Photo Friday – Morrill, Morris, Moulton, & Mouton

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 92

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 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.


Celestine Morrill, Nurse, circa 1934.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Celestine Morrill, Children’s Hospital #295.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Nurse Celestine Morrill, circa 1934.

    The 1940 US Census lists Celestine L Morrill as a nurse at Exeter Hospital in Exeter, New Hampshire.

  • The July 1, 1941 edition indicates Miss Celestine Louise Morrill, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Morrill of Amesbury, Mass., married Rene Loiselle. It also mentions that the bride was a nurse at the Exeter hospital.
  • Massachusetts Birth Records, 1840-1915, indicate Celestine was born May 7, 1911, in Amesbury, Mass.

This photo is of Celestine Louise Morrill about 1934 while she studied at Children’s Hospital in Portland.

Ancestry has four public trees that refer to Celestine Morrill. Family Search has profile GSLP-YBZ for Celestine Louise Morrill. I have uploaded one photo of her to her Family Search Memories.

Dorothy Moulton, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Dorothy Moulton, 130 Highland St #947.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Dorothy Moulton, circa 1935.

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Dorothy M Moulton living at 130 Highland.

  • The 1930 US Census Lists Dorothy M Moulton as a 22-year-old lodger at 27 Pine Street. She was born in Maine and did not have an occupation.

I believe this to be Dorothy M Moulton, born September 24, 1907, in Kittery, Maine. to Frank Asa and Mary Alice (Kimball) Moulton.

Ancestry has 22 public trees that refer to Dorothy M Moulton. Family Search has profile LR5K-J3V for Dorothy Moulton. I have uploaded a photo of her to her Family Search Memories.

Mary Morris, Nursing Student, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Mary Morris, St. Barnabas #659.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Mary Morris, Nursing Student, circa 1935.

    The 1935 and 1936 Portland City Directories list Mary Morris, a student nurse at 231 Woodford, residing at 20 Norwood.

  • The 1938 Portland City Directory lists Mary E Morris as a nurse living and working at 467 Stevens Ave.
  • The 1940 Portland City Directory lists Mary E Morris, a nurse who married John F S Horton.
  • The Maine Marriage Index, 1892-1996) indicates Mary and John married on October 2, 1939.

I’m confident this photo is of Mary Elizabeth Morris, born on February 3, 1916, in Portland, Maine.

Ancestry has 11 public trees that refer to Mary Elizabeth Morris. Family Search has profile LBQR-171 for Mary Elizabeth Morris. I have uploaded two photos of Mary to her Family Search Memories. I also uploaded a third photo of her to my Flickr Photostream.

Charles Morris, circa 1934.

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Chas. B. Morris, 72 Chestnut St #204.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Charles Morris, circa 1934.

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Charles B Morris, a clerk, residing at 72 Chestnut.

  • The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Charles B Morris, a clerk at 603 Congress, residing at 86 Elm.
  • The 1937 Portland City Directory list Charles B, and his wife Helena W, Morris as a clerk at 603 Congress and living at 11 Deering ave.
  • Maine Marriage Index, 1892-1996, indicates Charles B Morris and Helena M Woodhill married on May 30, 1936. Both lived in Portland.
  • In 1938, Charles was a box maker at 73 Bell. He and Helena are living at 7 Belden.
  • The 1950 US Census lists Charles & Helen Morris still living on Belden in Portland.

I am confident this picture is of Charles B Morris, who was born on March 31, 1914, in Portland. He was the 3rd child of Charles and Grace (Moffat) Morris. They lived at 11 Boyd Place when he was born.

Ancestry has four public trees that refer to Charles B Morris. Family Search has profile G7SL-C6T for Charles Morris, son of Charles & Grace (Moffat) Morris. I have uploaded two photos of Charles to his Family Search Memories.

Barbara Mouton, circa 1935 (age 3).

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Francis Moulton, 41 Pine St. Portland #407.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Barbara Mouton, circa 1935 (age 3).

    The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Mrs. Frances E Mouton residing at 41 Pine. It also lists Mrs. Mabel G Horslin living at 41 Pine.

  • The 1940 US Census lists the divorced 27-year-old Frances H Moulton and her mother, Mabel G Horslin, living at 621 11th N. in St. Petersburg, Florida. Both were living in Portland, Maine, in 1935. Living with them is Mabel’s granddaughter, seven-year-old Barbara Mouton.

Barbara Ann Mouton was born in 1933. Her mother, Frances E Horslin, was born May 12, 1912, in Portland, Maine. She married Raphael Canedo Moulton on December 12, 1931. This is a photo of Barbara about 1935 when she was about 3.

I have not found Barbara Ann Mouton in Ancestry trees. However, I did find profile GZFQ-9XG for Barbara Ann Montore [sic] on Family Search. So, I uploaded a photo of Barbara to her Family Search Memories. I did find Barbara’s mother, Frances E Horlin, in 6 public trees.


Conclusion

I fully identified all five individuals. They all have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories. I had three photos of one of the individuals, so I uploaded her third photo to my Flickr Photostream. One individual did not appear in any Ancestry trees; however, her mother does, so I’ll let some of those tree owners know about the photo.

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.

Donna Darling Collection – Part 91

Donna DARLING and CLARK Sammy – Revue

Treasure Chest Thursday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.I’m looking at a second advertising sheet from the Donna Darling Collection Treasure Chest. The sheet includes photos of Donna, Sammy, and two or three other people. It contains the same pictures of Donna and Sammy that I looked at last week in Part 90 – Donna Darling & Sammy Clark Booked Solid

Donna DARLING and CLARK Sammy – Revue –

In all of the Darling and Clark Revue advertisements, Hal Dixon is the most common name associated with the show. I am pretty sure the man in the cameo must be Hal Dixon. I don’t think that it is Donna in the center square. I am also not positive that the man in the square is Hal either. The eyebrows look right, but the eyes look lighter in the dance pose. Also, the part of the hair is very different, and it seems to me the lips are different.

Key features:

    • The same photos of Sammy and Donna as last week.
    • An additional image that I presume to be of Hal Dixon.
    • Another photo of two more people in the cast. Possibly Hal Dixon and (unlikely) Donna.

Conclusion

This advertising flyer is probably from April 1929.

The Donna Darling and Sammy Clark Revue began in April 1926. The act included Babe Barrington, Hal Dixon, and Steve Lazur. These five people are the only ones I’ve seen the names for in this Revue. However, this flyer suggests that two other people may have been in the show.

 

Donna at The Lindo, Freeport, IL – August 2-5, 1926

Donna in the News
by Don Taylor

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


This week from the Freeport Journal (Freeport, Ill.) newspaper dated August 4, 1926, I learned that Donna played at the Lindo Theatre 

Advertisements

Pages 5 and 14 of the paper had clippings showing the Donna Darling Revue was at the Lindo “Tonight and Tomorrow.” It looks like she may have been the only vaudeville show along with a 50-minute silent comedy thriller, “The Savage,” starring Ben Lyon and May McAvoy.

Further research showed she played at the Lindo on August 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th (See Donna Darling Collection – Part 44)


Endnotes

My thanks to Newspapers.Com for their making this clipping available.

 Lewis – Surname Saturday

Roberts-Barnes-Taft-Sutherland-Lewis Line
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Lewis is a common name with many different potential sources. It may be an Americanized form of the French Louis, Irish Mac Loughaidh, or Welsh Llywelyn. As my Lewis ancestors appear to have been English, it most likely from the Middle English and Old English personal name Lewis.[i]

Direct Surname Ancestors

I have two independent sources of Lewis ancestors. Both Mercy Eliza Taft’s parents have Lewis ancestors, but they do not appear related.

2nd Great-grandmother, Mercy Eliza Taft (1822-1884) paternal ancestors include my:

    • 3rd Great-grandfather:  Joel Cruff Taft (1800-1849)
    • 4th Great-grandfather: Asa Taft (1774-1839) * Note footnote [ii]
    • 5th Great-grandfather: Silas Taft (1744-1812) *
    • 6th Great-grandmother: Mary Lewis (1714-1795) *
    • 7th Great-grandfather: Samuel Lewis III (1684-1760) *
    • 8th Great-grandfather: Samuel Lewis II (___-___) *

2nd Great-grandmother, Mercy Eliza Taft (1822-1884), maternal ancestors include my:

    • 3rd Great-grandfather: Tamise Fanny Sutherland(1796-1864)
    • 4th Great-grandmother: Mary Lewis (1771-1804) * Note Footnote [iii]
    • 5th Great-grandfather: Morris Lewis (1733-1807) *
    • 6th Great-grandfather: Isaac Lewis, Sr (1701-1749) *

My Lewis’ in History

Patriot

Mary (Lewis) Taft’s (1714-1795) husband, Stephen Taft, was a lieutenant in the Militia in Massachusetts.[iv] Her father, Samuel Lewis, III, died before the Revolution,

Immigrant Ancestor

1. Mary (Lewis) Taft’s father, Samuel Lewis (1684-1760), was probably born in Middlesex County. Massachusetts Bay Colony (MBC).

    • His father, Samuel Lewis (1641-1698), was born in Charlestown, MBC.
    • His father may have been John Lewis (1603-1657). If so, he immigrated to MBC about 1635, probably from England.

2. Mary (Lewis) Sutherland (1771-1804) was born in Dutchess County, New York. Her father, Morris Lewis (1733-1807), was likely born in Massachusetts Colony.

    • His father, Isaac Lewis, Sr. (1701-1749), was also born in Massachusetts Colony.
    • His father may have been Barachiah Lewis, born 1663, in MBC.
    • His father may have been John Lewis, born in 1635 in MBC.
    • Finally, his father may have been William Lewis, Jr, born in 1599 in England. He immigrated to the MBC in 1635 or 1636.

Both of my immigrant Lewis ancestors were apparently from England and came to America during the “Great Puritan Migration” of 1620 to 1640.

Today

I haven’t discovered any of my “Lewis Cousins” yet. However, I’m sure I’ll find more as I continue to research my Roberts/Lewis ancestors.

Geography

2014 – Snapshot in Time

The vast majority of Lewis in the World today (actually 2014) live in the United States; most live in Texas, California, and Florida. The greatest incidence of Lewis’s is in Louisiana (1 person in 298).

Famous Lewis’s

There are many famous Lewis. From entertainer Jerry Lewis to author C. S. Lewis. From explorer Meriwether Lewis to Abisha Lewis, Jr. & Sr. (both of whom are Revolutionary War Patriots).

Studies, Societies, & Key Lewis Websites

Lewis is not in my Y-DNA or mtDNA, so studies relating to those DNA groups will not help my genealogical research. Because my closest Lewis ancestor is a 4th great-grandmother, the closest relation I’d have living today would be a 5th cousin. A 5th cousin and I would typically share only 25 cM and fall within the range of 0 to 117 cM. Ancestry indicates they have six matches for me that have the surname of Lewis and share 25 cM or More. None of them have a public family tree extending into the 1700s.

My Direct LEWIS Descendants

I have 295 known descendants of Isaac Lewis (1701-1749) in my tree; 27 Barnes, 21 Roberts, 17 Ransford, and 15 Taft.

I have 352 known descendants of Samuel Lewis II, including 47 Tafts, 28 Barnes, 21 Roberts, 17 Ransford, and 9 Childers.

Because both lines converge at Mercy Eliza Taft, 226 of these known descendants are duplicated in both lines.

I have previously written about five of them.

Ancestor Photographs[v]

Essie Pansy Barnes

Joel Clinton Barnes

Essie (Barnes) Roberts c. 1975

Joel Clinton Barnes
Cropped from photo Courtesy: Ken Smith

Sources

Endnotes

Photo Friday – Modes, Montpelier, & Moody

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 91

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 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.


 Miss Goldie Modes, circa 1935.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Goldia Modes, 197 Franklin St #759.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Miss Goldie Modes, circa 1935.

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Goldie I Modes residing at 197 Franklin. Also living at 197 Franklin were Harry S Modes and Hyman T (and wife Alice) Modes.

  • The 1910 Census lists Hyman and Alice Modes. Living with them is their 11-year-old daughter, Goldie, and their 15-year-old son, Harry, all residing at 197 Franklin.

I believe this photo is of Goldie I Modes, born 23 April 1908 in Russia, the daughter of Hyman and Alice (Antin) Modes, about 1935, before she married Myer Pachowsky in 1936.

Ancestry has ten public trees that refer to Goldie I Modes. Family Search has profile G8WT-WTD for Goldie Modes.  I have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search Memories. 

Margaret C Moody, Nurse, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Margaret Moody, St. Barnabas Hospital #574.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Margaret C Moody, Nurse, circa 1935.

    The 1933 and 1934 Portland City Directories list Margaret C Moody as a Student Nurse.

  • The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Margaret C Moody as a Graduate Nurse.
  • I have not found Nurse Margaret Moody in records after 1936.

Suspected Identification:

There is a Margaret Clara Moody, born in Monroe, Waldo County, Maine, on 16 Oct 1913 to Harold E and Lucy M Moody. She married Donald A Pratt on 14 November 1936 in Falmouth, ME. Her marriage would answer why she doesn’t appear in any later City Directories. However, I have been unable to find any references to this Margaret being a nurse. I suspect this is Margaret Clara Moody but can’t prove it. Hopefully, a family member will be able to identify her and let me know.

Ancestry has 26 public trees that refer to Margaret Clara Moody. Because of this, I uploaded her photo to Dead Fred.

Alton Moody, circa 1934.

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Alton Moody, 471 Auburn St #221.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Alton Moody, circa 1934.

    The 1930 US Census lists Alten E Moody living at 471 Auburn St in Portland. He is living with his parents, Aquila A and Lucinda A Moody.

  • Maine Birth Records identify Alton Elwood Mood, born 5 Jan 1911, in Portland as the son of Aquila E and Lucinda A Moody.

This photo is of Alton Moody, born 5 January 1911.

Ancestry has 18 public trees that refer to Alton Elwood Moody. Family Search has profile 9JDP-YYK for Alton. I have uploaded two photos of him to his Family Search Memories. 

Stewart & Irving Modes, circa 1935 (ages 6 and 3).

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Jos. Modes, 119 Grant St. #407.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • and 3).

    The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Joseph L and Rose H Modes living at 119 Grant.

  • The 1940 US Census lists Joseph and Rose Modes living at 724 Linwood Ave. Besides a 13-year-old daughter (Sonia), they have two sons, Stuart and Irving, ages 11 and 8.

I am confident this photo is of Stuart and Irving about 1935 when they were six and three years old.

Neither Stuart nor Irving appear to be in Ancestry public trees. However, his father, Joseph L Modes, is found in 11 public trees. Family Search does not have a profile for Stuart; however, Irving has profile GDTP-S36. I have uploaded a photo of the two of them to Irving’s Family Search Memories. I also uploaded a second photo of the boys to my Flickr Photostream. 

Arthur & Lewis Montpelier, circa 1936 (ages 5 & 3).

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Camile Montepiler, 23 Anderson St #845.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Euseb and Marie L Montpelier living at 23 Anderson. Also at that address is Yvonne F Montpelier, a music teacher.
  • The 1930 US Census lists Engel Montpellier living with his wife, Mary L, daughter Yvonne, and 24-year-old son Camille.
  • The 1940 US Census finds 33-year-old Camille, his wife Alice, and three sons, Arthur G (age 9), Lewis C (age7), and Peter C (age 1), living in Norway, Oxford County, Maine. All (except Peter) lived in Portland in 1935.
  • The BIRLS Death File indicates that Lewis was born on 6 March 1933.

This photo was taken about 1936 when Arther was five and Lewis about three.

Lewis C Montpelier (1933-1999) is found in 4 Ancestry public trees. Arthur does not appear in any public trees. Lewis is ID GMRX-JV9 on FamilySearch. Arthur does not appear to have a FamilySearch profile. I posted this photo of the two boys to Lewis’ Family Search Memories.


Conclusion

  • I fully identified Six of the seven individuals in these photos. Four appear in Ancestry trees, so I’ll contact some of their potential family. Two of them do not appear in Ancestry trees, but their father does. I will contact their possible family also.
  • Four individuals have FamilySearch profiles, so I uploaded their photos there. Two did not have photos, but their sibling did have a family search profile.
  • One person I was uncertain about them, although I do have the person’s name. Because of the uncertainty, I uploaded her image to Dead Fred.
  • One individual did not have a Family Search profile and did not appear in any Ancestry trees. I uploaded those photos here and 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.