Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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.


  1. We're doing research on Brewer's Civil War soldiers, including Washington Harlow. Thank you for posting this image of his sister.

    1. Sounds like a wonderful project! Maybe someone would consider doing a presentation, online or in person, for Penobscot County Genealogical Society??