The Waters Family of 1870 Patten, Maine

Blanchard Project

Blanchard/Utterstrom/Chase/Waters
By Don Taylor

During my ancestor sketch for Sadie Walters, I learned that Patten, Kennebec County, Maine, was settled about 1828, incorporated in 1841. Sadie was born in 1887 in Patten, and her parents were born in Patten as well. So, I wondered, when Sadie’s people came to Patten.  Sadie’s parents were William G. Waters and Laura M. Swett.

I looked previously at the Waters of 1880 Patten, Maine.

1870 Population Schedule

A search of the 1870 Census for “Waters” in Patten, Maine, had 13 results, plus 2 Rowe’s and 3 Grant’s.

  1. George Waters, Age 57 – Widower – Farmer – $1000, $500 Born New Castle, ME – Citizen.
    1. Mary E. Waters, Age 29 – Keeping House Born Palermo, ME – Clearly Elen M. Waters from 1880 Census.
    2. Clara M Waters, Age 27 – Domestic – (possibly a daughter). Born Patten, ME – NEW Person!
    3. William G. Waters, Age 12 – Farm Laborer. Born Patten, ME. Attending School.

      George Waters family in the 1870 Federal Census.
  1. Samuel Waters, age 55 – Farmer 2000 – 1000 – New Castle, ME – Citizen
    1. Frances E. Waters, Age 31 – Hartland, ME
    2. Emily Waters, age 4 – Patten, ME – – Attended School.
    3. Mary I. Waters, age 14 – Domestic – Masardis, ME – Attended School.
  2. Mary Waters – Age 81 – Invalid – Born Jefferson, ME – New Person (Likely William’s mother) NEW Person!
    1. William Waters, Age 50 – Farmer – Born Palermo, ME – Citizen
    2. Olive T. Waters, Age 23 – Born Masardis, ME
    3. George Rowe, Age 12 – Born Masardis, ME.
    4. Emily A. Rowe, Age 9 – Born Masardis, ME.
    5. Martha A. Waters, Age 2/12 – Born in March – Patten, ME (Appears to be Alice M. Waters from 1880 Census)
  3. Eunice W. Waters, Age 64 – Mother of Lonsen Grant – Born Westbrook, ME
    1. Lonson Grant, Age 37, farm Laborer 000 – 200 Born Patten, ME – Married previous October – Citizen
    2. Dora A. Grant, age 18, Born Crystal, ME – Married previous October – NEW Person!
    3. Fred Grant, Age 10 – Born Lincoln, ME – Attending School – Likely brother of Lonson – NEW Person!

Changes from the 1880 Census.

The George Waters household has a new person, Clara M. Waters. She is two years younger than George’s daughter Mary Ellen. I am tentatively assuming that Clara is the daughter of George. If so, Mary Ellen, who was born about 1841 in Palermo and Clara, who was born in Patten about 1843, would suggest that George came to Patten about 1842 or 3.

The William Waters household of 1880 has an 81-year-old invalid heading the household in the 1870 census. I am relatively confident that Mary Waters, born ca. 1789, is William’s mother. Olive and the two Rowe children are all born in Masardis, ME. As such, I believe they are likely siblings of Olive, suggesting her maiden name was also Rowe.

Lonson Grant and Dora A were married in October 1869. Dora would have been eight years old when Fred was born, so I’m confident that Fred is a brother of Lonson and the second son of Eunice W. Waters.

Non-population Schedules

The 1870 Mortality Schedule – William Waters died of cholera in October ed1869, at the age of 1.

The 1870 Agricultural Census Schedule lists the farm information regarding each of the Waters’ farms.[i]

Name of Agent, Owner or Manager George Waters Samuel Waters William Waters
Acres, Improved 50 50 40
Acres, Wooded 50 100 100
Value of Farm $1000 $1500 $1200
Value of Implements $75 $125 $100
Wages Paid 60 60 150
Horses 1 2 3
Milch Cows 3 5 3
Working Oxen 2 3 2
Other Cattle 4 3 6
Sheep 11 24 15
Swine 2 2 2
Value of livestock $350 $400 $200
Spring Wheat, bush. 32 14
Indian Corn 8
Oats 110 260 200
Buckwheat 90 70 100
Wool 30 100 60
Peas & Beans 15 15
Irish Potatoes 200 300 300
Butter 500 400 100
Hay 20 25 20
Value of Animals Slaughtered 200 200 60
Total Value $500 $500 $300

George had 100 acres of land, 50 of which was tilled; he was able to till an additional 10 acres by 1880.  He had one horses, three milch (milk) cows, and 11 sheep. He grew wheat, oats, corn, buckwheat, peas, potatoes, and hay. The total value of George’s farm was $1,925.

Samuel and William’s farms were slightly larger at 150 and 140 acres and valued at $2,525 and $1,800, respectively.


Future Actions

Next – Review the 1860 Census records.

Sources:

  • U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885 – Ancestry.com – William Waters
  • 1870 United States Federal Census – Ancestry.com – Eunice W Waters
  • 1870 United States Federal Census – Ancestry.com –  George Waters
  • 1870 United States Federal Census – Ancestry.com – Mary Waters
  • 1870 United States Federal Census – Ancestry.com – Samuel Waters
  • U.S., Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880 – Ancestry.com – George Waters – 1870 Agriculture Schedule
  • U.S., Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880 – Ancestry.com – Samuel Waters – 1870 Agriculture Schedule
  • U.S., Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880 – Ancestry.com – William Waters – 1870 Agriculture Schedule

Endnotes

[i] Note: I deleted lines showing farm items that none of the Walters men possessed from the list. For example, Tobacco, which isn’t grown in Maine, was deleted.

The Waters Family of 1880 Patten, Maine

Blanchard Project
Utterstrom/Chase/Waters

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.During my ancestor sketch for Sadie Walters, I learned that Patten, Kennebec County, Maine, was settled about 1828 and incorporated in 1841. Sadie was born in 1887 in Patten, Maine and her parents were born in Patten as well. So, I wondered, just when did Sadie’s people come to Patten.  Sadie’s parents were William G. Waters and Laura M. Swett.

I decided to look first at the Waters of Patten, Maine, as they appear in the 1880 Census records.

1880 Population Schedule

A search of the 1880 Census for “Waters” in Patten, Maine, had 12 results in four-family units:

  1. George Waters, Age 67 – Widower – Farmer
    1. Daughter – Elen M. Waters, Age 40
    2. Son – Willie G. Waters, Age 22 – works on a farm.
  2. Samuel Waters, age 65 – Farmer
    1. Wife – Frances E. Waters, age 41
    2. Daughter – Emily Waters, age 14 – Attended School.
    3. Adopted Daughter – Mary I. Waters, age 24 – Teacher.
  3. William Waters, Age 60 – Farmer
    1. Wife – Olive T. Waters, Age 33
    2. Daughter – Alice M. Waters, Age 10 – Attended School.
    3. Son – William L Waters, Age 8 – Attended School.
    4. Niece – Emily A Rowe, Age 19 – Teacher
    5. Nephew – George E Rowe, Age 23 – Teacher
  4. Eunice W. Waters, Age 64 – Mother of Lonsen Grant.
    1. (Son) – Lonsen Grant, Age 37, farmer

Willie G. Waters is clearly the William G. Waters that I have in my records and Sadie A. Water’s father, who was born in January 1858. Thanks to the 1880 Census, I’ve learned that William’s father was George Waters, born c. 1813 and Willie G. had a much older sister, Elen, who was 18 years older, born about 1840.

George Waters Family entry in the 1880 Census.

I find it very interesting that George, Samuel, and William Waters are all in the 60s, all were born in Maine, and all of there parents were born in Maine. So, I suspect that the three are brothers.  A look at earlier census records may provide a clearer look and either confirm or rebuke that hypothesis.

Non-population Schedules

The 1880 Agricultural Census Schedule lists the farm information regarding each of the Waters’ farms.

George had 100 acres of land, 60 of which was tilled. In 1879, he had two horses, three milch (milk) cows, 18 sheep from which he got 100 pounds of fleece, and 20 chickens. He had 5 acres in oats, 3 acres in wheat, 1 acre of potatoes, 2 acres of apple trees. Altogether, George’s farm was valued at $1,539.

Samuel and William’s farms were slightly larger at 150 acres and valued at $1,775 and $1,780, respectively.

Future Actions

  • Next – Review the 1870 Census records.
  • Research property records for the Waters of Paten, Maine.

Sources:

  • 1880 Census, Lonsen M. Grant (Head) – Patten, Penobscot, Maine – Eunice W. Waters (Mother). 1880; Census Place: Patten, Penobscot, Maine; Roll: 485; Page: 386A; Enumeration District: 001.
  • 1880 Census, George Waters – Patten, Penobscot, Maine. 1880; Census Place: Patten, Penobscot, Maine; Roll: 485; Page: 385D; Enumeration District: 001.
  • 1880 Census, Samuel Waters – Patten, Penobscot, Maine. 1880; Census Place: Patten, Penobscot, Maine; Roll: 485; Page: 383D; Enumeration District: 001.
  • 1880 Census, William Waters – Patten, Penobscot, Maine. 1880; Census Place: Patten, Penobscot, Maine; Roll: 485; Page: 384A; Enumeration District: 001.
  • 1880 U.S. census, “Agricultural Census Schedule”, George Waters, Patten, Penobscot, Maine, OS Page 15, Line 4. 1880; Census Place: Patten, Penobscot, Maine; Archive Collection Number: 15-156; Roll: 15; Page: 15; Line: 4; Schedule Type: Agriculture
  • 1880 U.S. census, “Agricultural Census Schedule”, Samuel Waters, Patten, Penobscot, Maine, OS Page 11, Line 5. 1880; Census Place: Patten, Penobscot, Maine; Archive Collection Number: 15-156; Roll: 15; Page: 11; Line: 5; Schedule Type: Agriculture.
  • 1880 U.S. census, “Agricultural Census Schedule”, William Waters, Patten, Penobscot Maine, OS Page 11, Line 7. 1880; Census Place: Patten, Penobscot, Maine; Archive Collection Number: 15-156; Roll: 15; Page: 11; Line: 7; Schedule Type: Agriculture.

Ancestor Sketch – Sadie A. (Waters) Chase

Utterstrom-Chase-Waters
By Don Taylor

Blanchard Project – Ancestor #15 Sadie A. Waters (1887-1983)

Grandparents

7. – Maternal Grandmother:Annie Evelyn Chase (1908-1976)
15. – Great-grandmother: Sadie A. Waters (1887-1983)
30. – 2nd Great-grandfather: Willim G. Waters (1868-____)

Birth

Sadie Waters (cropped from a photo of Mabel & Sadie Waters & Bessie Maude Howes)

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]

Child Birth Death
George Ervin Waters Dec 1881
Mable A. Waters Jul 1883
Sadie A. Waters 15 Mar 1887 Dec 1983
Minnie M. Waters Jun 1891
Mildred A. Waters Sep 1893
James W. Waters Jan 1895
Wesley C. Waters Sep 1899

All children were born in Maine. All seven children were living in 1900.

(There are no records remaining of the 1890 Census.)

1900 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.

Marriage

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.

Child Birthdate
Hilda B. Chase 24 Aug 1906
Annie Evelyn Chase 24 Mau 1908
Leita M Chase 18 Jun 1909
Fred Chase 2 May 1911
Floyd Chase 11 Feb1913
Franklin William Chase 20 Oct 1914

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

Adulthood

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.

Photo of the Chase family Monument at Monmouth Ridge Cemetery - Monmouth, Kennebec County, Maine
Monument – Chase family – Monmouth Ridge Cemetery – Monmouth, Kennebec County, Maine

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

Marker for Sadie Chase (1887-1983) - Monmouth Ridge Cemetery - Monmouth, Kennebec County, Maine
Marker – Sadie Chase (1887-1983) – Monmouth Ridge Cemetery – Monmouth, Kennebec County, Maine

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?

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Sources

  • 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).

Endnotes

[i] “Patten | Maine: An Encyclopedia,” 2020. Maineanencyclopedia.Com. Accessed January 18, 2020. https://maineanencyclopedia.com/patten/.

[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.

Ancestor Sketch – Thomas Washington Harris

Welch-Harris Line
By Don Taylor

 

Welch-Harris Project – Ancestor WH12

List of Grandparents

  • 6 – Grandfather: Living
  • 12 – 1st Great-grandfather: Thomas Washington Harris
  • 24 – 2nd Great-grandfather: Raymond O. Harris
  • 48 – 3rd Great-grandfather: Thomas L. Harris

Thomas Washington Harris (1897-1987)

Birth

Thomas Washington Harris was born on 12 Mar 1897 in Boothbay Harbor, Lincoln, Maine, USA. He was the first child of Raymond Orlando Harris and Addie Richards. William McKinley was sworn in just days before Thomas’ birth. Later that year, the first Boston Marathon was run with fifteen men competing. Also, a strike by the United Mine Workers union brought an 8-hour workday to the mines.

Childhood

Siblings of Thomas W. Harris

Born
Dorothy E. Sep 1898
Gladys M. Jan 1900
William C. ca. 1902

The 1900 Census finds the Harris family living in Boothbay Harbor. Three-year-old Thomas is living with his parents and two siblings.

Thomas’ mother died sometime between 1900 and the 1910 Census. Likewise, it appears that his sister, Gladys, had also passed.*

The 1910 Census found Thomas living with his father (a widower), and Dorothy and William. Thomas is attending school and his father is a restaurant proprietor. Thomas continued with his education through the 8th grade.

Thomas was too young for the First World War I draft registration on June 5th, 1918 (He was only 20 years old). However, he turned 21 in time for the second draft on June 5, 1918, and registered in Saco. Thomas was living on Thorton Ave., Saco. He was working as a shoemaker at the Mechanic Shoe Co. in Biddeford. Thomas was medium height, medium build, had black hair, and brown eyes. He was inducted three months later, on 4 September, and accepted the next day, 5 September.  His military service needs further research.*

Marriage

On 13 December 1919, Thomas filed an “Intent to marry” to marry Alise Dorcas Ladd, also of Saco, Maine. They married on Christmas Eve December 1919 in a ceremony performed by Horace H Hauyer, a clergyman, in Saco, Maine.*

Thomas and Alise had two children, both of whom are living.

Just a week after their marriage, during the 1920 census, they can be found rooming at 106 Elm Street in Saco. Thomas is a laster at a shoe factory, and Alise is a beamer at a cotton mill.  A laster is a person who shapes or stitches soles on shoes or boots. A beamer was a person who watched over a beamer machine or carried new beams to the loom. According to Wikipedia, “The taper’s beam is a long cylinder with flanges where 400 plus end (thread) are wound side-by-side. Creels of bobbins with the correct thread mounted on a beaming frame wind their contents onto the beam.”[i]

By 1930, Thomas, his wife, and two children had moved in with his wife’s parents, Edwin and Dorcas Ladd, on Boon Road, Saco. Thomas is still working in a shoe shop as a puller and is identified as a WW veteran. He is probably a tack puller doing shoe repairs at this time.

In the 1940 Census, Thomas was the head of a household consisting of Thomas, his wife, Alice[ii], lived on Boon Road with their two children, and Alice’s mother, Dorcas, who is identified as a widow. All are living in the same house that they lived in on 1 April 1935.

Thomas is in the 1948 Town Directory for Saco and Biddeford. It indicates that he was employed in Biddeford, and he and Alice are still living on Boon Road. He continues to appear in the town directories into the 1960s.

Death

Thomas died in May 1987. I have not been successful in finding a burial location.*

Locations

  • Boothbay, Lincoln County, Maine –1900 – Lived
  • Boothbay Harbor, Lincoln County, Maine – 1897 – Birth
  • Fairfield, Summerset County, Maine – 1910, Census
  • Saco, York County, Maine – 1918 through 1987 – Enlisted, Married, Lived (1920, 1930, 1935, 1940, 1948, 1951, 1961), Death.

Other than military service, it appears that Thomas Washington Harris spent his entire life in Maine and his adult life in Saco, York County, Maine. Map available here.

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • Research Thomas’ mother’s death.
  • Research Thomas’ sister, Gladys, death.
  • Research Thomas’ military service.
  • Research what church/religion Horace H Hauyer was a clergyman for.
  • Determine what happened with Thomas’s remains.

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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