Tuesday, August 30, 2022

1908 Postcard from Ethel in Fort Fairfield, Maine, to cousin Marilla Holt in Weld, Maine

1908 postcard sent by Ethel in Fort Fairfield, Maine, to her cousin Miss Marilla Holt in Weld, Maine.

A transcription appears at the end of this post.
Addie Marilla Holt (1895-1979) was the daughter of Allen S. Holt and Dorcas F. (Childs) Holt.  Addie would marry Roland Fletcher (1900-1952) and raise a family in Wilton, Maine.

With thanks to researcher Greg Childs, who loves a challenge: 

Ethel was presumably Marilla's cousin Ethel Maude Rollins (1890-1980), daughter of Benjamin Sanford Rollins and Loretta (Childs) Rollins, the latter of whom died in 1895.  Loretta's untimely death no doubt explains why Ethel would appear in the 1900 Census of Fort Fairfield, Maine, as an "adopted daughter" in the household of George E. Childs (1857-1905) and his wife Mary Adelaide (Gammon) Childs, both natives of Franklin County, Maine. 

Marilla's mother, Dorcas F. (Childs) Holt, and Ethel's mother, Loretta (Childs) Rollins, were sisters; they had also lost their mother at a young age, perhaps as a result of Dorcas' birth. George E. Childs (1857-1905was their younger half brother.

It appears that Ethel married three times: 
  1. Augustus Bryant, who died in 1914. He and Ethel had a son and a daughter. The son, George Childs Bryant, was named for George E. Childs; and the daughter, Loretta Adelaide Bryant, was named for both Ethel's mother Loretta (Childs) Rollins and stepmother Mary Adelaide (Gammon) Childs.
  2. William W. Wyer
  3. Nathan S. Mansur

Ethel was born in Litchfield, Maine, and lived in various towns in Maine, in New Hampshire and, finally, in California, where she died.  She's buried in Fort Fairfield, Maine.


Dear Cousin. I made the skirt to my dress by a borrowed pattern. It was a plain seven gored skirt with two cross grained folds on the bottom. The waist pattern I'll send you. I made it by this pattern only had a square neck with one band of insertion as low as the bottom of my neck; and half sleeves with a band of insertion on each. Hope you'll have good luck in making it. Give my love to Aunt Dorcas. I'd love to see her. From Ethel.

If you have information to share on the Childs, Holt and/or Rollins families, please leave a comment for the benefit of other family researchers.

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