Don’s Genealogy News – 17 January 2021

Don Taylor Genealogy

Photo Friday

I analyzed five more packets of negatives from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection. See Part 12 – Dexter, Dixon, Dodge (2), & Doherty

  • Mrs. G. N. Deexter – 129 Pleasant St, Portland, ME
  • Cynthia Alberta (Brimmer) Dodge (1893-1986)
  • Martha Dodge (1928-___)
  • Wendell Wallace Doherty (1887-1949)
  • Unknown [Dixon?]

Donna Montran

I posted “Donna One Hundred Years Ago – January 12th to 15th, 1921.”
“Donna Montran and Her Bathing Beauties in a Beach Promenade” played at the Majestic Theatre in Paterson, NJ, one hundred years ago this week.

Howell Research

Published a transcript of the Will of William Price (1762-1846). Thanks to Marcy Porter, who shared her transcript and allowed me to share it on this website. William Price is my wife’s 4th great-grandfather.

Scarborough Historical Society

I mailed 0ut the latest issue of Owascoag Notes (the bi-monthly newsletter of the Society).  Besides sending it out using Mail Chimp, I wrote “Looking for a Winter Project?” and “Recent Donations” for the January/February 2021 issue.

I added an 1865-1866 Auditor’s Report that was transcribed by a historical society member who responded to my “Looking for a Winter Project” article. I linked it to the Town Annual Reports Page.

I posted a transcript by a historical society member regarding the  Scarborough Election Warrant – 21 Oct 1820.

I was going to digitize Augustus Moulton’s book Old Prouts Neck, but found it is available online for download at the Digital Commons of the University of Southern Maine. It went out of copyright last year. Many thanks to USM’s Digital Commons.

I digitized, OCRed, linked and uploaded Scarborough Annual Report – 1953 to Digital Maine and Archive.org.

Digital Maine

I posted the Scarborough Election Warrant – 21 Oct 1820 to Digital Maine.

Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society

At the last meeting of the Greater Portland Chapter, I was elected Chapter President.  Please use to contact me, or the other board members, for the Greater Portland Chapter.

Other Blogs

The Ancestor Hunt reported that they have links to 1,732 Free Online Maine Collections in 16 genealogy record categories. Check them out.

Conferences

If you haven't registered for RootsTech - February 25 to 27 - yet, I highly recommend doing so. The registration is FREE.  https://www.rootstech.org/.  They have also linked with Family Search to provide "Relatives at Root Tech," where you can learn of other people who are attending RootsTech. I've registered for Connect and have learned there will be at least 76 relatives at RootsTech. By the way, there are over 139,000 people registered for RootsTech. It is going to be Genealogical Fun.

New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) - Virtual conference - April and May 2021. E-Zine at https://nergc.org/e-zines/

The Family History Federation (England) is hosting a "Really Useful Family History Show" on April 10th. "Early Bird Registration" is open until January 31st for £7.50.

Services

Set your VCRs or otherwise plan to watch the new season of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The 2021 Season begins January 19th at 8 PM on PBS with "To the Manor Born." Actress Glenn Close and filmmaker John Waters discover their privileged lineages.

The Will of William Price (1762-1846)

It is so nice when other researchers contact me and we can share notes and resources. Recently, a fifth cousin of my wife, and I exchanged several emails bout my wife’s 4th great-grandfather, William Price (1762-1846). I learned that she had transcribed the will of William and was willing to share her efforts.


William Price Will  – Martin County North Carolina Will Book 2/326-328

This will book was filmed in 2 page spreads at Family Search.
p326 (image 383)
p327-328 (image 384)
Marcy Porter’s transcript of the will book image follows:
[Begin transcript]

January Term 1847                                        

State of North Carolina }

Martin County                   } Know all men by these presents that I, William  Price, being in sound mind & memory thanks be to God for the same, but knowing the uncertainty of death do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament as follows

1st  I commit my soul to Almighty God my body to be entered in a desent Christian like manner in the family Grave Yard

2nd The negro Girl Hannah I lent to my Daughter Cherry at her marriage after my death it is my will and desire that said negro Hannahs increase (except one boy by the name of Luke) be Equally divided between the children of my Daughter Cherry and their heirs forever. My Daughter Cherry being dead it is my will wish and desire that the increase of said negro Hannah she being dead also be Equally divided between Robt Rebecca Martha John & Benjamin Lewis Bryan children of said Cherry after my death and to make said division I do nominate and appoint Jno A Turner Robert Bryan and Saml A Long to do the same

3rd  the negro girl Silva I let my Daughter Rebecca have at her marriage (and my Daughter Rebecca being dead and said negro also) but said negro Silva having an increase it is my will and desire that Jno Bryan husband of my said Daughter Rebecca have said negroes to him and his heirs forever

4th  the negro girl Liza I let my Daughter Roxana at her marriage it is my will and desire that my Daughter Roxana have said girl and increase her life time and after her death I give said negroes to her Lawful children

5th  The negro boy Theophilus which was sold and the proffits equally divided between my Daughter Mary and her two children Joseph & Martha remain so forever

6th  I give unto my Grand Daughter Evelina Bryan one negro girl by the name of Hannah should the said Evelina Bryan die without a lawful heir it is my will and desire that the said negro Hannah be sold (and increase if any) and the proceeds arising from said sales be equally divided among my heirs

[Over – Page 327]

7th  I give unto my grand sons Benjamin F Price & Hardy W B Price sons of my son Hardy B Price one Hundred Dollars each before the property which I may have on hand is divided

8th  I give unto my Grand son Joseph R Bryan one tract of land said land I bought of B F and H W B Price containing forty acres more or less and all the improvements thereon forever

9th  It is my will and desire that the negroes I have not given away after my death to be equally divided between my heirs in the following manner (viz) one fifth to Hardy B Price heirs one fifth to Cherry Bryan heirs one fifth to Rebecca Bryan children one fifth to Roxana Bryan her life time and after her death to her children one fifth to Mary Johnson her life time and after her death to her children leaving and giving my executors full power to appoint commissioners to allot and divide said negroes between said heirs according to the above statement

10th  I give unto my Daughter Mary Johnson one tract of Land known as the Johnson Tract containing fifty acres more or less running south with the fence to her and her heirs forever

11th  It is my desire that the balance of the Land I have not otherwise disposed of Except the family Grave Yard be sold and equally divided between my son Hardy B Price heirs and the heirs of Daughters Rebecca Cherry and Roxana in like manner as the negroes  

12th  I give unto my Grand son Joseph R Bryan one bed and furniture

13th  It is my will and desire that my Executors sell at public auction my Perishable Estate and after paying my just debts the balance with what monies or bond I may have to be equally divided between the heirs of my son Hardy B Price and the children of my Daughter Rebecca and the children of my Daughter Cherry and Roxana and Mary in like manner as the negroes

14th  It is my will and desire that my Executors retain in their hands (if not applied for before) the part of my Estate which I give to my Daughter Roxana and her heirs seven years if not applied for in that time then to be Equally divided between my other heirs

15th  It is my will and desire that my Executors retain in their hands the property which I have given unto my Grand children untill they arrive to the age of twenty one or marries.

I do hereby constitute and appoint my friend Archibald Slaton and William R Brown Executors to this my last will and Testament revoking all other wills that I may have made prior to this date. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this the twenty second day of August one Thousand Eight Hundred and forty three

 [signed]      William Price (seal)
Signed in presence of us
Bryant Bennett
Jos Waldo
[end transcript]
[Proven January Term 1847 by the oath of Joseph Waldo; William R Brown relinquished his right to qualify, and Archibald Slaton was qualified as sole executor]

I learned of no new family members, but I did learn many new facts regarding the disposition of land to several of the family members. The will also confirms many previously understood facts. For example, Cherry’s children, Lucy, Mary, and James died before 1843 because they weren’t listed in the will.  It also confirms many children and grandchildren were living at the time the will was written.

Endnotes:

This transcription was posted with the specific permission of the transcriber, Marcy Porter.  My thanks go out to her for her willingness to share her excellent work.
If you see anything in the transcription that is incorrect or otherwise should be corrected, please use the comment form below and report it.

Budgar in the News – Body Found

“Budgar” found a body – 28 April 1959

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.My mom met my stepfather, Edgar (aka “Bud” and “Budgar”) in 1961. He used to tell the story of when he found a body on the railroad tracks down along the river in Minneapolis, only a few hundred yards from where I had a store in the 1990s at St. Anthony Main. He used to say reporting the body was a real regret. The police questioned him for hours and kept him from getting to work. He lost half a day’s pay for doing the right thing. He said if he ever saw a body again, he’d just keep going and swear he didn’t see a thing. It is a sad commentary that doing the right thing can cost the Samaritan.

Anyway, I found the Minneapolis Star article, dated 28 April 1959, thanks to Newspapers.com, which describes the story and Budgar’s role in finding the body and reporting the incident.

Body Found on Rail Spur; Gang Violence Feared

….

The first report of the shooting came shortly after 6 a.m. when Edgar J. Matson, 33, 181 NE. 41st Av., Columbia Heights spotted the body while driving to his St. Paul job.

Matson told police he had first thought the man was either sick or drunk.

The tire tracks….

From the article I learned:

My stepfather lived at 181 NE 41st Ave, Columbia Heights, in 1959.

—– Disclosure —–

 

Ethel Wight Studio – Part 3

Adams, Adams, Andreasen, Allen, & Ames

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week for Photo Friday, I look at identifying five negatives from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]. The images were converted to positives using a lightbox, a Nikon camera, and computer software.

This was an excellent week for my Photo Identification Project. I identified all six of the individuals in five photographs.

Eleanor Adams – #329

This negative envelope says, “Miss Eleanor Adams – 48 Danforth St, Portland  #329.”

The 1940 Census shows 23-year-old Eleanor Adams, living with her father, Gregory Adams, and sister, Margaret, at 48 Danforth St. Portland. No doubt, this is the correct Eleanor Adams. Eleanor was a salesgirl at a retail novelty store. She was born in Maine; however, her father was born in Albania.[ii]

There were three other Eleanor Adams’ in Maine during the 1940 Census. Because of the identification due to address, I considered none of the others.

I could not find a profile on Family Search nor a memorial on Find a Grave for Eleanor. I found one tree in Ancestry, Squire Wilber Andrews Family Tree, that contained references to her.

I’ll post the image to Flikr, to my web site, and I’ll send a copy to the Squire Wilber Andrews Family Tree owner.

Louise Adams – #267

This negative envelope says, “Miss Louise Adams – 125 Grant St Portland – #267.”

In 1937, Charles W. Adams and his wife, Margaret E., lived at 125 Grant, Apt 12[iii].

The 1940 Census shows Charles W. Adams, his wife Margaret, his daughter Louise Oaks, and two grandchildren, Elizabeth Jean Oakes and Eleanor Louise Oakes living with him in Sanford, York County, Maine. However, Charles, Margaret, and Louise lived in Portland during 1935. Louise was divorced[iv].

Louise M. Adams married Durmond L. Oakes on 4 August 1934, suggesting that the “Miss Louise Adams” photo was taken before that[v].

So, I believe this photo to be of Louise M. Adams, daughter of Charles W. and Margaret Adams, who was born in Massachusetts about 1917 and the photo was taken before August 1934.

Family Search ID GSDC-P6B, Louise Mildred Adams (1917-1998), the daughter of Charles William and Margaret (McAvena) Adams, fits that criteria, so I’m confident these are photos of her.

Clifford L. and Edna I. Andreasen – #877

The envelope this negative was in said, “Mr. C. L. Andreasen – 10 Water St, E. Deering – Ethel Wight Collection – #877.”

The 1930 Census indicates that Clifford L Andreasen, his wife, Edna I., and daughter Betty D. were living with his wife’s father, William W. Wing (or Wrig), at 102 Presumpscot Street, Portland[vi].

In 1940, Clifford Andreasen lived with his wife Edna, daughter Betty (age 10), and son Clifford (age 7)[vii].

The 1937 Portland City Directory indicates that Clifford L. Andreasen and his wife Edna I lived at 10 Water Street, which confirms this is the correct family unit[viii].

Family Search ID LYQQ-35J, Clifford L. Andreasen (1932-2013), the son of Clifford Laurits Andreasen and Edna Isilda Wing fits that criteria, so I’m confident this photo is of him and his sister. Betty is not identified in Family Search.

Dorothy Mae Allan – #392

The envelope this negative was in said, “Mrs. Angie Allen – 47 Mayo St. Portland – Ethel Wight Collection – #392.”

Angie S C K Allan lived at 47 Mayo Street in Portland, per the 1933 and 1935 city directories.[ix],[x].

The 1940 Census indicated that Charles W. Allan lived at 61Veranda St, Portland, Maine, with his wife Angie S and 2-year-old son, Erik H[xi].

Charles W. Allen married Angie S. Taber in Gray, Maine, on 13 June 1932.

A review of Family Trees on Ancestry indicated that Charles Weldon and Angie Susan Collins (Taber) Allen had two children. Dorothy Mae Allan was born in 1932, and Erick “Buddy” Allan was born in 1938. This photo appears to be a girl about three years old, suggesting Dorothy’s picture about 1935. If it were taken after Erik’s birthday, I would have expected Erik to be included.

Dorothy Mae Allan (1932-2002) does not appear to have a profile on Family Search nor Find-a-Grave. She does appear in four Ancestry Public Trees.

  1. Reagan Blackmore Marsh as DOROTHY MAE ALLEN
  2. Porter Family Tree as Dorothy Mae Allan
  3. Doucette Family Tree as Dorothy Mae Allan
  4. Virginia Doucette Family Tree as Dorothy Mae Allan

I’ll post Dorothy’s photo to my website and Flickr and tell the owners of the above trees of the image.

Donna E Ames – #714

The envelope this negative was in said, “Mrs. Philip Annis – 92 Concord St. Portland – Ethel Wight Collection – #714.”

In 1938, Robert Gardenier lived at 92 Concord.

In 1937, Robert Gardenier and his wife Dorothy lived at 92 Concord. Also, Mrs. Louise J Dewolfe lived at 92 Concord.

In 1934, Philip Ames and his wife Madeline V. lived at 92 Concord. Clearly, what appeared to be Annis on the envelope was Ames.

In 1940, Philip L and Madeline Ames were living in Portland at 119 Leland Street with their three children, Donna E (age 7), Alan A (Age 4), and Dian P (age 8/12).

I believe this photo to be Donna (ca. 1935) and not Alan (ca. 1938). If the picture were taken in 1938, I would expect both children to be in the photo.

Consequently, I believe this photo to be of Donna E Ames, daughter of Philip Linwood and Madeleine Vivian (Marsh) Ames, ca. 1935.

There does not appear to be a profile for Donna on Family Search or Find-a-Grave. However, there are 27 public trees on Ancestry that include her parents, Philip and Madeleine.

I intend to post the image to Flikr and my website and then inform various tree owners of the picture.


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] “United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMM4-V1K : 28 February 2020), Eleanor Adams in household of Gregory Adams, Ward 5, Portland, Portland City, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 3-71, sheet 10B, line 62, family 157, 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 1475.

[iii] Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.  Portland, Maine, Cityy Directory, 1937, Page 100 – Adams, Charles W.

[iv] Year: 1940; Census Place: Sanford, York, Maine; Roll: m-t0627-01497; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 16-72 – Page 6B – Lines 48 through 52 – Charles W. Adams (and family).

[v] Ancestry.com. Maine, Marriage Index, 1892-1996 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2003. Search Louise M Adams & Oakes – https://www.ancestry.com/search/categories/34/?name=Louise_Adams&count=50&name_x=s_s&spouse=_Oakes

[vi] United States Census, 1930, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XM8P-T7T : accessed 23 October 2020), William W Wing, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 83, sheet 19B, line 61, family 453, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 831; FHL microfilm 2,340,566.

[vii] “United States Census, 1940, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMMW-MXQ : 28 February 2020), Clifford Andreasen in household of Clifford Andreasen, Falmouth Town, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 3-23, sheet 5A, line 15, family 77, 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 1474.

[viii] Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011 – Portland, Maine City Directory, 1937 – Page 113 – Andreasen, Clifford L.

[ix] Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Portland, Maine City Directory, 1935 – Page 116 – Allan Angie S C K Mrs. R 47 Mayo

[x] Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Portland, Maine City Directory 1933 – Page 144 – Allan, Angie S C K

[xi] United States Census, 1940, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMMC-XGW : 28 February 2020), Angie T Allan in household of Chas W Allan, Ward 9, Portland, Portland City, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 3-117, sheet 4A, line 33, family 79, 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 1476.

Chin Chin – Opera House – Jamestown, NY – 16 May 1920

Donna Montran Mentioned

One of my favorite, little known, websites is Fulton History, also known as Old Fulton Postcards. They have nearly 50 million newspaper pages. Besides searching on their site, there is a separate website, Fultonsearch.org, which can provide another, less cumbersome, search methodology. The site has lots more than just Fulton County or New York-specific materials, so I highly recommend adding it to your regular search processes.

Background

The “Chin Chin” show played in North Adams, MA, on May 14th and Pittsfield, MA, on May 15th, before backtracking nearly 400 miles west to Jamestown, NY, to play the Opera House there on May 16th.

Preshow Advertising

The first advertising for the show began on Thursday, March 11, 1920 in the Jamestown Evening Journal.  Page Twelve included a regular Chin Chin ad with Walter Wills and Roy Binder sitting on the moon. There was also a photo of the Clown Saxaphone Band and an advertising article.

The Jamestown Evening Journal used this photo, however, due to the quality of the newspaper copy, this is a better quality image from jass.com.

THE FAMOUS CLOWN SAXAPHONE BAND IN “CHIN CHIN” TO BE PRESENTED AT THE OPERA HOUSE
TUESDAY NIGHT, MARCH 16.

Jamestown Evening Journal (Jamestown, NY) 11 March 1920, Page 12 – (Fulton History)

“CHIN CHIN” COMING TO THE OPERA HOUSE NEXT TUESDAY

Charles Dillingham’s musical comedy success “Chin Chin” is coming to the Opera House on Tuesday night, March 16, according to an announcement made this morning by manager R. C. Horning.

This play appeared first at the Globe theater in New York for two solid years, and is now on a transcontinental trip, touring the west for the first time.

In the leading roles will be seen Walter Wills and Roy Binder, who come to use with the stamp of approval won in such productions as The Wizard of Oz, The Red Mill, Hitchy Koo, etc., etc., etc.

The company comprising sixty-five people, mostly girls and Tom Brown’s Famous Clown Saxaphone band. Charles Dillingham’s name is associated with the biggest and best theatrical enterprises, such as the Hippodrome and Globe theater in New York some of his latest productions are Jack O’Lantern with Fred Stone. The Canary with Julia Sanderson and Joe Cawthorne. Hip Hip Hooray with 1,290 associates, and Everything which has surpassed all records at the New York Hippodrome during the season 1918-1919.

Chin Chin is a fantastic production rich in costuming. In seven sets, including the most startling surprises, ingenious trickery and grotesque dancing in plenty, affording an entertainment that is clean and wholesome proving hilarious amusement for both young and old, which qualities are the making of and particular success of the theatrical magnate, Charles Dillingham.

Chin Chin has previously appeared in Jamestown. The reputation made then will undoubtedly help it on its coming appearance.

1920-03-12 – Jamestown Evening Journal (Jamestown, NY) Page 16 – Chin Chin (Fulton History) copy

On March 15th, the Jamestown Evening Journal ran an ad showing three of the women in the cast. I’ve seen the photo before but never saw it with all three of the women identified in the photograph. They are Ethel Lawrence, Norma Seller, and Marie Cavanah.

 

Reviews

In a rare review of a one night show, Donna is called out specifically.[i]

… Donna Montram [sic], a beautiful girl, beautifully dressed and with a sweet voice and manner made the part of the Goddess of the Lamp especially attractive…

 

Jamestown Opera House (aka Shea’s Opera House)

 

<<Shea’s Theater 2 – 1948>>

Photo courtesy “Schlickrt” via Cinema Treasures – http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/40614/photos/68351

 

Abner Allen built the opera house on Second Street in Jamestown in 1894. In 1898 he sold the theater to Charles Samuels. In 1919, the Samuel’s Opera House was acquitted by the Shea interest of New York City. They refurbished the opera house. “Chin Chin” played there after that refurbishment. In 1967, the Little Theatre of Jamestown purchased the property and began operations in 1969. The theatre was renamed the Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown in 1991, after the local celebrity’s death.[ii]

 

Specifications for Shea’s Opera House

Seating Capacity: 1,287

 

Proscenium opening: 37 ft
Front to back wall: 36 ft
Between side walls: 60 ft
Between fly Galleries: 46 ft
To rigging loft: 60 ft
To fly gallery: 27 ft

There were three, “Journal,” “News,” and “Daily Sun.”  I have only found articles from the Journal so far.

 

Today

The Lucille Ball Little Theater was in operation before the COVID-19 pandemic. I don’t know its current status. See http://www.lucilleballlittletheatre.org/ for details.

 

 

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Endnotes

[i] Jamestown Evening Journal (Jamestown, NY) March 17, 1920, Page 14 – Chin Chin (via Fulton History)

[ii] Internet: “History of the Theater’s Owners” – Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown – www.lucilleballlittletheatre.org/history-of-the-theaters-owners.html