I had the opportunity to visit the Maine State Library and scan the 1875 Scarborough, Maine, Tax Valuation Record using their Zeutschel OS 12002. It is a multi-camera book scanner that creates high-resolution images of bound and oversized materials. The scanned images were then combined into a PDF file. A “Scarborough Books” collection was created and the PDF file uploaded with some metadata information. Thank you so much for the assistance of Adam Fisher of the Maine State Library for his help and assistance in this Project. The scanned images were then combined and compressed into a PDF file. I then uploaded the resulting file to Digital Maine to make the images publically available.
Pages 1-28 (as numbered at the top left corner of a page) are Scarborough residents, generally arranged alphabetically by surname. That is to say, all people whose surname begins with a “C” are together.
In the second section are non-residents who owned property in Scarborough. These pages are unnumbered and are divided by the towns the individual lived in and then semi-alphabetically by surname. The towns include:
A third, unnumbered, section indicates residents and non-residents that live in Scarborough but do not own property.
If you have ancestors who lived in Scarborough, Maine, in 1875, this book may provide information of great interest. It provides information on real estate values, personal property (horses, oxen, cows, swine, sheep, carriages, and furniture. Also included are stocks and bonds, money lent at interest, and logs and timber held.
52 Ancestors – Week
Blanchard-Utterstrom Project 2018
By Don Taylor
Sometimes census records can be confusing. Such was the case for me regarding Olaf Utterstrom. In 1910 and 1920 he was at 24 Olympia Street and in 1930 he was living at 44 Olympia Street. Could he have moved literally next door or did they renumber the street? Much like an accountant follows the money, a genealogist can follow the property. Luckily the Cumberland County, Maine, Real Estate Property Records are available on line.[i] A quick search found several deeds. Olaf Utterstrom owned three different properties (six lots) between 1901 and 1931. Two were adjoining and one was across the street. So, yes, it appears that he latterly moved next door.
Research Family 2017 – Ancestor #BU12
List of Grandparents
Grandfather: Albert Thomas Utterstrom
1st Great-grandfather: Olaf A Utterstrom
2nd Great-grandfather: Anders O Utterstrom
Olaf A. Utterstrom (1866-1931)
Olaf[ii] A. Utterstrom was born in Christiania, Norway on 10 January 1866 to Anders O. and Karen (Hansen) Utterstrom. Christiania was a village that merged with other villages, including Oslo, in 1924 to become the modern city of Oslo.
Nothing is known about Olaf’s life before he immigrated with this parents, at the age of 17, to Portland, Maine, arriving on 23 November 1883. I know he had siblings, but further research is needed about his parents in order to put some of that information together in a coherent fashion. I do know he worked as a laborer and as a mill hand during the 1880s and 1890s.
Olaf married Hannah M Halverson on 30 June 1897 in a ceremony officiated by Rev. P. V. Hineby (?), a Falmouth minister. Olaf was 31 and Hannah was 30 and it was the first marriage for both of them. The couple had settled in at 49 Anderson Street when Hannah had the first of seven children.
The Seven Children of Olaf and Hannah (Halverson) Utterstrom
Albert Thomas Utterstrom
12 Jul 1898
Oscar William Utterstrom
12 Nov 1899
Frank Raymond Utterstrom
14 Apr 1901
Harold O. Utterstrom
27 Aug 1902
Dorothea C. Utterstrom
29 Jan 1904
John F. Utterstrom
c. 1908 – Died 17 Jan 1909
1909 – Died 10 Sep 1909
Olaf and Hannah were living at 49 Anderson Street, Portland when both Albert and Oscar were born. That home was on Anderson Street between Oxford and Munroe, across Munroe Street (Monroe Street today) from the old city jail. It is also about two blocks from the Eastern Cemetery. The building is no longer there.
In November 1901, Olaf purchased lots 27 and 28 on Olympia St. and moved his family to the recently annexed East Deering neighborhood of Portland. Many family members moved on to and out of Olympia Street over the years. Olaf’s children started a family business, The Utterstrom Trucking Company, on Olympia Street.
In May 1904, Olaf purchased lots 23 and 24 from Llewellyn Laughton.
In September 1904, Olaf “Renounced allegiance to Oscar II, King of Norway and Sweden” and became a United States Citizen. His next-door neighbor, Warren E. Bickford of 26 Olympia Street, was one of his witnesses.
1909 was a terrible year for the Utterstroms. They lost two children that year. Both as infants. John F. Utterstrom died on 17 January 1909 and an unnamed son died shortly after his birth on 10 September 1909. I have been unsuccessful in finding death records or the cause of death for either of them.
The 1910 Census finds the Olaf Utterstrom family living at 24 Olympia Street. He was a wood worker working for at a mill. The family consisted of Olaf, his wife Hannah, and their five oldest children, Albert, Oscar, Frank, Harold, and Dorothea.
In July 1911, Olaf purchased lots 25 and 26, also along Olympia Street. And in July 1915 Olaf sold his lots 23 and 24 to Harold Halverson. (Note: Halverson is his wife’s maiden name, so I suspect that Harold Halverson is likely a close relative of Olaf’s wife, Hannah.)
The 1920 Census finds Olaf and family still at 24 Olympia Street, he was still a woodworker working for wages at Sereen Co.
The 1930 Census shows the Utterstroms living along Olympia. Oscar lives at 32 Olympia, Harold is at 36 Olympia, and Olaf is at 44 Olympia. Living with him and Hannah is their daughter Dorothea along with her husband, William Cassidy and their daughter Annette Cassidy. The 64-year-old Olaf is working as a laborer at a garage. Later that year, Hannah, Olaf’s wife of 33 years, died. It appears that Olaf went to live somewhere else after Hannah’s death because he sold all his property, Lots 25, 26, 27, & 28, on 22 June 1931.
Two months later, on 22 August 1931, the sixty-five-year-old Olaf joined his wife, Hannah, in death. I have not been successful in finding a burial location for either him or Hannah.
1900 Census (FS), Family Search, 1900 Census – Olaf Utterstrom – Portland, Cumberland, Maine. “United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MML6-YGF : accessed 15 June 2018), Ola Uterstrom, Portland city Ward 2, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 57, sheet 12B, family 265, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,590.
1910 Census (NARA), Family Search, 1910 Census – Olaf Utterstrom – Portland, Cumberland, Maine. “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MR3S-ZZD : accessed 15 June 2018), Olaf A Littrestrom, Portland Ward 9, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 97, sheet 7A, family 159, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 539; FHL microfilm 1,374,552.
1920 Census, Numerisation, Olaf Utterstrom – Maine, Cumberland, Portland, ED 62, Sheet 15B, Line 69. Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Portland Ward 9, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: T625_640; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 62
1930 Census (NARA), Family Search, 1930 Census – Utterstrom Families – Oscar, Harold, & Olaf – Portland, Cumberland, Maine. Year: 1930; Census Place: Portland, Cumberland, Maine; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 0083
Cumberland Real Property Records, Internet, Deed – Olaf Utterstrom – Lots 23 & 24 Sold to Harold Halverson – 5540_7_21_1915. 5540_7_21_1915.
Cumberland Real Property Records, Internet, Deed – Olaf Utterstrom – Lots 25 & 26 – 5193_7_24_1911. 5193_7_24_1911.
Cumberland Real Property Records, Internet, Deed – Olaf Utterstrom – Sold Lots 25, 26, 27, & 28 – 5350_6_25_1931. 5350_6_25_1931.
Cumberland Real Property Records, Internet, Deed (Contract for) – Olaf Utterstrom – Lots 23 & 24 – 2517_5_27_1904. Record:
Cumberland Real Property Records, Internet, Deed (Contract for) – Olaf Utterstrom – Lots 27 & 28 – 6407_11_9_1901. 6407_11_9_1901.
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921, Family Search, Marriage – Olaf A Utterstrom & Hannah M Halvorsen – 1897. “Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KC6M-Z3C : 23 September 2017), Olaf A Utterstrom and Hannah M Halvorsen, Marriage 30 Jun 1897; citing Division of Vital Statistics, State Board of Health, Augusta; FHL microfilm 10,054. Accessed: 14 June 2018.
Maine, Birth Records, 1715-1922 (Augusta, Maine, Maine State Archives), Ancestry, [Oscar William] Utterstrom. Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; Roll Number: 58.
Maine, Federal Naturalization Records, 1787-1952, Ancestry, Olaf A. Utterstrom (A). All Sources Naturalization Petitions of the United States District Court, Portland, Maine, 1912-1929. NARA Microfilm Publication M2086, 23 rolls. Records of District Courts of the United States, Record Group 21. National Archives, Washington, D.C. Petitions and Records of Naturalization, 1790 – 11/1945. Textual Records. 36 Boxes and 21 Volumes. NAI: 594499. Records of District Courts of the United States, Record Group 21. National Archives at Boston, Waltham, Massachusetts.
S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry, Portland, Maine – 1930 – Page 868 – Utterstrom. Ancestry.com.
S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry, Portland, Maine – 1931 – Page 861 – Utterstrom. Ancestry.Com
S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry, Portland, Maine – 1932 – Page 890 – Utterstrom.
United States, New England Petitions for Naturalization Index, 1791-1906, Family Search, Olof A Utterstrom Naturalized 3 Sep 1904. United States, New England Petitions for Naturalization Index, 1791-1906 – Olof Utterstrom.
2nd Great-grandfather: Alexander Newcomb (1850-1929)
Horace Upton Newcomb (1877-1956)
Horace Upton Newcomb was born on 7 September 1877 in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada, the fourth child of Alexander and Amelia Jane (Allen) Newcomb. There are several records which indicate he was born in Cumberland County, Maine, however, Parrsboro is in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. His naturalization papers are very clear regarding his birthplace. Horace was the fourth of 11 children. His siblings were
Mary Ellen Born 1875
Wealthy Jane Born 1874
Hugh Olsen Born 1875
Theodore Hill Born 1879
Ruby Stella Born 1882
Bertha Josephine Born 1886
Edith Mabel Born 1887
Willis L Born 1891
Martha Elfriede Born 1893
Carlos Alonzo Born 1895
All of the children, except for Ruby Stella, who died in 1899 at the age of 17, lived to adulthood.
In July 1880, Horace and family immigrated from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada aboard a steamer arriving in Portland, Maine.
It appears that in 1900 he is living in Boston as a lodger in the house of James B. Peppard and working as a deckhand.
On September 7, 1903, Horace married Ethel May Carr in Somerville, Massachusetts. The ceremony was performed by George Whitaker, Minister of the Gospel, who lived at 160 Cambridge St. Cambridge, Mass.
Horace and Ethel had four children:
Horace Arthur (1903-1988) Born in Roxbury, Boston, MA.
Priscilla May (1905-1984) Born in Hingham, MA
Theodore H. (1907-1986) Born in Hingham, MA
Hugh Earl (1909-1960) Born in Hingham, MA
In 1910, Horace and Ethel were living on Cross Street in Hingham, Plymouth County, MA. Horace was a laborer working for a contractor.
Sometime between 1910 and 1917, the family moved to Portland, Cumberland County, Maine and lived on North Street. His WW I draft registration indicates he lived at 14 North Street, but the 1920 Census indicates he lived at 144 North Street. Either address is possible. Also, it is possible that the street was renumbered. Again, in 1920, Horace is listed as a carpenter and an alien. All four children are living with him and his wife.
I have been completely unsuccessful finding any of the family in the 1930 Census. However, by 1935, the family moved out to Peaks Island (in Casco Bay), Portland, Maine and lived on Island Street. Although Horace filed his first papers much earlier, he didn’t take the oath to become an American citizen until 5 January 1937.
The 1940 Census indicates that the children had all left home and Horace and Ethel were living together on Peaks Island. Horace was still a carpenter; however, he hadn’t work worked in the previous 39 weeks before the census was taken in April 1940.
Horace died on 11 April 1956. He was buried in Brooklawn Memorial Park in Portland. Section E, Lot 344, Grave D1.
1900 Census (A), Ancestry, Horace Newcomb (lodger) Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
1910 Census (NARA), Family Search, Horace Newcomb – Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts. “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M2K8-RN7 : accessed 13 October 2017), Horace Newcomb, Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 1217, sheet 18A, family 427, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 612; FHL microfilm 1,374,625.
1920 Census (NARA), Family Search, Horace W Newcomb – Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States. “United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFZ8-CSZ : accessed 13 October 2017), Horace W Newcomb, Portland Ward 1, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing ED 28, sheet 3A, line 40, family 57, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 639; FHL microfilm 1,820,639.
1940 Census (NARA ), Family Search, 1940 – Horace V Newcomb – Peak’s Island, Cumberland, Maine. “United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 16 December 2017), Horace V Newcomb, Island Ward 2, Ward 1, Portland, Portland City, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 3-42, sheet 3B, line 71, family 69, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1475. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMMW-5Q9.
Maine, World War I Draft Registration Index, 1917-1919, Family Search, Horace M Newcomb – Portland, Cumberland, Maine.
Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915, Family Search, Horace Newcomb & Ethel May Carr. “Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N44B-531 : 30 July 2017), Horace Allen Newcomb and Ethel May Carr, 07 Sep 1903; citing, Somerville, Massachusetts, United States, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2,057,588.
Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records,1626-2001, Family Search, Marriage – Horace Newcomb & Ethel Carr.
According to the Ancestry.Com, there are two main sources for the Howell surname. The first one is Welsh, coming from the Welsh personal name “Hywel” meaning ‘eminent.’ The second one is that Howell is an English habitational name coming from an Old English ‘hugol’ meaning ‘mound’ or ‘hillock.’ In particular, it has come to be a habitational name from Howell, Linconshire.[i]
Forebears indicates that it probably derives from an old Welsh word, hoew meaning ‘alert’ or ‘sprightly.’[ii] The most famous historical bearer of this name was a 10th century Welsh prince, Howell Da.
I have not been successful in determining an immigrant ancestor in the Howell line to confirm the likely origin of this line, however, family oral history indicated they are of Welsh descent.
The United States has the most incidents of the Howell surname. There are over 123,000 incidences of the surname in the United States, and only 172,000 worldwide or to say it another way, about 72% of the individuals named Howell live in the United States. The highest frequency of Howell’s in any country is Jamaica, with 1 in 989 having the Howell surname.
The 1920 Census indicates that the greatest number of Howells lived in New York. Likewise the largest number Howells lived in New York during the 1880 and 1840 censuses.[iii]
My wife’s Howell ancestors were in Virginia in the late 1700s. In the mid-1800s they located to North Carolina and in the mid-1900s her branch moved to Maine.
My wife’s earliest known Howell ancestor is probably James Howell. I’m not confident that he was Peter M Howell’s father, but he was in the right place at the right time and died about 1817 when Peter M Howell’s father died. If correct, James Howell would be my wife’s third great-grandfather.
Peter M. Howell is my wife’s 2nd great-grandfather. He was born in Buckingham County, Virginia. He married in Cumberland County, Virginia, and died in North Carolina. He was an itinerate preacher. He published a book, The Life and Travels of Peter Howell, in the 1840s that chronicled his life. The book had an illustration of Peter Howell, which is the earliest image that I have of any ancestor.
Peter Fletcher Howell is my wife’s great-grandfather. He was born in Buckingham County, Virginia, but lived most of his life in Halifax County, North Carolina. He was a civil war veteran (CSA). He fought at “The Crater” and many other battles.
James Dallis Howell was my wife’s grandfather. He was born in Halifax County, North Carolina. He too was a preacher and lived most of his life in North Carolina, although he died in Maryland.
My wife’s father, Clarence Fletcher “Pete” Howell, was also born and raised in North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and became an engineer. He located to Washington, DC in 1939 and lived there until the 1950s. In the 1960s he moved to Maine where he started several businesses that continue to this day. Pete passed in 1999.
In hopes of a breakthrough in the Howell ancestor research, Jerome Howell has taken a Y-DNA test. His nearest Y-DNA matches are surnamed “Howle,” but no link between the families has been discovered. It appears that the common ancestor between them is more than five generations ago and, apparently, before a Howell/Howle surname split. The Howle line ancestors were in South Carolina in the 1780s while the Howell line ancestors were in Virginia at that time.
My records have 138 direct-line descendants of James Howell identified over eight generations. This is about 5% of my Howell-Darling research.
Born of Irish immigrants, Dennis Murphy had a rough childhood. He enlisted and went to war at a young age. He returned from the war and worked. He married at about 40 years old, had three children, two of whom died as children. He died at age 45 leaving a wife and a four-year-old daughter.
Whitten Project 2017 – Ancestor #10
List of Grandparents
Grandmother: Francis Florence Murphy
1st Great-grandfather: Dennis F. Murphy
2nd Great-grandfather: John Murphy
Dennis F. Murphy (c. 1845-1890)
Dennis Murphy was born sometime in 1845 or 1846 in Calais, Washington County, Maine. His father was John Murphy, an immigrant from Ireland. His mother is not clear. The 1850 Census indicates that John married Joanna Murphy within the year. So, it is not clear if John was a widower or if he and Joanna were together before that and married later.
Shortly after his birth, the young family moved to Biddeford, Maine, and his sister Mary was born in 1850.
Certainly, Dennis’ childhood was difficult. The 1860 Census finds the family split up. Dennis’ parents are living in Biddeford as is his sister, Mary. He, however, is at the State Reform School in Cape Elizabeth for larceny. His age is given as 13, a year younger than the 1850 Census suggests.
In 1861, when he was 16 years-old, he enlisted in in the 5th Maine Volunteer Infantry, First Regiment, Company A. He indicated that he was 18 years-old at the time. The 5-foot, 4½-inch young man was described as having a florid complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair. His was a three-year enlistment. Although he enlisted in Biddeford, he mustered in two days later in Augusta, Maine, 72 miles away.
In September 1864, he was transferred to the 1st Regiment of the Maine Veteran Infantry. There he would have participated at the Battle of Cedar Creek. He was honorably discharged on 6 December 1864.
The 1870 Census finds the 24-year-old Dennis living with his father, mother, and sister in Biddeford. He and his father both work in a machine shop.
The 1880 Census still finds Dennis living with his father and mother in Biddeford. He and his father are both machinists. None of the family can read or write.
Dennis married Margaret Alice Maloney (possibly Mahoney) probably sometime in 1885. They had three children:
Frances Florence Murphy
11 Apr 1886
1911 – Herbert Winfield Whitten
John Walter Murphy
20 Aug 1887
22 Aug 1887
Joanna Josephine Murphy
28 May 1890
Dennis was living on Gooch Street when his son, John Walter Murphy, died in 1887 at the age of two days. It is not clear when Joanna died, but certainly before 1900.
The Biddeford directory of 1890 indicates that Dennis is a machinist at the Saco Water Power Machine Shop and lived at 51 Gooch Street.
On 7 July 1890, Dennis applied for a military pension.
Dennis F. Murphy died at 45 years of age on November 18, 1890. Dennis was buried at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Biddeford, York County, Maine.
Further Actions / Follow-up
Visit the Fifth Maine Regiment Community Center at 45 Seashore Avenue on Peaks Island, Maine and learn more about the service of Dennis F. Murphy and the actions of the Fifth Maine Volunteer Infantry.
Visit McArthur Library and review the Murphy’s in the Biddeford Directories.
Order Margaret Murphy’s Pension Application #499,630 from the National Archives ($80). It should also contain the information from Dennis Pension application also.
1850 Census, Family Search, 1850 Census – John Murphy – Biddeford, York, Maine. “United States Census, 1850,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6VD-8Q6 : 12 April 2016), Dennis Murphey in household of John Murphey, Biddeford, York, Maine, United States; citing family 1066, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
1860 Census, Family Search, Dennis Murphy – Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland, Maine [See Page 4 of images – Key] Page 82 (State Reform School) – Line 34″ United States Census, 1860″, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDHY-13V : 26 July 2017), Dennis Murphy, 1860.
1870 Census, 1870 Census – John Murphy – Biddeford, York, Maine. “United States Census, 1870,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6DH-DKR : 12 April 2016), John Murphy, Maine, United States; citing p. 94, family 646, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,063.
1900 Census (A), com, Margaret Murphy. Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
Biddeford, Maine Directory, 1890-1891, com, Dennis F Murphy – No Image. Original data: Biddeford, ME, 1890. W. A. Greenouch & Co., 1890.
Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957, Family Search, Dennis Murphy – Military Service. “Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:246V-9LL : 4 December 2014), Dennis Murphy, 20 Nov 1861; citing Military Service, State Archives, Augusta.
United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917, Family Search, Dennis F. Murphy – Pension App. 794,293; Cert. 518,106. “The United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N4J6-M44 : 24 March 2016), Dennis F. Murphy, 1890.
Maine, Birth Records, 1715-1922, com, Francis Florence Murphy. Maine State Archives; Cultural Building.
Maine, Birth Records, 1715-1922, com, John Walter Murphy – Aug 20, 1887. Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; Pre 1892 Delayed Returns; Roll Number: 79.
Maine, Birth Records, 1715-1922, com, Johanna Josephine Murphy – 28 May 1890. Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; Pre 1892 Delayed Returns; Roll Number: 79.