Photo Friday – Perkins, Perry, Pert, and Peters

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 106

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.

This week, for Photo Friday, I identify the people in five more envelopes from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]. The envelopes typically contain the name of the person who paid for the photos, not necessarily of the individual portrayed in the image. As such, it is vital to analyze the pictures and information to identify the individual therein.[ii] Ultimately, my goal is to reunite the photos with family members who may have never seen the image.


Marlowe Stevenson Perkins, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Marlowe Perkins – Mrs. Dr Gilman – Ocean Ave #520 – DSCN4582P.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

Marlowe Perkins
  • A search for Marlow Perkins in Portland, Maine, resulted in finding a 1937 Deering High School (Portland, ME) yearbook with a photo showing the same young man about two years older than this 1935 photo.
  • The 1930 US Census found nine-year-old Marlow S Perkins living in Wells, Maine, with his parents, Grover S and Easelyn Perkins.

I am confident that this photo is of Marlow Stevenson Perkins about 1935 when he was about 15 years old.

Ancestry has 16 public trees that refer to Marlowe Stevenson “Perk” Perkins. Family Search has profile GV4R-QGG for Marlow Stevenson Perkins. I have uploaded two photos of Marlow to his Family Search Memories.


(Probably) Louise Millicent Perry, Nurse, circa 1934.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Louise Perry, Childrens Hospital #540.”

What I discovered about this individual.

Nurse Louise Perry?
  • 1934, 1935, and 1936 Portland city directories list no nurses with the surname of Perry, Parrody, or anything similar.
  • However, the 1931 Burlington, Vermont, city directory lists a Louise M Perry as nurse at Mary Fletcher Hospital.
  • And the 1940 Census lists Louise M Perry as a 28-year-old, Vermont-born, registered nurse at the Nurses Home of Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut. It indicates that she was in Brooklyn, New York, in 1935.

I believe this is probably Louise Millicent Perry, born on 10 Jan 1912. In 1930 and 1931, the 18-year-old worked at the Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington, Vermont. About 1934, she was in Portland, Maine, where this photo was taken. In 1935 she was in Brooklyn; before 1940 she had removed to Hartford, Connecticut.

Ancestry has 16 public trees that refer to Louise Millicent Perry. Because I am not 100% confident this photo is of Louise Millicent Perry (later Ball), I have only posted this photo to Dead Fred.


Rosalind Pert, Nurse, circa 1934.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Rosalind Pert – Me Gen Hospital #265.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

Nurse Rosalind Pert, c. 1934
Nurse Rosalind Pert
  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Rosalind Pert as a student nurse at 22 Arsenal (Maine General Hospital).

Further research suggested that this Rosalind Mable Pert was born on 24 March 1916 in Sedgwick, Maine. She attended Sedgwick High School in the class of 1933. Hopefully, someone has a 1933 Sedgwick High School Yearbook to confirm.

Ancestry has 17 public trees that refer to Rosalind Mable Pert (later Mumford). Family Search has profile LVVC-PHJ for Rosalind Mable Pert (1916-2005). I uploaded a photo of Rosalind to her Family Search Memories.


John Jerome “Jerry” Peters, circa 1934.

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Jerry Peters, 30 Whitney St. #410 – DSCN4603P.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

Photo of Jerry Peters, circa 1934
Jerry Peters
  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Annabel M, Jerome J, Katherine M (widow of George), and Philip Peters all living at 30 Whitney.
  • The 1920 US Census lists eight-year-old Jerome Peters, the son of George J and Catherine Peters living at 13 Canton. Other children in the household include Annabelle and Phillip.

I am confident this is a photo of John Jerome “Jerry” Peters, born 9 July 1911 in Portland, Maine, when he was about 23 years old.

Ancestry has 16 public trees that refer to John Jerome Peters, the son of George J and Catherine (Birmingham) Peters. Family Search has profile L5FF-6B6 for John Jerome Peters. I have uploaded one photo of Jerry to his Family Search Memories. Sadly, the original negative is damaged somewhat.


Paul Peters, circa 1934 (age 1).

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Chas. Peters, 90 Ocean Ave #380 – DSCN4597P.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

Paul Peters
Paul Peters
  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Charles L and Clara V Peters living at 90 Ocean ave.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Charles and Clara living at 14 Sawyer. They have three children, Paul (age 6), Annette (age 3), and Virginia (age 1).
  • Paul Joseph Peters was born to Charles L and Clara Virginia (Tanguay) Peters on 16 November 1933 in Portland, Maine.

I am confident that this photo is of Paul in 1934 when he was about a year old. Sadly, the original negative is slightly out of focus.

Ancestry has seven public trees that refer to Paul Joseph Peters (1933-2016). Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Paul. I uploaded a photo of Paul photo to Dead Fred.


Conclusion

If any of these photos are of your family member, I would love to hear your reaction. Especially if this photo is of a loved one for whom you hadn’t seen this photograph before.

Due to software limitations, the images uploaded to Family Search and Dead Fred have a higher image quality than the images here.

For all postings of the Ethel Wight Collection, please see here.


Endnotes

[i] The Wight Studio was in Portland, Maine. Many thanks to Ethel Wight’s family for access to and permission to use the collection of their great aunt.

[ii] These images were converted to positives using a lightbox, a Nikon camera and computer software.

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Bert Roberts – Living in Detroit, Michigan, from 1940 to 1949.

Roberts Research

Roberts Line
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.

Bert and Essie were in Terre-Haute during the 1940 Census. In 1949, Bert died in a fiery truck accident while driving a truck near Elwood, Indiana. He lived and worked in Detroit, Michigan, at the time. Looking at his time in Detroit between 1940 and 1949, I learned.

Previous posts regarding Bert Allen Roberts (1903-1949)

New Research

To ensure I have the right Bert Roberts in any record, I find it helpful to review all of the people with the same name in the same location at the same time.

Searches for Bert Roberts in Detroit from 1940 to 1950 resulted in the following:

Family Search

1940 Census – A 35-year-old Bert Roberts lived in Green Oak Township, Livingston County, Michigan, about 15 miles west of Detroit. He was a doctor of dentistry and lived with his wife, Venus. They lived in Detroit in 1935.  

1940 Census – There was a Bert Roberts, the six-month-old son of Gerald & Julia Roberts of 3810 Cabot in Detroit. He also appears in the 1950 Census as the 10-year-old son of Gerald & Julia Roberts of 4152 Lawndale in Detroit.

Ancestry

1940 & 1950 Census records – Same as Family Search.

Michigan Marriage Records – On 13 November 1946, 52-year-old Bert Roberts married Irene Armstrong in Detroit. Bert was from Detroit, and Irene was from Port Huron.

U.S., Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s-Current, includes Bert’s Obituary. No new data but another source, the Elwood Call-Leader, 2 May 1949, under a front page banner headline: TWO MEN BURN IN TRUCK WRECK FIRE.

U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1948 includes cards for both my Bert Roberts’.

  • Bert A Roberts was born on 7 July 1924 in Terre Haute, Indiana. His next of kin is Mrs. Essie Roberts at 5756 Winslow, Detroit. This is the Draft Card for Bert Junior.
  • Bert Allen Roberts: Born 7 September 1903 in Sesser, Illinois. Essie is his next of kin, also.

Harold Bert Roberts of 5980 Maryland. He was born on 18 May 1915 in Hartford, Conn.

Bert Holmes Roberts of South Lyon was born in Detroit on 23 March 1906.

U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900-2016 includes a Bert Roberts in the 1958 Chadsey High School Yearbook. He would have been born about 1942. My Bert Junior would have been about 34.

Bert Roberts’ in Detroit, Michigan 1940-1942.

Besides my Bert Allen Roberts (Sr.) and his son, Bert Allen Roberts, Jr., I know of six other Bert Roberts recorded in Detroit between 1940 and 1950. They are:

  • 1.     Bert Roberts. Born c. 1894 and married Irene Armstrong.
  • 2.     Bert Roberts, born c. 1905, Lived in Detroit in 1935 and Green Oak Township in 1940. Wife Venus.
  • 3.     Bert Holmes Roberts was born on 23 May 1906 in Detroit.
  • 4.     Harold Bert Roberts was born on 18 May 1915 in Connecticut.
  • 5.     Bert Roberts was born in September 1939 and was the son of Gerald & Julia Roberts.
  • 6.     Bert Roberts was born c. 1942.

Newspapers

Genealogy Bank yielded several articles.

  • A 5 March 1943 article in the Detroit Evening Times indicated Bert Junior was inducted into the service.
  • A 27 April 1945 article in the Detroit News indicated Bert Junior was wounded a second time. He was first wounded on 29 November by a land mine and wounded a second time on 6 April in Germany.
  • On 29 and 30 June 1945, Bert (Sr.) was mentioned in the obituary for his mother, Clara Adams.
  • On 1 May 1950, Bert was mentioned in Memoriam as having died one year before.

Newspapers.Com yielded a photo of Bert Jr. under a page 22 headline, “Fighting Spirit Boils Up in 18-Year-Olds as They Register for the Draft,” on 12 December 1942.

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Ethel Wight Collection – Part 115

Photo Friday – Penney, Perkins,  (née Bennett)

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.

This week, for Photo Friday, I identify the people in five more envelopes from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]. The envelopes typically contain the name of the person who paid for the photos, not necessarily of the individual portrayed in the image. As such, it is vital to analyze the pictures and information to identify the individual therein.[ii] Ultimately, my goal is to reunite the photos with family members who may have never seen the image.


Patricia Penney, circa 1936 (age 4).

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. E. C. Penny, 35 Pine St #1025.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

Photo of Patricia Penney, circa 1936 (age 4).
Patricia Penney, circa 1936 (age 4).
  • The 1936 Portland city directory lists Ernest C (Loretta L) Penney, a stock clerk at 622 Congress, residing at 35 Pine.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Ernest Penney, his wife Loretta, and two daughters, Patricia (7) and Shirley (3).
  • This photo was taken about 1936, before Shirley was born, and when Patricia was about four.

This photo is of Patricia Ann Penney, born on 26 May 1932 in Portland, Maine, to Ernest Clayton and Loretta (Barter) Penney.

Ancestry has nine public trees that refer to Patricia Ann Penney. Family Search has profile GZKM-KVJ for Patricia Penney, daughter of Ernest C and Loretta Farrell (Barter) Penney. I have uploaded this photo of Patricia to her Family Search Memories.


Patricia Penney, circa 1935 (age 3).

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Loretta Penney, 182 Clark St (Patricia) #309.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

Photo of Patricia Penney, circa 1935 (age 3).
Patricia Penney, circa 1935 (age 3).
  • Based upon the photo ID number (#309), this photo was taken about one year before the other picture of Patricia Penny (above), the daughter of Ernest C and Loretta L. Penney

This photo is of Patricia Ann Penney, born on 26 May 1932 in Portland, Maine, to Ernest Clayton and Loretta (Barter) Penney.

Ancestry has nine public trees that refer to Patricia Ann Penney. Family Search has profile GZKM-KVJ for Patricia Penney, daughter of Ernest C and Loretta Farrell (Barter) Penney. I have uploaded this photo of Patricia to her Family Search Memories.


Georganna Perkins (later O’Hara) circa 1935.

This photo is from the Ethel Wight Studio, Portland, Maine. 

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Georginna Perkins, 202 Hillside Ave Nutley, N. J. #89 – (Aug 19, 1935).”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

Photo of Georgianna Perkins (later O’Hara) circa 1935.
Georgianna Perkins, circa 1935.
  • The 1938 Nutley Directory (Belleville, NJ) lists Georgianna M Perkins, a student residing at 202 Hillside Ave. Also at that address are F Carroll & Elizabeth M Perkins. Mr. Perkins is a div supt NY (division superintendent, New York).
  • I was surprised to see ten photos of Georgianna in the Ethel Wight Studio Collection—more than any other person I’ve seen. Until I found a March 9, 1939, article in the Biddeford Daily Journal that read, “Mrs. F. Carroll Perkins and daughter, Georgiana, of Nutley, N.J., are guests of Miss Ethel Wight of Fort Hill Avenue.” So, they must be good friends.
  • A September 29, 1938, obituary for Henry B. Bennett mentions he was a selectman in Old Orchard Beach and was survived by two daughters, Mrs. Earl C. McAllister and Mrs. F. Carroll Perkins, and his granddaughters Georgiana and Priscilla Perkins.
  • Ancestry Family Trees for Henry Babbitt Bennett indicate he and Georgianna had two children,  Lilla Irene and Elizabeth Mildred “Bessie” Bennett. Elizabeth married Francis Carroll Perkins and had two daughters. One was Georgiana June Perkins (born on 23 Jun 1918 in Uutky, Essex, New Jersey. She married Harry Frank O’Hara on 30 August 1942.

These photos form a series of Georgianna from four different sittings from 1934 through 1936.

Ancestry has six public trees that refer to Georganna Perkins, born on 23 June 1918.
Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Georgianna, the daughter of Bessie M Bennett (1888-deceased).

I uploaded this photo of Georgianna to Dead Fred. I have also uploaded four more pictures of Georgianna to my Flickr Photostream.


Elizabeth “Bessie” Perkins (née Bennett), circa 1934.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. F. C. Perkins, 202 Hillside Ave, Nutley, J. J. #17.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

Photo of Elizabeth "Bessie" Perkins (née Bennett), circa 1934.
Elizabeth “Bessie” Perkins (née Bennett), circa 1934.
  • The 1938 Nutley Directory (Belleville, NJ) lists F Carroll & Elizabeth M Perkins residing at 202 Hillside Ave.
  • From a March 9, 1939, article in the Biddeford Daily Journal, I learned that “Mrs. F. Carroll Perkins and daughter, Georgiana, of Nutley, N.J., are guests of Miss Ethel Wight of Fort Hill Avenue.” So, Ethel and Mrs. Perkins must be good friends.
  • A September 29, 1938, obituary for Henry B. Bennett mentions he was a selectman in Old Orchard Beach and was survived by two daughters, Mrs. Earl C. McAllister and Mrs. F. Carroll Perkins.

I am sure this is Elizabeth “Bessie” Perkins (née Bennett), circa 1934.

Ancestry has 11 public trees that refer to Elizabeth Mildred “Bessie” Bennett, wife of Francis Carroll Perkins. Bessie was born on 27 April 1885 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine. Family Search has profile LVFW-GN8 for Elizabeth Mildred Bessie Bennett. I have uploaded a photo of Bessie to her Family Search Memories.


Priscilla Perkins, circa 1934 (age 10).

This negative envelope says, “Priscilla Perkins, Nutley, NJ #19.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

Photo of Priscilla Perkins, circa 1934 (age 10).
Priscilla Perkins, circa 1934 (age 10).
  • Based upon research on Georganna Perkins (See above), I am sure this is Priscilla Perkins. The photo ID number (#19) suggests it was taken about 1934 when Priscilla was about ten years old.

This photo is of Georganna’s sister Priscilla Perkins, circa 1934 when she was about ten years old.

Ancestry has one public tree that refers to Priscilla Perkins (1924-1988), the daughter of Francis Carroll and Bessie (Bennet) Perkins. Family Search does not have a profile for Priscilla, so I uploaded the photo of her to Dead Fred.


Conclusion

  • I fully identified all four individuals. Two of them have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories
  • I identified two individuals that did not have Family Search profiles but did appear in Ancestry trees, so I posted their images to Dead Fred.
  • One individual was photographed on four different occasions. I posted her additional to my Flickr Photostream. One other individual was photographed twice; I posted both of her images to Family Search.

If any of these photos are of your family member, I would love to hear your reaction. Especially if this photo is of a loved one for whom you hadn’t seen this photograph before.

Due to software limitations, the images uploaded to Family Search, Dead Fred, and Flickr have a higher image quality than the images linked here.

For all postings of the Ethel Wight Collection, please see here.


Endnotes

[1] The Wight Studio was in Portland, Maine. Many thanks to Ethel Wight’s family for access to and permission to use the collection of their great aunt.

[2] These images were converted to positives using a lightbox, a Nikon camera and computer software.

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Ancestor Sketch – Albert Wesley Welch

Welch-Harris Project
Welch Line
By Don Taylor

Albert Wesley Welch was born on 5 March 1847 in Raymond, Maine. His father, John, was 47 and his mother, Mary, was 40. He married Harriet Marilla Robinson in 1876. They had ten children in 15 years. He died on October 6, 1920, in Biddeford, Maine, at 73.

Albert Wesley Welch is found in 23 Ancestry Public Trees and is Family Search profile LZR9-R14.


Albert Wesley Welch (1847-1920) –Ancestor #WH16

List of Grandparents

  • (4)       Grandfather: Robert Anthony Welch
  • (8)       1st Great-grandfather: Francis Asbury Welch (1887-1929)
  • (16)    2nd Great-grandfather: Albert Wesley Welch (1847-1920)
  • (32)    3rd Great-grandfather: John Welch (1799-___)

Birth

I have three different dates and places for Albert’s birth

  1. In Limerick, York County, Maine.
  2. February 1847 in Raymond, Cumberland County, Maine
  3. 5 March 1847 in Raymond, Cumberland County, Maine

The Limerick birthplace was given in Harold Welch’s marriage to Mary Eison in 1912. Harold’s two oldest siblings were born in Limerick, and his mother was born in either Limerick or nearby Limington. This is the only record I’ve encountered indicating Albert was born anywhere except Raymond. As such, I believe it to be in error.

The 1900 Census included the birth month and year. Albert’s birth was entered as Feb 1847.

His death record indicates his birthdate was 5 March 1847. It also indicated he was 73 Years, 7 Months, and one day old when he died on 6 October 1920. That would also place his birth on 5 March 1847 and not in February.

So, 5 March 1847 is my preferred birth date.

1850 Census

The 1850 Census tells us about Albert’s family. His parents, John and Mary Welch, appear to have five children; however, the census does not identify the relationship between the individuals in the household. Other research has found the following for the children of John & Mary. In 1850 John was a farmer whose property was valued at $350.

Apparent (Tentative) Children of John & Mary Welch (Siblings of Albert)

NameBornMarriedDied
Nathaniel1829-1830??
Emeline B1833Henry Hack1910
Mary Eliza1835-1836Elbridge Gerry Berry1913
Francis A1842?1884
Albert Wesley1847Harriet Marilla Robinson1920

I’ll do further research on Albert’s siblings when I research his parents.

1860 Census

During the 1860 Census, the John Welch household was enumerated with John & Mary and three (apparent) children, Mary E (24), Francis A (18), and Albert W (13). Albert was attending school.

Adulthood

1870 Census

Sometime between 1860 and 1870, Albert and his mother moved to Limerick. The census reported 23-year-old Albert as the head of the household, whose farm value was $600. Living in the home is his mother, 63-year-old Mary[i]

Marriage

Albert Wesley Welch married Harriet Marilla Robinson in about 1876. They had ten children together, but two died as infants.

Children of Albert and Harriet (Robinson) Welch.

NameBornMarriedDied
Helen May1880Frank Woodman1954
Albert Chester1881Eva Clark1956
Minnie Jane18831. Harlan Trafton
2. Wilford Couch
?
Emma Belle1884Robert McFarland1964
Francis Asbury1887Julia Daley1929
Herold Lester1892Mary Eison1960
William Robinson1894Beula Eison1950
LaForest Temple1896Hope Williams1984
(Unknown)Probably c. 1886 Bef. June 1900
(Unknown)Probably c. 1890
Possibly c. 1878.
 Bef. June 1900
Possibly bef. 1880

The 1880s

During the 1880 Census, Albert (enumerated as Wesley) and Harriet were living in Limerick. They had no children. Harriet was pregnant with Helen May, who was born the following month. Albert Chester was born in September 1881 in Limerick; however, Minnie, Emma, and Francis were all born in Kennebunkport, so the family must have moved there about 1882[ii].

The 1890s

When Minnie was born (1883), Albert was listed as a farmer, but when William was born (1884), Albert was listed as a Mason. LeForest was also born (1896) in Kennebunkport, but the family appears to have relocated to Harpswell, Cumberland County, before August 1898, where Albert was living when his daughter, Helen, married.

The 1900s

The 1900 Census reported Albert and his wife, Hattie, living in Brunswick, Cumberland County, Maine, at 5 South Street. With them is their daughter, Helen, and her new husband, Frank Woodman. Also living there are Albert Chester, Minnie, Emma, Frank (aka Francis), Harold, William, and Forest. Albert is a brickmaster, and Hattie is a restaurant keeper. Helen and Minnie are waitresses. The son-in-law is a law student, and Albert Chester is a sign-maker. The other kids are either attending school or are at home. Albert Chester married in 1901.

Before 1906 (Emma’s marriage), Albert and Hattie moved to Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

The 1910s

The 1910 Census found Albert living at 365 Washington Street in Boston. Hattie is not with him at that address. I expect I’ll see where Hattie was when I research her specifically. In 1912, Albert’s son, Harold, married Mary Eison. Their marriage license indicates Albert is living in Brighton and Hattie is in Boston.

About 1916, Albert moved to Biddeford and lived there when his son, Francis, married in 1917. Hattie was living in Lindon, MA, at the time.

The 1920s

The 1920 Census found Albert living at 29 Landry (?) in Biddeford with his daughter Emma and son-in-law, Robert A Mc Farlane. The 72-year-old Albert doesn’t have an occupation listed.

Death/Burial, etc.

Albert Wesley Welch died at age 73 on 6 October 1920, at 53 Green Street, Biddeford, of chronic myocarditis and endocarditis. David Dolloff, M.D., was the attending physician. He was buried in Woodlawn cemetery on 9 October; W. I. Dennett was the undertaker.


Events by Location

  • Maine, Cumberland, Brunswick             1900-1901
  • Maine, Cumberland, Harpswell             1898
  • Maine, Cumberland, Raymond               1847 (Birth) to 1860s (school)
  • Maine, York, Biddeford                           1916 – 1920 (Death)
  • Maine, York, Kennebunkport                 1883 – 1896
  • Maine, York, Limerick                             1870s (Marriage) – 1883
  • Massachusetts, Middlesex, Medford      1906
  • Massachusetts, Suffolk, Boston              1910, 1913
  • Massachusetts, Suffolk, Brighton           1912  

Sources

  • 1850 Census, Family Search, 1850 Census – Maine, Cumberland, Raymond – John Welch. Page 7 – Line 46 –  Enumerated 20 July 1850. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6JK-R39.
  • 1860 Census, Family Search, 1860 Census – Maine, Cumberland, Raymond – John Welch. “United States Census, 1860”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDCM-PB5 : 18 February 2021), John Welch, 1860. Page 62, Line 19.
  • 1870 Census, Family Search, 1870 Census – Maine, York, Limerick – Albert Welch – Line 4. “United States Census, 1870”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6DH-G93 : 29 May 2021), Albert Welch, 1870.
  • 1880 Census, Family Search, 1880 Census – Maine, York, Limerick – ED 197, Sheet 385B. “United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFQC-69T : 14 January 2022), Wesley Welch, Limerick, York, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district, sheet, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm.
  • 1900 Census, 1900 – Albert W Welch. “United States Census, 1900”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMLD-FB4 : 9 March 2022), Albert W Welch, 1900.
  • 1910 Census (NARA, 1910), 1910 – Albert W Welch – Massachusetts, Suffolk, Boston Ward 25 – ED 1657 “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M228-W3J : accessed 6 January 2023), Albert W Welch, Boston Ward 25, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 1657, sheet 3B, family 55, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 625; FHL microfilm 1,374,638.
  • 1920 Census (FS), 1920 – Maine, York, Biddeford – Robert A McFarlane, Head – (also Albert W Welch). “United States Census, 1920”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF84-QMS : 1 February 2021), Robert A Mc Farlane, 1920.
  • Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900, Family Search, Emma Bell Welch – 15 Nov 1884. “Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FWB2-RP8 : 14 January 2020), Emma Bell Welch, 1884.
  • Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921, Family Search, Birth – Leforest Temple Welch – 1 May 1896 – Kennebunkport, Maine. “Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KC6S-X2P : 2 March 2021), Leforest Temple, 01 May 1896; citing Kennebunkport, Maine, United States, multiple sources, Maine; FHL microfilm.
  • Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921, Family Search, Birth – Minnie Jane Welch – 23 Apr 1883. “Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HKQ-C13 : 2 March 2021), Minnie Jane Welch, 23 Apr 1883; citing Kennebunkport, Maine, United States, multiple sources, Maine; FHL microfilm.
  • Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921, Family Search, Birth – William Robinson Welch – 14 Jun 1894 – Kennebunkport, York, ME. “Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KC6S-76V : 2 March 2021), William Robinson Welch, 14 Jun 1894; citing Kennebunkport, Maine, United States, multiple sources, Maine; FHL microfilm.
  • Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921, Family Search, Marriage – Frances Asbury Welch & Julia Anna Daley – 11 June 1917. “Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q24J-6MFZ : 2 March 2021), Frances Asbury Welch and Julia Anna Daley, 11 Jun 1917; citing Biddeford, York, Maine, United States, multiple sources, Maine; FHL microfilm.
  • Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921, Family Search, Marriage – Robert A McFarlane & Emma B Welch – 18 Aug 1906. “Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q28Q-DK1Z : 22 July 2021), Robert A McFarlane and Emma B Welch, 18 Aug 1906; citing Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States, multiple sources, Maine; FHL microfilm.
  • Massachusetts Vital Records, 1911–1915, Ancestry.com, Harlan Verne Trafton – Minnie Jeanette Welch – Feb 22, 1902. Medford, 1902 – Page 519 – Line 18  -.
  • New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947, Family Search, Albert C. Welch & Eva M. Clark – 1901. “New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947”, database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLZP-82H : 1 August 2022), Albert C. Welch and Eva M. Clark, 1901.
  • New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947, Family Search, Harold L Welch & Mary Eison – 1912. “New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947”, database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLZP-DM2 : 1 August 2022), Harold L. Welch and Mary Islon, 1912.
  • New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947, Family Search, Helen M. Welch & Frank W. Woodman – 1898. “New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947”, database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLFL-6YH : 1 August 2022), Frank W. Woodman and Helen M. Welch, 1898.
  • New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947, Family Search, Wilford A. Couch & Minnie A. Trafton. “New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947”, database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL8M-RBJ : 1 August 2022), Wilford A. Couch and Minnie A. Trafton, 1913.

Endnotes


[i] Research Deeds for Albert getting the property in Limerick.

[ii] Research York County Deeds for Albert’s selling of property in Limerick and purchasing property in Kennebunkport. In the 1880s.

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Ethel Wight Collection – Part 114

Photo Friday –Peacock, Peckham, & Pelletier.

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.

This week, for Photo Friday, I identify the people in five more envelopes from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]. The envelopes typically contain the name of the person who paid for the photos, not necessarily of the individual portrayed in the image. As such, it is vital to analyze the pictures and information to identify the individual therein.[ii] Ultimately, my goal is to reunite the photos with family members who may have never seen the image.


Beatrice Peacock, Nurse, circa 1935.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Beatrice Peacock, ME Eye & Ear Infirmary #870.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

Photo of Beatrice Peacock, Nurse, circa 1935.
Nurse Beatrice Peacock,
circa 1935.
  • 1934, ‘35, or ‘36 Portland City Directories do not list a Beatrice Peacock.
  • The 1935 Augusta City Directory lists Beatrice Peacock, a nurse, residing with W C Peacock. Walter C (Louise) Peacock is a shoemaker in Gardiner, whose home is on Closson, c[orner] B.

I am comfortable that this photo is of Beatrice Louise/Lavonnie Peacock, born 7 Mar 1915 in Gardiner, the daughter of Charles Walter & Louise Elinor (Edwards) Peacock.

Ancestry has 11 public trees that refer to Beatrice Lavonnie Peacock. Family Search has profile GJCX-LCK for Beatrice Louise Peacock. I have uploaded this photo of Beatrice to her Family Search Memories.


Mr. & Mrs. Peckham & Family.

This negative envelope says, “Mr. & Mrs. Peckham & Family – Oct 1944.”

I don’t know if the photo was from October 1944 or if the reprints were ordered in October 1944. The negative set shows four people:

Photo of the Peckham Family.
The Peckham Family
  • A man about 60
  • A woman in her 50s
  • A woman of about 20
  • A boy of about 10

I assume the photo was taken sometime before October 1944, but probably after the 1940 Census. Without a first name for any of the people in these photos, it is difficult to identify who they are. I did some research and found the following:

  • A review of the 1940 US Census indicates a Peckam family is living in Portland. Earl and Vena Peckam, with a 16-year-old son, Robert, and a 13-year-old son, Paul. This profile doesn’t fit the photographed family.
  • A further review of Peckham families throughout Maine in the 1940 Census failed to find any Peckham families with the correct family make-up.

Although I am sure this photo is of the Peckham family, I failed to identify who is in the photo. I have one image here, and I uploaded three more pictures of the Peckham family to my Flickr Photostream.


Vital “Duke” Pelletier, circa 1936.

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Duke Pellletier, 457 Congress St #1089.”

Photo of Vital "Duke" Pellletier, circa 1936.
Vital “Duke” Pellletier, circa 1936.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • A quick search of Ancestry yielded a Vital “Duke” Pelletier, born 20 Mar 1910 in Saint Agatha, Aroostook County, to Fortunat Alfred and Jeanne Mary (Chasse) Pelletier.
  • The 1940 Census places Vital in Portland in both 1940 and 1935. The 1935 Portland City Directory shows Vital F Pelletier living at 10a Brown, a lodging house run by Mrs. Harriet Partridge.
  • Several Ancestry Trees include a photo of Vital J Pelletier (1910-2002), which is clearly the same person as is in this photo.

This photo is undoubtedly Vital from 1936 when he was about 26 years old.

Ancestry has 31 public trees that refer to Vital J Pelletier, the son of Fortunat Alfred and Jeanne Mary (Chassé) Pelletier. Family Search has profile GMTS-K4V for Vital Pelletier. I have uploaded a photo of Vital to his Family Search Memories. I also uploaded two more photos of “Duke” to my Flickr Photostream.


Vital “Duke” Pelletier & unknown woman, circa 1934.

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Duke Pelletier, Preble St, Apt 30A #347.”

Based upon the photo package ID (#347), this photo was taken about 1934. It appears to be the same man—Vital “Duke” Pelletier—as in package ID #1089 a couple of years later. However, who is the woman?

Viewing several Ancestry family trees and Family Search, it doesn’t appear Duke married. So, the identity of the female is not clear. It could be a sister (Mattie), an unknown cousin, or a girlfriend. I suspect she will remain unnamed unless a family member can identify this girl.


Martha/Mattie Pelletier (later Langelier), circa 1934.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Mattie Pelletier, Preble ST – Apt 31 #346 – DSCN4554P.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory indicates that the only complex on Preble Street that would have an apartment 31 was The Wadsworth Apts at 30A Preble Street. The directory lists no one living in apartment 31. In 1934, Murray Hackenberg rented the apartment.
  • The 1930 Census lists four individuals named Mattie Peletier in Maine.
    • The 46-year-old wife of Raymond Pelletier in Fort Kent, Aroostook County.
    • The 47-year-old wife of Theophile Pelletier in St. Francis, Aroostook County.
    • The 48-year-old wife of Ed Pelletier in Portage Lake, Aroostook County.
    • The 16-year-old daughter of Marie Pelletier in Lewiston. They lived on Ash Street, and Mattie worked in a cotton mill. It also indicates that she and her parents were born in Maine. In the family are sisters Annie, Puleime, and Ida.
  • The 1920 Census found the Telesphore & Marie Pelletier family living on Cleveland Road, St. Agatha, Aroostook County. Mattie is listed as Martha and has sisters, Annie, Feliene, and Ida.

This photo was taken the same day as the above 1934 photo of “Duke” Pelletier. Additionally, Duke had a sister, Martha/Mattie. Ancestry Family Trees suggest two Martha/Mattie Pelletiers, born in 1913 in St. Agatha. Duke and Martha are listed at the same address in 1934, albeit in different apartments. As such, I suspect they are related, but I’m not convinced which Mattie/Marthe/Martha this is for certain.

I suspect this photo is of Marthe/Martha Delina Pelletier, born 7 December 1914 in St Agatha, Aroostook County, the daughter Telesphore and Marie (Bois) Pelletier. Marthe married Raoul Langelier on 4 August 1934, and this photo was likely taken just before the wedding. However, I am not convinced. There appear to be several conflicting photos and families, all from Aroostook County in the early 1900s.

Ancestry has 25 public trees that refer to Marthe Delina Pelletier. Family Search has profile G3VR-6YV for Mattie Delina Pelletier, born 7 Dec 1914, and the daughter of Telesphore and Marie (Bois) Pelletier. She married Raoul Emile Langelier on 4 August 1914.


Conclusion

  • I fully identified two individuals with Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories.
  • I identified one individual but am not confident this is who I think it is. So I posted her image to my Flickr Photostream.
  • I failed to identify five individuals by name. I also uploaded those photos to my Flickr Photostream.

If any of these photos are of your family member, I would love to hear your reaction. Especially if this photo is of a loved one for whom you hadn’t seen this photograph before.

Due to software limitations, the images uploaded to Family Search, Dead Fred, and Flickr have a higher image quality than the images linked here.

For all postings of the Ethel Wight Collection, please see here.


Endnotes

[i] The Wight Studio was in Portland, Maine. Many thanks to Ethel Wight’s family for access to and permission to use the collection of their great aunt.

[ii] These images were converted to positives using a lightbox, a Nikon camera and computer software.

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