Monday, January 14, 2013

1894 Graduation Photograph of Jessie Mabel Gale; Haverhill High School, Haverhill, Massachusetts

1894 graduation photograph of Jessie Mabel Gale, a student at Haverhill High School, Haverhill, Massachusetts.  The photograph was taken by the Wilcox studio of Haverhill.

This photograph was found with those of five other Class of 1894 graduates of Haverhill High School.

The other students are Bertha Maude Charlesworth; Amy Gertrude Foss; George E. Hutchins; George Munroe Gage Nichols or Charles Howard Nichols; and Lillian Mae Pettengill.  Click on the name for more information on that person.  The Class of 1894 graduation program appears at the end of this post.

From online research, hopefully correct:

Jessie Mabel Gale was born 25 November 1875 at Haverhill, Massachusetts, the daughter of John Albert Gale and Mary Alice (Simonds) Gale, who were born at Newton, New Hampshire, and Haverhill, New Hampshire, respectively.

Many online sources have the wrong birth date for Jessie, as they've confused her with a Jessie M. Gale born at Dorchester, Massachusetts on 14 April 1875 [though some have it as 14 April 1876].  

Below, an excerpt from Massachusetts of Today, a Memorial of the State, Historical and Biographical, 1892, which offers a brief biography of Jessie's father John Albert Gale.

On 21 June 1899 at Haverhill, Massachusetts, Jessie Mabel Gale married George Marion Barnum, Jr., son of George Marion Barnum and Ellen (Flynn) Barnum.  George was born at Chicago, Illinois, on 31 July 1877.

The couple made their home at Brookline, Massachusetts, and raised at least two children, daughters Marcelle Gale Barnum and Elizabeth "Betty or Bettie" Barnum.

George Marion Barnum, Jr., worked in banking, presumably with his wife Jessie's father, John Albert Gale.  George died in 1925.

Anything beyond this point, I learned from the details of a lawsuit of one of Mabel's daughters against the other, in connection with the money left to them by their grandfather John Albert Gale.  

In 1926, Jessie Mabel (Gale) Barnum married stockbroker Chester M. Mowat.  They were enumerated at Newton, Massachusetts, in the 1930 and 1940 Censuses.  

Chester died on 22 October 1941; Jessie Mabel (Gale) Barnum Mowat died on 4 March 1944.

If you have corrections and/or information to share, please leave a comment for the benefit of other researchers.

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