Tuesday, November 6, 2012

c1904 Photograph of Mildred E. Wyman of Milbridge, Maine; possibly while a student at the University of Maine

c1904 photograph of a young woman identified on the reverse as Mildred E. Wyman.  From comparing with photographs of a young  girl named Mildred E. Wyman of Milbridge, Maine, in an online family tree, I'm guessing that this is she.  

The photograph was found with a collection of photographs of University of Maine students of the early 1900s.

The reverse, shown below, has been lightened so that Mildred's name stands out better.  The contemporary mention of Lee Academy in pencil stemmed from the fact that the photographs were bought some years back at a Carroll, Maine, antique shop, but I doubt Mildred attended Lee Academy.  It was more likely that the photographs just happened to end up with that dealer.

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]

Mildred Ethel Wyman was born 10 November 1883 in Maine, possibly at Milbridge, Maine, the daughter of Edgar Albert Wyman and Florence A. (Brown) Wyman.   Some online trees have her middle name as Eileen, but her future husband gave her middle name as Ethel on his naturalization papers.  

Edgar was also possibly born at Milbridge, Maine, but I haven't yet found a birth record.  Florence A. Brown was born at Eastport, Maine.

Mildred's paternal grandparents were John and Clarinda (Tolman) Wyman, who were born at Searsmont, Maine, and Rockland, Maine, respectively.  

Mildred's maternal grandparents were Henry and Eliza (Pendleton) Brown, both of whom were from the West Isles of Passamaquoddy Bay, on the Canadian side, just across the bay from Eastport, Maine.

Some online trees have Mildred's mother as Regina or Regenia T. (Wallace) Wyman, but she was Edgar's second wife, who was only ten years old at the time of Mildred's birth.

The helpful staff at Special Collections at the Fogler Library at University of Maine pored through catalogs of that era and could not find mention of Mildred E. Wyman, or Mildred E. (Wyman) Lawrence.  Perhaps she was visiting at the time the photograph was taken.  It's intriguing that her photograph was taken by the same Bangor, Maine studio that took most of the other photographs in the collection, and that her photograph was found among them.

On 16 March 1909 at Seattle, Washington, Mildred Ethel Wyman married James Edgerton Lawrence, son of William H. and Mary (Chambers) Lawrence of Ontario, Canada.  He was born 26 July 1883 at Orillia, Ontario.

James and Mildred were living at Vancouver, British Columbia at the time of the 1911 Census of Canada.  James' occupation was listed as "Building".

By 1920, the couple was living at Seattle, Washington, where Andrew was working as the advertising manager of a paint company.   At the time of the 1930 and 1940 Censuses, they were living at Burlingame, California. In 1930, Andrew was still working as advertising manager at the paint company.  In 1940 his occupation is listed as color consultant for Allied Industries.

I'm not sure how many children they had, but I know they had at least one, a daughter born in 1921.   Andrew died in 1967, and Mildred in 1978.

If you have corrections to the information above or more information on the Wyman, Brown, Tolman and Pendleton families of Maine and New Brunswick, and the Lawrence and Chambers families of Ontario, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

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