Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cabinet Photograph of a Man IDed as Orval Bishop; possibly Orison Snow Bishop of Milo, Maine

Cabinet photograph of a man identified on the reverse as Orval Bishop; the photograph was taken by the Chase studio of Foxcroft, Maine.  

I found Orval in Census records of Lagrange, Maine, and Milo, Maine, not far from Foxcroft, Maine, and other records for himself and his children; he was listed as Orval in some and Orison in others.  Perhaps Orval was Orison Snow Bishop's nickname.  If you know that Orval was not Orison Snow Bishop, please let me know.

The identification is written in pencil against a dark background and shows better in oblique light.

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

Assuming Orval Bishop was Orison Snow Bishop, he was born 22  February 1849 at Lagrange, Maine, the son of James Lindsay Bishop, Jr., and wife Martha Jane (Snow) Bishop.  

James Lindsay Bishop, Jr., was the son of Rev. James Lindsay Bishop and his first wife Lois (Whitney) Bishop of Leeds, Maine, and, later, Lagrange, Maine.  Martha Jane (Snow) Bishop was the daughter of Stephen and Frances (Page) Snow of Milo, Maine.

On 31 March 1871, Orison Snow Bishop married Harriet Adelaide Sherburn or Sherburne, daughter of John and Abigail (Johnson) Sherburn.  Harriet was born 31 October 1851 at Milo, Maine.

Orison and Harriet made their home at Lagrange, Maine, and Milo, Maine, and had, I think, six children: Franklin; Winfred; Melvin; Leonard; Byron; and Emma.  Franklin, Winfred and Leonard died young.

Harriet Adelaide (Sherburn) Bishop died 6 August 1904 at Milo, Maine.  By the time of the 1910 Census, Orval/Orison had married Margaretta, who was born about 1852 in New York.

In the 1920 Census of Canton, Massachusetts, Orison is shown in the enumeration of the Massachusetts Hospital School, is listed as married, but no wife is shown.

Interestingly, I found the record of a 24 February 1920 marriage on the Maine Marriages online database of an Orrison V. Bishop of Lagrange, Maine, and a Nathalie E. Danforth of Bradford, Maine, but I don't know if this Orison is Orison Snow Bishop.

Amazingly, Orison, at age 81, was still working, as a mechanic, by the time of the 1930 Census of Somerville, Massachusetts.  Again, he's listed as married, but no wife is shown with him.

Orison, by then listed as a widower, was still at Somerville, Massachusetts, at the time of the 1940 Census.  He died 7 August 1942 at Somerville.

If you have corrections to the information above, especially if Orval and Orison were two different men, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Just in case there is a connection...  Found with Orval's photograph was another one by the Chase studio of Foxcroft, Maine, of a baby girl, identified on the reverse as Aunt Emma.  Orison Snow Bishop and his wife Harriet Adelaide (Sherburn) Bishop had a daughter named Emma Ethel Bishop, born at Milo, Maine, on 22 December 1888.

Lagrange, Maine [A] and Milo, Maine [B]

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