Charles Pine and the Scarborough Museum

 Charles Pine and the Scarborough Museum

I love helping Find-a-Grave. So, when I saw a request for a marker at the nearby Dunstan Cemetery I was happy to try to photograph the marker. It was even more exciting because my wife’s favorite beach and the road we live along (Pine Point) were named after that individual, Charles Pine. Charles Pine came to Scarborough about 1702 and died in Scarborough in 1753, so he was definitely one of the early settlers of Scarborough, Maine.
The entry for Charles “The Indian Fighter” Pine on Find-a-Grave was substantial[i]. Not only were his birth and death dates provided but also his children’s names and it indicated that he was buried at Dunstan Cemetery. Dunstan Cemetery is a modest size but still has over 1300 internments so it would be easy to miss a marker. Also, I was afraid that a 260-year-old burial might not still be marked. So, I thought I’d see what the Scarborough Museum (and Scarborough Historical Society) has that might help me. I recently began volunteering there and figured that finding Charles Pine’s marker would be a good little project to help me start learning about the resources at the museum.
I asked one of the other volunteers if they had anything showing the plots and markers for Dunstan Cemetery. She showed me a bookcase and said to look there. Sure enough, there was the perfect book, Dunstan Cemetery Records, Scarborough, ME ©1985 by Thomas Shaw Henley & Steven J. Bentley[ii]. What a fantastic book – and it is indexed. A quick look at the indexes and I immediately saw that Charles Pine was not listed. I did see the note that said, “There are many lots without stones at the cemetery and without records at town hall.” I thought, that’s that; no marker remains. Then I had another idea.

I had seen a large two-volume notebook, titled, “Cemeteries of Scarborough” ©1997 by Janice Makowski at the museum. I thought, “Maybe there is something in there,” so I gave it a quick look. There was Charles Pine, same death date as on Find-a-Grave; however, it said he was in Cemetery #56, “Pine Cemetery.” Apparently, Charles Pine, for whom Pine Point was named for, is buried near Broadturn Road, on the left, just before you cross the Nonesuch River. Ms. Makowski’s notes were extremely detailed as to exactly where the burial ground is located. Apparently, Charles is the only person interred there and two marker rocks, which contain no inscriptions, identify his burial plot.
Grave of Charles Pine (c. 1925)
Grandfather Tales of Scarborough, Page 102,
She also had copies of pages from the 1925 book, Grandfather Tales of Scarborough that included a photo of the stones[iii]. So, now I know Charles Pine isn’t buried at Dunstan Cemetery. The next time I drive up Broadturn Road on a nice dry day, I’ll try to stop and try to get a modern picture of the two Charles Pine grave marker rocks. Hopefully, they are still there and I can find them.
My volunteer time at the Scarborough Museum provided me access to resources that saved me time on my Find-a-Grave volunteering. I also learned a lot about Charles Pine, a definite “Ancestor of Place.” That’s a win-win.
Have you considered volunteering at your local museum or historical society? Not only will it help them, you might find it will help you understand the land better, regardless if you grew up there or if you are “from away.”

ENDNOTES

[i] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=131264489
[ii] Henley, T. S., & Bentley, S. J. (1985). Dunstan cemetery records Scarborough, Maine: Stone inscriptions and old records combined and indexed. Maine: T.S. Henley and S.J. Bentley.
[iii] Moulton, Augustus Freedom; Grandfather Tales of Scarborough, Katahdin publishing company, 1925.

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Herbert Winfield Whitten (1883-1967)

Whitten Project

Introduction
My Whitten Project reminded me of just how much information can be found using Ancestry.Com.  Really, it is an amazing resource.  In the case of my researching Herbert Winfield Whitten, I found a lot of information on Family Search, some on Find My Past, and even some on Mocavo. However, every one of the sources I found on those other sites I also found on Ancestry.Com. If you can afford it, it is the one paid site I recommend above all others.  If you want to get an Ancestry.Com membership and you are an AARP member, call them (don’t use the on-line forms) and tell them you would like the one-time AARP Member Discount. If you can’t afford an Ancestry.Com membership, you can access the “Library Edition” of Ancestry for free from most public libraries and from all Family History Centers. If you are not currently an Ancestry.Com subscriber, you might want to consider subscribe by using my Ancestry.Com link. (See my disclaimer.) Here is what I found using Ancestry.Com.

#4 – Herbert Winfield Whitten (1883-1967)

Synopsis

When Herbert Winfield Whitten was born on September 3, 1883, in Limerick, Maine, his father, Daniel, was 23 and his mother, Martha, was 20. He married Frances Florence Murphy on September 19, 1911, in Biddeford, Maine. They had five children in 17 years. He died on October 26, 1967, in Maine, at the age of 84.

Chronological History

Birth Record
Herbert Winfield Whitten
via Ancestry.Com [1]

1883 – Herbert Winfield Whitten was born on September 3, 1883, in Limerick, Maine to Martha Angelina Libby, age 20, and Daniel Winfield Whitten, age 23. His birth record was a delayed submission being submitted in January 1942, probably in response to the draft. [1] 

1887 – Herbert Winfield’s brother Charles Libby was born about 1887, in Maine when Herbert Winfield was 4 years old.[2]

1890 – Herbert Winfield’s sister Muriel A. was born September 1890, in Maine when Herbert was 6 years old. [3]

1900 – The 1900 census finds Herbert living with his parents and his two siblings in Shapleigh, York County, Maine. Herbert is a spinner at a woolen mill. Shapleigh is just a few miles south of Limerick, where Herbert was born.[4]

1901 – Herbert’s brother Neuren (or Newren) was born about 1901, in Maine, when Herbert was around 18 years old.[5]

1905 – Herbert’s youngest brother, Leland, was born about 1905, in Maine, when Herbert was about 22 years old.[6]

1910 – The 1910 Census finds Herbert living with his parents and his four siblings on Kennebunk Road, in Kennebunk, Maine. His father was owned a farm and was work as a farmer while Herbert worked as a Teamster.[7]

1911 – Herbert Winfield Whitten married Frances Florence Murphy, Daughter of Dennis F Murphy and Margaret Alice (Mahoney?) Murphy on September 19. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Timothey P. Limeton, a Biddeford clergyman, in Frances’ hometown of Biddeford.[8] Herbert was living in Kennebunkport at the time and was 28 years old Plain (Plane?) Operator.[9]

1912 – The young family located to Biddeford and 10 months after their marriage, their first child, Paul was born in July. Herbert was a laborer. [10]

Map of Herbert W. Whitten’s life
Entirely in Maine, mostly York County
Graphic via Google Earth

1917 – Herbert and Frances’s second son, Francis R Whitfield was born, probably sometime between December 1917 and April 1918. I need to do more research regarding Francis.[11] [12]

1918 – The 35-year-old registered for the draft (WW I). He was described as short, medium build, brown hair, brown eyes. He lived on Lived on Nasons Court in Kennebunk, ME, working as a teamster for William Bartlett on Saw Road. His wife was his nearest relative.[13]

1920 – The 1920 Census indicates that Herbert and his wife, Frances, were renting a house on Main Street in Kennebunk, Maine. Herbert was a laborer in a leatheriod(?) shop. With them are their two sons, Paul and Frances.[14]

1922 – About 1922 his first daughter [still living] was born in Maine.[15]

1926 – About 1926 his fourth child (third son) Erin (or Errin) was born in Maine.

1929 – In September or October 1929, Herbert’s youngest child, Millard was born.

1930 – The 1930 Census indicates that Herbert is renting a house on Lewis Court in Kennebunk with his wife and five children. Herbert worked as a laborer at a machine shop but had been unemployed for the past 19 weeks. Herbert is not a veteran. His three oldest children are all attending school.[16]

1935 – The 1940 Census indicates that Herbert is living in the same house as he does in 1940, 319 Garden, Kennebunk, Maine. [17]

1940 – The 1940 Census indicates Herbert is renting a house at 319 Garden, in Kennebunk, for $12/month. Living with him are his wife, Francis, and his four youngest children. He is a laborer doing odd jobs and his son Francis is a mechanic at a garage.[18]

1954 – Herbert’s brother Neuren died.

Marker for Herbert W. Whitten
In Loving Memory – 1883-1967
Photo by Christine via Find-a-Grave

1956 – Herbert was retired living on Beech Hill Road, in Auburn, Maine. His son and daughter-in-law also live on Beech Hill RD. [19]

1958 – Herbert is still retired, living on Beech Hill Road in Auburn.[20]

1960 – Herbert’s son, Paul passed away in Auburn, Maine.

1967 – Herbert Winfield Whitten died on 26 October 1967, probably in York, Maine. He is buried at Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn, Maine.[21]

Footnotes:

[1] Ancestry.com, Maine, Birth Records, 1621-1922 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010), Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; Pre 1892 Delayed Returns; Roll #: 104.
[2] Ancestry.com, 1900 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Year: 1900; Census Place: Shapleigh, York, Maine; Roll: 603; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0253; FHL microfilm: 1240603.

[3] Ancestry.com, 1900 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Year: 1900; Census Place: Shapleigh, York, Maine; Roll: 603; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0253; FHL microfilm: 1240603.

[4] Ancestry.com, 1900 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), 1900; Census Place: Shapleigh, York, Maine; Roll: 603; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0253; FHL microfilm: 1240603. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1900usfedcen&indiv=try&h=2705110.

[5] Ancestry.com, 1910 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006), Year: 1910; Census Place: Kennebunk, York, Maine; Roll: T624_548; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0245; FHL microfilm: 1374561.

[6] Ancestry.com, 1910 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006), Year: 1910; Census Place: Kennebunk, York, Maine; Roll: T624_548; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0245; FHL microfilm: 1374561.

[7] Ancestry.com, 1910 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006), 1910; Census Place: Kennebunk, York, Maine; Roll: T624_548; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0245; FHL microfilm: 1374561 – David W. Whitten. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1910USCenIndex&h=196551176&indiv=try.

[8] Ancestry.com, Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010), Maine State Archives; Augusta, Maine, USA; 1908-1922 Vital Records; Roll #: 60. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=MaineMarriageRe&h=1028162&indiv=try.

[9] Ancestry.com, Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010), Maine State Archives; Augusta, Maine, USA; 1908-1922 Vital Records; Roll #: 60. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=MaineMarriageRe&h=1028162&indiv=try.

[10] Maine Birth Records, 1621-1922 (84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084, Maine State Archives), Ancestry.com, Timothy Paul Whitten – Vital Records; Roll #: 60.

[11] 1920 United States Census (FS) (National Archives and Records Administration), Family Search, Maine, York, Kennebunk, ED-109, Sheet 2B Line 36 (family 51).

[12] Ancestry.com, 1930 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626,), Year: 1930; Census Place: Kennebunk, York, Maine; Roll: 841; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0022; Image: 780.0; FHL microfilm: 2340576.

[13] Ancestry.com, U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005), Registration State: Maine; Registration County: York; Roll: 1654023; Draft Board: 2.

[14] Ancestry.com, 1920 United States Census (FS) (National Archives and Records Administration), Family Search, Maine, York, Kennebunk, ED-109, Sheet 2B Line 36 (family 51).

[15] Ancestry.com, 1940 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012), Year: 1940; Census Place: Kennebunk, York, Maine; Roll: T627_1496; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 16-38.

[16] Ancestry.com, 1930 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626,), Year: 1930; Census Place: Kennebunk, York, Maine; Roll: 841; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0022; Image: 780.0; FHL microfilm: 2340576.
[17] Ancestry.com, 1940 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012), 1940; Census Place: Kennebunk, York, Maine; Roll: T627_1496; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 16-38.

[18] Ancestry.com, 1940 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012), 1940; Census Place: Kennebunk, York, Maine; Roll: T627_1496; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 16-38.

[19] U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989, Ancestry.com, Lewiston, Maine – 1956 – Page 865.
[20] U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989, Ancestry.com, Lewiston, Maine – 1958 – Page 836.

[21] Ancestry.com, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012), Herbert W Whitten – # 121465477.

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The wife of my Brother-in-Law

Sometimes I just enjoy the search.  I like to take a person, plug them into my
process and see what spits out.  As a
former Project Manager (PMP),  I am all about the process. I thought I’d share a bit of my process here.

Recently, I was talking with my sister
in-law.  Well, I think of her as my sister-in-law,
although in reality she is the “wife of my brother-in-law.” (She is my wifes’s
brother’s wife).  Anyway, we had a delightful
lunch with her and her husband the other day. As is often the case when I’m involved in conversation, talk moved to
genealogy and family history.  As we
chatted, it became clear that she was extremely proud of her parents and their
stories.  She knew that one side had been
in Maine for many generations.  On her paternal
side she had some Greats that “came from away,” one from Ireland and
another from New York.  As we
chatted, I know that I wanted to know much more about her family, and
subsequently more about who her people are and what made the kind of person
that she is. As we chatted she gave her permission to do some research on her
family. 
From discussions long ago, I had a couple tidbits
of information. I knew her parents names and where they lived (Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine). With that information, I started with my basic “getting to know you” process.
My process begins with
Ancestry.Com. I have a paid
subscription and I highly recommend having one. If you can’t afford a
subscription, the “library edition” is available at most libraries and at all Family History Centers.  I use
Ancestry.Com to “pick the low hanging fruit.” I quickly found her father, her
mother, where they were married and then both of them through the 1930 and 1940
censuses. I found her father’s parents names in the 1930 census but could not,
for the life of me, find them in the 1920 census. I found the grandparents in
the 1910 census, but  still nothing in
1920. I continued my Ancestry.Com
searches and found many city directories that showed where they lived ever
two or three years from after World War II until into the 1950s.  
My next important search location  in my process is Find-a-Grave.  I used to go there second but now Ancestry.Com searches provides links to Find-a-Grave, so used that feature and easily found
the Find-a-Grave memorials for her parents. Looking at markers, I saw
immediately that her father had been a World War II veteran. Good to know — I’ll look into that more late. 
The markers also provided solid evidence for both their birth and
death dates.  All the censuses and other
records I found were consistent with that date. Thanks to Find-a-Grave, I also learned
of a brother that was born before my sister-in-law and died that same year as an infant.  
I then switched to Family Search – an awesome free
resource.  If I didn’t have an
Ancestry.Com account, Family Search would be my first place to look.  Any records that have images through Ancestry
and not Family search I would save to my “Source Box.”  Later at a library or family history center
I’d use that source box records to save image files to my thumb drive. 
Anyway, some kinds of searches work really well on Family
Search.  I searched for her father’s first
name only, and added parents first names only, leaving the surname blank.  I also added the state, Maine; bang there it
was. Severely misspelled surname but the right family, parents the right age,
siblings the right ages, location in the right town and state.  Only the surname was off.  Not much else on Family Search that I found in
a number of quick searches.  A deeper
dive will most likely yield more information.

A search of Google News found their marriage
announcement.  In it several other bits
of information were provided. Where her father and mother graduated from High
School. Where her mother went to college, what their occupations were.  Even info about other relatives that attended
the wedding.  Those are really good bits
of info to know and I input everything into my records.  Sometimes just knowing that a person was
alive, still unmarried, and living at a specific city can lead to marriage and
other records.
Then on to my newspaper resources.  My search in Genealogy Bank found a French language article about her father from 1939. Thanks to Google Translate, the
article said:

Two dogs Eskimo, owned by xxxx xxxxxxx, of Fletcher Street,
Kennebunk, harnessed to a sled, made the trip entire Biddeford and Kennebunk in
90 minutes…  

I’ll bet a native French speaker can tell me if “firent le trajet entre” means round
trip or one way – Google’s translation is unclear but it is a good first cut on translating
almost any language into almost any other language.  That the article was in  French was interesting as well. It made me
wonder if he was bilingual. I know his wife spoke both English and  French.   
I didn’t find anything on
Newspapers.Com or through
Elephind.com regarding the family
Because of my findings on Find-a-Grave, I went back to Ancestry
and searched for military records for my sister-in-law’s father. Sure enough,
several documents were there.  I learned he enlisted in early 1941 long before Pearl Harbor. I also found
the document where his widow applied for a veteran’s marker.  That was cool because there was a color copy
on-line and the form was clearly in her mother’s hand.
Bates College students burying a stuffed bobcat to
Commemorate the demise of the Bates humor
magazine: The Bobcat
Photo Courtesy: Bates College
I wondered if the Maine State Archives had a copy of the
wedding certificate on line.  No such luck,
but it did confirm the date and provided instructions on how to order one from
the state. (I think I’ll ask my sister-in-law to do that.) The wedding announcement mentioned that my sister-in-law’s mother had
attended Bates College. Hummm.  I
wondered if a yearbook might be available on line.  Yup. 
Archive.Org had a copy on line. I REALLY love Archive.Org.  They are high on my list of places to search
for people and documents.  Of course
“mom” was there, a graduation photo and it showed her involvement and interests
in school life.  She had earned an
apprenticeship in French, she was a member of the French Club, and the Glee
Club, and much more.
In just a few hours I found 18 sources of information about
my sister-in-law’s father and just a many regarding her mother (there is
substantial overlap).  Actually, I found the information in an hour or two, documenting it took several times longer than finding the information.
I could do a lot more to get to know my sister-in-law’s
parents. But this is a good first beginning to get to know my sister-in-law’s people.
My process includes doing general searches using:

Ancestry.Com(Find the person in
every census they were alive for.)
Find-a-Grave
Family Search and
Genealogy in Time
(which is really Google but more focused)

Then I search newspapers.

Genealogy Bank
Newspapers.Com and
Elephind.Com  

I also check
TheAncestorHunt.Com for any recommendation Kenneth has based on appropriate
states and dates.  His blog/website is an
awesome resource! 

Logo of Archive.Org

Finally I do focused Searches based upon previous findings
which generally include

      Google Books
      Google News
      Archive.Org and various 
      State Resources

That is kind of the start of my process.  I think that it provides enough information to know a bit about a person. Enough to begin to ask more questions and focus my further research.


Note:  Due to privacy
issues, I have intentionally left out names and personally identifying
information in this article/blog. As matter of policy, I do not publicly write about the
specifics of individuals or couples who have been dead less than 25 years.

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I’m Back – Vacation was Great.

   After a couple weeks vacation, I am back home.  The vacations was wonderful.  The highlight for me was a presentation to the “Aunties” about the Darling Family.  I’ve been working on their tree for quite some time and developed a “life book” ala Henry Louis Gates’ “Finding your Roots.”  It went over extremely well.  They have the life book and a biography of each of their ancestors on their Father’s side that I could find as well as a CD containing copies of the images of all the documents used to do the book.  I also did a slide show out of key highlights of their family tree.

   Also, while there I took photos of many photos, letters, and documents that I hadn’t seen before as well as recorded conversations with many of the Aunties.  I will have hours and hours of work to incorporate the information into my records, but it will be fun.

   We did some shopping at Reny’s – A Maine Adventure. I usually hate shopping, but Reny’s t is always a pleasure. They carry a lot of “manly stuff,” Carhartt, Pendleton, and Woolrich — In sizes that fit me.  I picked up a new fedora and suspenders.  I love Reny’s.

   My wife and I then attended the wedding of her niece, SH.  It was a beautiful event out on Casco Bay (Portland, ME).  Another event for my records with photos.

   My wife then visited with her best friend since the 8th grade, EB.  It was a great to see her again.  We laughed long enough and hard enough to cause my side to hurt. We were able to turn on EB and her husband to TED Talks. There is one we call “Amy the Unicorn” that my wife and I find amazing.  Fun to watch, extremely interesting, and even enlightening. It has nothing to do with genealogy, but is  well worth watching See it on TED.

   We then followed my wife’s passion and went stalking the wild tormaline, appetite, and other stones at various quarries in Maine through Poland Mining Camps.  The food was excellent, the beds comfortable, and my wife was extremely happy with the rocks she collected.

   I’ve still got a lot of followup to do after the vacation, catch up on email, incorporate photos into iPhoto and categorize them. But soon it will be back to my normal life and I’ll be able to support the Smyrna Historical and Genealogical Society, work on my genealogy, and, of course, blog here.