Three More Bragdon’s

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.I’ve run into Bragdon photos before[i]. I had three more Bragdon’s left in my collection, so I thought I’d look into them.  All three photos are quite small, the smallest being only 1 by ¾ inch, the largest being only 2” x 3”.

Philip Bragdon

The back of this photo says, “Philip Bragdon | Cumberland Mills, Maine.” There is no photo studio or date identified.

From my previous research I learnd that Ralph Marr Bragdon and Harold Lumbard Bragdon had a brother, Philip Osgood Bragdon (1911-1993). I’m sure this is him probably about six years old.

This individual is in Family Search as ID: LYRK-RDZ.

Philip Bragdon, Everett Bragdon, & George O. Bragdon

Everett Bragdon

The back of this photo says, “Everett Bragdon | Apr 1904 | About 10 years old. Cumberland Mills, Maine.” The studio was “The Marshall Studio – Westbrook, ME.”

Ralph (and Harold and Philip) Marr Bragdon did not have a sibling named Everett, however, there was a first cousin, Everett Bragdon who also lived in Westbrook. Everett was born on 3 January 1894 and would have been 10 years old in April 1904.

There were no other Everett Bragdon’s in Cumberland County at that time, so I’m sure this is a photo of Everett Linwood Bragdon (1894-1984) the son of William Bryant and Mary Elizabeth (Hodgkins) Bragdon.

This individual is in Family Search as ID: LYBV-8GX.

George O. Bragdon

The back of this photo says, “George O. Bragdon | died Aug 1914 | Cumberland Mills, Maine.”

There is no photo studio or date identified, however, it is clear the photo is from before August 1914.

George Osgood Bragdon was born 22 December 1866 and died 13 August 1914. He lived in Westbrook during the 1900 and 1910 censuses.

There was a George D. Bragdon who lived in Cumberland County before 1914, however, he was born in 1902 and is too young for this picture.

There was a George Albert Bragdon who also lived in Cumberland County before 1914, however, he was born about 1880 and lived to 1948. Also, he appears to be too young to be the person in this photo.

As such, I’m confident this is George Osgood Bragdon (1866-1914). This individual is in Family Search as ID: KCZ3-GVV

Final Note

If you are related to any of these individuals and can help confirm the identity, I’d love to hear from you. Please use the comment form below.


[i] See: “Bridges, Starrett, Weymouth, and Six Others” – Frances Sarah Bragdon and see “Four Men & a Boy” – Ralph Marr Bragdon & Harold Bragdon.




Donna in the News – Scenic Theatre – Whittier, CA – 30 June 1924

“Donna in the News” is my reporting of newly found newspaper articles and advertising regarding my grandmother, Madonna Montran (aka Donna Montran and aka Donna Darling). I am always excited when I find a new venue for my grandmother’s exciting show business career of the 1910s and 1920s.

From The Whittier News, (Whittier, California) newspaper dated 30 June 1924.

The Whittier News – 28 June 1924

Rare Beauty?

Advertisement for “Donna Darling & Company” headlining at the Scenic Theatre on 30 June 1924.

“Headlining is that rare beauty of the stage world, Miss Donna Darling, the young lady who recently took the beauty prize at the Hippodrome in New York. The lady is appearing in a charming little song and dance revue called ‘As You Like It’, and it is said that the singer wears a wonderfully exquisite gown, containing some 20,000+ pearls. In her support will be Jack Lewis, a comedian and pianist of note. Miss Darling’s clothes are particularly charming creations. She wears a colonial costume of gold cloth in which she sings some old favorites. The settings for this act are gorgeous and most expensive.”

Because of the newly available online article & advertising, I was able to add another venue for Donna’s “As You Like It” tour.

June 30, 1924 – Whittier, CA – Scenic Theatre – Donna Darling and Company presenting “As You Like It.”


  • The_Whittier_News_Sat__Jun_28__1924, Page 2, Column 4, “Things Theatrical” via Newspapers.Com.
  • The_Whittier_News_Mon__Jun_30__1924_, Page 15, Column 1, “Scenic Theatre” via Newspapers.Com.

Mannin in Carter County – 1870 Census

Census Sunday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.In my look at the Mannin Family of Carter County during the 1880 Census, I discovered six families and 37 individuals. Continuing, I would expect to find five families during the 1870 Census. Meredith A. Mannin would be 14-years-old and would be expected to be with his parents.

1870 Census

A search for “Mannin” in Carter County, Kentucky, yielded six families who were enumerated in the county in 1880. All six were in Precinct 4; all were in Enumeration District 15, suggesting they all lived nearby each other. They were:

Enock Mannon (Enoch Mannin in 1880 Census) – Born c. 1822.

      • Manuroa Mannon (Manerva in the 1880 Census) – Born c. 1822.
      • Meredith Mannon (Age 24 in the 1880 Census) – Born c. 1851.
      • Mary Mannon – Born c. 1854.
      • Gazzeller Mannon – Born c. 1854.
      • Prudence Mannon – Born c. 1854.

Isaac Mannin – I have not been successful in finding Isaac, Tennessee, or Samuel McKee Mannin in the 1870 Census. I would expect them to be 22, 22, and 2 years old, respectively.

Thomas Mannen – (Thomas H. Mannin in 1880 Census) – Born c. 1827.

      • Rachal 1839
      • Merideth 1854
      • Sarah 1857
      • John 1859
      • Samuel 1861
      • Mary 1863
      • Zachariah 1865

There are two (implied) older children living in the household, Merideth, and Sarah. Sarah probably married out before the 1880 Census. Merideth, in this family, could be the same Meredith I’ve previously ascribed as the son of Enoch. I will need to look at the two Meredith more carefully and figure out which Meredith married whom and had which children.

Tubil Mannan (Tubal Mannin in 1880 Census) – Born c. 1831.

      • Elizabeth Mannan – Born c. 1834, VA.
      • Mary Mannan – Born c. 1854.
      • Martha Mannan – Born c. 1856.
      • John Mannan – Born c. 1858.
      • Vanlandingham Mannan – Born c. 1862.
      • James Mannon – Born c. 1864.
      • Sarah Mannon – Born c. 1868.

Two daughters, Mary & Martha, probably “married out” between the 1870 and 1880 censuses.

Wm C Manning – (Mannin in 1880 Census) – Born ca. 1846.

      • Martha E Mannin Born c. 1850
      • Alvin Mannin Age 10/12 (Born Aug 1869)

The family was living in Pendleton County, Kentucky, which is about 30 miles south of Cincinnati and about a hundred miles west of Carter County. That means the William C. Manning family moved from west to east between 1870 and 1880.

I discovered one new individual, Merideth Mannin. Living with him was a Richardson family consisting of a husband and wife with three children and three additional teenagers. One is likely the sister of James Richardson (based on age and surname); the other two were Ruben and Evaline Tapp.


Look at the two Meredith Mannins in the 1870 Census more carefully and figure out which Meredith married whom and had which children.


The 1870 Census didn’t provide any real clarity to understanding the Mannin families of mid 19th century Carter County. It did lead to other questions about which of two Meredith Mannin’s was the one enumerated in the 1880 Census.


    • 1870 Census (NARA), 1870 – Enock Mannon – Grayson, Carter, Kentucky – Page 10. Year: 1870; Census Place: Precinct 4, Carter, Kentucky; Roll M593_454; Page: 131B; Image: 266; Family History Library Film: 545953.
    • 1870 Census (NARA), 1870 – Thomas Mannen. “United States Census, 1870”, database with images, FamilySearch ( : 18 March 2020), Entry for Thomas Mannen, 1870.
    • 1870 Census (NARA), 1870 – Tubil Mannan. “United States Census, 1870”, database with images, FamilySearch ( : 18 March 2020), Entry for Tubil Mannan, 1870.
    • 1870 Census (NARA), 1870 – William C Manning – Pendleton, Kentucky. “United States Census, 1870”, database with images, FamilySearch ( : 19 March 2020), Entry for Wm C Manning, 1870.

Hart, La Folley, & Shaw

Two out of three identified.

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

It is a good week for my Photo Identification Project. I looked at three small photos—two women and a child. I was able to identify one of the women and the child.

Nina Hart

Nina Hart (Sara Hart is her mother) The back of the photo says, “Nina Hart (Sarah Hart is her mother).

The 1900 Census indicates there were two Nina Hart’s in in Maine in 1900.

  • One was born in August 1880 and was married to Starling Hart in 1900. The photo is clearly of a child and can’t be Mrs. Hart.
  • The other was born in January 1891. She was a boarder living with Mary J. Hart (head) in St. George Town, Knox County, Maine.

The 1910 Census indicates that Nina Hart, born in 1891, was the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Hart and lived in St. George, Knox County, Maine.

The 1920 Census confirms Nina Hart living with Thomas & Sarah Hart in South Thomaston, Knox County, Maine. (Note: South Thomaston is about 5 miles from St. George.)

There are no other Nina Hart’s in Maine enumerated in the 1900 to 1930 censuses and the photo appears to be from that era.

As such, I believe this Nina Hart is the daughter of Thomas F. and  and Sarah E (Murphy) Hart and was born 15 December 1890.

I estimate the girl in this photo is about 11 years old, making the photo from circa 1901.

Family Search ID LKCQ-W3X 

Mrs. La Folley

Mrs. La Folley - RockportThe back of the photo says, “Mrs. La Folley – Rockport.” Although no photographic studio is identified, the print is a mini-cabinet card. That type of card was typically produced from 1880 to 1900.

The 1900 Census indicates that a Eugenia La Folly lived in Rockport Town, Knox County, Maine. She lived with her 8-year-old son, Theodore B. La Folley. Eugenia was born in April 1867 and was married; however, her husband was not enumerated on the same page.

Theodore B. La Folley was born in Rockport and his mother was Eugenie L. Thorndike.

There were no other Mrs. Folley’s in the area during the late 1800s when miniature cabinet cards were produced.

As such, I believe this to be Eugenie L. (Thorndike) Folley (also known as Linda Eugenia Thorndike) born 12 April 1866 in Rockport, Knox County, Maine to Robert Cothell and Joanna Carolina (Annis) Thorndike. She was the wife of Ralph Morse LaFolley and mother of Theodore Benner La Folley.

Family Search ID M6JH-BSR and Link.

Laura Shaw

Laura Shaw

The back of the photo says, “Laura Shaw.” This photo appears to be a copy on regular paper and is not on photo stock. There is no studio identification.

There are so many Laura Shaw’s in Maine that without additional information it will be impossible to determine which Laura Shaw this is. A quick review of “Laura Shaw” in the Social Security Death Index revealed the at least six “Laura Shaw’s” that would be candidates. Laura Shaw born:

  • 1896, died 1974, Millinocket, Penobscot County
  • 1898, died 1983
  • 1898, died 1995 in Cumberland County
  • 1899, died 1966 in Presque Isle, Aroostook County
  • 1901, died 1987 in South Paris, Oxford County
  • 1902, died 1980

Final Note

If you are related to any of these individuals or can help confirm the identity of them, I’d love to hear from you.


Donna in the News – 21 June 1923

Donna Darling & Her Boys at the Globe Theatre, Kansas City, MO on June 21, 1924.

I recently discovered articles that ran in the Kansas City Times from June 16th through June 21st.  Donna “topped” the program at the Globe theater in Kansas City

The Kansas City Times, Kansas City, Missouri, June 21, 1923 – Page 5 – Via newspapers.Com.

On stage with Donna and Her Boys (Murray Earle & Tod Watson)  were:

  • Keith and Parker
  • Mons Herbert
  • Robb and Whitman in “Sweethearts,”
  • Great Abdiz

Plus the Jane Novak,  photoplay “The Snowshoe Trail”