For Online Divorce Records – See The Ancestor Hunt

Tuesday’s Tips
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.I recently saw an excellent posting on The Ancestor Hunt about Divorce Record Collections for Maine. They mention that some of the images may only be available at a Family History Center or an Affiliated Library. Remember, the Scarborough Public Library is an Affiliated Library. Due to Covid restrictions, access to the library and its resources is somewhat limited. (Check with them for access, reservations, etc.) However, I understand that the Scarborough Public Library’s WIFI is accessible from the parking lot. When you are researching and encounter a record that the image is “only available at an affiliated library,” save it to your Source Box. (I’d make a folder for “Get image a Library.) That way, you can easily find it and download the image when you are at Family History Center or an Affiliated Library. See the Ancestor Hunt Divorce Records page for other states. See the Introduction to Family History Centers and the FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries page. There are six Affiliate Libraries in Maine located in:

        • Augusta
        • Camden
        • Fort Fairfield
        • Kennebunk
        • Scarborough
        • Springvale

William Taylor & the 1910 Census

Census Sunday
Bradley-Taylor

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.In my Bradley-Hingston Project, I’ve been researching William S. Taylor (1856-1928). For my genealogical “first pass” research for an ancestor, I attempt to find vital records, birth, death, and marriages. I also try to find the individual in all of the available Census records during their life.  In William Taylor’s case, I have not successfully found him the 1910 Censuses.

William was born on 29 December 1856 in Taylorsville[i], Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to Jacob H. and Rebecca L. (Pittman) Taylor. On 17 January 1887, he married Maria and they had three children, Dorothy, John, and Magdalen. William remarried Mary Ella Rulon on 22 November 1911. That suggests that John and Maria either divorced or that Maria died before November 1911. Additionally, Magdalen had married in 1910 was

William S. Taylor would have been 53 years old on 15 April 1910. He is probably either widowed or divorced.

Review of the 1910 Census

A Search of Family Search for William Taylor, 53 years old, born in Pennsylvania, yielded eight reasonable candidates.

    • William R. Taylor was the head of a household that included a daughter Annie. He had been married for 37 years but did work as a secretary for the railroad. My William married 23 years earlier and had no known daughter named Annie. This William Taylor is an unlikely candidate.
    • The William Taylor, who lived in Warrior Run, Luzerne County, PA, and was married to Rebecca, is not a candidate.
    • William D. Taylor, who lived in Philadelphia, had a son named Joseph and whose parents were born in Ireland, is not a candidate.
    • William F Taylor, who lived in Altoona, Blair County, PA, and had a wife, Agnes, is not a candidate.
    • The William R Taylor, who lived in Rochester, Monroe County, NY, and had a wife, Annie, is not a candidate.
    • The William C Taylor, who lived in Colwyn, Delaware County, PA, and had a wife, Anna, is not a candidate.
    • The Wm Taylor, who lived in Philadelphia, PA, and had a wife, Clara, is not a candidate.
    • William Taylor boarded with Mary R Tabor in Philadelphia, PA. His father was born in PA, and his mother was born in New Jersey. His occupation is Accountant at a Brewing Co. This William Taylor is a likely candidate. During the 1920 Census, William’s occupation is “Accountant.” Although he is listed as single, rather than divorced or widowed, I believe that is an error by whoever provided the information to the census taker.
William Taylor a lodger in the household of Mary R Tabor – 1910 US Census – Family Search

This look at the 1910 Census reminded me that there were other 23-year-old William Taylor’s living in the Philadelphia area, including:

      1. William R. Taylor, the father of Annie Taylor.
      2. William D. Taylor, whose parents were born in Ireland.
      3. William Taylor, whose wife was Clara.

Conclusion

In 1910, William Taylor was a lodger at 32 South 17th Street, Philadelphia. His occupation was as an Accountant at a brewing company.[ii]

Follow-up

I find it particularly interesting that the head of the household was the 47-year-old widow Mary R. Tabor. William’s second wife, who he married in 1911, was Mary Rulon (maiden name). His wife, Mary, also would have been 47 in 1910. Are the two Mary’s the same person? I will need to investigate that if/when I research Mary Rulon.


Endnotes:

[i] Taylorsville is now Washington Crossing, an unincorporated village in Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. (About 30 miles north of Philadelphia and 8 miles upstream of Trenton.

[ii] “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MGWN-5R4, accessed 17 February 2021), Wm Taylor, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 480, sheet 5A, family 87, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1397; FHL microfilm 1,375,410.

Charlemagne – 34th Great-Grandfather?

Portrait of Charlemagne (Public Domain)

Sometimes genealogy can be overwhelming.  Of course, I’m all excited about RootsTech being online and all the fantastic activities there.  Meanwhile, I received information from a Swiss genealogist, Patrick A. Wild, that indicated my wife descends from Charlemagne. Could it be true?  I know that lots of people are genuinely descended from Charlemagne. I’ve also heard there are a lot of supposed pedigrees that don’t hold up under analysis.

I do know is that this genealogist focuses upon families of Glarus, Switzerland, which is where my wife’s great grandmother, Bertha Barbara Trümpy, was born. Patrick’s work provides a pathway for lots and lots of “hints” and research opportunities. I know my wife’s 2nd great grandparents were Bernhard and Bertha (Koch) Trümpi. I wrote about them previously.  I’m pretty sure that my wife’s 4th great-grandparents were Barnhard and Anna Marie (Durst) Trümpi. Could her 34th great-grandfather be Charlemagne? Wow, that is such a leap — 30 generations.

So, I’ve tentatively accepted the Swiss genealogist’s work as 156 new hints and possibilities. But, importantly, It will act as a roadmap to follow. Will I run off the road; will I hit a brick wall? Maybe-Maybe Not. But, it is nice to have a destination. To paraphrase the old saying:

 

I expect this to be a 30-generation, 156 hint journey. I might end up with Charlemagne, but I might just as easily fall off the edge of the earth and learn where the dragons really live.

Anyway, back to RootsTech. 🙂

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 18

Conley, Connaway, Conroy, Consoli, & Constantine

Photo Friday
Ethel Wight Collection
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week for Photo Friday, I identify the people in five more envelopes from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]. The envelopes contain the names who paid for the photos, not necessarily of the individual portrayed in the image. As such, it is vital to analyze the pictures and information to identify the individual therein.[ii] Ultimately, my goal is to reunite the images with family members who may have never seen the photo.

Thomas, Annie, and Philip Conley, c. 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. M. S. Conley, 58 Gray St, Portland, #456.”

The Conley Children, circa 1937

The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Michael S (Anna E) Conley residing at 58 Gray.
The 1940 US Census lists Michael (born c. 1905) and his wife Annie E (McArdle) (born c. 1906) still living at 58 Gray Street. With them are five children. One child is too young to have been included in this photo. The other four children are:

  • Thomas Joseph, Age 13 (Born 3 September 1926) (Died 14 June 1996)
  • Annie Elizabeth, Age 12 (Born 4 December 1927) (Died 10 June 1992)
  • Philip James, Age 10 (Born 11 September 1929 – Died 21 January 2008)
  • Katherine, Age 7

A photo numbered 456 is probably from about 1937, which would suggest the youngest child to be about 4, making Philip 7, Annie 9, and Thomas 10. That appears correct.

Family Search had profiles for Michael S. Conley L8TY-1LF and Annie E. McArdle L1DM-3M5; however, they were not linked as a married couple.  I linked them.

I then created profiles for Thomas, Annie, and Philip per above and associated the photo with their profiles.

Jay Hill Connaway (1893-1970) circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. Jay Connaway, 602A Congress, Portland, #622.”

Jay Hill Connaway, circa 1936

The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Jay H. Connaway as an artist living with his wife Louisa at 15 Willard, South Portland. It also lists Art Associates being at 602a Congress, Room 204.

Jay Hall Connaway is a famous painter who had a studio in Portland sponsored by Bartlett Arkell and Robert Macbeth in 1931. Later in the 1930s, he located to Monhegan Island, where he started the Connaway Art School.[iii] Mr. Connaway was born 27 November 1893 in Liberty, Indiana, and died 18 February 1970. This photo was taken about 1936 when he was about 43 years old.

Family Search identifies Jay H Connaway as ID G9YB-XV9. I am quite sure this is of Jay about 1936. I have uploaded two photos of him to his Family Search profile. I uploaded two additional photos of Jay to my Flickr Photostream.

Mary A. Conroy (1909-___)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Mary Conroy, 108 Newberry St., Portland, #136.”

Mary Conroy circa 1936

The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Mary A. Conroy, a clerk working at 594 Congress and residing at 108 Newbury.

The 1940 US Census reports Mary Conroy, the 30-year-old daughter of Christopher and Annie Conroy, living at 92 Federal Street.

Family Search identifies Mary A. Conroy, the daughter of Christopher and Ann (LNU) Conroy, as ID GWQD-S2T. I am quite sure this is her about 1936. I have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search profile.

Rita Consoli, circa 1936

This photo is from the Ethel Wight Studio, Portland, Maine.

Rita Consoli

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Rita Consoli, 536 Cumberland Ave., Portland, #403.” The photo appears to be of a woman in her 20s.

I was unable to find Rita Consoli in Portland during the mid-1930s.  A review of the address, 536 Cumberland, found various people[iv] living there during the 1930s, but none had a surname similar to Consoli or Rita’s first name. There was a considerable turnover of the units there, suggesting Rita may well have been there for only a short time.

Alternates

A Filomena Rita Consoli was born 22 May 1905 in Lagonegro, Italy, and immigrated to the United States on 2 August 1926. She is a possible candidate to be the subject of this photo.

A Rita Consoli was born about 1921, who graduated from Wakefield High School (Wakefield, MA) in 1937. The woman in this photo looks considerably older than high school age. She is an unlikely candidate to be the subject of this photo.

The 1930 Census found the 14-year-old Rita Consoli living with her parents, Fred and Josephine Consoli in the Bronx, New York. It also found a 10-year-old Rita Consoli residing with her parents, Samuel and Adeline Consoli, in the Bronx, New York.

I don’t believe either of these is the correct Rita Consoli, so I have added her photo to Dead Fred.  I also uploaded two photos of Rita to my Flicker Photostream.

Unknown Boy – [Child of Anastasia Constantine (?)] c. 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Anastasia Constantine, 453 Cumberland Ave., Portland, #192.”

Constantine (?) Child circa 1937

The 1938 Portland City Directory lists James and his wife Bessie J., living at 453 Cumberland.

The 1940 US Census lists James Constantine and his wife Bessie A. living at 453 Cumberland Ave. It lists no children.

The 1937 Portland City Directory lists James and his wife, Bessie A., living at 256 Danforth.

Likewise, the 1930 US Census lists James Constantine and his wife, Bessie, living in Portland (256 Danforth St.) with no children.

I am not convinced that Bessie’s middle name was Anastasia. Additionally, I can find no evidence that James and Bessie had any children. That leads me to speculate that James may have had a sister-in-law named Anastasia who was visiting James and provided his address. In any event, determining this child’s identity eludes me.

I have added this child’s photo to Dead Fred and posted a second copy to my Flickr stream. I posted another photo of this child to my Flickr Photostream.

Conclusion

I had:

    • Three successful identifications where I could post five profiles on Family Search
    • One probable identification posted to Dead Fred.
    • One non-ident also posted to Dead Fred.

Final Note

If any of these photos are of your family member, I would love to hear your reaction. Especially if this photo is of a loved one for whom you hadn’t seen this photograph before.


Endnotes

[i] The Wight Studio was in Portland, Maine. Many thanks to Ethel Wight’s family for access to and permission to use the collection of their great aunt.

[ii] These images were converted to positives using a lightbox, a Nikon camera and computer software.

[iii] Wikipedia – Jay Hall Connaway – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Hall_Connaway

[iv] Joseph and Amelia Ryan, Beneva Mishoe, Stela Martin, Carl Strout, Charles MacGrath, James Stamos, Mrs. Nellie Harding, Mary Hannigan, and several Grants.

The Genealogy Collection at the Internet Archive

Tuesday’s Tips

Internet Archive LogoI know I’ve mentioned the Internet Archive many times. I think they are amazing, and I thank them so much for their efforts and work. Besides the 125+ Scarborough Historical Society books that I’ve uploaded, the Internet Archive and their Wayback Machine provide a historical archive of the Internet, they have many additional resources.

One feature I knew about, but I had never used, is their Genealogy Collection. It provides a shortcut to many collections such as those from the Allen County Public Library and “Reclaim the Records.”  A search of the Genealogy Collection for “Scarborough, Maine” yielded three items. I knew about the two Scarborough Town Reports posted by the Allen County Public Library. However, the third was The ancestry of Charity Haley, 1775-1800 : wife of Major Nicholas Davis of Limington, Maine. In it, there was a chapter, “Edgecomb, of Scarborough and Biddeford.” The chapter begins with Nicholas Edgecomb arriving at Richmond’s Island about 1638. If you have Edgecomb ancestors, you definitely will want to read the 16 pages of information.

Besides my SHS uploads, I donate financially occasionally to help fund this extraordinary resource.  I hope you will consider donating here.

By the way, my thanks to Roberta Estes for her blog, DNAeXplained. Her post reminded me about the Genealogy Collection. I highly recommend following her blog-It’s a good one.