Monday, February 3, 2020

Photographs and Birthday Book from the Dunham Family, their In-laws and Friends, mostly from Piscataquis County, Maine; Michigan & Wisconsin

Several photographs and a birthday book that appear to pertain to the Dunham family of Sebec, Maine, including family members who moved to Michigan and Wisconsin, and friends from Sebec and Dover-Foxcroft and around Maine.

The birthday book does not list the birthdays of Effie Idella (Dunham) Merrill (1869-1926) or her husband William True Merrill (1862-1933), leading me to wonder if Effie might have been the original owner of the book and photo collection. She was the daughter of Levi Bearce Dunham (1828-1908) and Ann C. (Dow) Dunham (1830-1895) of the Foxcroft section of what is now Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.

Surnames mentioned on the photographs and in the birthday entries:

? (3)Gaede (2)Sands (2)
Dunham (13)Harlow (2)Smith
FossPackard (4)Sturtevant
ParkerWashburn (10)

Above, a man identified on the reverse as Will Dunham.  He was William Herbert Dunham, born in Sebec, Maine, in 1866, son of Levi Bearce Dunham (1828-1908) and Ann C. (Dow) Dunham (1830-1895).

The reverse of the photograph suggests that these two young women might be William Herbert Dunham's sisters, Angeline (Dunham) Packard (1863-1920), "Angie" and Effie Idella (Dunham) Merrill (1869-1926).  However, the faint studio imprint seems to indicate Wisconsin, which might make them Washburn sisters or cousins or mother and daughter.  Hopefully a reader with identified family photographs will weigh in.  Perhaps Angie and Effie were on a visit to their Washburn relatives.

The birthday book contains two obituaries:

Sample pages from the birthday book:

People depicted in the photographs and/or mentioned in the birthday book:

If you have corrections to the information above or insights into any of the people mentioned, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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