Friday, September 2, 2016

3 1880s CDVs of Bertram Howard Lidstone of Farmington, Maine, a Native of Prince Edward Island; died January 9, 1886 at age 21

Three c1885 Cartes de Visite of a young man identified on the reverse as Bertram H. Lidstone of Farmington, Maine, who died on January 9, 1886 at age 21. The photographs were taken by the Starbird studio of Farmington, Maine.  

One of the CDVs was found with two of Farmington State Normal School students, giving rise to the possibility that Bertram was also a student there, before succumbing to ill health.

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

A baptismal record for Bertram Howard Lidstone shows that he was born May 2, 1864 and baptized at O'Leary United Church on Prince Edward Island on July 18, 1867, along with at least two other siblings.

Bertram's parents were Rev. James Lidstone and Catherine (Dalton) Lidstone, who were both born on Prince Edward Island, James at Bedeque or Cape Wolfe. James and Catherine had married on January 9, 1862 on Prince Edward Island, according to a record in Prince Edward Island Marriage Registers, 1832-1888.

The family was living at Sackville, New Brunswick at the time of the 1871 Census. James Lidstone's naturalization record indicates that the family, or at least James, had moved to Maine by 1873. The family ultimately moved to Farmington, Maine, presumably where Rev. James Lidstone had found a church to minister.

Sadly, Bertram was not the only member of this unfortunate family to die young: 
  • Sister Eugenie Bertha Lidstone, born December 14, 1866 at Prince Edward Island, died in 1883. 
  • Father Rev. James Lidstone died in 1885 
  • Brother Edgar Eliel Lidstone, born September 24, 1865 in Prince Edward Island, died in 1887 
  • Sister Mary K. Lidstone, born about 1869 in Prince Edward Island, died in 1892 
  • Mother Catherine (Dalton) Lidstone, who had had to endure such tremendous loss, died in 1893 

These five and Bertram himself are buried in the Riverside Cemetery at Farmington, Maine.

There was another child, Richard Lidstone, born May 8, 1872. I don't have further information on him, except that he may have been the Richard L. Lidstone who also died young, on October 13, 1899. He's buried in the Pomona Cemetery and Mausoleum at Pomona, California.

The third CDV (found with two others of Farmington State Normal School students)

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment, so that this post can be updated, for the benefit of other researchers.

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