Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cabinet Photos of Alma P. Widdoes of Bridgton, Maine, as a Baby, Girl and Young Woman

Photograph of a young woman identified on the reverse as Alma when in high school.  The photograph was found with two others of Alma, one when she was a baby and other when she was a young girl.  The other two photographs give her last name as Widdoes.

The photograph was taken by the Murphy Studio of Bridgton, Maine.

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]

Alma P. Widdoes was born 21 May 1891 at Welchville, a village in the town of Oxford, Maine.  Her parents were Seymour or Seymore J. Widdoes, born at Newark, Delaware, and Grace M. (Blake) Widdoes, born at Welchville.

Alma's middle initial stood for Perice, Peirce or Pierce.  I found references to all three variations.

The photograph above of Alma as a baby has no photographer's imprint.

The photograph below was taken by the C. A. Smith studio of Waterville, Maine.  

I wonder if the family was visiting relatives or if they lived in the Waterville area for a time.

On 20 June 1913 at Auburn, Maine, Alma married Jesse Clayton Sanborn, son of Enoch Augustus Sanborn and Annie Elizabeth (Noble) Sanborn, who were natives of Biddeford, Maine.  Jesse Clayton Sanborn was born 28 February 1889 at Steep Falls, Maine.

I didn't notice any children living with Jesse Clayton Sanborn and Alma P. (Widdoes) Sanborn in the 1920 and 1930 Census enumerations.   They worked for a telephone company.  Jesse Clayton Sanborn lived until 1972.  Alma died at some point between the 1930 and 1940.

If you have information on the Widdoes, Blake, Sanborn and/or Noble families, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Bridgton, Maine [Oxford, Maine, is to the northeast.  I believe the Welchville section of Oxford is near the intersection of Routes 26 and 121.]



  1. Alma died in 1939 and is buried in the Widdoes/Sanborn plot at the Forest Hills Cemetery on Kansas Road in Bridgton, Maine. I uploaded a photo of the grave site to FindAGrave dot com: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/121438730/alma-w-sanborn

    1. Thanks for taking the time to share this and for photographing grave sites.