3rd Great-grandfather: Cyrus Blanchard (1791-1865)
Albion Blanchard (1834-1868)
Albion Blanchard was born on 3 July 1834 in Cumberland, Cumberland County, Maine, the ninth child of Cyrus and Apphia (Young) Blanchard).
Albion’s mother, Apphia, died in 1841 and his father remarried quickly.
In 1842, Albion’s half-sister Sarah was born.
In 1847, his older brother Cyrus died at the age of 22.
In 1848, his oldest brother Ebenezer died at the age of 30.
So, the 1850 Census found 15-year-old Albion living in Cumberland with his father, step-mother, a brother, a sister, and a half-sister. His sister Lydia and his brothers Daniel and Charles were elsewhere. (Further research regarding Albion’s siblings should be done.) Cyrus was a farmer, his brother Charles was a Mason, and Albion was attending school. The family unit, according to the 1850 Census consisted of:
Cyrus Blanchard M 58 Maine Farmer – Real Estate value: $1500
Elizabeth Blanchard F 50 Maine
Charles Blanchard M 26 Maine Mason
Nancy Blanchard F 18 Maine Attending School
Albion Blanchard M 15 Maine Attending School
Sarah A Blanchard F 7 Maine
Albion married Mary S. Washburn on 2 February 1857 in Windham, Cumberland County, Maine. The marriage ceremony was performed by Edias Baker. The couple received their marriage license and had their ceremony on the same day.
The couple quickly began a family, with their first child, Charles A. F. Blanchard being born 11 months later, on 1 January 1858.
The 1860 Census found Albion and his wife living in Cumberland with his child Charles. Albion was a day laborer who owned real estate valued at $100.
Household Sex Age Birthplace
Albion Blanchard M 25 Maine Day Laborer – Property $100
Mary S Blanchard F 25 Maine
Charles A F Blanchard M 2 Maine
The birth of his second child, Sarah occurred on 4 November 1861.
Albion clearly struggled. The town began to help support Albion paying him $6.75 out of the monies supporting the poor in the town’s fiscal year of 1862-1863. It seems odd that the town would be supporting a young man, age 29, when bounties were being paid to Civil War Volunteers. That suggests some form of disability. However, in 1863, Albion was identified in a list of “Persons of Class I, subject to military duty,” which belies a disability.
In 1865, his father, Cyrus, died at age 74. And in 1866, his son Frederick W. Blanchard was born.
Again, Albion struggled and the town paid him $7.18 in support of the poor during the fiscal year 1867-1868.
It appears that Albion, and his family, were really sick during 1868. The records of the poor for Cumberland Town indicate Albion and his family were paid $217.35 “in support to the time of his death.” Albion’s six-year-old daughter, Sarah, died two days before Albion, who died at the age of 34 on 9 September 1868.
Events by Location
Albion was born, lived, and died in Cumberland, Cumberland County, Maine.
There was an Albion Blanchard from Calais, Washington County, Maine who served in the Civil War in the 1st District of Columbia Cavalry and transferred to the Maine 1st Calvary in 1865. That Albion Blanchard was 19 years old in 1864 while 2nd great-grandfather Albion Blanchard was 30 years old in 1864.
Further Actions / Follow-up
Research Cumberland town records to determine the cause of the town payments to Albion and his family and the cause of his death.
This week, for Photo Friday, I’m reviewing four photos, one child, two women photos, and one small photo with two women in it.
Mrs. Carrie Johnson & Daughter Lillie.
This photo kind of has two backs. There is the original small 2-3/4” x 2” black & white (pictured above). Also, there is a blue-tinted printed copy of that same photo but only has the left inch, thus leaving out the daughter. However, the backs of the two are slightly different. One says, “Mrs. Carrie Johnson & daughter Lillie,” the other states, “Carrie Johnson Mrs. R. M. Johnson.”
A search for Carrie Johnson, with a spouse of R. M. and a child named Lillie, immediately found a 1910 Census record with Richard M. Johnson, head of household, Carrie E. Johnson, his wife, and Lillie R. Johnson, as a daughter. In 1910 they lived in Hallowell, Kennebec County, Maine.
Carrie E. (Murphy) Johnson – Family Search ID: 9XYH-Z1X.
Lillie Richardson Johnson – Family Search ID: G71N-9FJ.
Kenneth F Bartlett
The back of the photo says, “Kenneth F Bartlett.” The picture is by “Smith Photo Co, 27 Monument Sq., Portland, ME.”
There was a Kenneth F. Bartlett, born in Scarborough, ME, on 30 June 1905, the son of Ferdinand M. and Ruth E. Bartlett.
A review of potential other Kenneth Bartletts did not yield any other candidates.
The child appears to be between ½ to 1-1/2, and the photo style is consistent with approximately 1906. So, I believe this to be Kenneth Bartlett.
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”.
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.
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
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.
Sadie A. Waters was born on 15 March 1887 in Patten, Penobscot County, Maine, the third child of William George and Laura Emma (Swett) Waters. The 1900 Census indicated Sadie was born in March 1887; that is the record closest to her birth that I have found. There was a “Delayed” birth record filed in 1944 that indicates her birthdate was 15 March 1887, which is consistent with the 1900 census.
In 1887, Patten was the center of extensive lumbering operations.[i] About 1828, Amos Patten purchased township No. 4, Range 6, as it was designated. The following year the surveyors, hired by Amos, established their homes there. The town was incorporated in 1841. In 1850 the population was 470, in 1870 704, and only 716 in the 1880 census. Patten Academy had its first students in 1848.
The children of William G. and Laura Emma (Swett) Watters.[ii]
George Ervin Waters
Mable A. Waters
Sadie A. Waters
15 Mar 1887
Minnie M. Waters
Mildred A. Waters
James W. Waters
Wesley C. Waters
All children were born in Maine. All seven children were living in 1900.
(There are no records remaining of the 1890 Census.)
William G Waters[iii] is the 42-year-old head of the household. He was born in January 1858. He, his parents, his wife, and all of his children were all born in Maine.
He owned his farm, which was mortgaged. He and “Laura M” (Laura Emma) had been married for 20 years. Living with them were their seven, including Sadie, children and Laura’s 26-year-old brother, “Winman Swett.[iv]” He was a day laborer. Sadie was attending school and would do so through the 7th grade.
Sadie married Albert B. Chase, also of Patten, on November 1st, 1905. The ceremony was performed by Daniel Scribner, Justice of Peace, in Patten, Penobscot County, Maine. Albert was a farmer and Sadie was a “domestic.”
The six children of Albert B. and Sadie A. (Waters) Chase.
Hilda B. Chase
24 Aug 1906
Annie Evelyn Chase
24 Mau 1908
Leita M Chase
18 Jun 1909
2 May 1911
Franklin William Chase
20 Oct 1914
All of Albert & Sadie’s children were born in Patten, Penobscot County, Maine.
The 1910 Census shows Sadie is keeping house for Albert, who is a farmer, and their three young daughters.
The 1920 Census shows Sadie and her farmer husband, Albert, living in Patten, along with their 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 Sadie 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 Sadie and Albert living at “Village Corner.” With them is a lodger, Walter Cushman.
In 1958, Albert, Sadie’s husband for 53 years, passed. Sadie lived on for 25 more years and died at 96 years of age in December 1983.
Death & Burial
Sadie died in December 1983. She was buried with her husband, Albert B. Chase at Monmouth Ridge Cemetery in Monmouth, Kennebec County, Maine.
Events by Location
Maine, Penobscot County, Patten – Birth, Marriage – Censuses 1900-1920.
Maine, Kennebec County, Monmouth – Censuses 1930-1940 – Burial
Maine, Cumberland County – Death.
Further Actions / Follow-up
With the basics complete, continue researching Sadie A. Waters Chase’s life.
Research the death dates for Sadie’s children.
It will be interesting to investigate the Waters of Patten. Clearly they arrived early in the history of the town.
Investigate the history of the Patten Academy. Were the Walters early students at the school?
1900 Census (FS), Family Search, 1900 Census – William G Watters – Mt. Chase & Patten towns & T.4-8/R.6-8, Penobscot, Maine. “United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMLY-KP7 : accessed 16 January 2020), Winman Swett in the household of William G Watters, Mt. Chase & Patten towns & T.4-8/R.6-8, Penobscot, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 115, sheet 2A, family 19, 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: the 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.
Find a Grave, Find A Grave, Sadie A Chase – Memorial 201750231. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 16 January 2020), memorial page for Sadie A Chase (1887–1983), Find A Grave Memorial no. 201750231, citing Monmouth Ridge Cemetery, Monmouth, Kennebec County, Maine, USA; Maintained by Don Taylor (contributor 47627546).
Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900, Family Search, Annie Evelyn Chase – Birth – 24 May 1908. May 24 1908 – 3rd name down.
Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900, Family Search, Floyd Chase – Born – 11 Feb 1913. “Maine Births and Christenings, 1739- 1900,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F497-77W : 10 February 2018), Sadie Waters in entry for Chase, 11 Feb 1913; citing Patten, Penobscot, Maine; FHL microfilm 11,747.
Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900, Family Search, Fred Chase – Birth – 2 May 1911. “Maine Births and Christenings, 1739- 1900,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F497-SYR : 10 February 2018), Albert Chase in the entry for Fred Chase, 02 May 1911; citing Patten, Penobscot, Maine; FHL microfilm 11,747.
Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900, Family Search, Hilda Chase – Birth – 24 Aug 1906. “Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F497-9CS : 10 February 2018), Sadie Waters in the entry for Hilda Chase, 24 Aug 1906; citing Patten, Penobscot, Maine; FHL microfilm 11,747.
Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900, Family Search, Leita M Chase – Birth – 18 Jun 1909. Maine Births and Christenings, 1739- 1900 – [Leita M Chase] (1st name after June 17, 1909, Break) (FS).jpg.
Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900, Family Search, William Franklin Chase – 20 Oct 1914. “Maine Births and Christenings, 1739- 1900,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F497-W9L : 10 February 2018), Sadie Waters in the entry for Wm. Franklin Chase, 20 Oct 1914; citing Patten, Penobscot, Maine; FHL microfilm 11,747.
“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, Family Search, Birth – Sarah Abbie Waters – 15 Mar 1887 – DELAYED. “Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2 ZMC: 17 October 2017), Sarah Abbie Waters, 15 Mar 1887; citing Patten, Maine, United States, Division of Vital Statistics, State Board of Health, Augusta; FHL microfilm.
Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990, Family Search, Albert B Chase – Death 1958. “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.
Social Security Death Index (SSA), Family Search, Sadie Chase. “United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JB-1P1 : 19 May 2014), Sadie Chase, Dec 1983; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
[ii] Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900, Family Search, Hilda Chase – Birth – 24 Aug 1906. “Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F497-9CS : 10 February 2018), Sadie Waters in entry for Hilda Chase, 24 Aug 1906; citing Patten, Penobscot, Maine; FHL microfilm 11,747.
[iii] The 1900 census reports the family surname as Watters, however, “Waters” appears to be used in other records.
[iv] Laura’s brother’s first name has not been confirmed.
I often have difficulties researching ancestors who lived in Europe. Hannah is no exception. She was born, lived and died all within 50 miles of Workington, England. I am not 100% confident that all of these facts are correct or that the sources are actually for Hannah, but I have spent much time looking for alternatives to this story without success.
4th Great-grandfather: Jonathan Bell (c. 1801-____)
Hannah Bell (c. 1822-1878)
The date of Hannah’s birth is unknown; however, she was born in Workington, Cumberland county, England. However, we know she was baptized on 9 March 1823 at St. Michael’s Church in Workington, Cumberland County, England. It appears that she was the oldest of at least four children born to Jonathan and Margaret Bell.
Her siblings include a brother and two sisters.
Charles born 1824-1825
Mary born 1826-1827
Jane Born July-Sept. 1837
There wasn’t an 1831 England census and I have been unable to find anything regarding Hannah before the 1841 Census. In it, Hannah is living with her father and (implied) three siblings, Charles, Mary, & Jane. Hannah’s mother, Margaret, is not in the household and is not found in any other records, so I’m sure that she died sometime between 1837 and 1841.
On 08 Nov 1845, Hannah married Joseph McAllister in Cockermouth, Cumberland, England. Hannah and Joseph had three children.
Margaret Mcallister – Born 19 Oct 1846 – Died 12 Dec 1848
Joseph McAllister – Born in 1848 – died ____
Peter McAllister – Born 12 Feb 1852 Died 16 Jan 1941.
The 1851 Census finds Joseph and Hannah living at 60 Maine Street, Cockermouth, Cumberland, England, along with their son Joseph. An Ann Calbeck is living with them; she is a 61 year old visitor.
The couple moved to Workington by February 1852, as Peter was born there and not in Cockermouth.
Tragedy struck in the fall of 1855 when Hannah’s husband, Joseph, died.
On 04 Nov 1855, Hannah married Charles Mayholland (Mulholland) in Workington, Cumberland, England. Hannah and Charles had three children.
Hannah Mulholland – 11 May 1856 – died 25 May 1856.
Charles Mulholland – Born c. 1859 – died ____
John Mulholland – Born c. 1862 – died ____
The 1861 Census finds the Charles Mayholland family living at 148 Bell St., Workington. Charles is a sawyer. Nine-year-old Peter is using the surname of Mayholland (instead of McAllister). Also, in the household is the couple’s oldest son together, Charles.
The 1871 Census finds the Charles Mulholand household living at 23 Bell St. Workington. I can’t tell if they moved or if the streets were renumbered. In any event, the household consisted of Charles, Hannah, and their son John, who was 8 years old. Charles is a Cir (Circular?) Sawyer.
Death & Burial
Hannah died on 19 September 1878 at home (23 Hill Street, Workington) at the age of 55 after a long 2-year battle with cancer of the uterus.
Workington, Cumberland, England 1923; (Baptism)
1852, 1855, 1861, 1871. (Birth of Peter,
Marriage to Charles, & 2 Censuses)
Further Actions / Follow-up
Await receipt of Hannah’s death record then incorporate.
Find out where 23 and 148 Bell Street in Workington are today.
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1841 Census – England and Wales Census, 1841, Family Search, Jonathan Bell – Arthur, Longtown, Cumberland – Image at Family History Center. “England and Wales Census, 1841,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M VXC : 28 May 2019), Jonathan Bell, Arthuret, Cumberland, England, United Kingdom; from “1841 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey. . https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M73F-VXC.
1861 England Census, Ancestry, Charles Mayholland – Workington, Cumberland. Class: RG 9; Piece: 3939; Folio: 42; Page: 21; GSU roll: 543210 Source Information com. 1861 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: https://prf.hn/click/camref:1101l4wD7/creativeref:1101l27800 Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1861. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Oice (PRO), 1861. Data imaged from The National Archives, London, England. The National Archives gives no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for the purpose of the information provided. Images may be used only for purposes of research, private study or education. Applications for any other use should be made to The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/8767/records/15093372.
1871 England Census, Ancestry, Charles Mullholand Head – Workington, Cumberland, England. The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1871 England Census; Class: RG10; Piece: 5243; Folio: 56; Page: 39; GSU roll: 847446. Source Information com. 1871 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, Family Search, Hannah Bell – 9 Mar 1823. “England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JWF1-XQN : 11 February 2018, Margaret in entry for Hannah Bell, 09 Mar 1823); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 90,691, 90,692.
GRO – Entry of Birth (HM Passport Office), General Register Office, Peter McAllister – Cockermouth – Workington – 1852 Birth in district of Workington in the county of Cumberland County, England. Line 498 – Twelth February 1852 High Church Street Workington.
GRO – Entry of Marriage (HM Passport Office, ), General Register Office, 1845 Marriage – Joseph McAlister & Hannah Bell – (McAllister). General Register Office – Marriage Certificates – 1845, Quarter D, Volume 25, Page 111.
GRO – Entry of Marriage (HM Passport Office), General Register Office, 1855 Marriage – Charles Mayholland & Hanna [Bell] McAllister. General Register Office – Marriage Certificates – 466, Quarter D, Volume 10B, Page 646.
GRO – Entry of Death, General Register Office, Hannah Mullholland – 1878 Sep Qtr – Cockermouth, Vol B, Page 351, Line 35.
 The 1851 Census indicates that Hannah was born in Whitehaven, a town about 8 miles down the coast from Workington. All the other census and records indicate she was born in Workington.