I recently received a group of 13 photos all relating to people in my Blanchard project—one Cassidy, four Utterstroms, seven Halversons, and 1 blurry photo. Today, I’ll look at the five Cassidy and Utterstrom photos.
“Olaf and Hannah (Halverson) Utterstrom – Marriage 30 June 1897” – The back of this photo indicates “Hannah & Olaf Utterstrum 1890’s | Wedding? Olaf and Hannah were married on 30 June 1897. It was taken by The Elite Studio, 518 Congress St. Portland, Maine. I have added this photo to my project and added a copy to Family Search L1QQ-R6J and L1QQ-PCK.
“Anders & Oscar Utterstrom” – The oldest annotation on the back of the photo says “Grampy & Oscar Utterstrom.” However, in a second (and newer) hand the annotation is “Anders & Oscar.” Finally, a third hand says “Grampy Anders | Oscar Utterstrom.” So, this is clearly Oscar Utterstrom (1899-1958) on the right and his grandfather Anders Utterstrom (___-___) on the left. Oscar was born in 1899 and the boy in the photo could be about 15 years-old. I haven’t had a chance to research Anders’ life yet, however, I believe he died in 1915. If so, this photo must have been taken about 1914-15. The backdrop for this photo is The E. T. Burrowes, Co that manufactured wire window and door screens at 70 Free St, Portland, Maine.[i] Andrew (AKA Anders) Utterstrom was a “screen maker” at 70 Free St. and lived at 81 Chestnut.[ii]
Anders is not listed in the 1916 City directory suggesting his passing before that directory went to press. I have added this photo to my project and added a copy to both individuals on Family Search – L1Q7-8RQ and L1Q7-9MJ.
“Dorothea Utterstrom, dog, Annette Cassidy, Etta Utterstrom, ca 1940s” – Dorothea, Annette, and Etta are three first cousins with three different parents. Frank, Dorothea, and Harold Utterstrom respectively. Dorothea Utterstrom was born 28 Aug 1927, Annette Cassidy was born 2 August 1929, and Lucy Etta Utterstrom was born 17 April 1928. The back of the photo indicates the photo is ca. 1940s. However, if the photo was taken in 1940, the kids would have been, 12, 10, and 11 respectively. My sense is that they are a younger than that, probably 8, 6, and 7. If my ages are correct, the photo is ca. 1935 and not in the 1940s. I have added the photos to my Ancestry project but not to Family Search.
“Cassidy’s & Utterstrom’s at Bonny Eagle Lake – ca 1940” – During the 1940 census, William (Jr.) was 8, Lois was 7, and Beth was also 8. Circa 1940 fits with the apparent ages of the children. I cropped the photo to allow for one of just Dorothea and William (Sr.) to be in one photo and them and the kids to be in another photo in my Ancestry Project.
“William (Sr.) & Dolly Cassidy – ca. 1927-28” – The back of the photo identifies who and when and is pretty clear. William and Dolly married on 24 September 1928. The photo shows some leaves on the ground a some of the distant trees somewhat bare, so I believe the photo is probably from the fall of 1928. This photo is not of high enough quality to post to any of the sites.
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I recently received a group of 13 photos all relating to people in my Blanchard project—one Cassidy, four Utterstroms, seven Halversons, and 1 blurry photo. Today, I’ll look at the seven Halverson photos. I’ll look at the Cassidy and Utterstrom photos sometime in the near future. The last photo, the blurry one, I’ll use as a test photo when I review “Vivid Pix Restore,” software.
“Alfred Halverson, Jr – ca. 1933” has the general appearance of a high school senior graduation photo. Alfred was born on 23 January 1915. If this is a graduation photo, I’d estimate his graduation to be about 1933. I added his photo to my project. I also created an entry for Alfred Halverson on Family Search (GQK7-D2G) and posted the photo (and photo back) there.
“Alfred Halverson Jr – ca. 1917” is a cute baby photo. The clarity of the face is excellent. There was no date associated with the photo, however, Alfred was born in 1915 and I estimate the child in the photo to be about two years old, so I’ve ascribed a date of ca. 1917. I added it to my project and a to Alfred Halverson on Family Search (GQK7-D2G).
“Clarence Halverson – ca. 1890s.” Besides his name, the back of the photo says, “Father of Clifford Leon Halverson and husband of Mabel Halverson.” Clarence died at the age of 33 in 1903, so the photo is definitely before that. I estimate the late 1890s. I added this photo to my project and to Clarence Halverson on Family Search (LLQB-JTH).
“Clifford Halverson – ca. 1900.” The back of this photo is filled with information. It reads, “Son of Clarence Halverson | Clifford Halverson| Phil’s Brother | Betty & Beverly’s Uncle | Died age 15 Blood Poison | Pimple nose got infected – Scratched pimple | Gardiner, Maine.” Oh my! Sometimes it is easy to forget just how fragile life was before the advent of antibiotics. The photo indicates Clifford died at age 15; however, the burial record with the Evangelical Lutheran Church indicates he died 15 September 1912 at the age of 17.[i] That suggests his birth was 1894 to 1895. My estimate is that the child in this photo is about 5 or six years old, making the photo ca. 1900. [Note: The photo was damaged (long ago). It appears to me that someone scribbled his face and body probably as a carry through from scribbling on a document on top of this one.] I added this photo to my project and to Clifford Leon Halverson on Family Search (LLQB-VLJ).
“Hanna Mathilda Halverson – ca. 1885.” This photo originally indicated the first name of “Hanna,” however, a secondary identification and all other records that I have indicate her name was Hannah. The back of the photo indicates “Al and Bill’s Grandmother.” Also, the date “1885?” written in the secondary hand suggests the year was the estimate of someone. The photo type and appearance seem to be consistent with the mid-1800s, so I kept that date. I added this photo to my project and to Hannah M. Halverson on Family Search (L1QQ-PCK).
“Harold Halverson (Hannah’s Brother) – ca 1880s.” Very faintly, the back of the photo appears to read “Little Harold.” In a later hand, it reads “Uncle Harold Halverson | Hanna’s Brother,” and in an even more recent hand it reads “Harold Haverson Hannah’s Brother.” Harold Theodore Halverson was born in Norway, probably in 1878. In 1883 the family immigrated to Boston where this photo had been taken. The family relocated to Deering [now Portland] Maine by 1889. So, this photo must have been taken between 1883 and 1889. The boy in this photo appears to me to be about 11 years old. If so, the photo would have been taken about early in 1889. I added this photo to my project and to Harold Theodore Halverson on Family Search (L5FG-7K3).
“Mary Halverson – ca 1890s.” The final photo in this Halverson collection is a photo of Mary Halverson. The back said, “Hannah’s sister | Mary Halverson.” In a newer pen, there is an entry that says, “died of TB” and “1890?” My records didn’t have a Mary Halverson, however, I do have a Maren Halverson. Maren was born in 1868 and died in 1893. The Halverson’s moved to Maine in 1889. The woman in this photo appears to be in her mid-‘20s. Consequently, I’m confident that is a photo of Mary Halverson taken between 1889 and 1893. I added this photo to my project and to Mary Halverson on Family Search (M69L-RVB).
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During my ancestor sketch for Sadie Walters, I learned that Patten, Kennebec County, Maine, was settled about 1828, incorporated in 1841. Sadie was born in 1887 in Patten, and her parents were born in Patten as well. So, I wondered, when Sadie’s people came to Patten. Sadie’s parents were William G. Waters and Laura M. Swett.
A search of the 1870 Census for “Waters” in Patten, Maine, had 13 results, plus 2 Rowe’s and 3 Grant’s.
George Waters, Age 57 – Widower – Farmer – $1000, $500 Born New Castle, ME – Citizen.
Mary E. Waters, Age 29 – Keeping House Born Palermo, ME – Clearly Elen M. Waters from 1880 Census.
Clara M Waters, Age 27 – Domestic – (possibly a daughter). Born Patten, ME – NEW Person!
William G. Waters, Age 12 – Farm Laborer. Born Patten, ME. Attending School.
Samuel Waters, age 55 – Farmer 2000 – 1000 – New Castle, ME – Citizen
Frances E. Waters, Age 31 – Hartland, ME
Emily Waters, age 4 – Patten, ME – – Attended School.
Mary I. Waters, age 14 – Domestic – Masardis, ME – Attended School.
Mary Waters – Age 81 – Invalid – Born Jefferson, ME – New Person (Likely William’s mother) NEW Person!
William Waters, Age 50 – Farmer – Born Palermo, ME – Citizen
Olive T. Waters, Age 23 – Born Masardis, ME
George Rowe, Age 12 – Born Masardis, ME.
Emily A. Rowe, Age 9 – Born Masardis, ME.
Martha A. Waters, Age 2/12 – Born in March – Patten, ME (Appears to be Alice M. Waters from 1880 Census)
Eunice W. Waters, Age 64 – Mother of Lonsen Grant – Born Westbrook, ME
Lonson Grant, Age 37, farm Laborer 000 – 200 Born Patten, ME – Married previous October – Citizen
Dora A. Grant, age 18, Born Crystal, ME – Married previous October – NEW Person!
Fred Grant, Age 10 – Born Lincoln, ME – Attending School – Likely brother of Lonson – NEW Person!
Changes from the 1880 Census.
The George Waters household has a new person, Clara M. Waters. She is two years younger than George’s daughter Mary Ellen. I am tentatively assuming that Clara is the daughter of George. If so, Mary Ellen, who was born about 1841 in Palermo and Clara, who was born in Patten about 1843, would suggest that George came to Patten about 1842 or 3.
The William Waters household of 1880 has an 81-year-old invalid heading the household in the 1870 census. I am relatively confident that Mary Waters, born ca. 1789, is William’s mother. Olive and the two Rowe children are all born in Masardis, ME. As such, I believe they are likely siblings of Olive, suggesting her maiden name was also Rowe.
Lonson Grant and Dora A were married in October 1869. Dora would have been eight years old when Fred was born, so I’m confident that Fred is a brother of Lonson and the second son of Eunice W. Waters.
The 1870 Mortality Schedule – William Waters died of cholera in October ed1869, at the age of 1.
The 1870 Agricultural Census Schedule lists the farm information regarding each of the Waters’ farms.[i]
Name of Agent, Owner or Manager
Value of Farm
Value of Implements
Value of livestock
Spring Wheat, bush.
Peas & Beans
Value of Animals Slaughtered
George had 100 acres of land, 50 of which was tilled; he was able to till an additional 10 acres by 1880. He had one horses, three milch (milk) cows, and 11 sheep. He grew wheat, oats, corn, buckwheat, peas, potatoes, and hay. The total value of George’s farm was $1,925.
Samuel and William’s farms were slightly larger at 150 and 140 acres and valued at $2,525 and $1,800, respectively.
Next – Review the 1860 Census records.
U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885 – Ancestry.com – William Waters
1870 United States Federal Census – Ancestry.com – Eunice W Waters
1870 United States Federal Census – Ancestry.com – George Waters
1870 United States Federal Census – Ancestry.com – Mary Waters
1870 United States Federal Census – Ancestry.com – Samuel Waters
U.S., Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880 – Ancestry.com – George Waters – 1870 Agriculture Schedule
U.S., Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880 – Ancestry.com – Samuel Waters – 1870 Agriculture Schedule
U.S., Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880 – Ancestry.com – William Waters – 1870 Agriculture Schedule
[i] Note: I deleted lines showing farm items that none of the Walters men possessed from the list. For example, Tobacco, which isn’t grown in Maine, was deleted.
During my ancestor sketch for Sadie Walters, I learned that Patten, Kennebec County, Maine, was settled about 1828 and incorporated in 1841. Sadie was born in 1887 in Patten, Maine and her parents were born in Patten as well. So, I wondered, just when did Sadie’s people come to Patten. Sadie’s parents were William G. Waters and Laura M. Swett.
I decided to look first at the Waters of Patten, Maine, as they appear in the 1880 Census records.
1880 Population Schedule
A search of the 1880 Census for “Waters” in Patten, Maine, had 12 results in four-family units:
George Waters, Age 67 – Widower – Farmer
Daughter – Elen M. Waters, Age 40
Son – Willie G. Waters, Age 22 – works on a farm.
Samuel Waters, age 65 – Farmer
Wife – Frances E. Waters, age 41
Daughter – Emily Waters, age 14 – Attended School.
Adopted Daughter – Mary I. Waters, age 24 – Teacher.
William Waters, Age 60 – Farmer
Wife – Olive T. Waters, Age 33
Daughter – Alice M. Waters, Age 10 – Attended School.
Son – William L Waters, Age 8 – Attended School.
Niece – Emily A Rowe, Age 19 – Teacher
Nephew – George E Rowe, Age 23 – Teacher
Eunice W. Waters, Age 64 – Mother of Lonsen Grant.
(Son) – Lonsen Grant, Age 37, farmer
Willie G. Waters is clearly the William G. Waters that I have in my records and Sadie A. Water’s father, who was born in January 1858. Thanks to the 1880 Census, I’ve learned that William’s father was George Waters, born c. 1813 and Willie G. had a much older sister, Elen, who was 18 years older, born about 1840.
I find it very interesting that George, Samuel, and William Waters are all in the 60s, all were born in Maine, and all of there parents were born in Maine. So, I suspect that the three are brothers. A look at earlier census records may provide a clearer look and either confirm or rebuke that hypothesis.
The 1880 Agricultural Census Schedule lists the farm information regarding each of the Waters’ farms.
George had 100 acres of land, 60 of which was tilled. In 1879, he had two horses, three milch (milk) cows, 18 sheep from which he got 100 pounds of fleece, and 20 chickens. He had 5 acres in oats, 3 acres in wheat, 1 acre of potatoes, 2 acres of apple trees. Altogether, George’s farm was valued at $1,539.
Samuel and William’s farms were slightly larger at 150 acres and valued at $1,775 and $1,780, respectively.
Next – Review the 1870 Census records.
Research property records for the Waters of Paten, Maine.
1880 Census, Lonsen M. Grant (Head) – Patten, Penobscot, Maine – Eunice W. Waters (Mother). 1880; Census Place: Patten, Penobscot, Maine; Roll: 485; Page: 386A; Enumeration District: 001.
Arvid Frithiof Carlin(1876-1959)
Updated 30 Jan 2020
Arvid was born Arvid Frithiof Karlsson-Karlin in Värmskog, Värmland, Sweden on 27 November 1876. From his naturalization papers, it was unclear where in Sweden he was born. In my original post I asked for help in deciphering that location. A genealogy friend, whose skill in Swedish immigration I highly respect, provided that it was Degerbyn. She also provided a source for his Karlsson part of his surname.
Värmskog is a tiny village (2000 population of 65 people) in Värmland (a historical province), which is about 180 miles west of Stockholm (about 40 miles from Norway).
Nothing is known about Arvid’s childhood. When he was 23, he immigrated to the United State. On 8 September 1900, he left Southampton, England aboard the SS New York. The trip took 8 days having him arrive in New York (Ellis Island), on 16 September 1900.
Initially built as the SS City of New York in 1888, the ship saw service as the USS Harvard during the Spanish-American War. After her wartime service, she was renamed the SS New York and returned to civilian service in January 1899.
Arvid was living in the tenements at 228 East 20th when he entered an “Intent to become a US Citizen” in 1903.
In 1909, Arvid was living at 156 East 39th Street. It also was probably a tenement. Today that location appears to be a three-story walk-up that was built in 1920. Arvid was a tailor.
Following the American Dream, in February 1912 he filed his first patent request for a new type of clothes hanger. Between 1912 and 1954, Arvid was granted 18 patents for a variety of items including toys and toilet paper holders. Also, in March 1912, Arvid submitted his petition for naturalization and in June took the oath as a citizen.
In 1915, Arvid married Pauline Van Damm in New Jersey. Certificate 05445 applies.
Arvid and Paulene had three children. They are:
· Apr 1917 – New York
· Virginia Pauline
· 1924 – New York
· July 1928 – New York
In 1918, Arvid registered for the Draft. From his registration card we learn that he and Pauline were living at 2174 Amsterdam Ave. The apartment where they lived was built in 1900 and is still standing.
He at that time, he worked for Jas H. Yell as a tailor in the Garment District. His work was about a mile and a half away at the corner of West 39th Street and 5th Avenue. Today, at that location is a Payless Shoe Store.
Arvid was of medium height, medium build, had blue eyes and light brown hair.
In 1920, Arne (Arvid) and Pauline were still living at 2174 Amsterdam and Arvid was still working as a tailor.
Sometime between 1920 and 1923, Arvid and Pauline moved away from Midtown Manhattan about 18 miles to Mamaroneck, about 5 miles from Connecticut.
The 1930 Census found Arvid, Paulina, Walpole, Virginia, and Vivian at 43 Keeler. A separate household at the same address was the Gustave Melesk household consisting of Gustave, his wife Helena, and daughters Bertha and Helen. Gustave owned the house valued at $8000, Arvid rented from him for $35.00 per month.
The 1940 Census confused me for a while. It indicates they were living in the household of Gustave Malesk at 1110 Keeley. A review of the neighbors indicated that in both the 1930 Census and the 1940 Census the Waters family lived on one side of the Malesks and the Doyle family lived on the other side. As such, I’m sure the street went through a renumbering sometime between 1930 and 1940. A bit more confusing, 16-year-old Virginia was the person the census taker spoke with. She reported that Pauline was the sister of Gustave and her father was the Brother-in-law of Gustave. This seemed very odd. In the 1930 Census, I learned that Gustave and his wife Helen have been born in Poland, this Census, Gustave, and Helen were reported as being born in Germany. Additionally, the census taker entered Walpole, Virginia, and Vivian as being the children of Gustave. Ignoring the relationships of the kids, if Pauline is Gustave’s sister, then Pauline’s maiden name is likely to have been Melesk. That Gustave was born in Poland/Germany and Pauline born in Holland suggests that the Melesks migrated west to Holland sometime between 1887 and 1897. Something about these relationships doesn’t seem quite right. I will look more closely into the relationships when I research Pauline.
Arvid died on 2 July 1959 in the Bronx, New York. He was buried in the Greenwood Union Cemetery, Section South, Lot 007e, Grave 9, in Rye, Westchester County, New York. He was survived by his wife, Pauline, and his three children, Walpole, Virginia, and Vivian.
Events by Location
England, Hampshire, Southampton – Ship’s port of embarkation to the United States.
New Jersey – Marriage.
New York, Bronx – Death.
New York, New York, Manhattan – Immigration Arrival, Residence 1909, 1912, 1916, 1918, & 1920.
New York, Westchester, Mamaroneck – Residences, 1930, 1935, and 1940.
New York, Westchester, Rye – Burial.
Sweden (Possibly Segerbyn) – Birth.
Further Actions / Follow-up
Get a copy of the marriage certificate for Arvid Frithiof Carlin and Pauline van Damm who were married in New Jersey in 1915. Certificate #05445.
Thanks to my friend, Lois Knight, I learned that Arvid’s “Emigration Location” was Degerbyn.
Also note: Lois’ information confirmed that his surname was Karlin when he lived in Sweden. However, I use “Carlin” as that was the spelling used later in his life and is the name “carved into stone” on his grave marker.
1920 Census (FS), Family Search, Arne Carlin – Manhattan Assembly District 23, New York, New York. “United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJ1L-L21 : accessed 22 January 2020), Walford Carlin in household of Arne Carlin, Manhattan Assembly District 23, New York, New York, United States; citing ED 1494, sheet 14A, line 42, family 317, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1226; FHL microfilm 1,821,226.
1930 Census (FS), Family Search, Arvid F Carlin – Mamaroneck, Westchester, New York. “United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X VGF : accessed 20 January 2020), Arvid F Carlin, Mamaroneck, Westchester, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 174, sheet 26A, line 21, family 652, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1661; FHL microfilm 2,341,395.
1940 Census (FS), Family Search, Gustane Melesk (Head) Arvid Carlin Brother-in-law – Mamaroneck, Rye Town, Westchester, New York. “United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K7S4-9FB : 28 July 2019), Vivian Carlin in household of Gustane Melesk, Mamaroneck, Rye Town, Westchester, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 60-105A, sheet 1A, line 17, family 3, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2805.
Find a Grave Memorial, Find a Grave, Arvid Carlin – Memorial 172514188. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 22 January 2020), memorial page for Arvid Carlin (unknown–2 Jul 1959), Find A Grave Memorial no. 172514188, citing Greenwood Union Cemetery, Rye, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Ellen Brewster (contributor 47921251).
New York City directory, New York Public Library Digital Collections, 1919-10 – Page 222 – Carlin, Arvid F. Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, The New York Public Library. “New York City directory” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 22, 2020. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/db79fb30-7cee-0134-709c-00505686a51c.
New York, Southern District, U.S District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1946, Family Search, Arvid Frithiof Carlin. FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QP76-92JP : 14 August 2019), Arvid Frithiof Carlin, 1912.
S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 , Various, Arvid Frithoif Carlin – 12 Sep 1918. Registration State: New York; Registration County: New York; Roll: 1786807; Draft Board: 148.