Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cabinet Photograph of Abbie Wilson; Sanford, Maine studio; possibly Abbie Jane (Hobbs) Wilson

Cabinet photograph of a woman identified on the reverse as Abbie Wilson.  The photograph was taken by the studio of C. R. Smith of Sanford, Maine.  She may have been Abbie Jane (Hobbs) Wilson, wife of Frank Wilson.

From brief online research, hopefully correct:  [corrections and additions requested]

If the woman in the photograph is Abbie Jane (Hobbs) Wilson, she was born June 1, 1859 at Waterboro, Maine, the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Hobbs and Ruth (Tibbetts) Hobbs.

I found Abbie's birth date and death date in The Hamiltons of Waterborough (York County, Maine): Their Ancestors and Descendents, 912-1912, by Samuel King Hamilton and published in 1912.  Hopefully the information is correct.

On November 17, 1880 at Somersworth, New Hampshire, Abbie married Frank Wilson, son of Dr. Timothy and Mary B. (Kimball) Wilson.  Frank was born at Orleans, Massachusetts, on September 1, 1849.  Dr. Timothy Wilson was born in 1811 at Shapleigh, Maine; he practiced medicine first at Ossipee, New Hampshire, and then at Orleans, Massachusetts.

Abbie and Frank lived at Sanford, Maine, where Frank worked as an attorney.  The History of Sanford, Maine 1661-1900 by Edwin Emery, published in 1901, contains a short biography of Frank Wilson.

Sadly, Abbie and one of their daughters, Ida Bell Wilson, died in 1891, Abbie on September 13.  Frank married Alice L. Pike on November 16, 1892 at Sanford.  Frank and Abbie's other daughter, Gillie May (Wilson) Hubbard, also died before her father, in 1922.  Frank himself died in 1929.

Frank, his two wives and other family members are buried in the Oakdale Cemetery at Sanford, Maine.  If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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