Ethel Wight Collection – Part 87

Maddox, Magelas, Maheu, Mansfield (née Small), & Marrone

Photo Friday
Ethel Wight Collection
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.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.


Irene Maheu, Student Nurse, circa 1934.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Irene Maheu, Me Eye & Ear Infirmary #233.”

Irene Maheu, Student Nurse, circa 1934.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Irene Maheu, a student nurse at 79 Bramhall (Maine Eye & Ear Infirmary).
  • The 1940 US Census lists Irene [Annette] Maheu, the 27-year-old daughter of Alfred and Julia Maheu, living with her parents in Waterville, Kennebec County, Maine. She is a Dentist-Assistant and was born in Maine. She married Frank Siviski, (Siwicki) Jr., in 1942.

I believe this is the correct Irene Maheu; however, I cannot prove it to my satisfaction because a dental assistant is not a regular transition from the Eye & Ear Infirmary, and there are alternate individuals possible.

Alternate Individuals.

  • There was another Irene Maheu, the 31-year-old wife of Andrew Maheu, living in Waterville, Maine. In 1940, this Irene had five children and worked as a marker in the laundry industry and is not likely the woman in this photo.
  • There was an Irene M Maheu who married Alfred F Nadeau on 24 October 1938. In 1940 she was living with her husband, Antonio Nadeau, and 4-year-old daughter in Lewiston.

I have added a photo of Irene Maheu to Dead Fred and a second photo of her to my Flickr Photostream. Hopefully, a family member will find her picture and confirm her identity.

Charles and Zilla Maddox, circa 1936.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. A. E. Maddox, 14 Caldwell St #461.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Charles and Zilla Maddox, circa 1936.

    The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Arthur E and Verna I Maddox living at 14 Caldwell.

  • Ancestry Trees suggest that Arthur Elmer Maddox had three children. Charles, Carol, and Zilla. Carol died about 1931, which means the two children in the photo must be Charles and Zilla

Charles Arthur Maddox was born on 27 January 1929 in Portland, and Zilla Jean Maddox was born on 18 April 1932. Based on the Photo Number (#461), this photo was taken about 1936, when Charles was about seven, and Zella was about four.

Charles Arthur Maddox is found in eight Ancestry public trees. Zilla Jean Maddox is found in three Ancestry public trees. Neither child has a Family Search profile, so I uploaded a photo of them to Dead Fred and a second photo of them to my Flickr photostream.

Richard & William Magelas, circa 1936.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Geo Magelas, 8 Catherine St #190.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Richard & William Magelas, circa 1936.

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists George and Marie A Magelas living at 12 Catherine.

  • George and Marie were difficult to find in the 1940 Census. I finally found George and Marie McGiles still living at 12 Catherine. With them are their daughter and two sons, Pheodra (10), William (9), and Richard (6).
  • William was born on 2 March 1931 to George and Marie (Macarrick) Magelas. Richard was born in November 1934.

This is a photo of William and Richard Magelas, the two sons of George and Marie (Macarrick) Mageles, about 1936 when William was about five and Richard about three.

Ancestry does not appear to have any public trees that refer to William, Richard, or their parents. Family Search has a profile L2YQ-CK1 for William but does not appear to have a profile for Richard. I have uploaded a photo of the two boys to William’s Family Search Memories. 

Gloria Frances Marrone, circa 1936

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. John Marrone, 163 Cumberland Ave #532.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Gloria Frances Marrone, circa 1936

    The 1940 Census lists John Marrone and his wife, Irene, living at 163 Cumberland. With them are their nine-year-old daughter, Gloria, and their three-year-old son, John.

  • Ancestry trees suggest Gloria Frances Marrone was born on 1 December 1930 to Giovanni (John) and Irene (Blake) Marrone.

This photo is of Gloria about 1936 when she was about five years old.

Ancestry has nine public trees that refer to Gloria Marrone, daughter of John and Irene Marrone. Although John and Irene are found in Family Search, Gloria does not appear to have a profile, so I uploaded her photo to Dead Fred.

Lillian (Small) Mansfield, circa 1934.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Roy Mansfield, 390 Cumberland #127.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Lillian (Small) Mansfield, circa 1934.

    The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Roy D and Lillian C Mansfield living at 384 Cumberland.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory indicates Roy was living at 97 Elm, and Lillian is not listed.
  • However, the 1936 Portland City Directory lists Roy and Lillian residing at 150b Free. Lillian is working as a maid.
  • Ancestry Public trees suggest this is Lillian Coombe Small, born 30 January 1912 and married Roy Daniel Mansfield on 22 April 1934.

This photo was taken about 1934, while Lillian and Roy lived on Cumberland Ave.

Lillian Coombe Small is found in 4 Ancestry public trees. Family Search has profile GSFT-QGV for Lillian Small. I uploaded a photo of Lillian Mansfield to her Family Search Memories.


Conclusion

I reviewed the photos in five more packages from the Ethel Wight Studio and identified seven individuals:

    • Charles and Zilla Maddox
    • Richard & William Magelas
    • Irene Maheu
    • Lillian Mansfield (née Small)
    • Gloria Frances Marrone

I uploaded two sets of images to Family Search, two sets to Dead Fred, and one set only 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.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 86

MacWilliam, Maddocks, McMannis, & McNeill

Photo Friday
Ethel Wight Collection
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.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.


Eula S. MacWilliam, circa 1934.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Eula McWilliam, 492 St. John St, #168.”

Eula S. MacWilliam, circa 1934

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1940 Portland City Directory list Eula S MacWilliam, a mail, living at 492 St. John. Also living at 492 St John are John F, Edna A, and Norman D. MacWilliam.
  • Eula MacWilliam, daughter of John Franklin and Edna Amy (Ellis) MacWilliam, was born on 28 April 1913 in New Hampshire.

This photo is of Eula in 1934 when she was about 21.

Eula S. MacWilliam is found in 18 Ancestry public trees. Family Search has profile GM5H-NWS for Eula Sarah Mcwilliam. I  have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search Memories.

Edna MacWilliam (Née Ellis), circa 1934.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. McWilliam, 492 St John St #176.”

Edna MacWilliam (Née Ellis), circa 1934.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1940 Portland City Directory lists John F and Edna A MacWilliam living at 492 St. John.
  • The 1940 US Census lists John and Edna Macwilliams living at 492 St. John Street. Edna was 46 years old.

This photo is of Edna Amy MacWilliam (née Ellis) in 1934 when she was about 40.

Edna Amy Ellis is found in 24 Ancestry public trees. Family Search has a profile for Edna Amy Ellis. I have uploaded two photos of Edna to profile ID LH89-TMB’s Family Search Memories. 

Theda Maddocks, Student Nurse, circa 1936.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Theda Maddocks, ME Gen Hospital #915.”

Theda Maddocks, Student Nurse, circa 1936.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Theda Maddocks as a student nurse at 22 Arsenal and residing at the same place.
  • The 1934 Wilton Academy yearbook shows Theda Mae Maddocks. The photo of her there suggests this photo is of her a couple of years older.
  • A review of Ancestry Public Trees suggests that this is Theda M Maddocks, daughter of Harry Anderson and Etta (Springer) Maddocks, born 21 Jul 1917.
  • She married Herbert Alonzo Marble on 11 July 1937.

I’m sure this is a photo of Theda Mae Maddocks about 1936.

Ancestry has 17 public trees that refer to Theda M Maddocks. Family Search has profile GD6G-HX8 for Theda M Maddocks. I uploaded s photos of Theda to her Family Search Memories.

Evelyn McMannis, circa 1936.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Ethel McMannis, 14 Alder St, #1002.”

Evelyn McMannis, circa 1936.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1936 Portland City Directory lists J. Everett, and his wife Ethel G., McMannis living at 14 Alder.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Joseph E and Ethel G McMannis living at 12-14 Alder, in Portland, Maine. Living with them is their eight-year-old daughter, Evelyn R McMannis.

I am confident this is Evelyn Regis McMannis, daughter of Joseph Everett and Ethel G (Millett) McMannis, born on 27 February 1932, about 1936, when she was about four years old.

Ancestry has four public trees that refer to Evelyn Regis McMannis. Family Search has profile GSKN-MQF for Evelyn Regis McMannis. I have uploaded a photo of Evelyn to her Family Search Memories.

Kathleen Marie McNeill, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. H McNeill, 21 Summer St (Mary McNeill) #690.”

Kathleen Marie McNeill, circa 1935.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Herbert A and Delia A, McNeill living at 21 Summer.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Herbert McNeal living at 21 Summer with his two sons and two daughters,15-year-old Kathleen and 11-year-old Mary.
  • When this photo was taken, about 1935, Kathleen would have been about ten and Mary about six. The girl in the picture appears to be much older than six, so I believe this is likely Kathleen, although the envelope says “Mary McNeill” give me some doubt. Kathleen’s Christian name is Marie, so I believe this is a photo of Kathleen Marie McNeill about 1935 when she was about ten years old.

Ancestry has nine public trees that refer to Kathleen Marie McNeill. Family Search does not appear to have a profile for her. Because of that, I have uploaded a photo of Miss McNeill to Dead Fred.


Conclusion

    • I identified all five of them. Four have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories
    • One individual did not have a Family Search profile, so I posted her image 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.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 85

McDonald, McKague, McLaughlin, McLean, & (possibly) McKinney

Photo Friday
Ethel Wight Collection
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.For Photo Friday, I try to identify the people in five more envelopes from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]this week. 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.


Kathleen McDonald, circa 1934.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Kathleen McDonald, 26 Union St #258.”

Kathleen McDonald, circa 1934.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Kathleen V McDonald as a clerk at 93 Kennebec and residing at 26 Union.
  • The 1935 Portland City Directory indicates that Kathleen V McDonald married Daniel J Carr, Jr.
  • Kathleen Veronica McDonald was born on 2 June 1904 and married Daniel Joseph Carr on 2 June 1934.

This photo is of Kathleen McDonald about 1934 before she married Joseph Carr.

Kathleen Veronica McDonald is found in 11 Ancestry public trees. I added her photo to Dead Fred.

Lillian McLaughlin, Nursing Student, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Lillian McLaughlin, ME Gen Hospital #697.”

Lillian McLaughlin, Nursing Student, circa 1935.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Lillian McLaughlin, a student nurse at 22 Arsenal (Maine General Hospital).
  • The 1938 Portland City Directory that would list Lillian McLaughlin (page 517) is missing from the image at Ancestry.
  • The 1940 US Census lists:
    • Lillian McLaughlin is a 20-year-old Nurse Maid living in Bronx, New York. In 1935, she lived in the Bronx also.
    • Lillian McLaughlin is a 23-year-old stenographer living in Queens, New York. In 1935, she lived in Queens also.
    • Lillian McLaughlin is a 29-year-old accounting clerk living in Paterson, New Jersey.
    • None of these appear to be the correct Lillian McLaughlin. The 20-year-old would only be 16 when this photo was taken, and she seems older than 16.

I added her photo to Dead Fred and an additional image to my Flickr photostream. 

Unknown Child (possibly McKinney), circa 1943.

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Richard McKinney, Saco? Feb 1943.”

This photo is different from most photos in the Ethel Wight collection because it appears to have been a request for reproduced photos brought in about 1943. I think this child was probably born about 1940 to 1942. It is likely either his name was Richard, or his father’s name was Richard.

What I did to try to identify this child.

  • Unknown Child (possibly McKinney), circa 1943.

    The 1950 US Census lists six individuals with the surname McKinney born between 1940 and 1942.

    • Eight-year-old Gene McKinney is the son of Freda J. McKinney, living in Pittsfield, Maine
    • Seven-year-old Tyrone McKinney is the son of Freda J. McKinney, who is living in Pittsfield, Maine.
    • Eight-year-old Gordon McKinney is a boarder living with Benjamin & Marie Griggs, living in Freedom, Maine.
    • Eight-year-old John F McKinney is the son of James & Frances McKinney, living in Durham, Maine.
    • Donna McKinney is the seven-year-old daughter of Jeremiah & Elizabeth McKinney, living in Fort Fairfield, Maine.
    • Rose McKinney is the nine-year-old daughter of Valentine & Marguerite McKinney, living in Brunswick, Maine.
  • I believe this photo is of a male, so I’m eliminating Donna and Rose. Also, their father is not Richard. John’s father isn’t named Richard either. That leaves only Gene, Tyrone, and Gordon.
    • Gene and Tyrone’s parents were Carrol and Freda Jane (Green) McKinney.
    • I can’t find any information regarding Gordon McKinney.

I can’t determine this child’s name or his parents’ names. 

Ronald McKague, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Alfred McKague, 21 Linden St Woodfords, #778.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Ronald McKague, circa 1935.

    The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Alfred N (and Evelyn R) McKague living at 21 Linden.

  • The 1940 US Census lists the household of Alfred N McKague, living at 21 Linden. With them are their six children. Based upon the ID (#778), this photo was taken about 1935. Assuming the child is less than two years old, it is likely Ronald W. McKague.
  • Ronald Wayne McKague was born on 9 December 1934 in Portland, Maine.

Ancestry has two public trees that refer to Ronald Wayne McKague (1934-2018). Family Search does not have a profile for Ronald, so I have added his photo to Dead Fred.

McLean Child, circa 1936.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. H. S. McLean, 113 Franklin St #1022.”

McLean Child, circa 1936.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Harry S. and Helen B. living at 104 Franklin.
  • Ancestry Family Trees suggest that Harry is Harry Shirley McLean (1887-1050) and Helen is Helen Bernedette Hassett (1894-1973)

I am unsuccessful in finding any children for Harry and Helen.

Ancestry has 15 public trees that refer to Harry S McLean. Without the first name of this child, I only uploaded it here.


Conclusion

    • I identified two photos sufficiently enough to post the image to Dead Fred.
    • There were two photos I didn’t identify the individuals.

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 Dead Fred and Flickr have a higher image quality than those linked here (unless not uploaded elsewhere).

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.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 84

McCormick, McCrae, McDonald, & née McLean)

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 photos with family members who may have never seen the image.


Frank C. McDonald, circa 1934.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. Frank C. McDonald, 48 Gilman St #360.”

Frank C. McDonald, circa 1934.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Frank C (Ora M) McDonald living at 48 Gilman. There are also two other Frank McDonalds and a Francis J McDonald listed.
  • The 1940 Census lists Frank C. McDonald living at 48 Gilman. He is 48 years old and was born in Canada.
  • Ancestry Family Trees suggest this is Frank Charles McDonald, born 29 July 1891 in Canada. He married Ora Madelene Drew on 9 October 1920.

Ancestry has six public trees that refer to Frank Charles McDonald. Family Search has profile LLSP-NLV for Frank Charles McDonald. I  have uploaded this photo of him to his Family Search Memories.

Dorothy R. McCrae, Circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Dorothy McCrea, 42 Beckett St #541.”

Dorothy R. McCrae, Circa 1935.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1934 & 1935 Portland City Directories list Dorothy R McCrea as a clerk at 486 Congress residing at 42 Beckett.
  • The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Dorothy R McCrea living at 115 Cumberland but still working at 486 Congress. The 1938 Directory lists her still residing at 115 Cumberland.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Dorothy R. McCrea living at 115 Cumberland. She was the 32-year-old sister of Ethel M DeMott. Dorothy was born in New Hampshire and lived in Portland (same place) in 1935.

Ancestry has six public trees that refer to Dorothy R McCrea, born 20 February 1908 in Lancaster, Coos County, New Hampshire. Family Search has profile GCTL-G87 for Dorothy R McCrea. I have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search Memories.

Christine McDonald (née McLean), circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Christine McDonald, 233 High St. #829.”

Christine McDonald (née McLean), circa 1935.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Mrs. Christine McDonald as a maid at 2 Crescent but residing at 233 High.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Christine McDonald as a 65-year-old lodger at 231 High Street. She was born in Canada, divorced, and worked as a maid.
  • Ancestry Family Trees suggest this is Christine McLean, born 18 March 1875 in Canada. She divorced James McDonald in 1921 and lived in Portland, Cumberland County, in 1935 and 1940.

Ancestry has 11 public trees that refer to Christine McLean. Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Christina McLean, born in 1875 in Canada and who married James McDonald, so I added her photo to Dead Fred.

Unknown Girl, probably related to Thomas and Laura (née Egan) McDonald, circa 1936.

This negative envelope says, “ Mrs. J. McDonald, 10 Bradford St #1065.”

Unknown Girl, probably related to Thomas and Laura (née Egan) McDonald, circa 1936.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1940 US Census lists the 56-year-old widow Laura McDonald living at 8 Bradford with her son, Thomas McDonald, and a 6-year-old lodger, Edward Nicholson. Thomas was 26 years old and born in Maine.
  • The 1930 Census lists the 62-year-old Thomas J McDonald and his 42-year-old wife, Laura, living with four children, Marian A (18), T. Edward (17), James P (16), and George F(14). They lived at 105 Bracket Street.
  • A review of Ancestry Family Trees suggests this photo relates to Thomas J McDonald (1868-1934) and his wife Laura J (Egan) McDonald. Laura was born about 1888. If this child is about five years old in 1935, Laura would have been 47 years old.
  • I see where James Robert was born on 12 March 1914 and George F was born on 9 May 1915, but I’m not finding any other children for Thomas and Laura.

I suspect this little girl is a granddaughter, niece, or another relative of Thomas and Laura McDonald. Sadly, I am unable to identify her. Hopefully, a family relative will be able to identify her.  Thomas J McDonald is found in 23 public trees on Ancestry.

This is the only photo I have of her.

William J McCormick, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. John F McCormick, 187 A Oxford St. #1069.”

William J McCormick, circa 1935.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists John F (Lillian M) McCormick living at 53 Mayo. Residing at 55 Mayo is John J (Mabel E) McCormick. There are no other John McCormick’s listed.
  • The 1936 Portland City Directory does not list John F McCormick. Additionally, the directory is missing pages 1201, 1202, and 1203 which should detail who lives at 187 Oxford Street.
  • The 1937 Portland City directory lists 187a Oxford as being vacant. It does show John F (Lillian M) McCormick living at 17 Washington Ave.
  • The 1940 US Census lists John F McCormick living with his wife, Lillian, a son, two daughters, and a sister-in-law at 107 Washington Ave. His son, William J., is four years old and born in Maine.
  • Further research found that William J McCormick was born on 5 September 1935 in Cumberland County, Maine.

William John McCormick is found in 13 Ancestry Public Trees. On Family Search, he is ID G82B-B3F. I uploaded his photo to his Family Search Memories.


Conclusion

  • I fully identified four of the five Three of them have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories.
  • I identified one individual that did not have a Family Search profile but did appear in Ancestry trees, so I posted his/her image to Dead Fred.
  • I failed to identify one child but probably identified individuals with Ancestry trees related to the child. (grandparents, aunt/uncle). I only uploaded her photo here

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 typically have higher image quality than those linked here. (Unknown child excepted.)

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.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 83

MacAulay, MacDonough, MacNeill, McCann & McCarthy

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 photos with family members who may have never seen the image.


Harold and Richard McCann (brothers), Circa 1934.

The envelope this negative was in says, “H. W. McCann, Loring Short & Harmon, #140   .”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Harold and Richard McCann (brothers), Circa 1934.

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Harold W and his wife Hazel McCann living at 103 Clinton. Harold was a credit manager at 474 Congress. Loring Short & Harmon was a bookseller and stationer at 474 Congress.

  • The 1936 Deering High School (Portland, ME) yearbook shows Harold W McCann’s photo. It is clearly the same young man as in this photograph.
  • The 1940 Census lists Harold W. & Hazel McCann living at 113 Glenwood. Living with them are Harold Jr., age 21, and Richard, age 19.

This photo, taken about 1934, includes Harold W McCann, Jr., and his brother Richard when the boys were about 15 and 13 years old.

Ancestry has 22 public trees that refer to Harold Webster McCann, born 17 Dec 1918. Family Search has a profile L6JX-PRP for Harold Webster McCann Jr (1918-2013). I have uploaded two photos of him and his brother to their Family Search Memories.

Richard Edman McCann is found in 12 Ancestry Public Trees. 

Evelyn MacNeill (Nurse), circa 1935

This negative envelope says, “Miss Evelyn MacNeill, Me. Eye & Ear Infirmary #580.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Evelyn MacNeill (Nurse), circa 1935

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Evelyn MacNeill as a student nurse at 79 Bramhall. (The Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary was located at 79 Bramhall.)

  • The Ancestry copy of the 1936 Portland City Directory is missing the pages that would have MacNeill entries.
  • The 1937 Portland City Directory does not have Evelyn MacNeil listed.
  • The 1933 Deering High School Yearbook lists Evelyn L MacNeil as a Senior. Her photo in the yearbook could be of the same young woman.

Alternative Individuals

  • The 1930 US Census lists Evelyn L MacNeill as the 14-year-old daughter of Ethel M. MacNeill, living in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  • The 1930 Census also lists 11-year-old Evelyn L MacNeill, the daughter of Clyde and
    Wilhemina MacNeill, living in Oak Bluffs, Dukes County, Massachusetts.

I am confident this is Evelyn L. MacNeil/MacNeill, a student nurse at the Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1935. She also likely attended Deering High School in 1933. However, I have been unable to connect Evelyn, the nurse, to her parents or a spouse.

I added a photo of her to Dead Fred and a second photo of her to my Flickr Photostream.

Susan MacAulay (Nurse) Circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Sue McCauley, Children’s Hospital #655.”

Why I couldn’t find this individual.

  • 1934, 1935, and 1936 Portland City Directories list no “McCauley” (or similar name) in the Nurses section.

Likely match

Susan MacAulay (Nurse) Circa 1935.

The 1940 US Census lists a Susan MacAulay (or Macauley) as a 35-year-old Canadian-born nurse living and working in Westport, Fairfield County, Connecticut. In 1935 she resided in Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut. The 1930 US Census confirms her occupation as a Nurse.

In this photo, the nurse appears to be about 30 years old, which fits Nurse Susan MacAulay of Connecticut. So, I believe it may be her, but I am not certain about the identification.

I have added a photo of Susan MacAulay to Dead Fred. I also uploaded an additional image of Sue to my Flickr photostream. 

Daughter of Harry A & Margaret MacDonough, Circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, Mrs. H. A. MacDonough, 548 Stevens Ave #435 – DSCN4016P.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Daughter of Harry A & Margaret MacDonough, Circa 1935.

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Harry A (Margaret M) MacDonough as a salesman living at 548 Stevens.

  • The 1929 Portland City Directory lists Harry A and Margaret B Macdonough living at 21 Rackleff.
  • The 1931 Portland City Directory lists Harry A and Margaret M Macdonough living at 21 Rackleff
  • The 1930 Portland City Directory indicates that Harry and Margaret’s neighbors at 21 Rackleff included:
    • Howard L Churchill, William T Sawyer, Mrs. Marion M Hunt, and Arthur C Frost.
    • Looking at Marion Hunt, I found Harry Mc Doughan, age 40, born in Maine, and his wife Margaret, age 32, born in Maine, living at 21 Rackleff. They had been married for two years.
  • The 1938 Portland City Directory found Harry & Margaret Macdonough living at 30 State.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Henry Mitchel as the head of household living at 21 Rackleff.

I have not found Henry and Margaret in any subsequent records. As such, I have not found the name of the little girl in this photo. I am confident her parents are Harry and Margaret Macdonough, who lived in Portland, Maine, from the 1920s until about 1938.

Philip & Robert McCarthy (Brothers) Circa 1937.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Phillip McCarthy, 282 Woodfords St #1101.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Philip & Robert McCarthy (Brothers) Circa 1937.

    The 1936 Portland city Directory lists Philip C and Alice P McCarthy living at 282 Woodford.

  • The 1940 US Census lists 41-year-old Philip C McCarthy and his 43-year-old wife Alice living at 276 Woodford. With them are their two sons, Philip J and Robert J. Philip is ten and Robert is seven years old.
  • Based upon the photo ID Number (#1101), the photo was taken about 1937. Philip would have been about seven and Robert about four. All were born in Maine

Robert J. McCarthy, son of Philip C. McCarthy and Alice P. Gray, was born on 2 May 1932 in Maine. He and his brother Philip are found in four Ancestry Public Trees.

Neither Robert, Philip, nor their parents appear to have profiles on Family Search, so I added their photo to Dead Fred.


Conclusion

  • I fully identified two of the seven individuals as having Ancestry trees and Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories.This
  • I identified four individuals that did not have a Family Search profiles so I posted their images to Dead Fred.
  • There was one individual I failed to determine their first name. The only image I have of her is hereIf 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.