Three Nurses – Dinsmore, Horton, & Wright

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This was a frustrating week for my Photo Identification Project. There were three photos of women all wearing nurse caps and uniforms. All photos were taken at L & W.C. King Studio, Portland, ME.

Quickly, I found all three women at the Maine General Hospital in the 1895 Portland City Directory. I also found some of them for a couple of other years, but I was unsuccessful in finding any of them in 1894 (or earlier) or in 1899 (or later). I couldn’t find any of them in the 1900 Census. Further searches found candidate matches for two of them, but I found nothing on the third one. I am not confident enough on any of them to ascribe them to a Family Search ID, so I’m posting them to Dead Fred.

Dead Fred

“Nellie Dinsmore” – L & W.C. King – Portland, Maine

  • Nellie Dinsmore - Nurse - c.18951890, 1893, & 1894 – Portland City Directory – Not listed.
  • 1895, Pg xx – Dinsmore, Nellie M. Miss, nurse Maine General Hospital, bds. do.
  • 1898, Pg 756 – Dinsmore, Nellie M. Miss, Nurse, rms. 21 Wilmot
  • 1899, 1900 – Not listed.

There was a Nellie M Dinsmore, born 1862 in Maine to Francis R and Sophronia (Tuttle) Dinsmore – Candidate.

There was a Nellie M Dinsmore born 1868 in Maine to Joshua and Phoebe (Hawes) Dinsmore. She lived in Fairfield, Somerset County, Maine, in 1870 and in Skowhegan, Somerset County, Maine, in 1880 – Candidate.

There was a Nellie M Dinsmore born 1870 in Carroll County New Hampshire. She married William Burroughs in 1901—Candidate.

“Margret Horton” – L & W.C. King – Portland, Maine

  • Margret Horton - Nurse - c. 18951890, 1894 – Portland City Directory – Not Listed
  • 1895, pg 406 – Horton, Margaret # Miss, nurse Maine General Hospital, bds. do.
  • 1897, Page 739 – Horton, Margaret E Miss, 20 Hill
  • 1898, Pg 757 – Horton, Margaret E Miss, 20 Hill
  • 1899 – Portland City Directory – Not Listed.

A review of trees did not yield likely candidates for Margaret/Margret Horton.

“Harriet Wright” – L & W.C. King – Portland, Maine

  • Harriett Wright - Nurse - c. 18951894 – Portland City Directory – Not Listed.
  • 1895, Pg 661 – Wright, Harriet M. Miss, Nurse Maine General Hospital, bds. Do.
  • 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900 – Portland City Directory – Not Listed.

There is a Harriett Maria Wright born 20 Nov 1873 in Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts who married William Burleigh in 1898 – Candidate.

Final Note

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

Six Photos – Four Women

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Six Photos – Four Women

A good week for my Photo Identification Project. Three individuals were identified but one person had a common name and couldn’t be distinguished from eight different people.

Family Search

Harriett (Reed) Shaw - 164 Oak Street, Bath, ME - Crop“Harriett (Reed) Shaw, 164 Oak Street, Bath, ME” – A quick check on Ancestry found that Harriet E Reed married John Shaw on 5 October 1898. She is person ID G3VG-WH7 on Family Search. The 1900 Census shows them living at 143 Oak Street, Bath. Also, the 1900 Census indicates that Harriet was born in August 1875. Finally, the 1910 Census indicates that John and Harriet are living at 164 Oak Street. So, I identify this photo as “Harriett (Reed) Shaw, taken by Holmes Studio in Bath, Maine sometime after 1900.” Her Family Search ID is G3VG-WH7.


“Etta Crowley” – There are were three photos of Etta Crowley.

Etta Crowley - Mother Later Married Mr. Spear 1 - Crop

Etta Crowley - Mother Later Married Mr. Spear - Crop

“Etta Crowley – Mother later married Mr. Spear” – There are two photos done by E.  J. Poisson, Leading Photographer, Westbrook, Maine, of Etta as a young girl.

 

 

Etta Crowley - Crop

The third photo in this group is “Etta Crowley” which was taken at Marshall Studio in Westbrook, Maine, when Etta was a young woman.  The 1900 Census finds Etta Crowley living with her mother, Helen Crowley, at the home of Lester Hoss on Cottage Avenue in Westbrook. Etta was born in 11 Feb 1892. I judge the two photos are of an eight or nine year old girl, so I date the two photos circa 1898.

Helen (Reynolds) Crowley (Etta’s mother)  married Benjamin F. Spear on 25 Jan 1902 in Portland, Maine which helps establish for a certainty that the photo is of Etta Crowley, the daughter of Helen Crowley. A further review of Etta Crowley on Family Search indicates her ID is LRMS-YB8​​


Mrs Effie Griffiths - Durham, N. H. - Crop“Mrs. Effie Griffiths – Durham, N. H.” – The photo is of a woman in her mid-30s to mid 40s. An Google search for “Effie Griffiths” and Durham, N.H. resulted in 10 results. The top one was M. Effie Griffiths born 2 Dec 1860 and died 21 Sep 1945. She is buried in the Griffith’s Cemetery in Durham, Strafford County, New Hampshire. It appears she was the only Effie Griffiths in Durham during the 1900 Census. On Family Search she is Mary Effie Furber – LZXB-MG1.

Dead Fred

Annie Williams - Crop“Annie Williams of Bath” – The photo is of a woman probably in her 30s taken at the Longfellow Gallery in Portland, ME. My review of the Portland City Directories indicate that the Longfellow Gallery existed in Portland between 1900 and 1912 (No entries for the Gallery in the 1898 or earlier nor in the 1914 City Directories or later), so I’ll date the photo circa 1906.

 Possible Candidates:

  • Annie M Williams, born ca. 1853, living in Bath Ward 3, during the 1910 Census.
  • Annie Williams, born ca. 1870, wife of Harry Williams, living in Bath, Ward 1 during the 1910 Census.
  • Annie Williams, born ca. 1871, wife of Edward Williams, living in South Portland during the 1910 Census.
  • Annie Williams, born September 1872, daughter of William A Williams, living in Portland during the 1900 Census.
  • Annie A Williams (born ca. 1873) who married James Sawyer on 24 Dec 1903. She was 18.
  • Annie K Williams, born ca. 1873 living in Portland, Ward 2, during the 1910 Census.
  • Annie Laura Williams (born ca. 1873) who married Fred Everett Walker on 22 October 1902. She was 29.
  • Annie N Williams, born ca. 1873, wife of Robert Williams, living in Portland, Ward 3 during the 1910 Census.
  • Annie E Williams, born Nov 1879 who lived in Bath, Ward 1 during the 1900 Census.
  • Annie M Williams, born May 1897, daughter of Daniel F Williams living in Portland, Ward 1

The woman looks younger than 47 to me, so I’m confident it is not Annie M. Williams born, ca. 1853. And the woman appears to me to be older than 15, so it couldn’t be Annie M Williams, born May 1897.  That leaves eight candidates who were born between 1870 and 1879, any of whom could be this Annie Williams.

Final Note

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

Five Women – Four Identified

Farrington, Lane, Mills, & Perry Identified

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Very good week for my Photo Identification Project. Four individuals were identified, however, one was not.

Family Search

Katie Farrington who married Starrett of Warren, Maine“Katie Farrington – Who married Starrett of Warren, Maine.”

There is a Katie Ella Farrington (of Gardner) who married Henry Vaill Starrett (of Warren) on January 1, 1901, in Gardner. Katie was 36 at the time of the marriage. I believe this photo to be of Katie, probably in 1900. See photo at Family Search.

Edith H Lane
“Edith H Lane.” No studio, date, or location information. However, this appears to be the Edith H Lane, born June 1871 of Simeon and Mary Lane who lived in Brownfield, Oxford County, Maine. She married Frederick W. Jameson on 28 December 1914.  This appears to be a photo of this Edith H Lane. See her photo at Family Search.

Miss Mills - Nurse“Miss Mills – Nurse” was taken at Hanson Studio, 12 Monument Square in Portland, Maine.

A look at the 1899 Portland City Directory discovered a Miss Inez L. Mills that was a nurse at 597 Congress, boarded the same place. I saw no other nurses with the Mills surname. It appears that Miss Mills was a nurse in Portland from 1898 to 1905. The 1920 Census finds the 47-year-old Inez living in Portland at 684 Congress Street and working as a registered nurse for the Red Cross. The 1880 Census finds Inez living with her parents Melvin J. and Abby Mills in Belgrade, Kennebec County, Maine. Finding no other “Miss Mills” that was a nurse in the Portland area, I am confident this is Inez L. Mills. Inez Luella Mills (1872-1944). See her photo at Family Search.

Agnes Perry“Agnes Perry” – The photo is that of a young woman taken at Merrill Studio, Rockland, Maine. There is no date nor any other information. A search for “Agnes Perry” Rockland Maine provided a link to Agnes Mae (Perry) Radley on Find-a-Grave. It said This Agnes was born 2 Aug 1891 in Rockland, Knox County Maine. She married Franklin Leroy Radley in 1912. A search for her on Family Search found her with her parents in Rockland during the 1900 and boarding at 58 Camden Street in Rockland during the 1910 Census. A wider search indicated no other Agnes Perry’s in Maine during this period, so I’m sure this is the correct Agnes Perry. Agnes Mae (Perry) Radley, (1891-1963). See her photo at Family Search.

Unidentified

Unknown Woman - Corson Studio, Madison, METhe last photo I looked at this week was of a woman standing. No name, no date, the only identifying items is that the photo was taken at Corson Studio in Madison, Maine. I posted a copy of the photo to the Madison Maine Historical Society Facebook page and asked if anyone can recognize the person.

Final Note

If you are related to any of these individuals or can help identify or confirm their identities, I would love to hear from you. Please use the form below.

 Brittimart King – Nurse in Portland, ME

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Today I looked at a photo which said “Brittimart King” on the back. “Brittimart”—what an unusual name. I figured it would be easy to find her in the records, and it was.

Brittie KingFirst, I went to one of my favorite Maine websites, MaineGenealogy.Net and did a search for Brittimart King. There were no matches in most of the databases searched. However, the search said to “Check for results” on Family Search. Sure enough, There were results of a Britamart, a Britomarte, and a Brittomarte King, all apparently the same person. Because the photograph was taken at the L. & W. C. King Studio in Portland, I looked at the City Directories for Portland. In 1900, there was a Miss Brittie King who was a nurse, living at 91 Danforth and the L. & W.C. King studio was also listed. Looking at other directories it appears that Brittie came to Portland about 1895 (she is listed in the 1896 directory). The 1905 city directory lists her as “Britamarte,” confirming her name.

Family Search

Britomarte A. King has a profile on Family Search, LYZP-RZ3. It says it says she was born on 1 March 1869 in Maine and died 23 March 1950.

My review of the Portland City Directories on Ancestry.Com indicated the following:

  • 1894 – Not Listed
  • 1895 – Not Listed
  • 1896 – Brittie King – Nurse – Maine General Hospital
  • 1897 – Brittie King – Nurse – Maine General Hospital bds do
  • 1898 – Brittie King – Nurse – 20 Hill bds do
  • 1899 – Brittie King – Nurse – 20 Hill
  • 1900 – Brittie King – Nurse – 91 Danforth bds do
  • 1902 – Brittie King – Nurse – 254 High bds do
  • 1905 – Britamarte King – 91 Danforth

She looks to me to be in her early 30s in the photo. So, keeping in mind the photo and her physical locations, I date the photo circa 1900.

Final Note

If you are related to Brittimart, I’d love to hear from you and possibly reunite the photograph with family.

Edith Soule – One of Three

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Edith Soule.
“Edith Soule”

This was a frustrating week for my Photo Identification Project. The first photo I looked at says “Edith Soule” on the back. No other information except that H. M. Smith Photography at 478 Congress Street, Portland, Maine took the photo.

Luckily, Ancestry.Com has an excellent set of Portland City Directories. I found that H. M. Smith Studio was not in the 1890, 1991, or 1892 directories. It was listed at 478 Congress Street from 1893 through 1898. In 1899, at the same address was an S. K. Smith Studio. But in 1900, it too was gone. As such, I date the photo between 1892 and 1898.

Next, I went to Family Search. A Search for Edith Soule in Maine yielded over a thousand results.  Search for Edith Soule in Maine exact yielded five results.

  • Edith E. Soule – Born 31 July 1915 – Not my Edith.
  • Edith Soule – Born 1903 – Too Young to be my Edith
  • Edith Soule – Born July 1894 – Again too young to be my Edith
  • Edith Soule – Born 1875 – Lived in Somerville, Lincoln County Maine in 1880 with father (Lendon), mother (Nancy), & 2 siblings (Jennie and Rosella)
  • Edith Soule – Born 1850 – Probably too old to be my Edith.

There was an Edith M Soule, who resided in Cape Elizabeth and married Frank Eggert on 28 April 1894. Edith was 21 years old and was born in Hallowell. Hallowell and Somerville are only about 17 miles apart, so this is consistent with Edith Soule, born in 1875. It also fits that a photo of her immediately before her marriage would be very possible.

With that information, I felt pretty confident I had found the Edith Soule of my photo. I’m not sure why that search only gave me one Edith Soule with a middle initial and not many more. Because when I searched again without Edith being exact, I received many more candidates. Looking closely at the 1900 Census results killed my confidence. After further research, I realized there were three Edith Soule’s that this could be a photo of:

  1. Edith M (Soule) Eggert born in April 1873. Her parents were Rufus Soule and Bessie Jones; she married Frank Eggert and lived in South Portland in 1900.
  2. Edith L. Soule was born on 10 July 1872 in South Portland to Alonza K and Deborah L Soule. In 1900 she was living with her widowed mother, Deborah, in South Portland.
  3. Edith M. Soule was born in Oct 1876. She worked as an attendant at the State Hospital in Augusta during the 1900 Census. Her parents were Lendon and Nancy.

Dead Fred

I’ll post my photo of Edith Soule to Dead Fred.

Final Note

So, I don’t know which of the three Edith’s this is a photo of.  If you have a picture of any of the three Edith’s I’d love to see it and either identify Edith for sure or eliminate one of the three Edith’s I think my photo might be. Please contact me using the form below.