Five photos – Two Named – None Identified

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

One last “first look” at my various unrelated photos. Today, I am looking at five photographs of four women. Two are sadly unidentified. Another one is also unidentified, but it is possible we may be able to determine who she is. Lastly, there are two photos of Nellie Peckham.

Nellie Peckham (twice), A 1895 Thornton Academy Student, and two unknown women.

Unidentified Woman – J.H. Lamson, 5 Temple Street, Portland Maine.

There is no identification with the photo. The photo was taken at the Lamson Studio in Portland. It is likely this woman lived in Cumberland County. I think it is unlikely I will be able to identify this person unless someone else sees a photo of the same person.  Image here.

Unidentified Woman (older) – Norris, Portland Maine.

There is no identification with the photo. The photo was taken at the Norris Studio in Portland. It is likely this woman lived in Cumberland County. I think it is unlikely I will be able to identify this person unless someone else seed a photo of the same person. Image here.

Unidentified Woman – Thornton Academy (Class of ’97) – Philbrick, Biddeford, ME.

Unidentified Woman - Philbrick, Biddeford, ME - Thornton Academy - 1897This woman is unnamed. However, the back says “Thornton Academy – Class of ’97.” As such, it may be possible to identify this woman based on further investigation.

Nellie Peckham (standing by flowers)

Nellie Peckham (by Flowers)A Family Search search for Nellie Peckham yielded only one “Nellie Peckham” result. A Charles Larabee, age 36, married in 1904. His parents were Samuel Larrbee and Nellie E. Peckham.[i] Additionally, a Nellie F Thomas died at age 45 in 1913. Her parents were Samuel ? and Nellie E Peckham.[ii] So, both Charles and Nellie F. were born about 1868. As such, that would suggest that Nellie E. was married about 1867 and these photos come from about 1867.

The photos don’t seem that old to me. As such, I don’t believe these photos are of the mother of Charles & Nellie F. Further searching for Nellie on Family Search and Ancestry was unproductive.

Nellie Peckham (standing by house and carriage-way)

See the writeup above. – Image Here.

Final Note

If you are related to any of these individuals or can help confirm the identity of them, I’d love to hear from you.


Sources

[i] “Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VZQP-SYJ : 4 April 2020), Larrabee and Hale, 1904; citing , Cumberland, Maine, United States, multiple sources, Maine; FHL microfilm.

[ii] “Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N4WJ-F5D : 6 April 2020), Nellie F Thomas, 01 Nov 1913; citing Lynn,,Massachusetts, 42, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2,401,815.

 

Five Photos – Three new people

Britt, Britt, Parker, Cragg, & Hunt
Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Two of the photos this week were new photos of people I had researched before. The third photo is of a person I identified. Fourth, I think I determined the individual, which then lead to the identification of another person I researched months ago. Finally, the last photo I’m pretty sure I know who it was, but I can’t confirm. I will follow-up that one up with some newspaper research.

   M. Maude Britt –  Philip J. Britt –  Parker –  Beatrice Cragg  –  Arthur M. Hunt

Philip J. Britt

The back of the photo says, “A Merry Christmas to Evie & Perley from Phill. | Philip J. Britt.

 I’ve researched Philip J. Britt before and posted several photos of him previously. See The Britt’s of New Brunswick, Canada. This is one more photo of him on the steps of a house. He appears younger, without a mustache, but has a similar hat and face.  

On Family Search, he is KH52-8J6. The photo doesn’t provide a close enough detail of his face to be added to Family Search, but I’d love to reunite the photo with the family.

M. Maude Britt

The back of the photo says, “M. Maude Britt in center” and “Some of the Frilly Toughs.”

Again, I had researched this family before and had encountered Maud Britt, the sister of Philip J. Britt. Although considerably older, this appears to be the same woman as I posted previously. I believe this to be a photo of that individual.

The photo doesn’t provide a close enough detail of her face to be added to Family Search, but I’d love to reunite the photo with the family.

Arthur M. Hunt

The back of the photo says, “From Arthur M. Hunt Stacyville Maine – Arthur M. Hunt.” The photo is a small cabinet card.

Stacyville is a town in Penobscot County, Maine.

In 1906, an Arthur M. Hunt, who lived in Stacyville, married Jessie M. Morrill. That Arthur was born 9 October 1882 in Stacyville. I have no doubt this photo is of him when he was about 13 or 14 years old, placing the photo “circ 1895.” Further searches for an “Arthur Hunt” in the  Stacyville are yielded no additional candidates.

On Family Search his ID is 2Z3L-L8V.

Parker

The back of the photo says, Parker, which appears to be a surname because it is on the far right. The photo is by “London Photo.”

I had seen a photo from London Photo previously in this project. Last February I posted an Uncertain Photo ID for Caroline Parker which included multiple candidates.

So, with three assumptions,

    1. His father’s surname “Parker.”
    2. His mother’s given name was “Caroline.”
    3. Events took place in Maine.

There were three individuals who fit the criteria in a Family Search, search.

    1. Benjamin, born c. 1875 in Aroostook County.
    2. John H, born March 1876 in Aroostook County.
    3. Delbert Kincaid, born 14 Jan 1855 in Madison, Somerset County.

Further research indicated that there was a “London Photography” in Palmyra. But, I don’t have what dates it might have existed. I’ve asked to join the Palmyra Maine Historical Society group on Facebook. Requires Follow-up.

Beatrice Cragg

The back of the photo says, “Beatrice Cragg | Portland Maine.”  The photo is by “The Lamson Studio – Portland, ME”

There was a Beatrice Baker Cragg, daughter of John Fox and Jean Isabel Cragg who was born 7 Aug 1895. I believe this to be a photo of her, probably at a confirmation or other religious ceremony when Beatrice was about 11 or 12 years old. However, I am not confident beyond a doubt that this is her.

There does not appear to be a Family Search ID for Beatrice Baker Cragg. I posted a copy of the image to Dead Fred.

Followup

  • Determine if there was a “London Photography” in Palmyra, Maine in the 1860s.
  • See if Beatrice Craig appears in a newspaper article of the time with a religious ceremony about that time.

Final Note

If you are related to any of these individuals or can help confirm the identity, I’d love to hear from you.

 

Three More Bragdon’s

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.I’ve run into Bragdon photos before[i]. I had three more Bragdon’s left in my collection, so I thought I’d look into them.  All three photos are quite small, the smallest being only 1 by ¾ inch, the largest being only 2” x 3”.

Philip Bragdon

The back of this photo says, “Philip Bragdon | Cumberland Mills, Maine.” There is no photo studio or date identified.

From my previous research I learnd that Ralph Marr Bragdon and Harold Lumbard Bragdon had a brother, Philip Osgood Bragdon (1911-1993). I’m sure this is him probably about six years old.

This individual is in Family Search as ID: LYRK-RDZ.

Philip Bragdon, Everett Bragdon, & George O. Bragdon

Everett Bragdon

The back of this photo says, “Everett Bragdon | Apr 1904 | About 10 years old. Cumberland Mills, Maine.” The studio was “The Marshall Studio – Westbrook, ME.”

Ralph (and Harold and Philip) Marr Bragdon did not have a sibling named Everett, however, there was a first cousin, Everett Bragdon who also lived in Westbrook. Everett was born on 3 January 1894 and would have been 10 years old in April 1904.

There were no other Everett Bragdon’s in Cumberland County at that time, so I’m sure this is a photo of Everett Linwood Bragdon (1894-1984) the son of William Bryant and Mary Elizabeth (Hodgkins) Bragdon.

This individual is in Family Search as ID: LYBV-8GX.

George O. Bragdon

The back of this photo says, “George O. Bragdon | died Aug 1914 | Cumberland Mills, Maine.”

There is no photo studio or date identified, however, it is clear the photo is from before August 1914.

George Osgood Bragdon was born 22 December 1866 and died 13 August 1914. He lived in Westbrook during the 1900 and 1910 censuses.

There was a George D. Bragdon who lived in Cumberland County before 1914, however, he was born in 1902 and is too young for this picture.

There was a George Albert Bragdon who also lived in Cumberland County before 1914, however, he was born about 1880 and lived to 1948. Also, he appears to be too young to be the person in this photo.

As such, I’m confident this is George Osgood Bragdon (1866-1914). This individual is in Family Search as ID: KCZ3-GVV

Final Note

If you are related to any of these individuals and can help confirm the identity, I’d love to hear from you. Please use the comment form below.


Endnotes

[i] See: “Bridges, Starrett, Weymouth, and Six Others” – Frances Sarah Bragdon and see “Four Men & a Boy” – Ralph Marr Bragdon & Harold Bragdon.

 

 

 

Hart, La Folley, & Shaw

Two out of three identified.

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

It is a good week for my Photo Identification Project. I looked at three small photos—two women and a child. I was able to identify one of the women and the child.

Nina Hart

Nina Hart (Sara Hart is her mother) The back of the photo says, “Nina Hart (Sarah Hart is her mother).

The 1900 Census indicates there were two Nina Hart’s in in Maine in 1900.

  • One was born in August 1880 and was married to Starling Hart in 1900. The photo is clearly of a child and can’t be Mrs. Hart.
  • The other was born in January 1891. She was a boarder living with Mary J. Hart (head) in St. George Town, Knox County, Maine.

The 1910 Census indicates that Nina Hart, born in 1891, was the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Hart and lived in St. George, Knox County, Maine.

The 1920 Census confirms Nina Hart living with Thomas & Sarah Hart in South Thomaston, Knox County, Maine. (Note: South Thomaston is about 5 miles from St. George.)

There are no other Nina Hart’s in Maine enumerated in the 1900 to 1930 censuses and the photo appears to be from that era.

As such, I believe this Nina Hart is the daughter of Thomas F. and  and Sarah E (Murphy) Hart and was born 15 December 1890.

I estimate the girl in this photo is about 11 years old, making the photo from circa 1901.

Family Search ID LKCQ-W3X 

Mrs. La Folley

Mrs. La Folley - RockportThe back of the photo says, “Mrs. La Folley – Rockport.” Although no photographic studio is identified, the print is a mini-cabinet card. That type of card was typically produced from 1880 to 1900.

The 1900 Census indicates that a Eugenia La Folly lived in Rockport Town, Knox County, Maine. She lived with her 8-year-old son, Theodore B. La Folley. Eugenia was born in April 1867 and was married; however, her husband was not enumerated on the same page.

Theodore B. La Folley was born in Rockport and his mother was Eugenie L. Thorndike.

There were no other Mrs. Folley’s in the area during the late 1800s when miniature cabinet cards were produced.

As such, I believe this to be Eugenie L. (Thorndike) Folley (also known as Linda Eugenia Thorndike) born 12 April 1866 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine to Robert Cothell and Joanna Carolina (Annis) Thorndike. She was the wife of Ralph Morse LaFolley and mother of Theodore Benner La Folley.

Family Search ID M6JH-BSR and Link.

Laura Shaw

Laura Shaw

The back of the photo says, “Laura Shaw.” This photo appears to be a copy on regular paper and is not on photo stock. There is no studio identification.

There are so many Laura Shaw’s in Maine that without additional information it will be impossible to determine which Laura Shaw this is. A quick review of “Laura Shaw” in the Social Security Death Index revealed the at least six “Laura Shaw’s” that would be candidates. Laura Shaw born:

  • 1896, died 1974, Millinocket, Penobscot County
  • 1898, died 1983
  • 1898, died 1995 in Cumberland County
  • 1899, died 1966 in Presque Isle, Aroostook County
  • 1901, died 1987 in South Paris, Oxford County
  • 1902, died 1980

Final Note

If you are related to any of these individuals or can help confirm the identity of them, I’d love to hear from you.

 

Four Men & a Boy

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Very good week for my Photo Identification Project. three individuals were identified and one other I have a name for but I can’t confirm which of two individuals it is.

Photos of John Shaw, Ralph Marr Bragdon, Paul Brackett, Harold Bragdon (youth), & Harold Bragdon
John Shaw, Ralph Marr Bragdon, Paul Brackett, Harold Bragdon (youth), & Harold Bragdon

Ralph Marr Bragdon

The back of the photo says, “Ralph Marr Bragdon married Hazel Clynda Gardner – Feb 11, 1920.”  The photo is by The Pike Studio, Westbrook Maine and says “W. H. S. Class 1915.”

I believe this to be Ralph Bragdon, son of George and Minnie (Marr), Bragdon married Hazel Gardner on 11 February 1920 in Westbrook, Cumberland, Maine. Family Search ID LYRK-Y47: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/memories/LYRK-Y47

Harold Bragdon

The back of the photo says, “Harold Bragdon.” The photo is by “Fenley Studio – Walter Fenley – Guy Kendall, Portland, Maine.”

There is also a second photo slipped inside of the photo pages which says “Harold Bragdon, 319 Warren Ave, Cumberland Mills, Me.” There is no photographer information on the second photo.

Ralph Bragdon (above) had a younger brother Harold. These photos appear to be of Ralph’s younger brother. The earlier photo probably about 1910. The older one of Harold is probably when he was 18 or so, 1918. Family Search ID LYRK-Y47: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LRL2-DX8

Paul Brackett

The back of the photo says, “Paul Brackett – Graduation 1935,” The photo is by “Roger Paul Jordan, Portland.”

There was a Paul Brackett, son of Ernest and Eva Brackett who was born in South Portland on 17 Jan 1915. This appears to be him. Family Search ID GMR3-43Y: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/GMR3-43Y

John Shaw

The pack of the photo says, “Very Truly Yours, John Shaw.” In a different pen and hand it reads “January 5th, 1906.” The photo is by “The Hatch Studio – Chas. R. Higgins,  Prop., Bath, Maine.”

A review of the Census records between 1900 and 1910 resulted in two results.

  • John Oakman Shaw – b. Dec 1838 or 1839, d. 1906. Wife Mary, Lived in Bath in 1900                 Age 69 – Too old to be the person in this photo.
  • John Shaw – b. October 1872 – Wife Harriet, lived in Bath in 1900 & 1910 – Age 34 – Candidate.

There were several other John Shaws in Maine during 1906 but none in Sagadahoc County. There was a John E. Shaw, born 1886 who lived in Lowell, Penobscot, Maine in 1910. And there was a John Shaw, born 1876 who lived in Lewiston, Androscoggin county, Maine in 1910. Lewiston is only about 25 miles from Bath, so this photo could potentially be him.

I believe this is John Shaw, born 1872 and who lived in Bath during the 1900 and 1910 Censuses, I there is a possibility the individual in the photo could be one of the others.

Final Note

If you are related to any of these individuals or can help confirm their identities, I’d love to hear from you.