Ethel Wight Collection – Part 24

Brown, Bruns, Buckley, Bucklin, & Utterstrom

Photo Friday
Ethel Wight Collection
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 important 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.

Alice Davenport Bucklin, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Alice Bucklin, 11 Surrender St., Portland #744.”

A search for Alice Bucklin of Portland yielded an Alice Davenport Bucklin in the 1933 South Portland High School Yearbook. The yearbook photo appears to be of the same young woman to me.

The 1920 US Census identifies Alice D. Bucklin as the five-year-old daughter of Joseph W. and  Gertrude B. Bucklin, living at 15 Henry Street. Note that she has an older brother Joseph E. Bucklin.

I haven’t found Alice in the 1930 Census, but she does appear in the 1934 Portland City Directory as a student nurse residing at 804 Congress. She does not appear in the 1935 City Directory; however, her brother Joseph E. Bucklin and his wife live at 11 Surrenden, the same address provided to Ethel Wight.  Alice married Charles H Paulsen on 29 June 1936, which explains why I’ve been unable to find her in other documents.

Disposition.

Family Search identifies Alice D. Bucklin, the daughter of Joseph William and Gertrude Belle (Nash) Bucklin, as ID GMVX-516. I am quite sure this is Alice about 1936, before her marriage to Charles Henry Paulson. I have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search profile. Ancestry Family Trees have at least 26 trees which include Alice.

Haswell M. Bruns, circa 1935

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. H. M. Bruns, 6 Roberts St, Portland #333.”

Haswell M. Bruns, circa 1935

The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Haswell M. Bruns living at 6 Roberts. The 1930 Census enumerated the 21-year-old Haswell in the household of his father Jens Neilson and Ethel Libby (Skillings) Bruns also at 6 Roberts. Suggesting Haswell was born about 1909. Further research found he was born 26 May 1908 and died 15 May 1969.

Disposition

Family Search identifies Haswell Bruns, the son of Jens and Ethel Bruns, as id LVVF-HLS. I am sure this is Haswell about 1935. I have uploaded a photo of him to his Family Search profile. There are about 11 Ancestry Trees which include Haswell Marshall Bruns.

John Brown of High Street, Portland, circa 1935

This negative’s envelope says, “Mr. John Brown, 108 High St, Portland #665.”

John Brown of High Street, Portland, circa 1935

The 1934 Portland City directory lists John Brown, a stevedore, residing at 108 High. The 1935 directory finds him associated with the Dew Drop Lunch at 17 Pleasant. The 1936 Portland City Directory available online is missing pages 173 thru 177, so I can’t see him there. The 1937 Portland City Directory shows John Brown, associated with the Dewdrop Lunch residing at 56 Maple. The 1938 and the 1941 directories both put John Brown at 56 Maple. However, I have been unable to find him in the 1940 Census.

The 1932 &1933 Directory shows John Brown, a stevedore residing at 108 High.

The 1931 directory shows a John Brown living at 92 Arcadia. That John Brown was a 40-year-old carpenter from Poland. The John Brown in the photo appears to be older than 45, and his occupation is inconsistent with the John Brown of 108 High Street and 56 Maple.

It will take a lot more research to sort out the various John Browns of Portland, Maine, to determine the exact John Brown of the photo.

I have added his photo to Dead Fred.

John Joseph Buckley, circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. John J. Buckley, 377 Cumberland Ave, Portland #648.”

This photo is of a young boy, probably about 14 or 15 years old. The 1940 Census lists a John J. Buckley (born about 1923 in Canada) and who lived in Portland in 1935, living with his parents, William P (born about 1886 in Canada)and Catherine M. Buckley at 363 Cumberland. The 1935 City Directory has William P and Catherine living at 377 Cumberland, so I am confident this photo is of their son, John J. Buckley, who was born in Canada about 1923.

I was not successful in finding a profile for either John J. Buckley or his parents, William P. and Catherine M. Buckley, on Family Search. However, John Joseph Buckley is found in three Ancestry family trees. There were three photos of John, so I have one here, and I uploaded two additional images to Dead Fred.

Dorothea Louise Utterstrom, circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Frank Utterstrom, 23 Olympia St, Portland #365.”

Dorothea Louise Utterstrom, circa 1937

When I saw this name, I immediately knew it was a person from my Blanchard-Utterstrom Project. I knew that Frank Raymond and Dorothy E (Semple) Utterstrom had a daughter, Dorothea Louise Utterstrom, born on 28 August 1927. The 1930 Census enumerated Frank, Dorothy, and Dorothea living at 23 Olympia in Portland.

At first, I thought these two photos might be of two different people, because one is in a coat and the other in a dress. Both show a round-faced girl with similar bangs, similar hair length, and what appears, to me, the same dress. As such, I believe this is the same girl in both photos taken

Dorothea Louise Utterstrom, circa 1937

about 1937. Sadly, in one of the photos, the girl’s face is slightly out of focus.

Family Search did not have a profile for Dorothea, so I added her two photos to Dead Fred.

Conclusion

I had:

      • Two successful identifications where I could post to Family Search
      • Two other identifications that didn’t have profiles on Family search, so I uploaded them to Dead Fred.
      • One inconclusive identification (several potential candidates)

Final Note

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.


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 Photoshop Elements.

Ancestor Sketch – William S. Taylor

Bradley-Hingston Project
Bradley-Taylor
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.William S. Taylor lived his youth in the historic place where Washington crossed the Delaware. He made a short foray out west, where he married, then returned to Philadelphia with his new bride. After his second marriage, he located to Norfolk, Virginia, where he lived until his death.

Bradley-Hingston – Ancestor #BH-10

List of Grandparents

  •  Grandmother: Magdalen Polk Taylor (1890-1970)
  • 1st Great-grandfather: William S. Taylor (1856-1928)
  • 2nd Great-grandfather: Jacob H. Taylor (1822-___)

William S. Taylor (1856-1928)

Vital Records

William S Taylor was born on 28 December 1856 in Taylorsville[i], Bucks County, Pennsylvania as the first child of Jacob H Taylor and Rebecca L Pittman. He had six siblings, namely: Lydia M, Lizzie W, Florence, Annie, Justice P, and Burnard.

When he was 30, he married Maria Louisa Polk on 17 January 1887 in Jackson, Missouri, USA (at St. Joseph Church by J. J. Kennedy).

When he was 54, he married Mary Ella Rulon, daughter of David O Rulon and Bridget McWerty [?], on 22 November 1911 in New Castle, Delaware, USA (Geo. Lewis Wolfe officiated. Kath Convey & Clifford Williams were witnesses).

He died on 25 September 1928 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA (of Cancer of the esophagus. Medical Code: 44).

Childhood

When William was born, he had four older siblings

    • Lydia M. – About nine years older (born c. 1847)
    • Justice P. – About seven years older (born c. 1849)
    • Burnard – About three years older (born c. 1853)
    • Lizzie W.– About six year older (born c. 1845)

His sister Florence was born about 1859 when William was about three.

1860

The 1860 Census found three-year-old William living with his parents and five siblings in Taylorsville, Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His father was a lumber merchant. Living with them were his grandmother[i], Matilda Pittman, and two hired servants, Mary Wellah from Ireland and Mary Fells from New Jersey.

His sister Annie was born about 1863 when William was about seven.

1870

The 1870 Census reports 13-year-old William living with his parents and four siblings.  His two older brothers, Justice and Burnard, are not in the home. All of the children are attending school, and William’s father, Jacob, is still a lumber merchant. Living with them is Ellen Berry, a 17-year-old domestic from Ireland.

Adulthood

By 1880, 23-year-old William had left home.  He lived and worked with a crew for the Pennsylvania Railroad. He boarded at 34 Lancaster, Philadelphia. This address doesn’t make sense in today’s streets, but because he and 20 other boarders at the same place working for the railroad, I would expect it was close to the train station (30th Street?).

Marriage 1

William married Maria Louisa Polk on 17 January 1887 at the St. Joseph Church in Kansas City, MO. J. J. Kennedy performed the ceremony. Maria was from Arkansas.

William and Maria had three children[ii]

  • Dorothy                         Born January 1888 in Pennsylvania
  • John                                     Born July 1889 in New York
  • Magdalen Polk Taylor Born 31 December 1890

1900 Census

The William Taylor family is one of the few cases where a family was enumerated twice.

The family appears in Philadelphia, ED 159, Sheet 3A, Lines 29 through 34, living on Chestnut Street. William and Maria had been married for 13 years, and Maria had had three children, all of whom were living. William was working as a Cashier, the three children were attending school, and they had a 30-year-old servant, Margaret Raby.

The family also appears in Cape May, Middle Township, New Jersey. Again, William, Maria, Dorothy, John, and Magdalene are present. Living with them is a boarder, 80-year-old John W. Polk, and a housekeeper, Margarette Rabey. Because Maria’s maiden name was Polk, I suspect this 80-year-old is Maria’s father. Also, the servant appears to be the same person. Margaret/Margarette – Raby/Rabey.

1910 Census

I found William living at 32 South 17th Street, Philadelphia. He is a lodger and is working as an accountant at a brewing company. The household head is Mary R Tabor. Also, Mary R. Tyson is a lodger at the address. Daughter Magdalene had married by this time and was living with her new husband. I haven’t researched the other two children yet.

Marriage 2

William S. Taylor married Mary Ella Rulon on 22 November 1911 in New Castle County, Delaware. George Lewis Wolfe officiated, and Kath Convey and Clifford Williams were witnesses. Shortly after their marriage, the couple moved to Norfolk, Virginia, by 1912.

1920 Census

William (age 63) and Mary (age 56) appear in the 1920 Census living on 35th Street in Norfolk, Virginia. None of the children are living with them.

Death

William died 25 September 1928 in Norfolk from esophageal cancer.  His death certificate indicates that the “Place of burial, cremation, or removal” was Philadelphia, PA. Additionally, Quaker meeting records indicate that William S. Taylor’s burial at Westminister, Cemetery. Finally, Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records indicate that William S. Taylor was buried 27-28 September 1928 in Westminster Cem. Southampton[iii], Bucks County, PA.

William did not have a memorial on Find-a-Grave, so I created memorial 223082720. I also requested a photo of the marker.


Events by Location

Delaware, New Castle County Marriage 2 (1911)
Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City Marriage 1 (1887)
New Jersey, Cape May, Cape May 1900
Pennsylvania, Bucks County Lower Makefield 1870
Pennsylvania, Bucks County, Southampton Burial (1928)
Pennsylvania, Bucks County, Taylorsville Birth (1856)
Pennsylvania, Bucks County, Upper Makefield 1860
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia 1880, 1900, 1910
Virginia, Norfolk (Independent City) 1920, Death (1928)

Locations in the life of William S. Taylor

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • The 1870 Census reports Justice and Burnard are not in the Jacob H. Taylor household. Research to determine if they passed or were enumerated elsewhere.
  • Research exactly where 34 Lancaster, Philadelphia would have been in 1880 and what is there now.
  • Research the potential that William S. Taylor had a son, William S. Taylor, Jr.

Sources

  • 1860 Census, NARA, 1860 Census – Jacob K Taylor – Upper Makefield, Bucks, Pennsylvania (PO: Taylorsville). Year: 1860; Census Place: Upper Makefield, Bucks, Pennsylvania; Page: 737; Family History Library Film: 805083.
  • 1870 Census, NARA, 1870 – Jacob H Taylor – Lower Makefield Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania. “United States Census, 1870”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1: 13R: 4 January 2021), Jacob H Taylor, 1870.
  • 1880 Census, NARA, 1880 – William Taylor – Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. “United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWJ5-XPR : 13 November 2020), Wm. Taylor in household of J. L. Worrell, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America; citing enumeration district ED 485, sheet 33B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,255,182. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWJ5-XPR.
  • 1900 Census, 1900 Census – William S Tayler, Jr – New Jersey, Cape May, Middletownship, Angelsea borough, Wildwood borough, Avalon Borough. “United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9NR-RYH : accessed 23 August 2018), William S Tayler Jr., Middle Township Angelsea borough, Wildwood borough, Avalon Borough, Rio Grande Village, Cape May, New Jersey, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 107, sheet 12A, family 308, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,960.
  • 1900 Census, 1900 Census – William S Taylor, et al – Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1900; Census Place: Philadelphia Ward 9, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Page: 3; Enumeration District: 0159; FHL microfilm: 1241455. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/2442/records/25439613/.
  • 1910 Census (FS), Family Search, 1910 Census – William Taylor – Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MGWN-5R4 : accessed 17 February 2021), Wm Taylor, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 480, sheet 5A, family 87, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1397; FHL microfilm 1,375,410.
  • 1920 Census (FS), Family Search, William S Taylor Norfolk Monroe Ward, Norfolk (Independent City), Virginia.
  • Delaware Vital Records, 1650-1974, Family Search, William S Taylor & Mary E Rulon. “Delaware Vital Records, 1650-1974,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1: L8PW : 8 November 2020), William S Taylor, 22 November 1911; citing Marriage, Delaware, United States, Delaware Public Archives, Dover; FHL microfilm.
  • Find a Grave Memorial, Find a Grave, Magdalen T. Bradley (1890-1970). Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 25 August 2018), memorial page for Magdalen T. Bradley (31 December 1890–24 November 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 182390190, citing Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by DAO (contributor 47943782). https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/182390190.
  • Jackson County, Missouri, US Marriage Records, 1826-2014, Jackson County, MO – Official Website, William Taylor & Marie Polk – 17 January 1887. https://www.jacksongov.org/.
  • Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013, Ancestry.Com, Burial – William S Taylor, Jr. 25 September 1928. Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 194.
  • S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, Ancestry.Com, William S Taylor – Death 25 September 1928. Source Citation: Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Quaker Meeting Records Source Information, Ancestry.com. U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Swarthmore, Quaker Meeting Records. Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. North Carolina Yearly Meeting Minutes. Hege Friends Historical Library, Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina. Indiana Yearly Meeting Minutes. Earlham College Friends Collection & College Archives, Richmond, Indiana. Haverford, Quaker Meeting Records. Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania.
  • Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987, Family Search, William S Taylor, Sr. “Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVR X55W : 16 August 2019), William S Taylor Sr, 25 September 1928; from “Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2012); citing Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, United States, entry #, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond.
  • Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014 (Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Department of Health), Ancestry.Com, Magdalen T. Bradley
  • Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014 (Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Department of Health), Ancestry.Com, William S Taylor Sr – 25 September 1928. Virginia Department of Health; Richmond, Virginia; Virginia Deaths, 1912-2014.

Endnotes

[i] Taylorsville is now “Washington Crossing” an unincorporated village in Bucks County. It is the location where Washington Crossed the Delaware during the Revolutionary War.
[ii] The 1860 Census does not show the relationships between individuals. Jacob’s wife, Rebecca, maiden name was Pittman. The 77-year-old Matilda is presumed to be Rebecca’s mother but has not been proven.
[iii] William may have had another son. When William was buried he was identified as William S. Taylor, Sr. Being a “Senior” suggests that there was a Junior. I haven’t found evidence of a William Junior yet, but it is possible.
[iv] Southampton is an unincorporated community in southeastern Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Ancestor Sketch – Rella May Sauve

Halcro/Sauve
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Overview

Rella May Sauve was born on September 28, 1892, in Tilbury, Ontario, Canada, a child of Richard Sauve and Annie Brenneau. She had thirteen (nine known) siblings: Susan, Bertha, William, Joseph Dennis, Mary, Niana, Richard, Anna, and Minnie. When she was 23, she married Andrew James Halcro, son of William Francis Halcro and Harriet Park, on June 24, 1916, in Restigouche, New Brunswick, Canada (In a ceremony performed by Rev. E. P. Wallace of Campbellton). Andrew died in 1925. When she was 53, she married Harry Squires on February 11, 1946, in Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. She and Harry divorced on June 7, 1955. She died March 16, 1984, in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine (At age 91).

Halcro Project – Ancestor #5

List of Grandparents

    • Grandmother: Rella May Sauve (1892-1984)
    • 1st Great-grandfather: Richard Sauve (1849-___)

Name

Rella May Sauve has one of those names that seem to be different in every record I encountered.

  • Orella        1900 Census
  • Mary O.     1910 Census
  • Rella          1905 Rhode Island Census, 1921 Canada Census, 1930 Census,
    Marriage 1 (1916)
  • Rella M.    1940 Census, Death Index (1984)
  • Rella May Son Lawrence’s Draft Registration (1940), Naturalization (1961)
    [i]

Certainly, she was also known as Rella Mae. For example, her son, Robert J. Halcro, was the president of a business in Alaska named the Rella Mae Corp. Presumably named after his mother Rella Mae is also seen in several other documents.

Because I have not found an original birth record, I cannot be sure of her birth name, but I suspect it was Mary Orella Sauvé, which, over time, morphed into Rella May.


Events

Birth

The 1900 and the 1910 Censuses indicate that Rella’s mother, Annie Brennneau Sauve, had 14 children, 10 of whom were still living.  I have identified the names of 10 of her children. Rella was the youngest of the 10.  Rella was born on September 28 1892, in Tilbury, Ontario, Canada. Her ten known siblings include:

Name Birth
Anna c. 1874
Mary May 1876
Minnie c. 1878
Niana Jun 1880
Richard Oct 1882
Bertha Oct 1884
William Jun 1886
Susan May 1888
Joseph Dennis May 1891
Rella May 28  Sep 1892

Childhood

Rella’s life in Ontario was short-lived. In 1895 the family immigrated to the United States.

The 1900 Census finds six-year-old Orella (Rella) living with her parents and seven of her siblings at 716 Weeden Street, Pawtucket (Ward 4), Rhode Island. Her father is a mill laborer and five of her siblings are laborers; four were bleachers (including 13-year-old William), and one was a dyehand. Only she and her two youngest siblings are attending school and not working.

In 1905, Rhode Island conducted a state census. Rella was enumerated living at 195 Francis Ave, Pawtucket, RI, and was attending school.

The 1910 Census finds  Mary O. (Rella) still at home with her parents and her brother Joseph. She was not attending school, nor was she reported as working.

Marriage 1

Rella Married Andrew James Halcro on 26 June 1916 in Restigouche, New Brunswick, Canada. Rev. E. P. Wallace of Campbellton performed the ceremony. She and Andrew located to Montréal, where Andrew was from.

Together they had five children, namely:

Name Born
Lawrence A. 10 Aug 1917
Robert J. 10 Jul 1919
Horace J. 3 Dec 1920
Russel D 15 Dec 1921
Mary R. 26 Dec 1925

Andrew died 15 July 1925, while Rella was pregnant wiAndrew’s

After Andrew’s Death

The following year, on May 1st, 1926, Rella immigrated to the United States a second time.

The 1930 Census finds Rella living at 203 Francis Ave. in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, with her 77-year-old mother, her five kids, and a niece, Bernice Cote. Also living in the “household” is a “boarder.”

856 Weeden Built in 1920 – as seen today – courtesy of Google Maps.

In 1935, the widow Rella Halcro was living at 856 Weeden in Pawtucket, Providence County, Rhode Island.

The 1940 Census finds Rella living at 443 Columbus in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Columbus. All of her children are still at home.

Marriage 2

On 11 February 1946, Rella married Harry Squires in Pawtucket, Providence County, Rhode Island. They split and sometime in 1954 the two filed for divorce in Florida. The divorce became final on 7 June 1955.  Shortly after the divorce Rella relocated to Maine.

Naturalization

On 25 September 1961, Rella applied to become a US citizen. Mable B. Bouchard and Theresa A. Byram of South Portland were witnesses and swore they knew Rella since 1956.

A description of Rella said the 5’4” ear-old was 5’4”, 117 lbs., gray eyes, light brown hair with medium Complexion. She had a mole on the back of her neck and scars on the palm of each hand.

Rella May Squires took the Oath of Allegiance on 11 December 1961.

Death & Burial

Illustration Photo by “msimonds” via Find-a-Grave

Rella May Squires died on 16 March 1984 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine. She was 91. She was buried at Scarborough Memorial Cemetery, Scarborough, Cumberland County, Maine. Her son, Horace A. Halcro, shares a marker with her.

Events by Location

Location Event(s)
Canada, New Brunswick, Restigouche Marriage (1916)
Canada, Ontario, Chatham-Kent, Tilbury Birth (1892)
Canada, Quebec, Longueuil, Jacques-Cartier 1921 Census
Maine, Cumberland, Portland Naturalization (1961), Death (1984)
Maine, Cumberland, Scarborough Residence (1984),Burial (1984)
Rhode Island, Providence, Pawtucket 1900, 1905, 1910, 1930, 1940 Censuses
Vermont, Orleans, Newport Immigration (1926)

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • Locate Richard and Annie Sauve (including Rella) in the 1911 Canadian Census.
  • Do a newspaper survey for Rella during her “Squires Years” (1946-1984)
  • Do a newspaper survey for Rella during her “Halcro Years” (1916-1946)
  • Do a newspaper survey for Rella during her “Sauve Years” (1892-1916)
  • Search for Rella in School records during her “Sauve Years.”

————–  Disclaimer  ————–

Sources

  • 1900 Census, Various, Richard Scovee [Sauve] Head. Year: 1900; Census Place: Pawtucket Ward 4, Providence, Rhode Island; Page: 11; Enumeration District: 0159; FHL microfilm: 1241511, Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twel. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/69435187:7602.
  • 1930 Census, Various, Annie Sauve, Head – Pawtucket, Providence “Rhode Island. “United Stat” s Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XMZB-B9P : accessed 20 February 2021), Annie Sauve, Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 268, sheet 19B, line 66, family 470, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2174; FHL microfilm 2,341,908. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XMZB-B9P.
  • 1940 Census, Various, Halcro, Rella – Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island. Year: 1940; Census Place: Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island; Roll: m-t0627-03768; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 4-200.
  • Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1757-1946 (Drouin Collection), Ancestry.com, Marriage – Andrew J Halcro & Rella Sauve – Page 84, #149. Ancestry.com. Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1757-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007.
  • Canada Census, 1921, Library & Archives of Canada, Andrew Halcro – Wife, Rala, & three children. Montreal West, Family 101, Page 10. https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1921/Pages/item.aspx?itemid=8230623.
  • Maine, U.S., Death Index, 1960-1997 (Augusta, Maine, State of Maine Department of Human Services), Ancestry.com, Death – Rella M Squires – 16 Mar 1984. Certificate: 8402606. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/6703/records/254937.
  • Maine, U.S., Federal Naturalization Records, 1787-1991 (Boston, Waltham, Massachusetts, National Archives), Ancestry.com, Rella May Squires – Certificate Number: 12519. 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: 6250662; NAI Title: Petitions and Records of Naturalization for Maine, 1945-1991; 1 Jan 1945-31 Dec 1991.
  • Minnesota, U.S., Death Index, 1908-2017 (St. Paul, Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Health), Ancestry.com, No Image – Mary Rella Irene Heil – 10 May 2012. Certificate Number: 2012-MN-014140.
  • Rhode Island State Census, 1905, Family Search, Rilla Sauve – Paw “ucket, Providence County. “Rhod” Island State Census, 1905”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MLJ VQN : 9 July 2019), Billa Sauve, 1905. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MLJR-VQN?from=lynx1UIV8&treeref=LYBX-SXK.
  • S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, City Directory, 1927 – Page 437 – Halcro.
  • S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, City Directory, 1935 – Page 301 – Halcro.
  • S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 (NARA), Ancestry.com, Lawrence Andrew Halcro. The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for Rhode Island, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 70.

Endnotes

[i] This is a key document regarding Rella’s name. In it she clearly signs her name as Rella May Squires. Both in her application and in her oath of allegiance.

William Taylor & the 1910 Census

Census Sunday
Bradley-Taylor

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.In my Bradley-Hingston Project, I’ve been researching William S. Taylor (1856-1928). For my genealogical “first pass” research for an ancestor, I attempt to find vital records, birth, death, and marriages. I also try to find the individual in all of the available Census records during their life.  In William Taylor’s case, I have not successfully found him the 1910 Censuses.

William was born on 29 December 1856 in Taylorsville[i], Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to Jacob H. and Rebecca L. (Pittman) Taylor. On 17 January 1887, he married Maria and they had three children, Dorothy, John, and Magdalen. William remarried Mary Ella Rulon on 22 November 1911. That suggests that John and Maria either divorced or that Maria died before November 1911. Additionally, Magdalen had married in 1910 was

William S. Taylor would have been 53 years old on 15 April 1910. He is probably either widowed or divorced.

Review of the 1910 Census

A Search of Family Search for William Taylor, 53 years old, born in Pennsylvania, yielded eight reasonable candidates.

    • William R. Taylor was the head of a household that included a daughter Annie. He had been married for 37 years but did work as a secretary for the railroad. My William married 23 years earlier and had no known daughter named Annie. This William Taylor is an unlikely candidate.
    • The William Taylor, who lived in Warrior Run, Luzerne County, PA, and was married to Rebecca, is not a candidate.
    • William D. Taylor, who lived in Philadelphia, had a son named Joseph and whose parents were born in Ireland, is not a candidate.
    • William F Taylor, who lived in Altoona, Blair County, PA, and had a wife, Agnes, is not a candidate.
    • The William R Taylor, who lived in Rochester, Monroe County, NY, and had a wife, Annie, is not a candidate.
    • The William C Taylor, who lived in Colwyn, Delaware County, PA, and had a wife, Anna, is not a candidate.
    • The Wm Taylor, who lived in Philadelphia, PA, and had a wife, Clara, is not a candidate.
    • William Taylor boarded with Mary R Tabor in Philadelphia, PA. His father was born in PA, and his mother was born in New Jersey. His occupation is Accountant at a Brewing Co. This William Taylor is a likely candidate. During the 1920 Census, William’s occupation is “Accountant.” Although he is listed as single, rather than divorced or widowed, I believe that is an error by whoever provided the information to the census taker.
William Taylor a lodger in the household of Mary R Tabor – 1910 US Census – Family Search

This look at the 1910 Census reminded me that there were other 23-year-old William Taylor’s living in the Philadelphia area, including:

      1. William R. Taylor, the father of Annie Taylor.
      2. William D. Taylor, whose parents were born in Ireland.
      3. William Taylor, whose wife was Clara.

Conclusion

In 1910, William Taylor was a lodger at 32 South 17th Street, Philadelphia. His occupation was as an Accountant at a brewing company.[ii]

Follow-up

I find it particularly interesting that the head of the household was the 47-year-old widow Mary R. Tabor. William’s second wife, who he married in 1911, was Mary Rulon (maiden name). His wife, Mary, also would have been 47 in 1910. Are the two Mary’s the same person? I will need to investigate that if/when I research Mary Rulon.


Endnotes:

[i] Taylorsville is now Washington Crossing, an unincorporated village in Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. (About 30 miles north of Philadelphia and 8 miles upstream of Trenton.

[ii] “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MGWN-5R4, accessed 17 February 2021), Wm Taylor, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 480, sheet 5A, family 87, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1397; FHL microfilm 1,375,410.

William Taylor & the 1880 Census

Census Sunday
Bradley-Taylor
By Don Taylor

Introduction

In my Bradley-Hingston Project, I’ve been researching William S. Taylor (1856-1928). For my genealogical “first pass” research for an ancestor, I attempt to find vital records, birth, death, and marriages. I also try to find the individual in all of the available Census records during their life.  In William Taylor’s case, I have not successfully found him in either the 1880 or the 1910 Censuses.

William was born on 29 December 1856 in Taylorsville[i], Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to Jacob H. and Rebecca L. (Pittman) Taylor. He appears in the 1860 and 1870 Censuses living with his parents as expected. During the 1870 Census, the 13-year-old William was attending school, as were all his school-age siblings, which means he could likely read and write.

In 1887, William married Maria Louisa Polk at St. Joseph Church in Jackson County, Missouri. That he was in Missouri is significant because it shows that William traveled across the country sometime between 1870 and 1887. He located back in the Philadelphia area with Maria by 1900, showing considerable mobility.

Review of the 1880 Census

A Search of Family Search for William Taylor, born in Pennsylvania in 1857, yielded 14 results.

  • William H. Taylor lived in Westport, Clinton, PA, with his mother, Sarah A. Taylor. Wrong mother.
  • William C. Taylor lived in Spring City, Chester, PA, with his Father, Samuel A. Taylor. Wrong father
  • William Taylor lived in Indiana, PA, with his mother, Margret Taylor. Wrong mother.
  • William M. Taylor was living in Saltsburg, Indiana County, PA. Race Mulatto. Wrong Race.
  • William Taylor was living in Dauphin County, PA, with his brother-in-law Armstead Lee. Armstead’s wife was named Mary. William did not have a sister named Mary, so this can’t be the correct William.
  • William Taylor lived in Philadelphia, PA, with his wife Elizabeth and son William (under 1). William’s parents were born in Ireland. Wrong birthplace for Parents.
  • William Taylor was living in Wayne County, PA, with his mother, Zilpha. Wrong mother.
  • William Taylor was living in Lewisburg, Union County, PA. Race Black.
  • William Taylor was living in Philadelphia, PA, with his parents William and Elizabeth. Wrong parents.
  • William Taylor was living in Philadelphia, PA, with his mother, Elmire Taylor. Wrong mother.
  • William A. Taylor lived in Philadelphia, PA, with his parents Samuel W. and Mary A. Taylor. Wrong parents.
  • William Taylor was living in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri. His race is black. Also, his parents were both born in Virginia. The wrong person.
  • There was a (first name blank) Taylor living in Beaufort, South Carolina. A closer look at the census reveals that this person was black.
  • Finally, a William Taylor lived in Philadelphia, PA, as a boarder at 34 Lancaster, Philadelphia. Single, His occupation was “P.R.R Co’s Men.” Over 20 men were boarding there, all of whom were P.R.R. Co’s Men.[ii] (I presume “P.R.R” to be the Pennsylvania Railroad.[iii])
William Taylor in the 1880 Census – Philadelphia, PA – ED 485, Page 4 – via Family Search

This appears to be the only William Taylor that could be the William Taylor I am looking for. This determination conflicts with several other researchers; however, I am quite certain this is the correct William Taylor. Additionally, it provides a simple explanation about how William could have gone west to meet Maria, who was from Arkansas, marry her in Missouri, and remove to Philadelphia by 1900. He worked for the Railroad.

This look at the 1880 Census shed light that there were four other 23-year-old William Taylor’s living in the Philadelphia area.

    1. William A. Taylor, son of Samuel W. and Mary A. Taylor.
    2. William Taylor, son of William and Elizabeth Taylor.
    3. William Taylor, son of Elmire Taylor.
    4. William Taylor, son of Irish immigrants and married to Elizabeth with a son William.

It will be crucial to distinguish my William Taylor from these other William Taylors as I continue my William Taylor research.

Conclusion

In 1880, William Taylor lived in Philadelphia, PA, and boarded at 34 Lancaster. He lived and worked with many other employees of the Pennsylvania Railroad. 


Endnotes:

[i] Taylorsville is now Washington Crossing, an unincorporated village in Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. (About 30 miles north of Philadelphia and 8 miles upstream of Trenton.

[ii] Family Search “United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWJ5-XPR: 13 November 2020), Wm. Taylor in the household of J. L. Worrell, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America; citing enumeration district ED 485, sheet 33B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,255,182.

[iii] The Pennsylvania Railroad operated was established in 1846 and operated until 1968.