Ethel Wight Collection – Part 109

Photo Friday – Gow, Nutting, O’Donnell (née Cook), Ohl, & Oldham

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 typically contain the name of the person 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 photos with family members who may have never seen the image.


Betty Oldham, circa 1934.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Betty Oldham, 33 Eastern Prom. #222 – DSCN4472.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Photo of Betty Oldham, circa 1934.

    Betty Oldham, circa 1934.

    The 1934 Portland City Directory lists A Elizabeth Oldham, residing at 33 E prom. Also listed is Mrs. Myrtle M Oldham residing at 120 Free.

  • The 1933 Deering High School yearbook includes a photo of A. Elizabeth Oldham. That appears to be the same young woman as in this photo.
  • The 1920 US Census lists the six-year-old A Elizabeth Oldham living with her grandparents, Charles and Annie Tribon, and her mother, Maude S Oldham (age 33).

This photo appears to be of Annie Elizabeth Oldham, born 18 December 1913, the daughter of Maude Stubbs (Tribou) and Frank Bertrum Oldham.

Ancestry has 16 public trees that refer to Ann Elizabeth “Betty” Oldham, born 18 Dec 1913 in Auburn, Maine. Family Search has profile LTRC-BN1 for Annie Elizabeth Oldham. I uploaded one photo of Betty to her Family Search Memories.
 

Kenneth Nutting, circa 1936.

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Kenneth Nutting, 19 Hill St. #1114.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Photo of Kenneth Nutting, circa 1936.

    Kenneth Nutting, circa 1936.

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Kenneth W Nutting living at 19 Hill with his wife, Helen.

  • The 1940 US Census lists the 28-year-old Kenneth and Helen living at 55 Westminster Ave.

This photo appears to be of Kenneth Willard Nutting, born 29 Jun 1911, who married Helen F Farmer.

Ancestry has 18 public trees that refer to Kenneth Willard Nutting. Family Search has profile 9VQG-PJK for Kenneth Willard Nutting. I have uploaded two photos of Kenneth to his Family Search Memories. 

Virginia Irene Ohl, circa 1934. 

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Louis Ohl, 195 Falmouth St #283.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Photo of Virginia Irene Ohl, circa 1934. 

    Virginia Irene Ohl, circa 1934.

    The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Louis E and his wife Dorothy I Ohl, living at 195 Falmouth.

  • The 1940 US Census lists 42-year-old Louis Ohl and his wife, Dorothy, living at 195 Falmouth St. with their 10-year-old daughter, Virginia Ohl.
  • New Hampshire Marriage Records indicate that 20-year-old Virginia Irene Ohl married Harry Gilbert Rollins on 7 May 1950. Her mother is listed as Dorothy E. Whittaker.

I’m sure this photo is of Virginia Irene Ohl about 1934. She is the daughter of Louis and Dorothy (Whittaker) Ohl and later married Harry Gilbert Rollins.

I have not found Virginia Irene Ohl in Ancestry trees, nor have I found her in Family Search. I uploaded a photo of Virginia to Dead Fred.

Stanley Roger Gow, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. W. I. Omar #13 Lennox St #422.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Photo of Stanley Roger Gow, circa 1935.

    Stanley Roger Gow, circa 1935.

    The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Walter I (Helen R) Omar living at 15 Shepley, Apt 12.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Walter I (Helen R) Omar living at 525 Wash Ave.
  • The 1936 Bath City Directory lists Walter I (Helen R) Omar living at 32 South in Bath.
  • The 1940 US Census places Walter and Helen in Jersey City, New Jersey. Living with them is his 11-year-old son, Stanley Gow, and two daughters, Antoinette and Emily Omar. They lived in Portland, Maine, in 1935.
  • Walter Ivory Omar was born on 7 July 1903 in North Lubec, Maine; Helen Ruth “Nellie” Johnson was born on 2 March 1900 in Bath, Maine. Walter and Helen were married on 2 Jul 1933 in Newmarket, New Hampshire.
  • Find-a-Grave lists Helen R. Johnson Gow Omar (March 2, 1900-September 19, 1975), the sister of Richard Johnson. That marker established she had the surname Gow
  • The child in the photo appears to be a young boy, aged 6 to 10, in 1935, which fits his being Stanley.
  • Stanley R Gow appears in the 1930 Census as the one-year, six-month-old grandson of John M and Nellie M Johnson, living in Bath, Maine.
  • Ancestry Family Trees suggest Helen married William George Gow, Jr., about 1927 and divorced before 1930 when she married Walter Omar. Stanley R Gow was born on 15 June 1928.

This photo is of Stanley Gow, born on 15 June 1928, in 1935, when he was about seven years old.

I have not found Stanley Roger Gow in Ancestry trees, nor does he appear in Family Search profiles. I uploaded a photo of Stanley photo to Dead Fred. 

Helen O’Donnell (née Cook), circa 1936

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Helen O’Donnell, 18 Haven Rd #1010.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Photo of Helen O'Donnell (née Cook), circa 1936

    Helen O’Donnell (née Cook), circa 1936

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Patrick F and Helen C O’Donnell living at 18 Haven Road, South Portland.

  • The 1940 Census indicates Helen was 38 years old during the 1940 Census, suggesting her birth was about 1902. Patrick was 45 years old. Both were born in Maine.
  • Family Search Identifies Patrick F O’Donnell, born 1894 in Portland, Maine, and his wife, Helen (née Cook), born about 1903.

I am sure this is Helen O’Donnell (Née Cook), the wife of Patrick F O’Donnell and daughter of Michael Matthew Cook and Annie Elizabeth Coyne, about 1936 when she was 34 years old.

I have not found Helen Cook in Ancestry trees. However, Family Search has profile L1V3-YFD for Helen Cook, the wife of Patrick F O’Donnell. I have uploaded a photo of Helen to her Family Search Memories.


Conclusion

  • I identified all five Three of them have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories
  • Two individuals did not have Family Search profiles and did not appear in any Ancestry trees, so I posted their images to Dead Fred.

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.

Due to software limitations, the images uploaded to Family Search, Dead Fred, and Flickr have a higher image quality than the images linked here.

For all postings of the Ethel Wight Collection, please see here.


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.

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Ethel Wight Collection – Part 108

Photo Friday – Nides, Niles, Norton, Nugent, & Nutter.

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 typically contain the name of the person 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 photos with family members who may have never seen the image.


 Doris Niles (later Strout), circa 1934

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Doris Niles, 78 Anderson St #241.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Photo of Doris Niles, circa 1934

    Doris Niles (later Strout), circa 1934

    The 1934 and 1935 Portland City Directories list Doris I Niles as a cashier at 570 Congress and residing at 78 Anderson.

  • The 1930 US Census lists Doris Niles, the 14-year-old, Canadian-born daughter of Orrie & Sadie Niles.
  • In 1938 Doris married Glenwood Wilson Strout.

I believe this photo to be of Doris I Niles, born on 12 Jun 1912 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Ancestry has 16 public trees that refer to Doris Niles. Family Search has profile GSJ3-SSV for Doris Iva Niles. I have uploaded a photo of Doris to her Family Search Memories.

Confirmed to be Doris Niles Strout by a great-grandchild. 

 

Margaret Nugent circa 1934

The negative envelope says, “Miss Margaret Nugent, 8 Bradford St #209.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Photo of Margaret Nugent circa 1934.

    Margaret Nugent circa 1934

    The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Margaret G Nugent as a stenographer at 199 Kennebec, residing at 8 Bradford. Also at 8 Bradford is Martha Nugent, the widow of Richard J.

This photo is of Margaret Gertrude Nugent, daughter of Richard Joseph and Martha Tamar (Fyles) Nugent, born on 23 Jan 1914. This photo was taken in early 1934, before she married John William Casey on 11 Feb 1934.

Ancestry has 17 public trees that refer to Margaret Gertrude Nugent. Family Search has profile GQ63-8R3 for Margaret G Nugent. I uploaded two photos of Margaret to her Family Search Memories. 

Confirmed to be Margaret (“Nana”) by a granddaughter.

Nurse Nellie Norton, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Nellie Norton, 139 Coyle St #612.”

What I found regarding this individual.

  • Photo of Nurse Nellie Norton, circa 1935.

    Nurse Nellie Norton, circa 1935.

    The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Nellie Norton as a nurse employed at 231 Woodford and residing at 20 Norwood. There is also a Nellie C Norton living at 64 Danforth.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Nellie I Norton as a dental assistant at 156 Free, room 49, residing at 92 High. The directory also lists Mrs. Lucretia W Spofford living at 139 Coyle St.
  • The 1941 Portland City Directory lists Nellie Norton as a dental assistant residing at 92 High.
  • The 1940 US Census does not appear to list Nellie. Living at 92 High is 51-year-old Nellie Naughton. Living with her is a sister, Mary (61), and a niece, Ann (20). Nellie is a receptionist at a doctor’s office.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Nellie La Bonte, a 53-year-old Practical Nurse, living with her father, Harry H Norton, on Ridge Road in York, Maine. The 1930 Census also lists her married to Alfred, living in York, Maine.

Going back to the 1934 Portland City Directory entry, 20 Norwood is the St. Barnabas Nurses’ Home.

Alternate Individuals.

The Nellie La Bonte (née Norton) of York was 43 years old in 1930.

Nellie Naughton, of 92 High Street, was 41 years old in 1930.

The question arises if the woman in this photo, taken about 1935 in her mid to late 40s. I see the woman in the picture as being in her 20s. As such, I don’t believe it is either Nellie La Bonte or Nellie Naughton.

Conclusion

The 1930 Portland City directory does not include a Norton listed as a nurse. This photo could be of Nellie I Norton, a dental assistant in 1935; however, I’m not convinced. I believe this is Nellie Norton, a nurse at St. Barnabas Hospital in 1934; however, I’ve found no other information to identify Nellie. I have uploaded her photo to Dead Fred and to my Flickr Photostream. 

Virginia Nutter, (later Reedy, later Gierman) circa 1934

This negative envelope says, “Virginia Nutter #177.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Photo of Virginia Nutter, (later Reedy, later Gierman) circa 1934.

    Virginia Nutter, circa 1934.

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Virginia Nutter, a hairdresser who married Chauncey D Reedy.

  • The 1930 US Census lists Chancey Reedy, a 24-year-old Army private, born in Tennessee and stationed at Fort Williams, Cape Elizabeth.
  • New Hampshire Marriage Records indicate Chauncy Reedy and Virginia M Nutter married on 21 September 1934. Virginia was 27 years old and born in Gorham, ME. She lived in Portland, and Chauncy lived at Ft. Williams. Her father was Herman H Nutter of Rumford Falls, ME, who was 54 years old and born in Gray, Maine. Her mother, Ethel Mills of Portland, Maine, was 55 years old and born in Portland, ME.

I have not found Virginia nor her parents in Ancestry trees. Chauncy D Reedy is found in six public trees; however, none of them indicate a marriage to Virginia Nutter. Likewise, I have not found Virginia’s parents in Ancestry trees, either.

On 16 Mar 1940, Virginia Nutter Reedy of Portland, ME, married George T Gierman of Ayer, MA, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Portland. The 1950 US Census indicates they lived at Fort Belvoir, Fairfax, Virginia. George was 36 and born in New York.

Family Search has profile GC6W-22S for Ethel L Mills circa 1879 in Maine. Also, there is a potential duplicate profile, MR9M-VJ5, for Ethel Louise Mills, born about 1878 in Portland, Maine. However, neither profile include a spouse, any children, or parents. Likewise, George Gierman, born c. 1914 in New York, appears in FamilySearch as profile GS5H-FQW. No spouse is associated with his profile.

I uploaded a photo of Virginia Nutter (later Reedy, later Gierman) circa 1934 to Dead Fred. I also uploaded two additional images of Virginia to my Flickr photostream. 

Private Nildes, USA, circa 1935.

(Possibly – Private Nields)

This negative envelope says, “Nildes.”

I could not find anyone with the Nildes surname in the Portland City Directories for 1934-1936.

Private Nildes, USA

There was a Harry C Nields, Jr, of Pasadena, California, in Army during 1943. He was born on 15 April 1907 in Pasadena. I haven’t found any info that would connect this person to the person in the photo.

I have not identified this individual, so I only include the individual’s photo here.


Conclusion

I fully identified four of the five individuals. Two of them have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories. Two individuals did not have a Family Search profile and did not appear in any Ancestry trees. Still, I feel comfortable with the identification, so I uploaded those photos to Dead Fred. One photo was not identifiable.

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.

Due to software limitations, the images uploaded to Family Search, Dead Fred, and Flickr have a higher image quality than the images linked here.

For all postings of the Ethel Wight Collection, please see here.


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.

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Abbreviated Sketch –Thomas Valentine Rooney (1887-1960)

007-H(2) – The 2nd Husband of Madonna Mae Montran

Brown-Montran Line
Montran Married Roone
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.My research into my grandmother’s life has been filled with surprises. None so much as learning of her many marriages. She was married twice before she married my uncle’s father, Sammy Amsterdam. First, she married Chester Fenyvessey in 1911. Then she married Thomas Valentine in 1915. Neither marriage were known about by either my mother or my uncle. After her time with Chester in Rochester, New York, she headed to California to be one of Mack Sennett’s Bathing Beauties. In 1914 Donna was in the silent movie “Birth of a Nation,” which was filmed in California. After “Birth,” she located to Boston, Massachusetts, where she promoted the film through a Biplane Flight over Revere in July 1915. On 24 November 1915, Donna married Thomas Valentine Rooney in a ceremony performed by T. Brosnahaw in Waltham, Massachusetts.


The “Husbands” of Madonna Mae Montran

1st Husband – Chester Fenyvessey (1911)
2nd Husband – Thomas Valentine Rooney (1915)
3rd Husband – Samson Clark Amsterdam (1926) – Russell’s father.
1st Significant Other Clifford Brown (1931)- Sylvia’s father.
2nd Significant Other– Russell Harrison Kees (1936)
3rd Significant Other – Henry Rossburg (c. 1950)

Thomas Valentine Rooney (1887-1960)

BMD

Birth

Thomas Valentine Rooney was born on 29 January 1887 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, the second child of Neil H and Mary E (Fahey) Rooney.

Marriage 1

Thomas’ first marriage was to my Grandmother, Madonna Mae Montran, on 24 November 1915. They were married at St. Mary’s Church in Waltham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, by T. Brosnashaw, a priest. Witnesses were James Downey and Hazel McCary.

Cropped image of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 - St. Mary (Waltham) Marriages, 1891-1920 showing the marriage of Thomas Rooney & Donna Montran.

Source: American Ancestors (NEHGS) – St. Mary (Waltham) Marriages, 1891-1920, Page 354. Thomas Valentine Rooney & Mae Donna Montran 24 Nov 1915.

The marriage record for Thomas and Madonna includes an entry I don’t quite understand. I’ve previously seen Catholic marriages with a Dispensatio: mixta religio (mixed religion dispensation) entries. In this case, there is a date entered of 1915-39. Thomas and Madonna were married in 1915. Does the 39 mean the mixed marriage dispensation lasted until 1939, suggesting the church recognized the marriage until then? Donna married Sammy in 1926, and Thomas married Daisy in 1928. Neither subsequent marriage was in the Catholic Church, so I suspect that Thomas and Donna weren’t formally divorced, and the Catholic Church still recognized their marriage until 1939. Very Interesting. I’d love to hear from you if you have a different interpretation of the record.

Marriage 2

Thomas’ second marriage was to Daisy Elizabeth Ford on 12 April 1928 in Manhattan, New York City, New York. Daisy was an actress, and Thomas was a theatrical manager. Although they were married at the Municipal Chapel at the City Clerk’s office, they planned to have a religious ceremony by Father Leonard of St. Malachy’s Church in Rochester, New York.

Death

Thomas died on 29 April 1960 of an aortic aneurysm. He was preceded in death by his wife, Daisy. His death certificate indicates he was buried at the San Fernando Mission Ceremony; however, he does not appear in the memorials at Find-a-Grave for that cemetery.

Censuses

1900 Census

13-year-old Thomas lived with his parents, Neil & Mary, his paternal grandmother, Annie Rooney, his three brothers (John, Neil & James), and his sister, Mary.

1910 Census

22-year-old Thomas lived with his widowed mother, Mary, his three brothers (John, Neil & James), his sister-in-law, Mary (Neil’s wife), and his nephew, Joseph (Neil’s son). Thomas was a commercial traveler in the root beer industry.

1920 & 1930 Censuses

I have not found Thomas in the 1920 or 1930 Censuses. On January 1st, 1920, Donna was with the “Chin Chin” show playing in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I doubt he and Donna made the tour together.

1940 Census

Thomas and Daisy were living at 22 Crescent Heights Blvd, Los Angeles. Thomas was a theatrical talent manager. Daisy was a motion picture actress.

1950 Census

Photo of 7515 De Longpal, Los Angeles Today

7515 De Longpal, Los Angeles – Today

Thomas and Daisy were living at 7515 De Longpal, Los Angeles. Thomas was an actor’s agent for motion pictures. Daisy doesn’t have an occupation listed.

Children

It does not appear that Thomas had any children with either Donna or Daisy.

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Ethel Wight Collection – Part 107

Photo Friday – Nicholson, Nickerson (née Wolfe), & Nielsen.

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 typically contain the name of the person 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 photos with family members who may have never seen the image.


 Anne D Nielsen, circa 1936.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss A. D. Nielson, State St Hospital #1037.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Photo of  Anne D Nielsen, circa 1936.

    Anne D Nielsen, circa 1936.

    No one named A. D. Nielson in the 1935-1938 Portland City directories.

  • However, the 1938 Portland City Directory lists Anna D Nielsen, as a telephone operator who resides at 45 Johansen. Also at 45 Johansen are Carl G, Christian, George Jr, Kay D, and Rigmor C Neilsen.
  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Anna Nielsen, as a dental assistant at 565 Congress, Room 204, residing at 45 Johansen.
  • Ancestry Family Trees indicate that Anna D Nielsen was born on 2 Dec 1911 in Portland. Her parents are Christian and Laurine Neilson. Her siblings include Kay, Rigmor, Carl, and Christian G (George), Jr.
  • Anna Damesholte Nielsen appears in the 1930 Portland High School yearbook. In it, she indicates her college preference is St. Barnabas Hospital, suggesting that she was interested in a medical profession. Additionally, the photo of her in the yearbook appears to be of the same young woman.

I believe this is Anna Damesholte Nielsen about 1936 when she attended school at the State Street hospital and became a dental assistant.

Ancestry has two public trees that refer to Anna D Nielsen. Family Search has profile GXYN-PYG for Anna D. Nielsen (1911-1980). I have uploaded two photos of Anna to her Family Search Memories.
 

Edith Nickerson, Nurse, circa 1935

 This negative envelope says, “Miss Edith Nickerson, Me Gen Hospital #620.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Photo of Edith Nickerson, Nurse, circa 1935

    Edith Nickerson, Nurse, circa 1935

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Edith Nickerson, a student nurse at 22 Arsenal (Maine General Hospital).

  • The 1940 US Census lists Edith Nickerson, a 24-year-old trained nurse in private duty living at 254 Spring St, a boarder with Martin and Annie Campbell. Edith was born in Canada and lived in Portland in 1935.
  • Edith Estella Nickerson, of 254 Spring St., a registered nurse, declared her intent to become a US Citizen. Edith was born on 31 Jul 1915 in Gardners Mills, Nova Scotia.

I am sure this is Nurse Edith Nickerson, circa 1935, when she was about 20 years old.

Ancestry has 40 public trees that refer to Edith Estella Nickerson (1915-2003). Family Search has profile LT77-5N6 for Edith Estella Nickerson. I have uploaded two photos of Edith to her Family Search Memories.

Helen Nicholson, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Helen Nicholson, 338 Danforth St #384.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Photo of Helen Nicholson, circa 1935.

    Helen Nicholson, circa 1935.

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Helen F Nicholson, a clerk who resides at 238 Danforth. Also at that address are Charles D and his wife, Nellie P Nicholson.

  • The 1940 US Census lists Charles and Philomena Nicholson living with their daughter, 27-year-old Helen, at 238 Danforth St.

I believe this photo is of Helen Nicholson, daughter of Charles and Philomena Nicholson.

Ancestry has one public tree that refers to Helen F. Nicholson, born on 4 Feb 1912 to Charles and Philoman (Perrin) Nicholson. Family Search has profile G811-QST for Helen Frances Nicholson (1912-1978). I have uploaded two photos of Helen to her Family Search Memories. 

Norman Grant and Mary Alice (née Wolf) Nicholson, circa 1935 (wedding photos).

This negative envelope says, “Mr. and Mrs. N G Nicholson, 209 Stevens Ave – Wedding pictures – #1076.”

Why I believe this to be these individuals:

  • Photo of Norman Grant and Mary Alice (née Wolf) Nicholson, circa 1935 (a wedding photo).

    Norman Grant and Mary Alice (née Wolf) Nicholson, circa 1935 (wedding photos).

    The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Norman G and Mary A Nicholson living at 209 Stevens.

  • Massachusetts Marriages indicate that Norman G Nicholson and Mary Alice Wolf married in 1935 in Winthrop, MA.
  • The 1940 US Census places Norman and Mary living in Freeport, Maine. Norman was 34, and Mary was 29 years old. Both were born in Massachusetts. Mary lived in Winthrop, MA, in 1935.
  • Ancestry Family Trees suggest these are Norman Grant Nicholson (1906-1983) and Mary Alice Wolf (1911-1997)

I believe these photos are of Norman and Mary, about 1935 when they married.

Photo of Mary Alice (née Wolf) Nicholson, circa 1935.

Mary Alice (née Wolf) Nicholson, circa 1935.

Norman Grant Nicholson appears in 35 Ancestry Public Trees. Family Search has profile LVKT-G79 for Norman Grant Nicholson (1906-1983).

Mary Alice “Babs” Wolf Nicholson appears in 9 Ancestry Public Trees. Family Search has profile LLMS-KGS for Mary Alice Wolf (1911-1997).

I have uploaded one photo of Norman and Mary to their Family Search Memories.

I uploaded one more photo of Mary alone to her Family Search Memories. I also uploaded one more photo of Mary and two more of the couple to my Flickr photostream.

 

Richard Nielsen, circa 1935 (age 7)

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Harry Nielson, 17 Amhurst St, Woodfords #980.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Photo of Richard Nielsen, circa 1935 (age 7).

    Richard Nielsen, circa 1935 (age 7)

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Harry A and Addievilla Nielsen living at 17 Amherst.

  • The 1950 US Census lists Harry and Addivilla Nielsen living at 17 Amherst with their 22-year-old son, Richard J. Richard, who was born in Michigan.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Harry and Addivilla J Neilsen living at 17 Amherst with their 12-year-old son, Richard. There are no other children in the household.

I am confident this is a photo of Richard Jewett Neilsen, born 22 December 1927 to Harry Albert and Addievilla Dresser (Jewett) Neilson in Flint, Michigan.

Some Ancestry Public Trees suggest Richard Jewett Nielsen was born in Waterville, Maine, to Charles Henry Marcia and Lucy Elmie Jewett; however, I am confident Richard’s parents are Harry and Addievilla. Ancestry has 24 public trees that refer to Richard Jewett Nielsen; however, several of those 24 trees indicate different parents. Family Search has profile G4YL-19Q for Richard Jewitt Nielsen. I uploaded one photo of Richard to his Family Search Memories.


 Conclusion

  • I fully identified all five All of them have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories
  • The one couple with wedding photos had three additional images, which I uploaded to my Flickr Photostream.

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.

Due to software limitations, the images uploaded to Family Search, Dead Fred, and Flickr have a higher image quality than the images linked here.

For all postings of the Ethel Wight Collection, please see here.


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.

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James Walter & Ohio’s Revolutionary War Roster.

Part 3 of 3 – of my Margaret Ann Swann – Do Over.

Darling Research
Darling-Swayze-Walter Line
By Don Taylor

(Part 1 is here.)
(Part 2 is here.)

The third source I want to examine is The Official Roster of the Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in the State of Ohio[i] – Page 385 – Walter, James (Fairfield Co.) The book indicates:

          WALTER, JAMES (Fairfield Co.)

Sgt “Forage Master.” Br Maryland, 1759. Mar Margaret Ann Levan, of Maryland, after the Revolutionary war, date not known. Children: Nancy, mar Leevir; Elkanah, mar Rachel Decker ; Catherine Ann Dent, mar David Levayzee;  Eliz, mar Chas Stockard 1, James Gurley 2; James, mar Polly ___; John, mar Belinda Reese. D May 10, 1838, Lancaster, O. Bur Old Methodist Cem and City Burial Plot Lancaster, O. Cem converted into park, bodies moved to new Cem in Lancaster, marking on head stone obliterated and identification impossible. MI: “James Walter, died May 10, 1838, aged 80 years, 2 mo, 23 da.” Jan 4, 1804, received transfer of 400 acres in Ky for serv in Rev War. Deeded in Frederick Co, Va. His name appears on a muster roll of a detachment of artillery commanded by Capt Lt Booker, belonging to the 1st Regt, dated Camp near Bacon Bridge, Apr 2, 1782, covering the months of Jan, Feb and Mch, 1782, which shows that he enlisted for the war. Ref: Natl No 12581 James Lincoln (Capt) Mass. Old Northwest Genealogical Quarterly Vol 3, p 74. Letter fr War Dept signed “Lutz Wahl, Brigadier Gen, Acting the Adj Gen, by E. W. M.” Fur infor War Dept The Adj Gen Office Washington.

This book entry has some transcription errors. It clearly was transcribed from other sources, and the original must have included S’s that looked like L’s and w’s that looked like ev’s. I note the following errors:

  • Margaret Ann Levan should be Margaret Ann Swan.
  • Nancy married Leevir should be Nancy married Lewis.
  • Catherine Ann Dent married David Levayzee should say she married David Swayze.

It also gave me 21 facts about James Walter, his wife Margaret, and their children. Other than the transcription errors, it is a great source.

The book also provides two other sources to review:

  • The Old Northwest Genealogical Quarterly Vol 3, p 74.[ii]
  • Letter fr War Dept signed “Lutz Wahl, Brigadier Gen, Acting the Adj Gen, by E. W. M.

Old Northwest Genealogical Quarterly

Title page – The “Old Northwest” Genealogical Quarterly – 1900 – Volume III.

The Old Northwest Genealogical Quarterly Vol 3, p 74, includes entries of “Monumental Inscriptions Within the Old Methodist Cemetery and City Burial Plat, in Lancaster, Ohio. Several of the Walter family members are mentioned, including:

  • John S. Walter – died May 17, 1849
  • James Walter – Died May 10, 1938, aged 86 yr. 2 mo. 23 da.
  • Mary Jane Water – dau. John S. & Bolinda[iii] Walter, d. Apr. 26, 1837 age 5 yr. 4 mo. 14 da.
  • Infant son of John S & Bolinda Walter d. Apr 20, 1827.

This source provided new information (to me) regarding John Walter’s death and two of his children. From the 1830 Census, I knew John had two daughters that were born before 1830. I now knew he also had a son (unnamed) and another daughter, Mary Jane, who was born 12 Dec 1831 and died at the age of 5.

Letter fr War Dept signed “Lutz Wahl, Brigadier Gen.

My initial searches have been unsuccessful in finding the Lutz Wahl letter from the War Department. I’ve added this search to my further research task list.


Conclusion

Now that I have had a chance to clean up some of my sources, I am ready to return to researching Margaret Ann (Swan) Walter.


Endnotes

[i] Available at the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/officialrosterof1929ohiorich/page/385/mode/1up.

[ii] Available at the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/oldnorthwestgene03oldn/page/n181/mode/2up.

[iii] Other sources suggest her name was spelled “Belinda.”

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