Monday, January 7, 2013

Photograph of Cora H. Small of Boston, Massachusetts; photograph taken by the Tuttle & Son studio of Green's Landing, Maine - Stonington

Note of May 13, 2016: Be sure to scroll down to the comments section to see a photograph of Cora's husband Ernest Whitney, one of the Melvelle Brothers, an acrobatic team.

Cabinet photograph of a woman identified on the reverse as Cora H. Small of Boston, Massachusetts.  

The photograph was taken by the studio of W. C. Tuttle & Son of Green's Landing, Maine.  Green's Landing became the town of Stonington, Maine, in 1897.

Cora was presumably Cora Henrietta Davis Small, a native of Deer Isle, Maine, who moved to Massachusetts.  In the 1900 Federal Census of Beverly, Massachusetts, she was listed as a servant in the household of Edward Jackson.

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome!]

Cora Henrietta Davis Small was born 23 August 1863 at Deer Isle, Maine, the daughter of Benjamin and Lucy Theresa (Jordan) Small.

On 8 December 1907 at Boston, Massachusetts, Cora married Ernest Whitney, son of Thomas Robert Whitney and Emeline (Wyman) Whitney.  Ernest was born about 1862, likely at Farmingdale, Maine.

The couple lived at Medford, Massachusetts, where Ernest worked in sales and as a chauffeur for an express company.  I don't believe they had any children together.  A reader notes that Ernest was one of the three Melvelle Brothers, a circus acrobatic team - see the comments section for a link to a photograph of the Melvelle Brothers.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or if you feel that the woman in the photograph is a different Cora H. Small, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

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  1. You have everything correct on Cora. Her husband had an interesting early career as a trapeze artist with various circuses P T Barnum included. He traveled all over the US and to England. He was one of the three Melvelle Brothers, Ernest, Arthur and William. Arthur was my grandfather Albert Arthur Strout 1864-1936.

    Arthur Rideout

    1. Wow! Thanks for adding such rich texture - and link to a photograph - to the names and dates!