Mary A. Potter - at Denmark, Maine, on April 23, 1899. Mary's parents are shown as Jacob and Susan. I see from a Find a Grave listing that Arthur had died in 1894; Mary apparently chose to be buried with Arthur after her death in 1913, which may be the source of the confusion. Thanks for bringing this earlier marriage to my attention. On her marriage record to Adelbert, Mary indicated her birthplace as Raymond, Maine, and I found her birth record to confirm that. You may have found sources with different information - please let me know. Thanks for bringing Mary Abbie's earlier marriage to my attention. Have updated the blog post, thanks!

  3. Dear Pam. Find A Grave has Mary Abigail Morrell Potter, married to Arthur Shepley Potter, and then perhaps to Adelbert D. Kilgore. One source has Mary A. born in Raymond, another in Bethel. I now have someone suggesting that Mary's last name was Bolter. I also have a suggested name of Mary Albie Kilgore My marriage date is April 22, 1899 I also have two separate birth dates; may 3, and May 31, 1913. I talk about all of this because in my family; with Irene Potter, there was such a huge mystery about her life and I am hoping to solve it. you can contact me at