Walter’s in the 1820 Census – Part 2

Census Sunday
Darling Research
Darling-Swayze-Walter Line
By Don Taylor

(See: Walter’s in the 1820 Census – Part 1)

Following families in the early census records is always tricky and following a woman through census records before 1840 is especially difficult. Margaret Ann (Swann) Walter is challenging.

Margaret died in New Salem, Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1826. The date she and her husband, James Walter, came to Ohio is still unknown, but I would presume it to have been before 1826. Several records suggest James and Margaret lived in Frederick County, Virginia, before they came to Ohio. So, I decided to try to find James, Margaret, or their children in Frederick County during the 1820 Census.

In 1820 I would expect the James Walter family to consist of:

    • James Walter Age 68
    • Wife: Margaret Age 60
    • Son: John > 16
    • Son: James C. Age 20
    • Son: Elkanah S. Age 31
    • Son: Martin Age 41
    • Elizabeth Age 23 – Married to Charles Stockard[i]
    • Catherine Age 26 – Married to David Swayze[ii]
    • Nancy Age 32 – Probably married to FNU Lewis

Walter – Frederick County, VA, in 1820

The 1820 Census for Frederick County, Virginia, lists one Walter as head of household. That was John Walter of Stephensburg.

I believe I found John Walter, the son of John Walter, in the 1830 Census in Fairfield County, Ohio. If so, he was 20 to 29 years old then and would have been 10 to 19 years old in 1820. The John Walters of Frederick County, Virginia, is unlikely to be the same person.

His household consisted of 10 individuals:

    • Male 26-44 1   John Walter
    • Male 10-15 1
    • Male < 10 2
    • Female 26-44 1
    • Female 10-15 1
    • Female < 10 4

I believe that John Walter, son of James and Margaret, would have been 16 in 1820, so this John can’t be him. The female 26-44 is most likely John Walter’s wife. Margaret Ann (Swann) Walter would have been 60 in 1820, so this record can’t include her.

Walters – Frederick County, VA, in 1820

I have found that occasionally a “Walter” is enumerated as a “Walters” in the Census. There were two Walters in the 1820 Census for Frederick County, Virginia.

John Walters, Age 26-44. Again the Wrong age.

Lawrence Walters is a male over 45, with a female in the household over 45. My records show a Lawrence Walter, born about 1755, the son of John and Ann (Parker) Walter. He died about 1833, so this could be him. This could be the brother of my James Walter. Learning more about this person may be helpful.

Conclusion:

I have not found James and Margaret Walter in Frederick County, Virginia, during the 1820 Census.


Endnotes:

[i] Charles Stockard died in November 1820 in Fairfield County, Ohio. He and Elizabeth were married in Rockingham County, Virginia, in 1815, so I’d expect them to be either in Fairfield County, Ohio, or Rockingham County, Virginia.

[ii] David Swayze and his wife Catherine have located to Fairfield County, Ohio, by the 1820 Census.

Photo Friday – Merrill, Murray, Murphy, & Musklin

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 93

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 contain the names 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.


Dr. Thomas Murray, circa 1934.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Dr. Murray, 548 ½ Congress St. #25.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Dr. Thomas Murray, circa 1934.

    The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Thomas W Murray as a dentist at 548½ Congress St, Rm h living at 85 Emery with his wife Mary B. The directory also indicates he was the only Murray in the Dentist and Physician listings.

  • World War I Draft Registration Cards indicate Thomas William Murray was born on 27 April 1885.

I’m confident this photo is of Dr. Thomas Murray, Dentist, about 1934 when he was about 49 years old.

Ancestry has two public trees that refer to Thomas William Murray. Family Search has profile KLHS-B3Q for Thomas W. Murray. I have uploaded two photos of him to his Family Search Memories.

Helen Merrill, Nursing Student, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Helen Merrill, St. Barnabas Hospital #661.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Helen Merrill, Nursing Student, circa 1935.

    The 1939 Portland City Directory lists Helen H Merrill as a nurse at 93 Pine.

  • The 1940 US Census lists Helen Hastings Merrill, a 25-year-old nurse at Hart Street Beth Moses Hospital. In 1935 she was living in Portland, Maine.

I am confident this photo is of Helen Hastings Merrill, born 1 May 1914 in Portland, Maine, when she was a student at St. Barnabas Hospital.

Ancestry has three public trees that refer to Helen Hastings Merrill. Family Search has profile LRQN-RYS for Helen H Merrill. I have uploaded two photos of Helen to her Family Search Memories. I also uploaded one additional photo of Helen to my Flickr Photostream.

Rose Musklin, Nursing Student, circa 1934.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Rose Musklin, State St Hospital #261.”

What I’ve discovered:

  • Rose Musklin, Nursing Student, circa 1934

    The 1936 and 1937 Portland City Directories list Rose Musklin as a student nurse living at 62 State (State Street Hospital).

  • Further research failed to find any more information about Rose.

I have confirmed the name as Rose Musklin; I have found no other information regarding this individual.

I have not found Rose in Ancestry trees nor on Family Search. Consequently, I uploaded her photo to Dead Fred. I have also uploaded a second photo of Rose to my Flickr Photostream.

Beatrice Murphy & Child, circa 1943.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. E. C. Murphy, West Wareham, Mass – 1943.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Beatrice Murphy & Child, circa 1943.

    World War II Draft Cards include Edward Courtney Murphy, who lived in Rochester, Plymouth Co., Mass, but his mailing address was West Wareham, RFD. He was born in Boothbay, Maine, on 21 July 1899. His wife was Beatrice Murphy.

  • Ancestry Trees indicated that Edward Courtney Murphy’s wife was Beatrice Wooden (1905-1953). One of the Ancestry family trees includes the same photo I have with the label, “Beatrice Mitchell Wooden Murphy holding Lynn claire, 1944, Rochester, MA.”

This photo shows Beatrice (Wooden) Murphy, born on 15 June 1905, in 1943, with her child Lynn.

Ancestry has ten public trees that refer to Beatrice Wooden. Family Search has profile K45X-86F for Beatrice Woodin, wife of Lt Edward Courtney Murphy. I have uploaded two photos of Beatrice with her daughter to her Family Search Memories. 

Carolyn Anne Murphy, circa 1933 (age 5).

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Alma Murphy, 65 Grant St #196.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Carolyn Anne Murphy, circa 1933 (age 5).

    The 1934 Portland City Directory indicates that Ulysses G Edgecomb and Frank M Good lived at 65 Grant. There is not an Alma Murphy listed in the 1934 Directory.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory indicates that Mrs. Alma E Murphy married Charles J Connell. The 1935 directory also shows that Charles and Alma lived at 273 State, apt 1.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Charles and Alma Connell living in Jersey City, New Jersey. It also indicates that they lived in Portland, Maine, in 1935. With them are a 13-year-old son, Ronald, and an 11-year-old daughter, Caroline.
  • Ancestry Family trees suggest that Alma Erskine McLellan married Ronald Charles Murphy in 1925 and had a daughter, Carolyn Ann Murphy, in 1929. Alma then married Charles J Connell in 1934.

I am confident this photo is of Carolyn Ann Murphy, born on 6 February 1929 in Augusta, Maine, about 1934, when she was about five years old.

Ancestry has 11 public trees that refer to Carolyn Ann Murphy. Family Search has profile G36S-PBN for Carolyn Anne Murphy. I have uploaded a photo of Carolyn to her Family Search Memories.


Conclusion

  • I fully identified all five Four of them have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories
  • One individual did not have a Family Search profile and did not appear in any Ancestry trees. I uploaded a photo of her to Dead Fred and a second photo of her 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.

Photo Friday – Morrill, Morris, Moulton, & Mouton

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 92

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 contain the names who paid for the photos, not necessarily 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.


Celestine Morrill, Nurse, circa 1934.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Celestine Morrill, Children’s Hospital #295.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Nurse Celestine Morrill, circa 1934.

    The 1940 US Census lists Celestine L Morrill as a nurse at Exeter Hospital in Exeter, New Hampshire.

  • The July 1, 1941 edition indicates Miss Celestine Louise Morrill, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Morrill of Amesbury, Mass., married Rene Loiselle. It also mentions that the bride was a nurse at the Exeter hospital.
  • Massachusetts Birth Records, 1840-1915, indicate Celestine was born May 7, 1911, in Amesbury, Mass.

This photo is of Celestine Louise Morrill about 1934 while she studied at Children’s Hospital in Portland.

Ancestry has four public trees that refer to Celestine Morrill. Family Search has profile GSLP-YBZ for Celestine Louise Morrill. I have uploaded one photo of her to her Family Search Memories.

Dorothy Moulton, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Dorothy Moulton, 130 Highland St #947.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Dorothy Moulton, circa 1935.

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Dorothy M Moulton living at 130 Highland.

  • The 1930 US Census Lists Dorothy M Moulton as a 22-year-old lodger at 27 Pine Street. She was born in Maine and did not have an occupation.

I believe this to be Dorothy M Moulton, born September 24, 1907, in Kittery, Maine. to Frank Asa and Mary Alice (Kimball) Moulton.

Ancestry has 22 public trees that refer to Dorothy M Moulton. Family Search has profile LR5K-J3V for Dorothy Moulton. I have uploaded a photo of her to her Family Search Memories.

Mary Morris, Nursing Student, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Mary Morris, St. Barnabas #659.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Mary Morris, Nursing Student, circa 1935.

    The 1935 and 1936 Portland City Directories list Mary Morris, a student nurse at 231 Woodford, residing at 20 Norwood.

  • The 1938 Portland City Directory lists Mary E Morris as a nurse living and working at 467 Stevens Ave.
  • The 1940 Portland City Directory lists Mary E Morris, a nurse who married John F S Horton.
  • The Maine Marriage Index, 1892-1996) indicates Mary and John married on October 2, 1939.

I’m confident this photo is of Mary Elizabeth Morris, born on February 3, 1916, in Portland, Maine.

Ancestry has 11 public trees that refer to Mary Elizabeth Morris. Family Search has profile LBQR-171 for Mary Elizabeth Morris. I have uploaded two photos of Mary to her Family Search Memories. I also uploaded a third photo of her to my Flickr Photostream.

Charles Morris, circa 1934.

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Chas. B. Morris, 72 Chestnut St #204.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Charles Morris, circa 1934.

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Charles B Morris, a clerk, residing at 72 Chestnut.

  • The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Charles B Morris, a clerk at 603 Congress, residing at 86 Elm.
  • The 1937 Portland City Directory list Charles B, and his wife Helena W, Morris as a clerk at 603 Congress and living at 11 Deering ave.
  • Maine Marriage Index, 1892-1996, indicates Charles B Morris and Helena M Woodhill married on May 30, 1936. Both lived in Portland.
  • In 1938, Charles was a box maker at 73 Bell. He and Helena are living at 7 Belden.
  • The 1950 US Census lists Charles & Helen Morris still living on Belden in Portland.

I am confident this picture is of Charles B Morris, who was born on March 31, 1914, in Portland. He was the 3rd child of Charles and Grace (Moffat) Morris. They lived at 11 Boyd Place when he was born.

Ancestry has four public trees that refer to Charles B Morris. Family Search has profile G7SL-C6T for Charles Morris, son of Charles & Grace (Moffat) Morris. I have uploaded two photos of Charles to his Family Search Memories.

Barbara Mouton, circa 1935 (age 3).

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Francis Moulton, 41 Pine St. Portland #407.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Barbara Mouton, circa 1935 (age 3).

    The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Mrs. Frances E Mouton residing at 41 Pine. It also lists Mrs. Mabel G Horslin living at 41 Pine.

  • The 1940 US Census lists the divorced 27-year-old Frances H Moulton and her mother, Mabel G Horslin, living at 621 11th N. in St. Petersburg, Florida. Both were living in Portland, Maine, in 1935. Living with them is Mabel’s granddaughter, seven-year-old Barbara Mouton.

Barbara Ann Mouton was born in 1933. Her mother, Frances E Horslin, was born May 12, 1912, in Portland, Maine. She married Raphael Canedo Moulton on December 12, 1931. This is a photo of Barbara about 1935 when she was about 3.

I have not found Barbara Ann Mouton in Ancestry trees. However, I did find profile GZFQ-9XG for Barbara Ann Montore [sic] on Family Search. So, I uploaded a photo of Barbara to her Family Search Memories. I did find Barbara’s mother, Frances E Horlin, in 6 public trees.


Conclusion

I fully identified all five individuals. They all have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories. I had three photos of one of the individuals, so I uploaded her third photo to my Flickr Photostream. One individual did not appear in any Ancestry trees; however, her mother does, so I’ll let some of those tree owners know about the photo.

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.

Donna Darling Collection – Part 91

Donna DARLING and CLARK Sammy – Revue

Treasure Chest Thursday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.I’m looking at a second advertising sheet from the Donna Darling Collection Treasure Chest. The sheet includes photos of Donna, Sammy, and two or three other people. It contains the same pictures of Donna and Sammy that I looked at last week in Part 90 – Donna Darling & Sammy Clark Booked Solid

Donna DARLING and CLARK Sammy – Revue –

In all of the Darling and Clark Revue advertisements, Hal Dixon is the most common name associated with the show. I am pretty sure the man in the cameo must be Hal Dixon. I don’t think that it is Donna in the center square. I am also not positive that the man in the square is Hal either. The eyebrows look right, but the eyes look lighter in the dance pose. Also, the part of the hair is very different, and it seems to me the lips are different.

Key features:

    • The same photos of Sammy and Donna as last week.
    • An additional image that I presume to be of Hal Dixon.
    • Another photo of two more people in the cast. Possibly Hal Dixon and (unlikely) Donna.

Conclusion

This advertising flyer is probably from April 1929.

The Donna Darling and Sammy Clark Revue began in April 1926. The act included Babe Barrington, Hal Dixon, and Steve Lazur. These five people are the only ones I’ve seen the names for in this Revue. However, this flyer suggests that two other people may have been in the show.

 

Donna at The Lindo, Freeport, IL – August 2-5, 1926

Donna in the News
by Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.“Donna in the News” is my reporting of newly found newspaper articles and advertisements regarding my grandmother, Madonna Montran (aka Donna Montran and Donna Darling). I am always excited to find a new venue for my grandmother’s exciting show business career of the 1910s and 1920s.


This week from the Freeport Journal (Freeport, Ill.) newspaper dated August 4, 1926, I learned that Donna played at the Lindo Theatre 

Advertisements

Pages 5 and 14 of the paper had clippings showing the Donna Darling Revue was at the Lindo “Tonight and Tomorrow.” It looks like she may have been the only vaudeville show along with a 50-minute silent comedy thriller, “The Savage,” starring Ben Lyon and May McAvoy.

Further research showed she played at the Lindo on August 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th (See Donna Darling Collection – Part 44)


Endnotes

My thanks to Newspapers.Com for their making this clipping available.