Research by Don Taylor
It is so good when everything comes together during an initial inquiry into an ancestor. To me, an initial inquiry includes finding birth, marriage, and death records for the individual, plus following the individual through all of the census records during their life. I was able to do so for Albert Chase, a great-grandfather in my Blanchard Project. While doing this basic information, I look for possible conflicting individuals with the same or similar names, places, and times. Although there are several people named Albert Chase, there only appears to one Albert B. Chase in Maine. This knowledge is very helpful when I further expand research.
Blanchard Project – Ancestor #14
List of Grandparents
- Grandmother: Annie Evelyn Chase (1908-1976)
- 1st Great-grandfather: Albert Bardsen Chase (1878-1958)
- 2nd Great-grandfather: William F. Chase (1846-____)
Albert Bardsen[i] Chase (1878-1958)
Albert was born on 13 Dec 1878 in Patten, Penobscot County, Maine. He was the second of four children born to William F and Ruth Ann (Ash) Chase. Patten, in the 1880s, was “the center of extensive lumbering operations. The lumber cut in that vicinity [was] very much above average and probably never before have the woods thereabouts been the scene of so much business.”[ii]
I am sure that growing up in the small community of Patten, (Population 716 in 1880) with three sisters and no brothers was difficult.
The 1880 Census finds Albert living with his parents and his sister, Ida. His father was a farmer and his mother kept house. Sometime before 1900 his older sister, Ida, died.
The 1900 Census[iii] indicates that he apparently went to school as the 1900 census indicates he could read and write. His two other sisters, Lottie and Lucina, are attending school. Albert is working as a farm laborer.
On 1 November 1905, Albert married Sadie A. Waters in a civil ceremony performed by Daniel Scribner, Justice of Peace. The two quickly began a family and had nine children.
Children of Albert Bardsen and Sadie A (Waters) Chase
|Hilda B. Chase
||24 Aug 1906
|Annie Evelyn Chase
||24 May 1908
|Leita M Chase
||18 Jun 1909
||02 May 1911
||11 Feb 1913
|Franklin William Chase[iv]
||20 Oct 1914
All of Albert & Sadie’s children were born in Patten, Penobscot County, Maine.
The 1910 Census shows Albert as a farmer owning his mortgaged farm. His wife, Sadie, is keeping house for their three young daughters.
The 1920 Census shows Albert as a farmer owning his mortgaged home. With him are his wife, three daughters and three sons. All the children, but five-year-old Franklin, are attending school.
Sometime between 1920 and 1930 Albert and Sadie moved from Patten, Penobscot County, to Monmouth, Kennebec County, about 175 miles south of Patten.
The 1930 Census then finds Albert owning his farm. With him are his wife and their two youngest children, Floyd and Franklin.
In 1935, were living in the “Same Place” as they would be in 1940, indicating they moved again sometime between 1935 and 1940.
The 1940 Census finds Albert and Sadie living at “Village Corner”[v]. With them is a lodger, Walter Cushman.
Death & Burial
Albert died in 1958, presumably in Monmouth, Kennebeck County, Maine. According to the Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, he was buried at the [Monmouth] Ridge Cemetery. I created a memorial for him (#201226016) at Find-a-Grave based upon that information[vi] and have requested a photo.
Events by Location
- Patten, Penobscot County, Maine – Birth, childhood, marriage, six children born – Birth to about 46 (+-5).
- Monmouth, Kennebec, Maine –Death, burial — Age 46 (+-5) to 79.
Further Actions / Follow-up
- With the basics complete, continue researching Albert B. Chase’s life.
- Research the death dates for Albert’s children.
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- “United States Census, 1880,” database
with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF3 15C : 15 August 2017), William F Chase, 1880; citing enumeration district ED 1, sheet 386A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d), roll 0485; FHL microfilm 1,254,485.
- “United States Census, 1900,” database
with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MML KLJ : accessed 16 July 2019), Albert B Chase in household of William F Chase, Mt. Chase & Patten towns & T.4-8/R.6- 8, Penobscot, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 115, sheet 1B, family 11, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,598.
- United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MR3F-2WN : accessed 11 January 2017), Albert B Chase, Patten, Penobscot, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 183, sheet 1A, family 2, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 545; FHL microfilm 1,374,558.
- United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFZY-Q7Z : accessed 12 January 2017), Albert Chase, Patten, Penobscot, Maine, United States; citing ED 115, sheet 2A, line 7, family 18, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 646; FHL microfilm 1,820,646.
- “United States Census, 1930,” database
with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XM8 V9P : accessed 17 July 2019), Albert B Chase, Monmouth, Kennebec, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 31, sheet 5A, line 49, family 131, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 834; FHL microfilm 2,340,569.
- 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.
- “Maine Marriages, 1771-1907,”
database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F46S L21 : 10 February 2018), Albert B. Chase and Saddie A. Waters, 01 Nov 1905; citing Patten, Penobscot, Maine, reference ; FHL microfilm 11,747.
- “Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921,”
database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HV FTY : 17 October 2017), Albert Bardsen Chase, 13 Dec 1878; citing Patten, ,
Maine, United States, Division of Vital Statistics, State Board of Health,
Augusta; FHL microfilm.
- “Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990,” database
with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKM 1C91 : 16 March 2018), Albert B Chase, 1958; citing Burial, Monmouth, Kennebec, Maine, United States, Maine State Library, Augusta; FHL microfilm 1,769,511.
[i] There is only one record which uses his middle name “Bardsen.” That is a late birth registration, registered in 1944, 66 years after his birth, by his aunt Mary.
[ii] Internet – Maine: An Encyclopedia – Patten – report of the Industrial Journal, 1887. https://maineanencyclopedia.com/patten/
[iii] There is no 1890 Census available for Maine.
[iv] William Franklin Chase in many records.
[v] I have been unable to locate “Village Corner” in Monmouth using current maps.