Monday, December 5, 2016

Photographs of Sisters Maebelle White and Margaret White of Michigan

Photographs, possibly graduation photographs, of sisters Maebelle White and Margaret White of Michigan.   The photographs were taken at the Edw. J. Arthur studio of Detroit.

The photographs and a memorial card were found with several others, some identified: 
  • David Peavey, presumably David H. Peavey of Exeter, Maine
  • Helen Eola Mayo of Bangor, Maine - granddaughter of David H. Peavey
  • Sam A. Robinson - photo as a baby; identified as father of Curtis Skolfield Rovinson 
  • Bertie Way [presumably Alberta Mabel Way] - by an Escanaba, Michigan studio - New Brunswick roots
  • Percy Leroy Way, by a Woodstock, New Brunswick studio - lived for a while in Michigan
  • Cabinet card of an unidentified elderly man by the J. F. Gerrity studio of Bangor, Maine; handwriting on reverse: July 23, 1896, 94 years - was the date his birthday celebration, his death date or the date the photograph was taken?
  • Unidentified people in 8 CDVs from Bangor, Maine, and Providence, Rhode Island and Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • 19th century photograph of students at ? School No 9, possibly Cranford
The White sisters were the nieces of Percy Leroy Way's wife, Hermina (White) Way, "Minnie", sister of their father Nelson White, Jr.  Percy Leroy Way and Minnie lived at Escanaba, Michigan, before moving back and forth to nearby communities in Maine and New Brunswick.

According to her obituary, Maebelle White, "Mae", was born February 20, 1913 at Hermansville, Michigan, the daughter of Nelson White and Lillian (Bellmore) White.  The identification was apparently written by someone who didn't know that her name was spelled Maebelle.  

Mae married twice: 1) Frank Rodwell, with whom she had children; 2) Edward Alexander.

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

Margaret White was born in Michigan about 1911, the daughter of Nelson White, Jr., and Lillian (Bellmore) White.  Margaret married Robert Bittner on September 28, 1937.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

  • Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952
  • U.S. Federal Censuses

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