Ancestor Biography – Martha Angeline Libby (1863-1938)

Whitten Project
Whitten/Libby Line

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Ever since I started volunteering at the Scarborough Historical Society I’ve been hearing stories that all the Libby’s in Maine are descended from one person – John Libby. According to several accounts, John Libby settled in Scarborough about 1630 and was one of the earliest settlers.  Naturally, I was excited when I learned that my sister-in-law’s great-grandmother was a Libby.  Would I be able to connect her Libby ancestor into the long line of famous Maine Libby’s?

Whitten Project – Ancestor #9

List of Grandparents

  • Grandfather: Herbert Winfield Whitten
  • 1st Great-grandmother: Martha Angeline Libby
  • 2nd Great-grandfather: Charles G. Libby

Martha Angeline Libby (1863-1938)

Martha Angeline Libby[i] was born in March of 1863[ii], in Limerick, York County, Maine. She was probably the third child of Charles G. and Jane H. Libby.

Childhood

The 1870 Census is key in understanding her childhood. The census shows her father is a farm laborer and her mother is keeping house.  Also, living with them is Marietta, a 13-year-old girl who is working in the woolen mill and is also attending school. The 1870 Census does not include relationships, but I’m assuming she is an older sister unless I learn otherwise.  Also, is her older sister Harriett, who likewise is attending school. Seven-year-old Martha doesn’t appear to have begun school at that time.[iii]

The 1880 Census finds the 17-year-old Martha still at home in Limerick with her parents and her sister Hattie (Harriett). Her father is still a farm laborer.[iv]

Marriage

In 1882, Martha married Daniel Winfield Whitten[v]. And the family stays in Limerick and they begin to have children.

Adulthood

  • Life map of Martha Libby Whitten
    Martha Libby Whitten lived her entire life in York County, Maine

    Herbert Winfield Whitten was born on 3 September 1883 in Limerick.[vi]

  • Charles Libby Whitten was born in January 1886 in Limerick.[vii]
  • Muriel Arvella Whitten was born 7 Sep 1890 in Limerick.[viii]

The 1900 Census indicates that Martha had had three children and all three were alive, she and Herbert had been married for 18 years, and were then living about 15 miles south in Shapleigh, ME.

  • Newsen Whitten was born about 1901
  • Leland W. Whitten was born about 1904.

The 1910 Census indicates that Martha had had five children and all five were alive. The couple had moved to Kennebunkport and lived on Kennebunk Road. All the kids were living with them and were either working or attending school.[ix]

The 1920 Census shows Daniel and Martha Angeline “Angie” living on Portland Road in Kennebunk[x].  Herbert and Charles had moved on, so Muriel, Newsen, and Leland were the only children remaining at home.

The 1930 Census shows Daniel and Martha still on Portland Road in Kennebunk. Their daughter, Muriel, had moved in with her husband John Hayes.

Death

Marker of Daniel & Martha A. Whitten
Marker – Daniel & Martha A Whitten
Photo by “Airborne Steve” via Find a Grave.

Martha Angeline (Libby) Whitten died in 1938.[xi] She was survived by her husband, Daniel Winfield Whitten and at least four, if not all five, of her children. She is buried in Highland Grove cemetery in North Shapleigh, York County, Maine.

Libby Family Search

I then just had to look at The Libby Family in America 1602-1881 by Charles T Libby. Would I find Martha Angeline Libby.  Yes! She was listed. I now had an entry point into THE Libby family for Martha.  The book shows, on page 399, Martha Angeel Libby born on 23 March 1863 in Limerick, whose parents are Charles Gardner Libby and Jane H. Warren. It also shows an older sister, Hattie. Definitely, the right person.

Based upon The Libby Family in America 1602-1881, we learned that Charles’s father was William Libby, born in Limerick, Me., 21 June 1811; married, 28 Nov. 1830, Martha Libby.

Whose father was Joseph Libby, born in that part of Kittery, Me., which is now Eliot, 13 May 1767; married, 1795, Sarah Staples, daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Mendum) Staples of Scarborough.

Libby Line followed

Whose father was Azariah Libby, born 1740, in Kittery, now Eliot; Married Dec. 1762, Elizabeth Paul.

Whose father was Matthew Libby, born probably during his father’s stay in Portsmouth, 1690-1700; married 3 Sept. 1730, Mary Nason.

Whose father was Matthew Libby, born in Scarborough, in the year 1663 ; married Elizabeth Brown, daughter of Andew Brown, one of the principal inhabitants of Black Point.

Whose father was John Libby – the Immigrant (1602-1682) and the 8th great-grandfather of my sister-in-law. How fun is that.

UPDATED List of Grandparents

  • Grandfather: Herbert Winfield Whitten
  • 1st Great-grandmother: Martha Angeline Libby
  • 2nd Great-grandfather: Charles G. Libby
  • 3rd Great-grandfather:  William Libby
  • 4th Great-grandfather:  Joseph Libby
  • 5th Great-grandfather: Azariah Libby
  • 6th Great-grandfather: Matthew Libby
  • 7th Great-grandfather: Matthew Libby
  • 8th Great-grandfather: John Libby

Endnotes

[i] Martha Angeline Libby is identified as Martha in the 1880 and 1910 Censuses and as Angie M. in the 1900 and 1920 Censuses. Overall, Martha is used more frequently than Angie and is the name on her grave marker, so I prefer Martha in my use.

[ii] 1900 Census (FS), Danel [Daniel] W. Whitten – Shapleigh Town, York County, Maine. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMG4-D6W.

[iii] 1870 Census, 1870 Census – Charles Libby – Limerick, Maine. http://search.ancestry.com/search/collections/1870usfedcen/33125883/printer-friendly.

[iv] 1880 Census (A), Charles G. Libby – Limerick, York, Maine – Page 27, ED 197. http://search.ancestry.com/search/collections/1880usfedcen/16254166/printer-friendly.

[v] 1900 Census (FS), Danel [Daniel] W. Whitten – Shapleigh Town, York County, Maine. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMG4-D6W.

[vi] Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921, Family Search, Herbert Winfield Whitten, 1883. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HKQ-Y3Y.

[vii] Daniel W Whitten – Kennebunk Town, York County, Maine.

[viii] Ibid.

[ix] 1910 Census (FS) (NARA), Family Search, Daniel W Whitney [Whitten] Kennebunkport, York County, Maine.

[x] 1920 Census (FS), Daniel W Whitten – Kennebunk, York, Maine. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF8W-K7Y.

[xi] Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990, Family Search, Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990 – Daniel W Whitten. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKM1-WJ33  : United States, Maine State Library, Augusta; FHL microfilm 1,787,567.

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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