Searching for Mary Washburn’s Parents

Blanchard Project
Blanchard-Washburn

As I embark on learning more about the life of Mary (Washburn) Blanchard, I start with what I know.  Mary married Albion Blanchard on 2 February 1857 in Windham, Cumberland County, Maine. The 1860 Census reported her as 25 years old, suggesting a birth year of 1834 or 1835. The Blanchard’s were living in Cumberland, Cumberland County, Maine, then. I have been unable to determine her parents.

Based upon the 1850 Census, some researchers have suggested her parents were James and Martha (Briggs) Washburn and lived in Minot, Cumberland County, Maine. It seems possible except for two items. First, the age is a bit off. That girl is only 11, instead of 15. Second, she appears in the same family during the 1860 Census when my Mary Washburn was married and enumerated with her husband, Albion, in Cumberland.

So, my question is, what other Washburns were in Cumberland County during the 1850s and could my Mary be one of them.

1850 Census

A review of the 1850 Census found 30 Results in 7 groups.

  1. Cyrus Washburn household with an apparent wife and five children.[i]            Nancy (wife), Cyrus (18), Elizabeth (24), Maria (16), Samuel (12), and Abba (age 9).
  2. James E. Washburn household with wife, four apparent children, and apparently his parents. The children were Mary (11), Martha (9), Nancy (7), and Elisabeth (age 1).
  3. Otis Washburn household with apparent wife Rachel and six children – Lorenzo (21), Emily (19), Ebenezer (16), Caroline (14), Sidney (12), and Matilda (age 7).
  4. Charles Washburn with apparent wife Elizabeth and two children. The children were Maria (1) and Charles (2).
  5. Sylvia Washburn, apparent mother-in-law living with George Warren.
  6. Elizabeth Washburn, an apparent lodger in Dorothy Clark’s home in Portland.
  7. George Washburn, an apparent lodger in Francis Blake’s home in Harrison.

Mary, age 11, in James Washburn’s household and Maria, age 16, in Cyrus Washburn’s home are the only candidates I see in the 1850 Census that could be Mary Washburn, the wife of Albion Blanchard living in Cumberland County in 1850.

Note: Androscoggin County was created in 1854 from towns originally in Cumberland County, Lincoln County, Kennebec County, and Oxford County. So, although they were in Cumberland County in 1850, they were in Androscoggin County after 1854 without moving. [ii]

In the 1860 Census, Cyrus is still with Nancy, Samuel, and Abby. Maria is not in the household.

Again, in the 1860 Census, James’s household includes his apparent wife, Martha, and children, including 21-year-old Mary.

It appears that Otis may have passed because Lorenzo is living in Falmouth with his apparent sisters Caroline and Matilda.

From this, I’m reasonably sure that Mary S. (Washburn) Blanchard is not James and Martha (Briggs) Washburn. Instead, I suspect Mary S. (Washburn) Blanchard is the daughter of Cyrus and Nancy Washburn. With that theory in hand, I need to find evidence supporting the theory and determine Mary’s parents.

Next, I’ll look at Cyrus Washburn and his apparent family of 1850 and follow Cyrus and his children in hopes of finding his daughter, Maria, is my Mary, the wife of Albion Blanchard.


Endnotes

[i] The 1850 Census did not provide relationships between people in a household, so any relationships cited are apparent and speculative if based upon the 1850 Census only.

[ii] Wikipedia: “Androscoggin County, Maine” accessed 23 January 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Androscoggin_County,_Maine

 

Don’s Genealogy News – 24 January 2021

Don Taylor Genealogy

Photo Friday

I added five new photos from the Ethel Wright Collection, Dorler, Dostie, Doucet, Doughty, & Dove.

Scarborough Historical Society

I noticed that the Scarborough Historical Society’s Obituary Index and Clippings were recently added to The Ancestor’s Hunt listing of Free Maine Obituaries and Obituary Links.

I uploaded a transcript of the Joss & Moulton Dispute from July 24, 1830.

I uploaded a transcript of the 1821 Scarboro Annual Warrant, which provides the agenda for the Town meeting.

I uploaded a transcript of information about the new road to be built between the Saco Line to James Parker’s in 1823.

I uploaded a transcript for an Election Warrant on October 21, 1820, to select electors for President, Vice-president, and elector for the Second Eastern District.

I uploaded a transcript of the Scarborough Auditor’s Report (1865-1866), where the auditor talks bout deficiencies in the process used for vouchers.

Digital Maine

Because it was a Centennial activity, I also uploaded the 1820 Election Warrant to Digital Maine.

Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society

The next Chapter meeting will be via Zoom on 6 February at 1:00 PM. Please email to request the connection link and passcode.

Conferences

If you haven't registered for RootsTech - February 25 to 27 - yet, I highly recommend doing so. The registration is FREE.  https://www.rootstech.org/.  They have also linked with Family Search to provide "Relatives at Root Tech," where you can learn of other people who are attending RootsTech. I've registered for Connect and have learned there will be at least 76 relatives at RootsTech. By the way, there are over 139,000 people registered for RootsTech. It is going to be Genealogical Fun.

New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) - Virtual conference - April and May 2021. E-Zine at https://nergc.org/e-zines/

Have a good week,
- Don Taylor

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 13

Dorler, Dostie, Doucet, Doughty, & Dove

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week for Photo Friday, I look at identifying more negatives from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]. The names on the envelope are of the individual who paid for the photos, not necessarily of the individual portrayed in the image. As such, it is important to analyze the photo and information to identify the photograph subject positively.[ii]

Daisy Doreen (Trenholm) Doughty (1908-2000)

The envelope the negative is in says, “Miss Daisy Doughty – 214 High St, Portland #270.”

The 1935 Portland City Directory indicates Daisy Doughty is the wife of Albert Doughty. She is employed in Westbrook and resides at 214 High.

On 24 June 1933, Albert B. Doughty, residing in Gray, ME, married Daisy D. Trenholm, also living in Gray, ME.

The 1940 Census shows Albert and Daily living in Lynn, Essex County, Mass. It also indicates both lived in Gray, Maine, in 1935. Daisy was 32 years old in 1940.[iii]

Family Search shows Daisy Doreen Trenholm, wife of Albert William Doughty and daughter of Chester Orlando and Sephronia (Wilkins) Trenholm, as ID LB8T-GLB.

I uploaded three photos of Daisy to her Family Search ID.

Delphine Ida Mae Dostie (1915-2002)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Delphine Dosti – Eye & Ear Infirmary.”

The 1935 Portland City Directory shows Delphine Dostie as a student nurse at 79 Bramhall and residing at 804 Congress. Clearly, Ethel misspelled the surname. The online version (Ancestry) of the 1936 Portland City Directory is missing pages 294 and 295, where the Dostie surname would appear.

Delphine Dostie appears in the 1930 Census, age 14, living with her parents, Joseph H and Marie E Dostie, in Fairfield, Somerset County, Maine.[iv]

Family Search shows Delphine Dostie, daughter of Joseph Henry Dostie and Marie Elizabeth Landry, as ID GQZS-2Z3. I have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search ID.

Pauline Agnes Dorler (1910-1990)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Pauline Dorler – 82 Myrtle St, Portland #506.”

The Portland City Directory for 1935 lists Pauline A Dorler as a clerk who married Archie McLeod.

Ancestry Family Trees indicate that Pauline Agnes Dorler married Archibald N. McLeod on 10 Nov 1934 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.

Family Search shows Pauline A. Dorler, the daughter of John Joseph Dorler and Bridget Agnes Kelley, as Family Search ID: LFN8-HRR. I saved three photos of Pauline to her Family Search ID.

Able Seaman H. Dove of the HMS Dundee.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. H. Dove – H. M. S. S. “Dundee” #483.”

The HMS Dundee was a British Navy Sloop that entered service in 1933 and was sunk by a German submarine in September 1940.[v]

The good news is H. Dove was not listed as being aboard the HMS Dundee when it was sunk.[vi]

However, I have been unable to find a crew list that might provide Dove’s first name. I think H. Dove’s rank was Able Seaman, but I’m not sure. (Anyone know Royal Navy Markings?)

I uploaded the photo of (Seaman) H. Dove to Dead Fred.

Maria Ann (Theriault) Doucet (1890-___)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Marie Doucet – 13 Grant St., Portland #391.”

The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Mrs. Marie A. Doucet working as a waitress and living at 13 Grant, Apt 4.[vii]

Marie Anne (Theriault) Doucet was 47 years old when she applied for US Citizenship. She was born on 5 Feb 1890, in Grand-Anse, New Brunswick. Her husband was Joseph Luke Doucet.[viii] The photo was taken about 1936 when she was about 46 years old.

Marie Anne (Theriault) Doucet is listed in Family Search as ID: KG6V-NTV. I have uploaded three photos of her.

Conclusion

I had a good week with:

  • Four successful identifications I could post to Family Search.
  • One partial identification posted to Dead Fred.

Final Note

If any of these photos are of a family member, I would love to hear your reaction.


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.

[iii] See: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4V1-YMV

[iv] See: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XMDZ-QQF

[v] Source: HMS Dundee (L84)”. 2021. Wikipedia.Org. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Dundee_(L84). Bottom of Form

[vi] Source: “Crewlist From HMS Dundee (L 84) (British Sloop) – Ships Hit By German U-Boats During WWII – Uboat.Net”. 2021. Uboat.Net. https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship.

[vii] “Ancestry.Com. https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2469/images/13892653?usePUB=true&_phsrc=GKy2735&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&pId=851343381.

[viii] National Archives at Boston; Waltham, Massachusetts; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2009; Record Group Number: RG 21; NAI Number: 594499; NAI Title: Naturalization Records, Maine, 1790-1945 https://search.ancestry.com/collections/2899/records/1109505/

Don’s Genealogy News – 17 January 2021

Don Taylor Genealogy

Photo Friday

I analyzed five more packets of negatives from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection. See Part 12 – Dexter, Dixon, Dodge (2), & Doherty

  • Mrs. G. N. Deexter – 129 Pleasant St, Portland, ME
  • Cynthia Alberta (Brimmer) Dodge (1893-1986)
  • Martha Dodge (1928-___)
  • Wendell Wallace Doherty (1887-1949)
  • Unknown [Dixon?]

Donna Montran

I posted “Donna One Hundred Years Ago – January 12th to 15th, 1921.”
“Donna Montran and Her Bathing Beauties in a Beach Promenade” played at the Majestic Theatre in Paterson, NJ, one hundred years ago this week.

Howell Research

Published a transcript of the Will of William Price (1762-1846). Thanks to Marcy Porter, who shared her transcript and allowed me to share it on this website. William Price is my wife’s 4th great-grandfather.

Scarborough Historical Society

I mailed 0ut the latest issue of Owascoag Notes (the bi-monthly newsletter of the Society).  Besides sending it out using Mail Chimp, I wrote “Looking for a Winter Project?” and “Recent Donations” for the January/February 2021 issue.

I added an 1865-1866 Auditor’s Report that was transcribed by a historical society member who responded to my “Looking for a Winter Project” article. I linked it to the Town Annual Reports Page.

I posted a transcript by a historical society member regarding the  Scarborough Election Warrant – 21 Oct 1820.

I was going to digitize Augustus Moulton’s book Old Prouts Neck, but found it is available online for download at the Digital Commons of the University of Southern Maine. It went out of copyright last year. Many thanks to USM’s Digital Commons.

I digitized, OCRed, linked and uploaded Scarborough Annual Report – 1953 to Digital Maine and Archive.org.

Digital Maine

I posted the Scarborough Election Warrant – 21 Oct 1820 to Digital Maine.

Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society

At the last meeting of the Greater Portland Chapter, I was elected Chapter President.  Please use to contact me, or the other board members, for the Greater Portland Chapter.

Other Blogs

The Ancestor Hunt reported that they have links to 1,732 Free Online Maine Collections in 16 genealogy record categories. Check them out.

Conferences

If you haven't registered for RootsTech - February 25 to 27 - yet, I highly recommend doing so. The registration is FREE.  https://www.rootstech.org/.  They have also linked with Family Search to provide "Relatives at Root Tech," where you can learn of other people who are attending RootsTech. I've registered for Connect and have learned there will be at least 76 relatives at RootsTech. By the way, there are over 139,000 people registered for RootsTech. It is going to be Genealogical Fun.

New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) - Virtual conference - April and May 2021. E-Zine at https://nergc.org/e-zines/

The Family History Federation (England) is hosting a "Really Useful Family History Show" on April 10th. "Early Bird Registration" is open until January 31st for £7.50.

Services

Set your VCRs or otherwise plan to watch the new season of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The 2021 Season begins January 19th at 8 PM on PBS with "To the Manor Born." Actress Glenn Close and filmmaker John Waters discover their privileged lineages.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 12

Dexter, Dixon, Dodge(2), & Doherty

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week for Photo Friday, I look at identifying more negatives from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]. The names on the envelope are of the individual who paid for the photos, not necessarily of the individual portrayed in the image. As such, it is important to analyze the photo and information to positively identify the photographs.[ii]

Mrs. G. N. Dexter – 129 Pleasant St., Portland, ME

Copy of Envelope Writing

This photo is from the Ethel Wight Studio (Portland, ME) collection. The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. G. N. Dexter – 129 Pleasant St., Woodfords #34.” (Woodfords is a neighborhood in Portland, ME.)

Mrs. G. N. Dexter – 129 Pleasant St., Woodfords.

I have been completely unable to identify this individual. The low ID number (34) suggests the photo was taken about 1934. I have not found any individual named G. N. Dexter, nor any Dexter who has the middle name starting with “N.” Likewise, searching for address 129 Pleasant did not reveal anyone with a similar name.

Image posted to Dead Fred.

There were two additional photos of Mrs. G. N. Dexter which I have uploaded to my Flickr Page.

 

Cynthia Alberta (Brimmer) Dodge (1893-1986)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs Ira Dodge – Crosby St, Portland # 768.”

Mrs. Ira Dodge

The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Ira J. Dodge and his wife Cynthis B., living at 28a Crosby.

Cynthia Alberta Brimmer, (born 16 April 1893) married Ira James Dodge in Brewer, Maine on 29 April, 1922. Cynthis was the daughter of George W. and Isabel (Carr) Brimmer.

I’ve posted Cynthia Alberta Brimmer’s photos to her Family Search profile L5Z8-KKW.

Martha Dodge – circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Ira Dodge – Daughter Martha – Crosby St Woodfords #10.”

Martha Dodge – circa 1937

I looked at Mrs. Ira Dodge of Crosby Street (above), so this identification was easy. The 1940 Census indicated she had two children, Patricia and Martha. Martha was 12 years old during the 1940 Census. If this photo was taken about 1936, she would have been about 8 years old, about right for the image.

Martha R Dodge has a profile on Family Search, ID L5Z8-KVL. I have uploaded three of her photos to her Family Search profile.

Wendel Wallace Doherty (1887-1949)

This photo is from the Ethel Wight Studio (Portland, Maine) Collection. The envelope this negative was in says, “Wendell W. Doherty – 562 Congress St., Room 613 #82.”

Wendell W. Doherty

The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Wendell W and Agnes C Doherty was a music teacher at 562 Congress, Room 613 and sec 249 Middle. His home was at 249 High.

The 1940 Federal Census indicates Wendell Doherty of 249 High Street was 53 years old, born in Maine, Married to Agnes C. Doherty, and has two children.

Further research found Wendell Wallace Doherty was born June 21, 1887, in Mechanic Falls, Maine.

Wendall W. Doherty married Agnes Catherine La Rochelle on 27 Dec 1915 in Portland, Cumberland County Maine. His marriage record indicated his father was John A Doherty and his mother was Sarah Waldron.

There was no profile for Wendall Wallace Doherty in Family Search. However, John A Doherty and Sadie Waldron.

I was able to confirm the relationship by the 1900 Census, which shows 13-year-old Wendel living with his parents John and Sarah with several siblings.[iii]

I created a profile for Wendel on Family Search, GH8T-WJ8 and uploaded his photo to that profile.

Unknown [Dixon?] – circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Chas A. Dixon – 170 Bolton St, Portland #880.”

Young Woman, possibly related to Charles and Nellie Dixon of Portland, Maine

The 1937 Portland City Directory reports Charles A. D. Dixon and his wife Nellie G loving at 170 Bolton.

The 1940 Census found Charles A. D. Dixon living with his wife and son, Charles at 156 Brentwood Street. Nellie is 54 years old. The photo is clearly of a girl much younger. So, the 1940 Census does not provide a likely subject’s name.

The 1930 Census found Charles living with his wife and two sons at 11 East Kidder Street. Again, the census records do not provide a likely subject for the person.

This photo is of an unknown person, possibly related to Charles and Nellie Dixon. Possibly others who know the family will be able to identify the individual

Conclusion

I had:

  • Three successful identifications where I could post to Family Search.
  • One partial identification posted to Dead Fred.
  • One unsuccessful identification.

Final Note

If any of these photos are of a family member, I would love to hear your reaction.


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.

[iii] https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MML4-3JC