Monday, October 28, 2013

1899 Graduation Photograph of Florence Hurd, Salem High School, Salem, Massachusetts

1899 graduation photograph of Florence Hurd from Salem High School at Salem, Massachusetts.  The photograph was taken by the W. G. Hussey studio at Salem.

I found two instances of a Florence Hurd born in or near Salem, Massachusetts, during the plausible time frame, but only one of them was still living there at the time of the 1900 Census.

First, the Florence Hurd born 6 June 1881 at Lynn, Massachusetts, daughter of Joseph Almon Hurd and Ida Homer (Varney) Hurd, who were born at Detroit, Maine, and Lynn, Massachusetts, respectively.  Joseph, Ida, son Lyman and daughter Florence were living at Salem, Massachusetts, at the time of the 1900 Census.  I'm not sure this Florence Hurd ever married; she was living with her lawyer brother Lyman Eugene Hurd at the time of the 1920 Census and may have been a patient at a hospital at Middleton, Massachusetts, at the time of the 1930 Census.

Second, the Florence Sinclair Hurd born 6 September 1880, or 6 October 1880 [I found records for each] at Salem, Massachusetts, daughter of Albert and Ella F. (Wood or Woods) Hurd, "Nellie",  who I believe were Maine natives.  It appears that this Florence may have been brought up in Lynn, Massachusetts.  She married Richard J. Hughes at Lynn, Massachusetts, on 16 September 1900.

So we have one Florence born in Lynn who was apparently raised in Salem, and Florence born in Salem, who was apparently raised in Lynn.  And perhaps the young woman in the photograph was someone else entirely.

If you have knowledge of the Hurd family or families of the Salem, Massachusetts, and Lynn, Massachusetts, area, please leave a comment for the benefit of other researchers.

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