Friday, June 19, 2020

1894 Photograph of Carrie M. (Fenner) Evans of Clinton, Massachusetts

1894 photograph of a woman identified on the reverse as Carrie M. (Fenner) Evans, wife of F. B. Evans of Clinton, Massachusetts; her husband took the photograph himself.

In one ink: "Taken Winter 1894".  In another ink: "Carrie M. (Fenner) Evans, Taken by F. B. Evans with Keystone Dry Plate Camera, in Parlor at apartment on Henry [or Haney or ?] Street Clinton, Mass"

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

Carrie Maria (Fenner) Evans (1867-1959) was born about 1868, the daughter of Joseph Fenner and Susan M. (Marsh) Fenner. On 7 June 1892 at Clinton, Massachusetts, Carrie married electrician Frederick Brigham Evans (1867-1967), son of Amos Evans and Lydia G. (Babcock) Evans.

The photograph was taken about a year and a half after their marriage.

If you have information on the Fenner and Evans families, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

This photograph was found with one of Mary Abbie Evans (1888-1893) of New Hampshire, presumably a relative.

1908 Photograph of Mary Abbie Evans upon Graduation from RSNS, perhaps Randolph State Normal School in Vermont

Graduation photograph of Mary Abbie Evans, Class of 1908 at R.S.N.S., perhaps Randolph State Normal School in Randolph, Vermont.

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

She was presumably Mary Abbie Evans (1888-1983), born 25 October 1888 at Kensington, New Hampshire, daughter of Amos Merrill Evans and Lydia D. C. (Brackett) Evans.  The 1910 Census of Rochester, New Hampshire, shows Abbie living with her parents and working as a teacher.

On 17 June 1914 at Rochester, Mary Abbie married machinist Allen Cleveland deRochemont (1888-1956), son of Clarence M. deRochemont and Ella G. (Wilson) deRochemont. Allen was also born at Kensington, New Hampshire.  Mary Abbie and Allen had at least two children.

Allen died in 1956 and Mary Abbie at Hingham, Massachusetts, in 1983; they're buried in the Kensington Cemetery in Kensington, New Hampshire.

The photograph was found with a photograph of Carrie M. (Fenner) Evans of Clinton, Massachusetts, taken by her husband Frederick Brigham Evans, presumably a relative of Mary Abbie (Evans) deRochemont.

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

Cabinet Photograph of Alexander Morse; by the Towne Studio of Athol, Massachusetts

Cabinet photograph of a man identified on the reverse as Alexander Morse; taken by the A. F. Towne studio of 104 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts.

He may have been the Alexander Morse (1829-1917) born in Sullivan, New Hampshire, who would marry Lucy B. Day in 1864 at Royalston, Massachusetts, not far from Athol.

Or he may have been Edward Alexander Morse (1844-1919), born in Massachusetts at nearby Hubbardston; he married Mary Elizabeth Marean in 1868. Edward, however, had moved to the Midwest by 1870, although he may have come East to visit.

Or another Alexander Morse.  If you recognize him from your family photographs or research, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Memorial Card for Bessie M. Cole (1881-1903) of Sebago, Maine

Memorial card in memory of Bessie M. Cole, who died 21 March 1903 at the age of 21 years.

She was presumably Bessie M. Cole (1881-1903), daughter of Benjamin Franklin Cole (1852-1910) and Alma L. (McKenney) Cole (1854-1911) of Sebago, Maine.

Bessie, who was born [page 82] December 1881, at Sebago, Maine, died, unmarried, at Sebago, Maine, of acute tuberculosis. She, her parents and other relatives are buried in Forest Hill Cemetery at Bridgton, Maine.

If you have information on the Cole and McKenney families, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

c1899 Photograph of Elton P. Cook of Leeds, Maine, at the Age of Six

Circa 1899 photograph of Elton P. Cook of Leeds, Maine, at the age of six.  The photograph was taken by the Hammond studio of Lewiston, Maine.

From brief online research, hopefully correct:

Elton P. Cook was born 6 November 1893, the son of Forest A. Cook (1855-1907)  and Ella Mary (Parkman) Cook (1855-1938)

Elton, his older brother Eugene and their parents were enumerated in late June in the 1900 Census of Wales, Maine.  Sadly, Elton died a few months later, on December 6, 1900.  His death occurred within a year or so of this photograph.

Forest also died before his time, as the result of an accident in 1907.  He and Ella had met, presumably, while growing up in Palmyra, Maine.

The surviving son, Eugene Forest Cook (1887-1975), was working as a brakeman for the Maine Central Railroad when he married Lillian Ranco in Old Town in 1915.

Forest, Ella and Elton are buried in the Keenes Corner Cemetery at Leeds, Maine.

If you have information on the Cook and Parkman families, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Tintype of, presumably, Rosanna Mayo Harlow (1844-1889) of Brewer, Maine

Tintype of a young woman identified on the jacket reverse as Rossanna Harlow of Brewer, Maine.  I believe she was Rosanna Mayo Harlow (1844-1889), daughter of Ivory Harlow, Jr., and Rachel Doane (Mayo) Harlow.

The record for their Intention to Marry, dated 2 November 1834 at Sangerville, Maine, shows residences of Sangerville and Hampden, Maine, for Ivory and Rachel, respectively.

Rossana and her twin sister Rosilla Morgan Harlow were born 5 June 1844 at Sangerville, Maine.  According to the record, the girls had four older brothers:
  1. Willard Monroe Harlow, born 26 December 1835; died in 1904
  2. Henry Augustin Harlow, born 1 January 1837; died in 1922; note discrepancy in birth year on gravestone
  3. George Manson Harlow, born 24 May 1841; died 3 September 1913 in Red Wing, Minnesota; note discrepancy in birth year on gravestone.  Read more about George here.
  4. Washington Irving Harlow, born 22 [or 29] February 1842; died in 1861 in the first Battle of Bull Run

At some point, the Harlow family moved to Brewer, Maine, where Ivory Harlow had a brickyard.  Rosanna's twin Rosilla died in 1878 and Rosanna herself in 1889. They, their parents, siblings and other relatives are buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Brewer, Maine.

If you have information on the Harlow and Mayo families of Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties in  Maine, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Cabinet Photograph of Ellen Amanda (Rogers) Swales (1850-1931) of Jacksonville, Illinois, wife of George Washington Swales

Cabinet photograph of "Mrs. Ellen A Swales taken 40 years ago, 729 N Prairie St, Jacksonville, Ill. ...Irene Frost's Aunt ca 1860". Taken by McKinnon's Portraits, successor to G. W. Clark, Opposite Court House, Jacksonville, Illinois.

She was Ellen Amanda (Rogers) Swales (1850-1931), wife of George Washington Swales of Jacksonville, Illinois, who were born in New York and Illinois, respectively.

According to Ellen's death record, she was born 5 September 1850 in New York, casting the possible date of of the photograph, noted above as 1860, into doubt.  More likely the photograph was taken in the range from the late 1860s into the 1870s.

Ellen died on 9 December 1932 and is buried in the Jacksonville East Cemetery in Jacksonville, Illinois, with her husband.

If you have information on the families of Ellen Amanda (Rogers) Swales and George Washington Swales, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Photograph of Annette (Annas) Wilder Huson (1857-1914) of Presque Isle, Maine

Photograph of older woman identified as Annette (Annas) Huson, sister of C. E. Annas and aunt of Philip Annas.  She was Sarah Annette Frances (Annas) Wilder Huson (1857-1914), "Nettie".

From brief online research, hopefully correct:

Nettie was born 3 November 1857 at Presque Isle, Maine, the daughter of Alfred R. Annas and Almira J. (Wilson) Annas.  One of her siblings was Calvin Edgar Annas (1872-1969), as noted above; he in turn was the father of Philip A. Annas (1904-1998).

Nettie married twice:
  1.  In 1878 - Maine, Marriage Index, 1670-1921 - Benjamin Forrest Wilder, who had divorced first wife Clara Packard earlier that year - Maine, Divorce Records, 1798-1891
  2.  In 1892, Marcus Samuel Huson (1850-1907)

Benjamin Forrest Wilder had a son with his first wife Clara, but I don't believe Nettie had any children of her own.

Nettie died of liver cancer on 21 February 1914 at Lewiston, Maine while living with her sister, Mrs. Alvaretta (Annas) Elder.  Nettie's occupation at the time of her death was listed as housekeeper.  She's buried in the Fairmount Cemetery at Presque Isle, Maine. Her parents, other relatives and both of her husbands are also buried in Fairmount Cemetery.

If you have information on the Annas, Wilder and/or Huson families, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Photograph of Eugene Melvin Tarbox (1857-1861) of Biddeford, Maine; and Newburyport, Massachusetts

Photograph in a jacket of young Eugene Melvin Tarbox with his dates of birth and death on the facing page.  "Born Apr 27 1857 Died Aug 28 1861"

From brief online research, hopefully correct:

Eugene Melvin Tarbox was born either in Maine or in Newburyport, Massachusetts,  on 27 April 1857, the son of Henry C. Tarbox and Amanda (Remick) Tarbox.  Sadly, Eugene died of dysentery at Newburyport on 28 August 1861.

One death record shows Eugene's place of birth as Newburyport, Massachusetts, but another record shows Biddeford, Maine. The 1860 Census of Biddeford, Maine, shows that Eugene was born in Maine.

Eugene is buried with his father and other relatives in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Biddeford, Maine. Eugene's mother is buried in the First Parish Burying Ground in Newbury, Massachusetts.

If you have information to share on the family of Eugene Melvin Tarbox, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Notice the front of the jacket, which has a then-innocuous swastika embossed on it.

Cabinet Photograph of Dorothy Scribner (1800-1897 or 1899)

Cabinet photograph of an elderly woman identified on the reverse as Dorothy Scribner, born May 25, 1800, with either a death year of 1897 or 1899 - or one of those years was the date of the photograph, not the year of her death.

If the latter case, she may have been Dorothy (Piper) Scribner (1800-1901) of Otisfield, Maine, daughter of Jonathan Piper and Dorcas (Stevens) Piper and wife of Elijah Scribner (1798-1876), all of whom were deceased by the time of this photograph.  This Dorothy was indeed born on May 25, 1800, at Otisfield, Maine; she died in 1901 in adjacent Harrison, Maine.

Dorothy is holding a book that looks very much like a family Bible.

If you recognize Dorothy from your family photographs or research, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

1778 Muster Roll of Company of Capt. George White of Topsham, Maine; in Manuscript Genealogy of William Willson (abt 1750-1801) of Harpswell, Maine

Pages 108-115, 121 and 137, including the 1778 muster roll of the company of Captain George White of Topsham, Maine.  Members of this company came from mid and south coastal Maine.  

The muster roll lists residences and frequent remarks, including deaths, illness, capture and desertion. Many of the deaths, wounds and capture appear to have resulted from the Battle of Hubbardton, Vermont.  According to the record, William Willson and other soldiers walked from Beverly, Massachusetts, to Bennington, Vermont, likely just the start of many more miles of walking.

These pages appear in a manuscript genealogy of William Willson (about 1750-1801), also seen as Wilson, and Descendants.  The genealogy was handwritten by Willson's great grandson William Blake Josephs (1854-1918) of Portland, Maine, in 1901 [with later entries by both himself and others].

The manuscript is discussed in installments, as noted below.

The manuscript measures approximately 7-1/2" by 5"and contains 201 numbered pages, with pages 182-183 and 199-200 missing.  William Blake Josephs wrote the vast majority of the information.

Note: most of the entries are unsourced, but information may have come from people with direct knowledge. Take all with a grain of salt, knowing there may be nuggets here not found anywhere else.

Be aware: the compiler used very little punctuation, including periods at the end of sentences, and was not careful about pronoun antecedents and spelling.  All of this makes some of his information difficult to nail down.

Toward the end are a few pages of entries in a more contemporary hand, perhaps entered by Joseph's widow Mary Jane (Blair) Josephs or one of their children. The missing pages are in this section.


Page 3
Having some family records and
wishing to preserve them is what led 
me to prepair this Book the early trad-
itions of the family herein quoted
have been handed down to me and
are Know doubt correct the principle
part of this work is the Military His-
tory of my great grand Father William
Willson his record of service in the Am-
erican Revolution i got from the 
Secretary of the State of Mass. (Maine
Was a part of Mass until 1820) this rec-
ord was taken from the Revolutionary
Archives of the State of Mass. The accou-
nt of the Battles he passed through
Was taken from the best works in pr-
int on the Revolutionary War Viz
Carringtons Battles of the American
Revolution, Lossings Field Book of
The Revolution. Paul Allen's History
of the American Revolution (Published
in 1819). Dr. Thatchers Military Jour-
nal. The part that relates to the 
Penobscot Expedition was taken from 

Page 4
Williamsons History of Maine also
Nathan Goulds History of Col Jona-
than Mitchells Reg. of Cumberland Co
The experience of the Regts to which Will-
iam Willson was attached was also his 
Experience so I have given the Battles
In detail which is very interesting rea-
ding especially that part which has refer-
ence to Cap Enos Stones Journal in
These few extracts it shows what beca-
me of the Prisoners taken by the British
in the Battle of Hubbardton Vermont it
can not be found in any history that
I ever saw. our Ancestor William Willson 
was one of the Prisoners

Pages 108-115, 121, 137 
1778 Muster Roll of Capt. George White of Topsham, Maine

A transcription follows the images.  

Note: The list is mostly alphabetical, but not reliably so, and there are a few stragglers at the end. In addition, some names appear in variant format.  Be sure to look over the entire list for your ancestor.

Pages 108-115, 121, 137

A muster roll of Cap Geo
White's Company Jan 1 - 1778

Note: George White was then living in Topsham, Maine; his men were mostly from the midcoast Maine south to Falmouth (including the part that is now Portland), one as far south as York, Maine.

Note: remarks accompanying the names of many of the men indicate death, sickness, taken prisoner, deserted, etc.  Many of those who died, were injured and taken prisoner had taken part in the Battle of Hubbardton, in a village in Vermont.

Pages 108-113 - Muster Roll

George White, CaptainTopsham
William Stanwood, LieutenantBrunswick
Isaac Childs 2d LieutenantFalmouth
Hugh Mulloy, EnsignBrunswick
Francis Ryan, SergeantFalmouth
John Given, SergeantBrunswick
John Hunt, SergeantBrunswickdied Jan 1 - 1778
Anthony Moss, SergeantBrunswickSick in Hospital
James Low, CorporalFalmouthKilled July 7 - 1777
William Allen, CorporalTopsham
Luther Hall, CorporalBowdoinham
Thomas Means, CorporalNorth Yarmouth
Samuel Ayers, FiferFalmouth
Stephen Attwood, PrivateCape Elizabeth
Daniel Allen, PrivateTopsham
Samuel Adams, PrivateHarpswell
Benona Austin, PrivateBrunswick
Benjamin Barstow, PrivateBristol
James Brown, PrivateBristol
Benjamin Bagley, PrivateFalmouth
John Cornish, PrivateBrunswick
Enoch Cox, PrivateFalmouth
William Cox, PrivateFalmouthon command at Albany
Loring Cushing, PrivateCape ElizabethDied Oct 23 - 1777
James Flood, PrivateCape ElizabethDeserted Sept 16 - 1777
Thomas Foot, PrivateGeorgetownTaken July 7 - 1777
Oliver Graffam, PrivateBrunswickSick at Albany
George Grough, Private [Gough ?]Brunswick
Levi Hall, PrivateBristol
Martin Hall, PrivateBowdoinhamDied Dec 9 - 1777
William Hall, PrivateBristol
Joseph Jones, PrivateBristol
John Jones, PrivateTopsham
Austin Jameson, PrivateNorth Yarmouth
Zachariah Knight, PrivateFalmouth
Levi Kenney, PrivateFalmouthon furlough Sick
Joseph Laurance, PrivateBristolSick in Hospital
John Loyens, PrivatePownalboroon furlough Sick
Joseph Melcher, PrivateBrunswickKilled Oct 7 - 1777
Thomas Moore, PrivateFalmouth
William Mathews, PrivateBristolSick in Albany
John McDonald, PrivateFalmouth
John McDonald, 2d, PrivateCape ElizabethSick in Albany
William McGill, PrivateBrunswick
Jonathan Osburn, PrivateBrunswickon command at Albany
Francis Purcil, PrivateFalmouth
Timothy Pratt, PrivateFalmouthSlain in battle July 7 - 1777
Edward Pratt, PrivateFalmouthSick in Hospital
Alexander Potter, PrivateTopshamSick in Albany
Richard Poor, PrivateTopshamTaken July 7 - 1777
Timothy Ryan, PrivateFalmouthDischarged
Benjamin Sawyer, PrivateCape Elizabeth
Nathaniel Spofford, PrivateNew Casco [village in Falmouth]Sick in Albany
Samuel Sawyer, PrivateCape Elizabeth
Daniel Sargent, PrivateBrunswickDeserted June 10 - 1777
John Shannon, PrivateTopshamSlain in battle July 7 - 1777
Samuel Starbird, PrivateBrunswickon command in Hospital
Daniel Tobby, PrivateFalmouth
Seth Toothaker, PrivateHarpswell
Ephraim Taylor, PrivateBristolTaken July 7 - 1777
David Thompson, PrivateGeorgetownSlain in battle July 7 - 1777
William Willson, PrivateHarpswellTaken July 7 - 1777
Ezekiel Winslow, PrivateBristol
Joseph Whittam, PrivateBristol
John Whitton, PrivateTopshamSick in Hospital
Thomas Whittam, PrivateHarpswellTaken July 7 - 1777
Timothy Dwyer, PrivateGeorgetown
John Alen, PrivateNew Casco [village in Falmouth]
Samuel York, PrivateNew Casco [village in Falmouth]
James Kenady, PrivateFalmouthDied March 20 - 1777
John Stone, PrivateNew CastleDied May 10 - 1777
Thomas Goodwin, PrivateYorkDied Sept 6 - 1777

Pages 114-115

The above is a true Return
of the state of the company
according to best of my
George White Capt
examined by
Benj Tupper Col.

The above roll was copied from
the original which is on file
in the Archives at the State house
in Boston Mass
copied Aug 19 - 1904
In looking over the roll of Capt
Penobscot Expedition i find the
William Willson and Josiah 
8 days and received £8 - S 10

A note to Col Purrinton from
Capt Nehemiah Curtis Dated Dec
15 - 1777 has the following which
is of interest to us it relates to
men in his Milita Comp (1) who
enlisted into the Continental Army
two of these men interest us Viz
William Willson
James Flood  
See also page 137

Flood married Willsons sister 
Susannah they enlisted together
for a term of 3 yrs in Capt
Geo Whites Comp Col Ebenezer
Francis 11th Mass Regt

This was taken from the Archives at
the State house Boston
Revolutionary Rolls Vol 43, page 75
Nehemiah Curtis Comp in the
wages received by each man
Clark each served 2 month and
8 d for wages
[diagonally on page] (1) Capt Curtis Militia Comp was called the 1st Comp of Harpswell

Page 121

William Willson of Harpswell  Me
an item from the Revolutionary 
rolls in the Mass. State archives

Subsistence allowed from date of
enlistment Jan 13 - 1777 to time of
arrival at Bennington Vt credited
with 68-1/2 days allowance 370 miles
travel allowed said Willson

P.S. (they walked from Beverly Mass
       ( to Bennington Vt

Page 137

Enlistments in to Rev Army

In a return from Capt Nehemiah Curtis to
Col Purrinton of men enlisted in to the
Continental Army from Capt Curtis
Militia comp (this comp was called the first
comp of Harpswell) this was dated Dec 15 
1777 from the list i find the following 
were assigned to Capt Whites Comp Col
Ebenezer Francis Ret 11th

Seth Toothaker
Thomas Thitum
William Willson
James Flood
Samuel Adams

copied from the record at the State
House Boston Mass Aug 3d 1905

If you have corrections to the transcription or information on any of the men mentioned above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.