Sketch – Albert B. Chase

Blanchard Project
Utterstrom/Chase
Research by Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.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)

Birth

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]

Childhood

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.

Marriage

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
Fred Chase 02 May 1911
Floyd Chase 11 Feb 1913
Franklin William Chase[iv] 20 Oct 1914

All of Albert & Sadie’s children were born in Patten, Penobscot County, Maine.

Adulthood

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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Sources

  • “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.

Endnotes

[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.

[vi] https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/201226016/albert-b-chase

Halverson’s Arrive in the States

Blanchard Project

Blanchard-Utterstrom-Halvorsen

I love Henry Louis Gates’ television show, “Finding Your Roots.” In the show, he takes a famous person and leads the person on a genealogical journey through a “Book of Life,” where he shares that key, or important, findings with the individual. Invariably he has a place where his guest turns a page which reveals an important document. Often, he says something like, “I’d like you to meet your third great grandmother.” <pause> “How does it feel to learn of them…” Finding that one key document which introduces the individual’s ancestor is always an amazing part of the show and thoroughly enjoyable.

Typically, when I research someone, there are no great documents that open the heavens and releases the sound of angels singing. Usually, it is grueling work sifting through various census and vital records. Each finding adds just a little more information about their life.  In my recent work on my Blanchard Project, I was going through dozens of City Directories and various logbooks of the First Lutheran Church of Portland, Maine.  Each finding was just another small bit of information that added to the story of the Halvorsen’s immigration to the United States. Then, suddenly, I came across one of those documents which made me say, “Oh my.”

Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=192578
Cunard Line – SS Bothnia & SS Scythia Class

The document was a passenger list of the S.S. Scythia which arrived in Boston on 23 August 1884. On the ship was my Blanchard project’s 18-year-old, great-grandmother, Hannah Halvorsen, and Hannah’s mother, Dorothea.  With them were five other siblings. The list was a treasure trove of information.  That passenger list represents the exact moment that much of her family arrived in America. Her 2nd-great-grandfather, Thomas, had come to the States earlier and established himself in Portland, Maine to prepare the way for his family’s arrival.

Additionally, this is the only document we have that shows that Dorothea made it to the United States. All other records, beginning less than three years later (June 1887) indicate she was deceased. Until I found this passenger list, I thought Thomas’ wife may have died in Norway and that he brought the kids to the United States by himself. I still need to learn how and were Thomas arrived in the States, but it will come.

 

 

Death Date found in a City Directory

Blanchard Project
Blanchard/Utterström

Sometimes the information you are looking for just doesn’t exist. I had been looking for a death record for Oscar William Utterström and had looked everywhere. Pretty much every death record source and death index source I know about.  No success.  I knew he had died before 1973 as his brother’s obituary said that Oscar had preceded him in death. I also knew he was living during the 1940 Census in Portland, Maine. But, I just don’t feel right about entering a person’s death as “between 1940 and 1973.”  I just had to do better than a 33-year span.

Then I thought I might be able to narrow his death to a year or two by reviewing the City Directories. I used Ancestry, as they seemed to be the most complete, and searched for Oscar Utterstrom. I quickly saw that Oscar was in many of the directories. The most recent one was in 1960. I looked at the directory and found that he owed/paid taxes, but he wasn’t listed in the people part of the directory.  So, I went back to the 1959 directory. He was listed there and the entry had his death date – Dec 2, 1958.  Wow—Question answered by an unlikely source.  I still don’t have a clue why he doesn’t appear in any of my death record sources, but I now have a date for his passing.  With that date, I may be able to find information about his death in the newspapers near his death date the next time I visit the Maine State Library.

Utterstrom entries in the 1959 Portland (Maine)  Directory

During my searching for Oscar’s death, I also found that his sister, Dorothea Christine (Utterstrom) Cassidy passed on 18 Feb 1933. Those two findings filled gaps in my research in the Olaf Utterstrom family of Portland, Maine.

 

 

 

 

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

52 Ancestors – Week 2019-04
Blanchard Project
Utterstrom-Halvorsen
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)

Birth

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

Childhood

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.

Marriage

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  (See Death Date Found…)
  • 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

Adult

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.

Sources

  • 1900 Census (FS), Family Search, 1900 Census – Olaf Utterstrom – Portland, Cumberland, Maine. “United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MML6-YGF : 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 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MR3S-ZZD : 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: Ancestry.com 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.

Endnotes

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[i] Internet: Wikipedia – “History of immigration to the United States:” 1850 to 1930; Destinations.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_immigration_to_the_United_States.