Minerva Kenrick, Mrs. Kimball, and two other photos

Photo Friday

I only had a chance to look at four photos this week. I’m sure I identified one of them. One of the images I believe I’ve identified, and one is a complete unknown. The last photo is a location, probably in North Yarmouth.

Family Search

Minerva Kenrick” is the photo of a woman probably in her late 30s to early 50s. She appears to be wearing some kind of funky hat. My review indicated there were two people in Maine named Minerva Kenrick.

  • 1850 – The first Minerva Kenrick, born about 1809, is the apparent wife of Francis Kenrick living in China, Kennebec County.
  • 1860 – A Minerva Kenrick, born about 1808, is the apparent wife of Francis Kenrick residing in Fairfield, Somerset County.
  • 1870 – A Minerva Kendrick, born about 1810, is the apparent mother of Edward Kenrick living in Waterville, Kennebec County.
  • 1875 – Minerva Crowell Kenrick, born December 6, 1808, died August 19, 1875, in Waterville, Kennebec County, and was buried in Pine Grove Cemetery.


Minerva Kenrick
Minerva Kenrick
  • 1900 – A second Minerva Kenrick was born in March 1872; she appears as a boarder in Portland, Cumberland County in 1900.
  • 1910 – A Minerva born about 1871, is the head of a household including her mother (Mary), ten nurses and six domestics in Portland, Cumberland County.
  • 1920 – a Minerva, born about 1873, appears as a boarder in Portland, Cumberland County.
  • 1922 – Minerva Kenrick, born in 1872, died on January 18, 1922, in Portland, Cumberland County.
  • 1922 – Minerva Kenrick, born February 18, 1871, died January 18, 1922, in Portland and was buried at Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterville, Kennebec County.

Clearly, there were two Minerva Kenrick’s in Maine. One lived long before this photo was taken. The other died at 50 during the early 1920s. This photo most assuredly is the second Minerva Kendrick (1871-1922), who appears to have never married.

Dead Fred

Mrs. Kimball - Mrs. Kendall's mother“Mrs. Kimball – Mrs. Kendall’s mother” is a photo of a woman on a couch with a chair nearby.  The picture is “artsy,” having been taken from very low, below table height.

I didn’t find anything in Family Search, but a search on Ancestry led to my suspicion that the photo is of Sarah M (Parker) Kimball (1834-1900), whose daughter, Susan married Edgar Kendall in 1896 in Milford, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. It fits that this could be a photo of Sarah between 1896 and her death in 1900.


Unknown - April 21, '06 - Lived in No. BerwickUnknown – April 21, ’06 – lived in No. Berwick” is a photo of an unnamed woman.  I sent an email (with digital image) to the North Berwick Historical Society to see if someone there might be able to identify the individual.



Wecustigo Valley FarmWescustigo Valley Farm” – The barn has a sign indicating 1872. My internet research suggests that this might be located in North Yarmouth. I emailed them to confirm.


Final Note

If you are related to any of these families and can help precisely identify them, I’d love to hear from you.

Photo Friday – Four Identified – Four Others With Names

Photo Friday

Very good week for my Photo Identification Project. Four individuals were identified and four others I have names for but I can’t confirm them.

Family Search

For four of the photos I was able to determine who they were, and I uploaded the images to the memory section of the individual profiles on Family Search.

Left to right:  John S. Loud, Frank Hodgens, Sadie Marion Griffiths, Preston Peckham
  • John S. Loud  (1856-1917) – L1BX-2QF – Rochester, NH;  19 Dec 1903.
  • Frank Hodgens (1863-1917) – 9XS7-GXW – 1889.
  • Sadie Marion Griffiths (1901-1971), Family Search ID: LZXB-M22; Newmarket, NH; 1912.
  • Preston A. Peckham (1882-1910) –  LR83-H1J – Lynn, Mass.

Uncertain Photo Identification

I was not able to determine four of the individuals for certain. They are:

Leroy Franklin Radley, Caroline Parker, Ralph Adolph Johnson, Suzie E. Love

“Leroy Franklin Radley” Rockland, ME – Christmas 1914 – Pillsbury Studio, Rockland. This is clearly Leroy Franklin Radley, born 16 Oct 1913 in Rockland, Knox County, Maine, the son of Franklin L. and Agnes Radley. I, however, have been unable to find Leroy Radley in Family Search or in an Ancestry Tree. If you are a family member of Leroy and can place him into a family tree, please contact me.

“Caroline Parker” – Photo by London Photo.  My guess about the photo is that it appears, to me, to be from the 1930s. I can’t determine if the person is in her 20s or her 50s. As such, I suspect the person was probably born between 1890 and 1930.
There was a Gladys Caroline Parker, born c. 1890, who lived in Portland.
There was a Caroline Parker, born c. 1894, who lived in Gardiner, Maine.
There was a Caroline Parker, born in 1909 who lived in Biddeford, Maine.
There was a Caroline Parker, born in 1910 who lived in Bangor, Maine.
There was a Caroline Parker, born c. 1922, who lived in Wilton, Maine.
I am unable to determine which of the many Caroline Parkers this photo is an image of.

“Ralph Adolph Johnson” – Photo by Marion, Lowell, Mass. There was a Ralph Adolph John, who married Almira Louise Johnson on 7 Sep 1916 in South Portland, Cumberland, Maine. At the time of the Marriage, Ralph lived in Lowell, Mass; he was 23 years old and born in Scarboro, Maine. I am confident this is Ralph Adolph Johnson (1893-1972).  There is no entry for this person in Family Search. I’ll see he is added to the Scarborough Historical Society photo collection.

“Susie E. Love” – Photo by Flagg & Plummer, Lewiston, ME.  I am unable to determine her identification. A Susan Evelyn (Farrington) Rowe, married Woodbury Grover Love in 1919. This photo appears to be a bit earlier than 1919, but it is possibly her.

If you are related to any of these families and can help precisely identify them, I’d love to hear from you

Two more on Family Search

I feel confident I’ve found two more on Family Search. (Their photos are above.)

“Sadie Marian Griffith – 12 years.” Photo by W. J. Thibault, Newmarket, NH. This photo appears to be from the 1920s. It identifies the subject as 12 years old.
There was a Sadie Marion Griffiths born 6 April 1901 in Durham, Strafford, New Hampshire. Durham is about four miles from Newmarket.  There do not appear to be any other Sadie’s in the area. As such, I’m confident this is Sadie Marion Griffiths (1901-1971), Family Search ID: LZXB-M22; child of Edward Bartholomew and Mary Effie (Furber) Griffiths.

“Preston Peckham” – Photo by Geo W. Ames, Lynn, Mass.
A review of the various Preston Peckhams on Family Search yielded a Preston A. Peckham, born in September 1882 to John P and Nellie M Peckham and living in Lynn, Mass. On Family Search the person is LR83-H1J.

I’d love to learn if you are related to any of these individuals.

Photo Friday – Bridges, Starrett, Weymouth, and Six Others

Photo Friday

It was an okay week for my photo analysis project. This week I looked at nine photos I scanned previously. Three of them I clearly identified; six others I’m not certain of.

Family Search

Three of the photos I was able to determine who they were, and I uploaded the images to the memory section of the individual profiles on Family Search.

They were:

  • Luetta Katie Bridges – (1893-1974) – 9V68-B3K
  • Katie Farrington Starrett (1863-1948) – KZ23-XZB
  • Nellie A. Weymouth – (1867-____) – L24G-D8W
Nellie A. Weymouth, Luetta Katie Bridges, & Katie Farrington Starrett

Uncertain Photo Identification

I was not able to determine who the other six were.

  1. “Frances Sarah Bragdon” Born March 9, 1904, Rec’d Sept 17″ was photographed at Marshall Studio, Westbrook, Me.  There was a female Bragdon child born April 1, 1904, in Westbrook, Me.  Daughter of Ernest J. and Jennie F (Smith) Bragdon. I suspect this is that child and the birthdate on the photo is incorrect.
  2. “Mr. and Mrs. Hansen – English People” was photographed at Davies Studio in Rockland, Me.  Sadly no first names.
  3. Bruce Levett - Leavett - R.B. Leavitt“Bruce Levett – Leavett” was photographed at Hanson Photography, 12 Monument Square, Portland, ME. The back indicates both spellings. On an outer cover sheet, it says “R. B. Leavitt | Portland Me” From that, I’m fairly convinced this is probably Robert Bruce Leavitt who was born 3 September 1874 and died 7 August 1949.
  4. “Eugene Moulton 21-Oct. – 1900” was quite perplexing. The photo was taken at Crockett Photography in Rockland, Me. This is probably Henry Eugene Moulton, born 3 May 1880, but I can’t be sure. There are several other Eugene Moultons of that time/period.
  5. “Edward Rand Thurman – Feb 12, 1899 – Feb 12, 1900.”  I have searched at length and have been unsuccessful in determining who the child was. The child was photographed at H. M. Smith at 478 Congress Street, Portland, Me.  If, as the back of the photo suggests, the child died on his 1st birthday, that is really sad and might explain why there are no other records of his life.
  6. “Jennie Young” was photographed at Gendron, 13 Tremont Row, Boston. From the dress and photo type, it looks to be from the 1880s or 1890s.  There are so many Jennie Youngs in Maine and Massachusetts, it is impossible to determine which one this is.
Mr. and Mrs. Hansen, Jennie Young, Frances Sarah Bragdon, Eugene Moulton, & Edward Rand Thurman

These photos, in 1200 pixel width, have been posted to Dead Fred.

If you are related to these families and can help identify them, I’d love to hear from you. Likewise, if you are related to the three individuals in the first group, I’d love to learn if you had seen these photos before.

The Britt’s of New Brunswick, Canada

Photo Friday

It was a good week for my photos. I was able to scan and identify 40 new images and was able to begin to analyze them.  I had eight photos that related to the Britt family of Pearl, New Brunswick, Canada. I was unable to find “Pearl,” but I did find the individuals in Canada Census records as living in Perth, New Brunswick. Near Perth, I found a “Pearl Road,” so I’m sure I have the correct family and people. There were photos of Philip J. Britt, his wife Florence (Leighton) Britt, and his sister, Maude (or Maud) Britt.  Also, there were two photos of the house. I was able to find the individuals in Family Search’s Family Tree and posted the photos to the Memory sections for them. I posted the images to my Flickr Account.  I also contacted the Perth Historical Society (via Facebook) and shared the posting with them.

Photos of the Britt Family of Perth, New Brunswick, Canada

If you are related to this family, I’d love to hear from you and learn if you had seen these photos before.


A New Photo Project

Photo Friday

Images of our ancestors make a wonderful addition to our family history. As such I decided I wanted to do a project to share more images. Not of my ancestors, but rather, people I don’t know. As a start, I took 8 photos, digitized them, and added information from the backs of the photos. I did a little research on the individuals to see if I could find them in Family Search. If I did, I uploaded a copy of the photo to the Memories section of the profile. People I found on Family Search included:

  • Mable Evelyn Bridges – West Brooklin, Maine – June 1919
  • Edna Dingley – Richmond, ME
  • Bernes O. Norton – Belfast, ME

Three of the images had enough information regarding them I felt it was appropriate to upload them to “Dead Fred.” They were:

  • Charles Lovering 510 Ohio Street, Bangor, ME – BHS Class of 1932
  • William B. Smith Jr., 43 Ratchford St., Quincy, MA – Rec’d July 18, 1935 (b. c.1919)
  • Perley Britt Wood – b. Feb. 13, 1886 – son of Charles & Margery Wood of Rockland Maine

Finally, two of the images didn’t seem appropriate for either site, because I couldn’t find the first name for either. They were:

  1. ___ ___ Hill – Belfast, ME
  2. “Nannie” Howe – 1831-1914 – Bath, Maine
    (This is probably Harriet A (Rush) Howse – Birth, Death, and Location match.)

People - Available  I uploaded all of the images to a new album on Flickr.

I will try to do more over the coming months. If you find a photo of your ancestor, please let me know.

Don Taylor