By Don Taylor
I’ve run into Bragdon photos before[i]. I had three more Bragdon’s left in my collection, so I thought I’d look into them. All three photos are quite small, the smallest being only 1 by ¾ inch, the largest being only 2” x 3”.
The back of this photo says, “Philip Bragdon | Cumberland Mills, Maine.” There is no photo studio or date identified.
From my previous research I learnd that Ralph Marr Bragdon and Harold Lumbard Bragdon had a brother, Philip Osgood Bragdon (1911-1993). I’m sure this is him probably about six years old.
This individual is in Family Search as ID: LYRK-RDZ.
The back of this photo says, “Everett Bragdon | Apr 1904 | About 10 years old. Cumberland Mills, Maine.” The studio was “The Marshall Studio – Westbrook, ME.”
Ralph (and Harold and Philip) Marr Bragdon did not have a sibling named Everett, however, there was a first cousin, Everett Bragdon who also lived in Westbrook. Everett was born on 3 January 1894 and would have been 10 years old in April 1904.
There were no other Everett Bragdon’s in Cumberland County at that time, so I’m sure this is a photo of Everett Linwood Bragdon (1894-1984) the son of William Bryant and Mary Elizabeth (Hodgkins) Bragdon.
This individual is in Family Search as ID: LYBV-8GX.
George O. Bragdon
The back of this photo says, “George O. Bragdon | died Aug 1914 | Cumberland Mills, Maine.”
There is no photo studio or date identified, however, it is clear the photo is from before August 1914.
George Osgood Bragdon was born 22 December 1866 and died 13 August 1914. He lived in Westbrook during the 1900 and 1910 censuses.
There was a George D. Bragdon who lived in Cumberland County before 1914, however, he was born in 1902 and is too young for this picture.
There was a George Albert Bragdon who also lived in Cumberland County before 1914, however, he was born about 1880 and lived to 1948. Also, he appears to be too young to be the person in this photo.
As such, I’m confident this is George Osgood Bragdon (1866-1914). This individual is in Family Search as ID: KCZ3-GVV
If you are related to any of these individuals and can help confirm the identity, I’d love to hear from you. Please use the comment form below.