List of Kings from the William King Scrapbook

William King Scrapbook

Page 28 – List of Kings 

Amanuensis Monday

[We have a project at the Scarborough (Maine) Historical Society (SHS) where we are scanning and digitizing scrapbooks.  Most of the pages are newspaper clippings and other documents which lend themselves to optical character recognition (OCR); however, there are also pages that are handwritten.  To make those pages searchable within the final PDF document, I have been transcribing them as needed.]

Scrapbook, accession number 62.74.4, is a scrapbook of William King which was donated to the SHS in 1962. Its contents are mostly newspaper clippings. The clippings go back to 1905 and the most recent clipping appears to be from 1952. The majority of the clippings are undated. The handwritten pages appear to be mostly genealogical lists of individuals that are ancestors of the King family and are also undated. This list is from Page 28, as identified in the scrapbook index. The original was scanned at 2550 × 3509 and is available at the SHS Museum. The original image was duplicated, cropped, resized for the web to 564 × 508, and is displayed here.

The following is my transcription of this document:

Richard King. Born 1761 Died Oct 27th 1830. Age 69 years
Hannah King. Born June 22 – 1771 – Died May 25 – 1845 age 74 years.

Cyrus King Born May 4 1790
Mary King   “      Oct 12 1791
Wm King            Jan 13 1794
Eliza King           Aug 31 1796
Joseph L, King   Jan 22 1799
Robert S King    Feb 28 1801
Benjamin S. B. King  Jan 11 1803
Jane Ann King    Mar 9 1805
Fidealia H King   Jan 9 1808
Robert S King     Mar 14 1811
Miranda S. King  Aug 9 1813

Transcribed by Don Taylor
Scarborough Historical Society
14 Apr 2016

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“In 1897 Nothing Happened…” ‘cept a Shipwreck

by Don Taylor

Sign "On this site in 1897 nothing happened" photo by Don Taylor
One of my wife’s nieces lives here in Scarborough. On her house, she has a sign which reads, “On This Site in 1897 Nothing Happened.” I know her home was built in the 1980s, as was most of her neighborhood, which is nestled between Pleasant Hill and Higgins Beach. When I first saw the sign, I thought, “well, maybe nothing happened on her property, but I’ll bet something happened in the area.”
Sure enough, on August 11, 1897, there was great excitement in Scarborough. During the day before, it was wicked foggy. One observer said it looked as if “the space between earth and sky was filled with gray-white cotton.”[i] During the night it just got worse. About two o’clock in the morning, there were loud crashes and curdling noises coming from the water. I’ll bet, they were loud enough you probably could hear them through the thick fog two miles away at my niece’s property. When the fog cleared in the morning, it was clear that a ship had run aground.  
Howard W. Middleton appeared very low in the
water while she was aground
Photo: Scarborough Historical Society
The Howard W. Middleton, a three-masted schooner had run aground on a ledge near Higgins Beach. It contained 894 tons of Pennsylvania coal headed for Portland. All the crew members made it safely to shore. Tug boats from Portland tried to get it off the rocks to no avail.[ii] Most of the cargo was saved, although it is said that some of the locals salvaged enough coal for themselves to last them through three winters.  
Photo of Howard W. Middleton Shipwreck by Rich Bard Photo.
Remnants of Howard W. Middleton shipwreck
 Photo by Rich Bard (CC BY-ND 2.0)
The following month a storm drove the wreck further inland onto Higgins Beach where some of the remains can be seen 119 years later during low tides.
It may be that nothing happened at my wife’s niece’s property in 1897, but certainly there was a lot of excitement in her neighborhood that year surrounding the sinking of the Howard W. Middleton.


[i] Internet: As told by Emma Bray David (December 1967) per The Full Wiki
[ii] Internet: Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag; Maritime Tales: Shipyards and Shipwrecks;

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100 Years ago – Elizabeth Grace Darling – (1906-1987)

Today is a great day to remember Elizabeth Grace Darling, “Aunt Betty,” because today would be her 110th birthday if she were still living.  Betty is my wife’s great-aunt; the sister of my wife’s grandfather. I have written about my wife’s grandfather several times, See:
Robert Harry Darling (1907-1969)

Elizabeth Grace Darling – (1906-1987)

Elizabeth Grace Darling was born on March 22, 1906, in Pittsburgh, PA. Her mother died in 1913 and she went to live with her grandmother, Margaret Lamb McAllister. In 1915 there was a family issue that required Margaret to return to her native England.  So, in August, 1915, she took her two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Robert Harry, with her to England. Family oral history says she took the children to England so they could be “properly civilized.”
So, little Elizabeth would have spent her 10th birthday celebration in England, apparently in the Lakes Region, probably Appleby (Now Appleby-in-Westmorland), Cumbria, in North West England.
Elizabeth would have been hearing news about the war in Europe. The Russians were having success against the Germans in the north taking the Dneister Bridgehead and also defeating the Austrians in the south. She probably didn’t know that the US was fighting its own war. General Funston was asking for more troops to send into Mexico to assist General Pershing against Francisco Villa. This was really important because General Pershing telegraph communications had been cut off.[1]
Elizabeth Grace Darling Gwyer
c. 1939
Margaret and the two children remained in England until December of 1916 when they returned to the United States aboard the SS Philadelphia, then locating in the Mount Oliver area of Pittsburgh, PA. Their return was just in time.  Betty’s father, Rufus Harry Darling died just two weeks later, on 5 January 1917.
Later in January, 1917, Germany invited Mexico to join them as an ally against the United States. Germany said they would finance Mexico’s war to recover the territories of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.[2] Mexico declined, but America was not pleased about Germany trying to bring the Great War to American soil.  The United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917.[3]
On 10 May 1927, Elizabeth married William Otis Gwyer.  They would later divorce.
On 11 October 1947, Elizabeth married Frank Howell Kemon in the chapel of Mount Vernon Methodist Church, Washington, DC with Rev. John Rustin officiating.[4]
Kemon – Glenwood Cemetery, Washington DC.
Betty Darling – Frank Howell
1906-1987 – 1906-1973
Elizabeth’s husband Frank Kemon died in 1973. In the 1980s, Aunt Betty came to live with her niece and family in Bridgton, Maine.
Elizabeth died on 10 June 1987 at her niece’s home in Bridgton. She was buried at Glenwood Cemetery, Section K, Lot 69, Site 2585 in Washington, DC next to her husband Frank Howell Kemon.[5]


[1] The Washington Post, Wednesday, March 22, 1916, Front Page via
[2] Wikipedia – World War I – Entry of the United States
[4] Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage, & Death Announcements, 1851-2003 – The Washington Post, October 1947,
[5] Find a Grave – Elizabeth Darling “Betty” Gwyer Kemon – Memorial# 133079409

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Bio – Everett Anson Bickford (1876-1957)

WB-06 – Everett Anson Bickford

15 October 1876 – 1957

Everett Anson Bickford[i] was born on 15 October 1876 in Readfield, Kennebec County, Maine[ii], died in 1957 in Maine, aged 80[iii]. He was buried in Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine, at Mount Auburn Cemetery[iv].

He is the son of Anson W Bickford (1852-?), aged 23, and Jennie C Bickford, aka Jane (1840-< 1910), aged 36.

The following information is also recorded for Everett:

Occupation: Grocer, Real Estate Insurance Agent (See below).
In September 1918 his physical description was: Medium Height, Medium Build, Blue Eyes, Brown Hair (per draft registration).
He completed 4 Years of High School (per 1940 Census)

Life Events for Evert Anson Bickford:

Everett was the fifth of eight children. His older siblings included Nettie, Ralph, Edward, and Matilda. Estella was born in 1879.

The 1880 census shows the three-year-old Everett living with his parents and five siblings in Readfield, Maine.

His sister Maude was born in 1883, and his sister Erna was born in 1884.

The 1900 census shows the 23-year-old Everett living with his parents and three sisters, Nettie, Maude, and Erna, in Auburn, Maine. Everett is working as a clerk in a grocery.

He married Ada Marie Chase (1876-bef. 1940), the daughter of George W and Emma Chase on 30 October 1905 in (Maine)[v]. They both were 29.

63 Winter, Auburn, Maine – Image courtesy Google

Everett’s mother died sometime between 1900 and 1910. Everett’s father, Anson, came to live with Everett, his wife Ada and their daughter Catherine for the 1910 Census. They lived at 63 Winter St[vi], in Auburn, Maine, a place they would live for many years. Everett was a grocery merchant, employed other individuals and owned his home. Trulia and other home sites indicate that the home at this location was built in 1920. Either they are wrong or another house was there and was replaced by the current home in 1920. In either event, they remained at 63 Winter into the 1940s.

Everett registered for the draft on 12 September 1918.[vii]

In the 1920 Census, Anson is no longer living with the family and three more daughters were born between 1910 and 1920, Beatrice, Emma, and Phyllis. Everett is now working own account as a Real Estate Insurance agent.[viii]

In the 1930 Census, Catherine had moved out but Everett and his wife are still living with their three youngest daughters. Everett is still a Real Estate Insurance agent. [ix]

The 1935 City Directory indicates that Everett is the proprietor of E. A. Agency and his home address is still 63 Winter.[x] [xi]

The 1940 Census indicated that Everett is now a widower. The 64-year-old is still the proprietor of a real estate company. The daughters have all moved out. Living at the same address is a renter, Josephine Abbott, a 71-year-old widow.[xii]
Marker: Everett A Bickford
Courtesy Find-a-Grave
Everett Anson Bickford died in 1957 and is buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery.[xiii]

            Children of Everett and Ada were:

         Catherine Flora Bickford, born on 2 February 1907 in Auburn, Maine, died on 6 August 2001 in York Harbor, York County, Maine, aged 94. She married Paul Timothy Whitten on 26 June 1937, next married Coleman Mitchell on 2 June 1979.

        Beatrice B Bickford, born about 1910 in Maine.

          Emma L Bickford, born about 1913 in Maine.

         Phyllis I Bickford, born on 28 February 1916 in Auburn, Maine, died on 29 September 2006 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, aged 90. She married Harold Dow.


[i] Note: Death: Probably 08 Jan 1957 but not confirmed at this time.
[ii] Sources: Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937 / Maine State Archives; Augusta, Maine, USA; 1892-1907 Vital Records; Roll #: 4 – (Digitizing) – Maine, Birth Records, 1621-1922 / Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; 1892-1907 Vital Records; Roll #: 4 February 2, 1907 Auburn ME Female – White – 1st child Evert Anson Bickford Readfield, ME  White Res: Auburn, ME – Occupation Grocer Mother: Ada Maria Chase Born, Auburn ME Color White   – (Other) – 1900 Census / Maine, Androscoggin, Auburn District 4,  Sheet 14B – (Digitizing) – 1880 Census / Maine, Kennebec, Readfield, District 102, Page 18 – (Digitizing) – U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 / Everett A Bickford – (Internet) – U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 / Maine; Registration County: Androscoggin; Roll: 1653899; Draft Board: 2 – (Digitizing)
[iii] Source: Find A Grave / Everett A Bickford –  Memorial# 114275975 – Find A Grave (Other)
[iv] Ibid.
[v] Sources: Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937 / Maine State Archives; Augusta, Maine, USA; 1892-1907 Vital Records; Roll #: 4 – (Digitizing) – 1910 Census / Auburn Ward 2, Androscoggin, Maine; Roll: T624_536; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0003; – (Other)
[vi] Source: 1910 Census / Auburn Ward 2, Androscoggin, Maine; Roll: T624_536; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0003; – (Other)
[vii] Source: U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 / Maine; Registration County: Androscoggin; Roll: 1653899; Draft Board: 2 – (Digitizing)
[viii] Source: 1920 Census / Maine, Androscoggin, Auburn Ward 2, District 4, Sheet 2B – (Other)
[ix] Source: 1930 Census / Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine; Roll: 827; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0004; Sheet 5A – (Digitizing)
[x] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995; 1935 – Auburn (Lewiston), Maine, City Directory, Page 682; Ancestry.Com.
[xi] Sources: 1940 Census / Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine; Roll: T627_1469; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 1-5 – (Digitizing) – U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 / 1935 – Auburn (Lewiston), Maine, City Directory, Page 682 – (Digitizing)
[xii] 1940 Census; Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine; Roll: T627_1469; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 1-5; Ancestry.Com.
[xiii] Find A Grave; Everett A Bickford –  Memorial# 114275975; Find a Grave.
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Searching for the Blanchard arrival in Maine.

[Sometimes you just have to skip a generation in your research to find the answer to the question.  If you do so, it is important to have a clear reason and a clear explanation of how any why you skipped the generation. Such is the case for my Blanchard study. The family oral story was that the Blanchards have been in Maine “forever.” I was asked to find out exactly when they came to Maine.]


My search began with Edward E Blanchard, who married Priscilla Newcomb in 1925. I then began following him and his ancestors back in time. In 1920, he was living with his widowed mother and four siblings in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.

Further research found that his father Frederick W Blanchard died in 1918.

In 1910, the 9-year-old Edward was living with his parents, Frederick W and Minnie Blanchard in South Portland, Maine.

In 1900, Frederick is living in South Portland with his wife Minnie and three of his children. (Edward hadn’t been born yet.)

In 1887, Frederick and Minnie were married. It was Minnie’s first marriage, but Frederick’s second marriage.

The 1880 Census was particularly difficult to interpret. Frederick was living with his uncle, Charles H. Blanchard and his Charles’s wife Miranda. Also living in the household was Elizabeth Blanchard, a 79-year-old widow who is listed as a “boarder.” Next door, is 81-year-old Myra Blanchard. Of course, both Charles and Myra are listed as “Head” of their respective households. Sadly, the 1880 census is the first census which identifies the relationships of people in a household to the Head and the 1870 census won’t shed any more light on to the relationships.

The 1870 Census shows the Charles H Blanchard household including his wife Miranda, 4-year-old Fred, and three other children. Also living with them is 70-year-old Elizabeth.

The 1860 Census shows Charles and Miranda living in Cumberland, Maine, apparently with three children. Next Door to them is Cyrus and Elizabeth Blanchard with a 16-year-old boy, Melville G Blanchard, who I tentatively assume to be their son.

Looking closer at Cyrus Blanchard’s life, he was apparently married three times. First to Apphiah Young in 1816, Apphiah died in 1841. His second marriage was to Sarah Staples. Sarah died in 1848. His third marriage was to Elizabeth Mills. This would be the Elizabeth we see him with in 1860. It also fits the age of the Elizabeth in the household of Charles H Blanchard in 1870 and 1880. Elizabeth would be Charles’s step-mother.

Cyrus and Elizabeth also show up in the 1850 Census with what appear to be four children. Charles, Nancy, Albion, and Sarah.

So, if, in fact, Frederick’s uncle is Charles and Charles’ father is Cyrus, then Frederick’s grandfather must be Cyrus. We may not know the name of Frederick’s father, which might be Melville, Albion, or something entirely different, but we do know his grandfather’s name.

I believe that Cyrus was born in 1791 in old North Yarmouth, Cumberland County, (Maine) and that his father was Ebenezer Blanchard, born 1760 in Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. So, Ebenezer would be the first of Edward Blanchard’s direct ancestors to live in Maine.

There is more research to do. The leap of faith between Frederick and Cyrus need much more to confirm. Also, there were many other Blanchards in Cumberland County long before Ebenezer came to Cumberland County. There was a Samuel Blanchard who sold ¼ of an island in Casco Bay to an Ebenezer Blanchard in 1762. Also, according to the 1870 census to the agricultural schedule, there were 7 farmers with the surname Blanchard farming in Cumberland Center, Cumberland County. Basically, you can hardly turn around without encountering another Blanchard in Cumberland Center or Yarmouth; there are hundreds of them. So, lots more research to do on this family.

Oh, by the way, it appears that Ebenezer was the son of Daniel Blanchard born 1727 in Weymouth, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, a known patriot of the Revolution.[i]


[i] Daughters of the American Revolution;, Ancestor: A206439.
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