Monday, May 10, 2021

1851 Letter from George Dickey at Bangor, Maine, to Thomas Holbrook in Brooks, Maine, or Knox, Maine

June 16, 1851 letter sent by George Dickey in Bangor, Maine, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Holbrook at Brooks Mills in Brooks, Maine, or Knox, Maine.

Dickey is asking that the Holbrooks visit him in Bangor, Maine, for the purpose of having a "degariotipe" taken, before it's too late.  He also mentions other mutual friends.

Daguerrotypes were in wide use from the 1840s to the late 1850s. It would be interesting to know the name of the Bangor, Maine, photographer that Dickey had in mind.
Transcription - I've left the spelling as is, as it doesn't detract from the message. But if I've misconstrued something that affects the meaning, please leave a comment.

Bangor June 16, 1851
Brother and Sister Holbrook. I have been thinking of writing to you for some time but have not untill now. The mane object of this letter is to invite you to visit us as soon as  you can conveniently. Will you not come some time this month while it is cool & comfortable as it is very uncomfortable riding in the heat of the Summer.

I am very anxious for you to have your Degariotipe pictures & as life is very uncertain & what is Done must be Done quickly. I think it will be a great Satisfaction to our friens when we have past off the Stage to See our likenesses as we were while with them. If I could have the Degarotip picture of my Farther & Mother, I should value it more highly than Silver or gold. 

Tuesday morning. it is a very pleasant morning. Wish we could see you today. It is hard to be seperated from those we love as we gain in years. I think we are more & more attached to those of our friends that ware nearly associated with us in the days of our youth. We had a very pleasant visit from Jonathan Lowrence, was glad you could see so meny of old friends in Northport. Franklin & Lady how do you do. Hope we may see you this summer and George, how do you do. Hope to see you when it is convenent. I supose you new Lucy J had moved to Dover __ (perhaps Mass - or Me.).  We here from them about every two weeks. They happy situoded thare, have every thing to make them comfortable. How is it with Augustus and wife, please let us know in your letter. Sister Nancy will you please write to me as soon as you can after you quit this and let us know when we may see you so that we may be at home. We are all enjoying comfortable helth and common prosperity. Hope you are enjoying the same blessings.  And may the Lord help us all to be thankful.
Respectfully yours, George Dickey

George was presumably Bangor merchant George Dickey (1800-1886), a native of Northport, Maine, and the husband of Lucy L. (Patch) Dickey (abt 1806-1896).

Thomas Holbrook (1790-1875) was a Castine native who moved to Northport, Maine, when young. His wife was Nancy (Dickey) Holbrook (1793-1867), a sister to the letter writer George Dickey.

Perhaps Jonathan Lowrence was Jonathan Powers Lawrence (1795-1853).

If you a theory as to the identities of the people mentioned in the letter or have information to share on the Dickey, Patch or Holbrook families, please leave a comment.

Lines Written By Judge Horace Strickland of Bradford, Vermont, upon the Death of his Wife Susan H. (Baldwin) Strickland in 1874

Paper, about 8" b y 5", found unaccompanied by other items, which contains lines written by Judge Horace Strickland (1801-1884) upon the death of his wife Susan H. (Baldwin) Strickland (1802-1874).  

The Stricklands lived in Bradford, Vermont.

The paper is more yellow than it appears above, as it was scanned while contained within an archival sleeve.

Transcription:

The following lines were found among the papers of the late Judge H Stricland of Bradford Vt and were evidently written after the death of his wife

'Fairwell', since nevermore for thee 
The sun comes up o'er eastern skies
Less bright henceforth shall sunshine be
To some fond hearts and saddened eyes.

There are who for thy last long sleep
Shall sleep as sweetly nevermore.
Shall weep because thou canst not weep
And grieve that all they griefs are o'er.

Sad thrift of love: the loving breast
On which the aching heart was thrown
Gave up the weary head to rest
But kept the aching for its own."

Horace Bradford was a foundry owner, a Town Clerk, a State Representative and Side Judge of Orange County, Vermont. He and Susan had two daughters
  1. Charlotte taught at Abbott Academy in Andover, Massachusetts
  2. Lucy Ann married Charles B. Botsford, a Boston merchant

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

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

1948 Invitation to Wedding of Margaret Elizabeth Connelly & Henry Edward Haman at Bangor, Maine



Invitation to the 1948 wedding of Margaret Elizabeth Connelly (1923-2018), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Connelly, and Henry Edward Haman (1921-2007) on 6 November in Bangor, Maine.

Ticket to the Reception at the Lucerne Inn in Dedham,  Maine

Margaret and Henry, a native of Romania who grew up in New Jersey, were both veterans of World War II, Margaret in the Navy and Henry in the Marines.

1912 Wedding Announcement of Bruce Alvor Higgins & Marietta Jessie Megquier at Bangor, Maine

Announcement of the Marriage of Bruce Alvor Higgins (1877-1962) and Marietta Jessie Megquier (1875-1951) at Bangor, Maine, on 15 August 1912.

According to Dr. Higgins' obituary, he was a native of Ohio, who had moved with his family to Exeter, Maine, when young. After graduating from the Maine Medical School at Bowdoin College in the Class of 1901, he practiced in Corinth, Maine, for a time, before moving with his wife to Iola, Kansas.



Dr. Higgins' father, Ebenezer A. Higgins, was the son of Ebenezer and Ruth (Smith) Higgins, natives of Bucksport, Maine, who moved to Exeter, Maine, and developed an extensive farm.

Marietta Jessie Megquier was the daughter of Charles F. Megquier and Marietta E. (Clark) Megquier of Corinth, Maine. It's possible that Dr. Higgins met Marietta while he was practicing medicine in Corinth, although they may have known each other before that, as Corinth and Exeter abut.

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

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Book that Belonged to Dr. John Dardess (1904-1990) while He was a Student at Fordham University in New York City

Small book that belonged to Dr. John Dardess (1904-1990) while he was a student at Fordham University in the 1920s.
John Dardess was born in Chatham, New York in 1904, son of John Connelly Dardess and Helen Louise (Niles) Dardess. In 1935, the younger John married Edna W. Wolfe. Their son Dr. John Wolfe Dardess was born in 1937.

The book contains no personal notations.



Township 16 Range 3 WELS, now Stockholm, Maine, in Aroostook County - 1894 to 1898 Road Repair Taxes

Township 16 Range 3 WELS, now Stockholm, Maine, in Aroostook County, Maine - 1894-1898 road repair taxes.  

Click here to see a post that contains links to the 1894-1898 road repair taxes for other townships in Aroostook County. 

 Click here to see a map of the Townships in Aroostook County. 

Lists of those residents and non residents of Township 16 Range 3 WELS owing road repair taxes for the years 1894-1898 appears at the end of this post. Please leave a comment if you have information to share on any of these people. 

This list won't take the place of the burned 1890 US Federal Census records, but it might provide clues. Bear in mind that of the residents mentioned, only the name of the actual owner appears, not the names of the entire household. And it's possible there were other households in the township not subject to taxation.

1894

1894, Township 16 Range 3 WELS, middle of right page

1895

1895, Township 16 Range 3 WELS, middle of right page

1896

1896, Township 16 Range 3 WELS, middle of left page

1897

1897, Township 16 Range 3 WELS, lower half of left page

1898

1898, Township 16 Range 3 WELS, bottom of left page

Township 16 Range 3 WELS, now Stockholm, Maine, in Aroostook County - 1894 to 1898 Road Repair Taxes

To be expended upon the county road in said township; and
Charles Marshall of Caribou, is appointed agent therefor.
YearOwnerLotAcresValueTax
1894Parker P. Burleigh & SonsWest half of township10,018$5,100.00$62.50
1894John P. Donworth & OthersEast half of township10,018$5,100.00$62.50
1894Totals20,036$10,200.00$125.00
To be expended upon the county road in said township; and
Charles Marshall of Caribou, is appointed agent therefor.
YearOwnerLotAcresValueTax
1895Parker P. Burleigh & SonsWest half of township10,018$5,100.00$62.50
1895John P. Donworth & OthersEast half of township10,018$5,100.00$62.50
1895Totals20,036$10,200.00$125.00
To be expended upon the county road in said township; and
Charles Marshall of Caribou, is appointed agent therefor.
YearOwnerLotAcresValueTax
1896Parker P. Burleigh & SonsWest half of township10,018$5,100.00$112.50
1896John P. Donworth & OthersEast half of township10,018$5,100.00$112.50
1896Totals20,036$10,200.00$225.00
To be expended upon the county road in said township; and
Charles Marshall of Caribou, is appointed agent therefor.
YearOwnerLotAcresValueTax
1897Parker P. Burleigh & SonsWest half of township10,018$5,100.00$112.50
1897John P. Donworth et alEast half of township10,018$5,100.00$112.50
1897Totals20,036$10,200.00$225.00
To be expended upon the county road in said township; and
Charles Marshall of Caribou, is appointed agent therefor.
YearOwnerLotAcresValueTax
1898Parker P. Burleigh & SonsWest half of township10,018$5,100.00$51.00
1898John P. Donworth et alEast half of township10,018$5,100.00$51.00
1898Totals20,036$10,200.00$102.00

Township 16 Range 4 WELS - Madawaska Lake area - in Aroostook County, Maine - 1894 to 1898 Road Repair Taxes

Township 16 Range 4 WELS, in Aroostook County - Madawaska Lake area - 1894-1898 road repair taxes.  

Click here to see a post that contains links to the 1894-1898 road repair taxes for other townships in Aroostook County. 

 Click here to see a map of the Townships in Aroostook County. 

Lists of those residents and non residents of Township 16 Range 4 WELS owing road repair taxes for the years 1894-1898 appears at the end of this post. Please leave a comment if you have information to share on any of these people. 

This list won't take the place of the burned 1890 US Federal Census records, but it might provide clues. Bear in mind that of the residents mentioned, only the name of the actual owner appears, not the names of the entire household. And it's possible there were other households in the township not subject to taxation.

1894

1894 - Township 16 Range 4 WELS at top of right page

1895

1895, Township 16 Range 4 WELS near top of right page.

1896

1896, Township 16 Range 4 WELS near top of left page

1897

1897, Township 16, Range 4 WELS near top of right page

1898

1898, Township 16 Range 4 WELS near top of right page

Township 16 Range 4 WELS - Madawaska Lake area - in Aroostook County, Maine - 1894 to 1898 Road Repair Taxes

To be expended upon the county road in said township and
Charles Marshall of Caribou, is appointed agent therefor.
YearOwnerAcresValueTax
1894Laura B. Hayford, Trustee7,013$7,013.00$50.14
1894E. G. Dunn and heirs of Peter Dunn3506$3,506.00$25.06
1894Walter Mansur10,520$10,520.00$75.22
1894Totals21,039$21,039.00$150.42
To be expended upon the county road in said township
Charles Marshall of Caribou, is appointed agent therefor.
YearOwnerAcresValueTax
1895Laura B. Hayford, Trustee7,013$7,013.00$50.14
1895E. G. Dunn and heirs of Peter Dunn3506$3,506.00$25.06
1895Walter Mansur10,520$10,520.00$75.22
1895Totals21,039$21,039.00$150.42
To be expended upon the county road in said township
Charles Marshall of Caribou, is appointed agent therefor.
YearOwnerAcresValueTax
1896Laura B. Hayford, Trustee7,013$7,013.00$50.14
1896E. G. Dunn and heirs of Peter Dunn3506$3,506.00$25.06
1896Walter Mansur10,520$10,520.00$75.22
1896Totals21,039$21,039.00$150.42
To be expended upon the county road in said township
Charles Marshall of Caribou, is appointed agent therefor.
YearOwnerAcresValueTax
1897Laura B. Hayford, Trustee7,013$7,013.00$50.14
1897E. G. Dunn and heirs of Peter Dunn3506$3,506.00$25.06
1897Walter Mansur10,520$10,520.00$75.22
1897Totals21,039$21,039.00$150.42
To be expended upon the county road in said township
Charles Marshall of Caribou, is appointed agent therefor.
YearOwnerAcresValueTax
1898Laura B. Hayford, Trustee7,013$7,013.00$50.14
1898E. G. Dunn and heirs of Peter Dunn3506$3,506.00$25.06
1898Walter Mansur10,520$10,520.00$75.22
1898Totals21,039$21,039.00$150.42