Ancestor Bio – Hannah M Halvorsen (1866-c. 1930)

52 Ancestors – Week 2019-04
Blanchard Project
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Sometimes, search as you will, some key bit of information just doesn’t seem to be out there. Such is the case of the death of Hannah (Halvorsen) Utterstrom.  I’ve looked in all the usual places but still haven’t been successful in finding her death or burial information.

Blanchard Project 2019 – Ancestor #13

List of Grandparents

  • Grandfather: BU-06 – Albert Thomas Utterstrom(1898-1973)
  • 1st Great-grandmother: BU-13 – Hannah M. Halverson (1866-c. 1830)
  • 2nd Great-grandfather: BU 26 – Thomas R Halvorson (1844-1895)
  • 3rd Great-grandfather: BU-52 – Halver Halvorsen ( )

Hannah M. Halvorsen (1866-c.1930)


Hannah was the oldest of six children born to Thomas R. and Dorathea M Halvorsen. She was born on 21 Oct 1866 in Norway.

Her five known siblings are:

  • Maren H. born 17 Jul 1868
  • Hans M. Born 10 Sep 1870
  • Hora D. Born 19 Dec 1875
  • Harold T. Born 7 Oct 1878
  • Alfred O. Born 2 Jul 1882


Nothing is known of her childhood, but when she was 18 (1884) her family immigrated to the United States. The peak of Norwegian immigration took place between 1880 and 1890, when over 335 thousand Norwegians immigrated, and she was a part of that influx of Scandinavians.  Prior to 1890, the individual states, rather than the Federal government, regulated immigration into the United States.[i] The family came into the United States at Boston then moved up to Maine. After coming to Portland, Hannah worked as a domestic.


Hannah married Olaf A. Utterstrom on 30 Jun 1897. Both Hannah and Olaf were 31-years-old and it was the first marriage for both of them.

Hannah and Olaf had seven children

  • Albert Thomas      Born 12 Jul 1898
  • Oscar William       Born 12 Nov 1899
  • Frank Raymond   Born 14 Apr 1901
  • Harold O.                 Born 27 Aug 1902
  • Dorothea C             Born 29 Jan 1904
  • John F                      Born 1908 – Died at 10 months
  • Infant                      Born 1909 – Died at 1 day


1900 Census – Hanna and Olaf lived at 49 Anderson Street. With them were their two oldest children, Albert and Oscar. Living with them was Hannah’s youngest (17-years-old) brother, Alfred.

1910 Census – Hannah and Olaf are living at 24 Olympia with their five living children.

1920 Census – Hannah and Olaf are still at 24 Olympia with their five living children. Albert was 21 and Dorothea was 15.

44 Olympia Today

1930 Census – Hannah and Olaf are at 44 Olympia. Living with them is their daughter Dorothea, her husband, William E. Cassidy, and Dorothea & William’s daughter Annette. Their son, Harold lived next door at 36 Olympia with his wife Grace and daughter Lucy.  And another of their sons, Oscar, lived next to them at 32 Olympia.

It is not clear when Hannah died. She was living during April 1930, when the census was taken. However, the when the Olaf died on 22 Aug 1931, he was a widower. Likewise, I have not been successful finding where either Hannah or Olaf were buried.

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • Determine more about the lives of Hannah’s children.
  • Determine more about the lives of Hannah’s siblings.


  • 1900 Census (FS), Family Search, 1900 Census – Olaf Utterstrom – Portland, Cumberland, Maine. “United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 15 June 2018), Olaf Utterstrom, Portland city Ward 2, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 57, sheet 12B, family 265, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,590.
  • 1910 Census (NARA), Family Search, 1910 Census – Olaf Utterstrom – Portland, Cumberland, Maine. “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 15 June 2018), Olaf A Utterstrom, Portland Ward 9, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 97, sheet 7A, family 159, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 539; FHL microfilm 1,374,552.
  • 1920 Census, Olaf Utterstrom – Maine, Cumberland, Portland, ED 62, Sheet 15B, Line 69. Source Citation
Year: 1920; Census Place: Portland Ward 9, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: T625_640; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 62
  • 1930 Census (NARA), Family Search, 1930 Census – Utterstrom Families – Oscar, Harold, & Olaf – Portland, Cumberland, Maine. Year: 1930; Census Place: Portland, Cumberland, Maine; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 0083 Source Information com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: the United States of America, Bureau of the Census.
  • “Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921,” database with images, FamilySearch (Accessed 23 September 2017), Olaf A Utterstrom and Hannah M Halvorsen, Marriage 30 Jun 1897; citing Division of Vital Statistics, State Board of Health, Augusta; FHL microfilm 10,054. Accessed: 14 June 2018.
  • Maine Deaths and Burials, 1841­-1910, Family Search, John F. Utterstrom (1909-1909). “Maine Deaths and Burials, 1841­1910,” database, FamilySearch (Accessed 11 February 2018), John F. Utterstrom, 17 Jan 1909; citing reference p195; FHL microfilm 12,019.


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[i] Internet: Wikipedia – “History of immigration to the United States:” 1850 to 1930; Destinations.

The Longs of Martin County – Part 1 of 3 – The 1850 Census

Census Sunday

The parents of my wife’s 2nd great-grandfather, Samuel Aquilla Long, are unknown. Some researchers indicate that his father’s name is John. However, I can find no source for that suggestion.  FamilySearch and Ancestry have no other suggestions nor hints about his family. Without any clues to his parents, I decided to do a quick locational surname study and see what I can find.

What I think I know

Martin County, NC

Samuel was born about 1817 in Martin County, North Carolina.  He married Martha Ann Bryan in 1844 and appeared in the 1850 Census living in Martin County.  Because of that, I suspect he was enumerated in the earlier censuses 1820-1840, which only shows the name of the head of the household.

The 1850 Census, which provides the names of individuals in a household, although not relationships, is a good place to begin.

1850 Census

The Joshua Long household appears to be a traditional family, parents and six children. His is a new household to me. I do not know how they are related, so I entered them as an unrelated household with estimated birth years,

Joshua Long Household[i]

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Joshua Long M 59 North Carolina
Nancy Long F 50 North Carolina
John Long M 25 North Carolina
Wm Long M 24 North Carolina
James Long M 18 North Carolina
A. I. Long M 16 North Carolina
Mary I Long F 13 North Carolina
Ann P Long F 10 North Carolina

The Sam C A Long (Samuel A. Long) household appears to be a traditional family, parents and four children.  Samuel is my wife’s 2nd Great-Grandfather’s household in 1850. I confirmed all entries were in my database already. Approximate Birth Year, Birthplace, and Residence on 1 June 1850.

Samuel Long Household[ii]

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Sam C A Long[iii] M 33 North Carolina
Ann Long F 27
John Long M 9
Jas Long M 7
Wm Long M 5
May Long F 2

(Note: Ditto marks were not entered on this page; I assumed that the Birthplace was North Carolina for the other members of the household.)

William Long – Next Door to Samuel Long[iv]

Next door to Samuel Long is William Long. Samuel is dwelling 638 and Family 503. William is dwelling 639 and family 504.  William is 28 years old and owns the property valued at $1300. By the census, within the same family unit are three additional dwellings with the following occupants.

  • 660 Thos (Thomas) Parmer (age 65)
  • 661 George Rawls (Age 33) apparently with wife Gatsy, and 4 children.
  • 662 Elizabeth Johnson (age 60) with apparently three adult children.

Certainly, it is likely that William Long is related to Samuel Long. With Samuel being 33 and William being 28, I guess that they are probably brothers or 1st cousins.  The people in the three additional dwellings are also possibly related. But for now, I’ll enter William Long as unrelated into my system but leave a note about the other individuals in his file.

Living with Sheriff Mooring[v]

Finally, there is the household of A. S. Mooring. He is the 33-year-old Sherriff. His household, #29, consists of 14 people. Six of the people are Moorings and appear to be the Sheriff, his wife, and four children. Besides them, there are three females, Mary A C Long, A. E. Long, and Cindarilla Whitaker. Finally, there are five males in their 20s and 30s. Mary A. C. Long is 30 and A E Long is 12.

Next, I’ll look at the 1840 Census and see if I can place some of these individuals into households….


[i] “United States Census, 1850,” database with images, FamilySearch ( – 12 April 2016), Household of Joshua Long, Martin county, Martin, North Carolina, United States; citing family 624, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

[ii] “United States Census, 1850,” database with images, FamilySearch ( – 12 April 2016), May Long in household of Sam C A Long, Martin county, Martin, North Carolina, United States; citing family 503, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

[iii] My reading of the census entry is that it says “Sam’l” which was indexed as “Sam C.”

[iv] “United States Census, 1850,” database with images, FamilySearch ( 12 April 2016), William Long, Martin county, Martin, North Carolina, United States; citing family 504, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

[v] “United States Census, 1850,” database with images, FamilySearch (  April 2016), Mary A C Long in household of A S Mooring, Martin county, Martin, North Carolina, United States; citing family 29, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Donna Darling Collection – Part 42

Treasure Chest Thursday
By Don Taylor

For this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday, I’m looking at a clipping from the Donna Darling Collection.





Now at HENDERSON’S Coney Island Variety, July 30.

“Donna Montran has an undeniable million dollar smile, oodles of personality and an elastic voice that hits the high registers smoothly and effectively – would make ideal musical comedy stuff.


Key features:

  • The venue is Henderson’s, Coney Island.
  • The show is the “California Bathing Girls.
  • The Date of the clipping is July 30, 1920.


This is a very confusing clipping. It clearly indicates she was playing in Coney Island on July 30th. However, other articles indicate she was playing at Moss’ Broadway at 41st at the same time. Additionally, other sources indicate Donna played at Henderson’s Theatre from September 6-13.

So, I believe this write-up was wrong. Rather than being about a particular show, the article was intended to promote Donna for the personality she had and not advertise a specific show she was headlining.

Donna in the News – “Chin Chin” plays the La Crosse Theatre, Feb. 10, 1920

This week from the La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, WI) newspapers dated February 4th through the 10th, 1920.

I’ve long known that Donna and the cast of “Chin Chin” played at the Metropolitan Opera House in Minneapolis from February 1st through the 7th, and played in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin on February 11th.   However, it would be unlikely that the should would go three days without a show. Thanks to Newspapers.Com[i], I learned this week that “Chin Chin” also played at the La Crosse Theatre, in La Crosse, Wisconsin on February 10th.

The troupe’s February itinerary began:

I’m still wondering if “Chin Chin” played somewhere on the 9th. Probably.  Time will tell.

“Donna in the News” is my report of newly discovered newspapers articles and advertising regarding my grandmother, Madonna Montran (aka Donna Montran and aka Donna Darling). I am always excited when I find a new venue of my grandmother’s exciting show business career of the 1910s and 1920s.


[i] The La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, WI) dated 4 February 1920, Page 4, Column 5, et al. Accessed via Newspapers.Com on 10 Jan 2019.

Minerva Mannin’s Parents?

It has been a while since I’ve written about my Brown Line. I’ve been spending a lot of time researching one of my most confounding ancestors, my 3rd great-grandmother, Minerva Ann Tolliver. I’m alone in my thoughts about her parents.  Family Search’s Family Tree indicates her parents are Elijah Toliver and Martha Mannin[i]. Likewise, when I check the hints on Ancestry, there are 10 Ancestry Member Trees suggested.  All 10 of them indicate her parents were Elijah Toliver and Martha Mannin. My tree seems to be the only one that indicates Minerva’s father was Tulion Tolliver. That always concerns me.  It is like marching and saying “everyone is out of step except for me.”  In reality, it is much more likely that I am out of step.

So, I’ve been going through all my records and making sure I’ve gleaned every fact about Minerva and her parents out of them. Sadly, the only record I’ve found indicated that Minerva’s father was Tulion Mannin. I have seen speculation by some researchers that Minerva’s mother was Martha Mannin [nee unknown]. That Martha had Minerva in 1821 and then remarried Elijah Toliver in 1825[ii]. Minerva then used the surname of Toliver as that was common during that period.

A second theory suggested on the Internet is that Minerva was full-blooded Native American. If so, her parents would not have been included in any census records because Indians living in the general population were not enumerated until 1860. If Minerva were native, a mitochondrial DNA test of one of her mitochondrial descendants should answer that question.

Probably the biggest problem I have is that I’m not confident that Minerva’s death record citing her father’s name being Tulion is accurate. Whoever provided the information didn’t report who her mother was, which suggests they didn’t know Minera’s ancestry very well. Additionally, though she died in in 1902 at the age of 82, there is another entry on the page indicating she was born in 1823. An 1823 birthyear is inconsistent with all other documents regarding her birth. So, if her year of birth is incorrect, then any other birth information on the document is suspect.

Finally, I’m not convinced that Minerva was Native American (see DNA, X-chromosome & Minerva Tolliver).

Until I discover documents which clearly indicate Minerva’s parentage or learn of mitochondrial DNA test results think that Minerva’s parentage is a brick wall.


If you have documentation regarding Minerva Ann (Tolliver) Mannin parentage or if you are a mitochondrial descendant of Minerva, I would really like to hear from you. In the meantime, I consider this issue to be a “brick wall.”



[ii] Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954, Family Search, Elijah Tolliver & Martha Marvin [Mannin] – 12 Sep 1825. “Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797­1954,” database with
images, FamilySearch, Elijah Toliver and Martha Marvin, 12 Sep 1825; citing Marriage, Morgan, Kentucky, United States, district clerk, court clerk, county clerk and register offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 839,918.