Ethel Wight Collection – Part 62

Hogan, Holland, Houghton(2), Huston, & (Née Giberson)

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.

Deborah Luella Holland, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Deborah Holland, 89 Read St #494.”

Deborah Luella Holland, circa 1936

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Deborah L Holland as a housekeeper at 89 Read, residing at the same address.
  • The 1938 Portland City Directory lists Deborah L Holland, a housekeeper having married Nelson F Garland and had moved to Harmon.
  • Ancestry Family Trees indicate Deborah Luella Holland, the wife of Nelson Frank Garland, was born 17 August 1912 in Woodland, Aroostook County, Maine.
  • This photo is of Deborah Holland, about 1936 before she married Nelson Garland.

Ancestry has 15 public trees that refer to Deborah Luella Holland. Family Search has a profile for Deborah Luella Holland, ID: L5KP-RM1.

I have uploaded two photos of Deborah to her Family Search Memories. 

Ruth Eleanor Hogan, circa 1935

This negative envelope says, “Miss Ruth Hogan, ME Eye & Ear Infirmary #289.”

Ruth Eleanor Hogan, circa 1935

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Ruth Hogan, a student nurse at 79 Bramhall (the location of the Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary) and residing at 804 Congress.
  • The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Ruth Hogan living at 439 Congress, apt 216.
  • The 1937 & 1938 Portland City Directories list Ruth Hogan as living at 764 Shore Road (Rear), Cape Elizabeth.
  • The Maine Marriage Index, 1892-1996 lists Ruth E. Hogan’s marriage to Howard H Milliken on 9 July 1939. Both live in Cape Elizabeth.
  • Ancestry Trees suggest Ruth Eleanor Hogan was born 27 September 1913 in Maine and married Howard Herbert Milliken on 9 July 1939 was the daughter of Thomas and Edna (Bracket) Hogan.

I believe this photo is of Ruth Hogan, about 1935, while she was a student at the Maine Eye & Ear Infirmary.

Ancestry has 11 public trees that refer to Ruth Hogan. Family Search has a profile for Ruth E. Hogan, ID: GMPC-CVZ.

I have uploaded two photos of Ruth to her Family Search Memories. 

Charles Bennett Houghton, circa 1935 (Age 2)

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. G.M. Houghton, 94 Concord St #398.”

Charles Bennett Houghton, circa 1935 (Age 2)

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Gerald M Haughton and his wife Marian, living at 94 Concord. Gerald is an Engineer at 45 Forest Ave.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Gerrald M. Houghton and his wife Marrion L, living in Bangor, Penobscot, Maine. Living with them are son, Charles B, and daughter Anna L. They are ages 6 and 5 respectively. All are reported as having lived in Portland in 1935. Gerald was born in Pennsylvania, and Marrion was born in Massachusetts. The two children were born in Maine.
  • Social Security Applications and Claims indicate that Charles Bennett Houghton was born on 40 May 1933 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.

This photo is of Charles when he was about 2, in 1935.

Ancestry has 16 public trees that refer to Charles Bennett Houghton. Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Charles Houghton, son of Gerald and Marion Houghton.

I have uploaded one photo of Charles to Dead Fred. 

Charles B and Anna L. Houghton, circa 1937.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Marion Houghton, 94 Concord St #971.”

Why I believe this to be these individuals.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Gerald M Haughton and his wife Marian, living at 94 Concord. Gerald is an Engineer at 45 Forest Ave.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Gerrald M. Houghton and his wife Marrion L, living in Bangor, Penobscot, Maine. Living with them are son, Charles B, and daughter Anna L. They are ages 6 and 5 respectively. All are reported as having lived in Portland in 1935. Gerald was born in Pennsylvania, and Marrion was born in Massachusetts. The two children were born in Maine.
Charles and Anna (out of focus) Houghton, circa 1937.
Charles (out of focus) and Anna  Houghton, circa 1937.

These are photos of Charles and Anna about 1937 when he was about four, and Anna was about one.

Charles Bennett Houghton was the subject of the photo identification above. Anna L. Houghton does not appear to be in any Ancestry trees. Also, FamilySearch does not appear to have a profile for Anna. However, her father, Gerald Houghton, appears in 19 public Ancestry trees.

This is an unusual case where two photos are needed. In one image, the boy is in focus, and the younger girl is out of focus. In the other, the girl is in focus, and the older boy is out of focus. I also uploaded both photos to my Flickr photostream and present them here. 

Katie L. Huston (Née Giberson), circa 1934

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. A. J. Houston, 68 Neal St #109.”

Houston

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory does not have an A. J. Houston listed. However, Almer J Huston is listed as living at 68 Neal Street. So it appears that Ethel Wight misspelled the surname.
  • The 1930 US Census lists Almer J Huston and his 51-year-old wife, Kate L Huston, Living at 68 Neal. Kate was born in Canada and was married when she was 18 years old (Elma was 27).
  • Ancestry Family Trees indicate Kate L. Giberson, who married Almer J Huston in 1898. Kate was born on 28 May 1878 in Canada.

This photo is of Kate L Huston (Née Giberson) about 1934 when she was 55 or 56 years old.

Ancestry has 38 public trees that refer to Kate L (Giberson) Huston. Family Search has a profile for Katie L. Giberson ID: MZ25-M6N.

I have uploaded two photos of Katie to her Family Search Memories. 

Conclusion

  • I fully identified all five individuals. Three of them have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images there.
  • I identified one individual that did not have a Family Search profile but did appear in Ancestry trees, so I posted his image to Dead Fred.
  • Finally, I identified a fifth individual that did not have a Family Search profile and did not appear in any Ancestry trees. I uploaded her photos here and to my Flickr Photostream.

For all of the Ethel Wight Collection analysis, please see here.

Final Note

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.

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 85

Treasure Chest Thursday
By Don Taylor

For this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday, I’m looking at a clipping from the Donna Darling Collection with Donna in her fashion coat.

Donna Darling.

Bathing Beauties of Movies Here in Revue at the Lincoln.

Bathing girls from various California motion picture studios will make a personal appearance in a colorful Hollywood revue at the Lincoln. This revue is a clever musical and dancing number which will show patrons that these versatile girls can do other things than merely making poses before the camera. Miss Donna Darling, who comes direct from the Mack Sennet studios, is the charming star who introduces the bathing beauties dressed in bathing costumes dating from 1860 to the present day. Bettl [sic] Bryant is the “Miss America of 1925.’’ Bathing costumes of various countries and fashionable seashore centers are introduced. Chief among these number is Mildred O’Brian, who appears as the beauty from Palm Beach. Miss Darling’s life guards, Murry Earl and Al Ross, add comedy to the Egyptian dance, while Petite Clarice Allyn as the Chinese bathing girl enhances the program with clever toe dancing.

Elaborate costumes have been selected for this sparkling revue. The music is snappy and the production has brilliant scenic and lighting effects.

Key features:

  • The venue is the Lincoln; however, neither a city nor state is provided.
  • No date is provided; however, Betty Bryant is “Miss America of 1925” indicating that the show was in 1925.
  • Other cast members included
    • Betty Bryant
    • Mildred O’Brian
    • Murry Earl
    • Al Ross
    • Clarice Allyn

Analysis

Donna Darling and Girls is known to have played at the Lincoln Theatre in Belleville, Illinois, on 6 October 1925. She also played there in 1924 and 1926 with different shows, so the Lincoln Theatre in Belleville was well known to her.

The Belleville News-Democrat (Belleville, IL) paper dated 6 October 1925, Page 9[i], mentions Donna Darling and girls in their “Song and Dance Revue” were at the Lincoln.

A further review of Genealogy Bank, Newspaper Archives, Elephind, Chronicling America, and the Byron Public Library District at Advantage Preservation failed to provide any additional potential venues for Donna at “the Lincoln” during 1925.

Conclusion

Tentatively, I ascribe this clipping to her playing at the Lincoln in Belleville, IL, on 6 October 1925.


Sources

[i] The Belleville News-Democrat (Belleville, Illinois) 06 Oct 1925, TuePage 9 – Via Newspapers.com.

Change Logs

Tuesday’s Tips
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.I synchronize my local Family Tree Maker (FTM) tree with an Ancestry tree. It is simple to set up and has the side benefit of generating changelogs for my work. As I review various records, I enter the sources in my FTM and then create facts based on my source’s points. I hold off syncing my tree until I’ve finished with a particular set of records. Then when I sync my tree to Ancestry, I can print[i] out all of the additions, changes, and deletions I entered since my last sync. Because of the process, I don’t need to keep a log of my findings; the printout of changes IS the log.

Creating the log using Family Tree Maker 2019 for Mac[ii] is quick and easy. Do your work until you are done with a set of records (or a day’s work), then….

    • Click “Sync Now.”
    • Assuming you receive a “green weather” notification, Click “Continue.”
    • On the Sync Change Log, select “View Report.”
    • In the Share box, select the method you would like to use. I always “Export to PDF” then “Share.”
    • I then change the “Save As” file name by adding the Tree this synchronization is from and the date. For example, “Howell-Darling” as a prefix and “2022-01-01” as a suffix making the file name, “Howell-Darling FamilySync® Change Log 2022-01-01.pdf.”

That is it, log done. Then just continue to sync the FTM tree to Ancestry[iii].

Example – Howell-Darling Change Summary.

For example, I recently reviewed a set of wills and probate records for my wife’s 4th great-grandparents, Samuel and Betsy Kinsey (Binford) Pankey of Virginia. Of course, just looking at the disposition of their property isn’t enough. Instead, I searched for wills and probate records for their extended family. I added 49 individuals in this recent activity and changed/updated 22 others. I had one deletion, but that was due to my merging two individuals. There were updates for 15 of my Binford ancestors, including several new siblings, aunts, and uncles.

Conclusion

Creating a log of your research activities is simple and easy. There is no reason not to keep a record of your actions this way. That way, if you need to back something out, the log will provide the information you need about what you did to get where you are.

Endnotes:

[i] I don’t usually print, rather I create a print file (PDF) that is searchable and can be printed if I want to.

[ii] Most major genealogy software programs that synchronize with Ancestry have a similar capability. Please consider indicating how your software can create a log of changes similarly in the comments below.

[iii] Note: It is important to not let your trees get to far out of sync. I am slow in my incorporating sources to people and events. As such, I need to synchronize every day or two. Also, I never make changes on my Ancestry tree directly. I make all changes to my FTM tree and  synchronize those changes to my Ancestry tree.

Ancestor Sketch – Freke W. Hingston

Bradley-Hingston Project
Bradley-Hingston Line
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Freke W Hingston was born on 29 October 1859 in Ireland, the son of Ellen and William. He immigrated to the United States in July 1879. He married Annie Smythe on 2 September 1884 in Peabody, Massachusetts. Freke and Annie had six children in 11 years. He died on 2 January 1899 in Peabody, Massachusetts, and was buried there at the age of 39.

Bradley-Hingston – Ancestor #12

List of Grandparents

    • Grandfather: William Robert Hingston (1889-1954)
    • 1st Great-grandfather: Freke W. Hingston (1859-1899)
    • 2nd Great-grandfather: William Hingston (___-___)

Freke W. Hingston (1859-1899)

Birth

Freke was born in County Cork, Ireland, on 29 October 1859, to William and Ellen (Wolfe) Hingston.

Immigration

The 19-year-old Freke immigrated to the United States, arriving in New York on 15 July 1879. 1879 was the second year of the Irish “Mini-famine” of 1878-1880. In Ireland, the potato harvest was significantly reduced and the peat and cereal crops were too wet to Harvest.[1]

Marriage

Freke married Annie Smyth (or Smith) on 2 September 1884 in Peabody, Essex County, Massachusetts.

The six children of Freke W. and Annie (Smyth) Hingston.

Name Born Married Died
Mary Ellen 7 October 1884 Martin Joseph Quinlan July 1969
(No Name) 11 March 1888 n/a Stillborn
William Robert 29 January 1889 Florence Reid 8 February 1954
James Edward 6 July 1890 9 April 1913
Joseph Freke 19 November 1894 16 November 1976
Florence Louise 5 August 1896 FNU Atwood 2 August 1948

All children were born and died in Peabody, MA.

Adulthood

Freke filed his intention to become a US Citizen in Essex County, MA, on 28 September 1886 and became a citizen on 3 October 1888. He worked as a bleacher.

Death/Burial, etc.

The Massachusetts Death Records indicates he died on 2 January 1899 at 40 years of age, one month, and 17 days, suggesting his birth was either 15 or 16 November 1858. Freke W. Hingston is buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody, Massachusetts.

The following names and dates are on his Family Marker:

Birth Name Death Relationship
1858 Freke W. Hingston 1899 Self
1960 Anne S. Hingston 1912 Wife
1890 James E. Hingston 1913 Son
1896 Florance Atwood 1948 Daughter
1879 Martin J Quinlan 1951 Son-in-law
1884 Mary Ellen Quinlan 1969 Daughter
1920 Lawrence M Quinlan 1989 Grandson.

Hingston/Quinlan Marker (front) – FaG – photo courtesy Thomas F. Scully.

Hingston Quinlan/Marker (front) – FaG – photo courtesy Thomas F. Scully.

Conflicts

Freke’s marker and his Death Record indicate he was born in 1858. However, his naturalization record indicates his birthdate as 29 October 1859. Because the naturalization records were seen by Freke and signed as accurate by him, I accept the 29 October date as the most accurate.

Further Research

Although Freke arrived in the United States in 1879, I have been unable to find anyone with the Hingston (or Kingston) surname that appears to be Freke in the 1880 Census. When I research his father, hopefully, I will  encounter him and, possibly siblings, in other records.

Events by Location

Ireland                                                           1859 (Birth)
New York, New York                                1879 (Immigration)
Massachusetts, Essex, Peabody          1884 thru 1899 (Marriage, residence, death, & burial)


Sources

  • Find a Grave Memorial, Find a Grave, Freke W. Hingston – Memorial 222462334. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/222462334/freke-w-hingston: accessed 25 December 2021), memorial page for Freke W. Hingston (1858–2 January 1899), Find a Grave Memorial ID 222462334, citing Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA; Maintained by Thomas F. Scully (contributor 46818179).
  • Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915, Family Search, Florence Louise Hingston – 5 August 1896. “Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FXXZ-4JJ: 20 February 2021), Florence Louise Hingston, 5 August 1896, Peabody, Massachusetts; citing reference ID #Vol. 457, Page 539, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,843,692.
  • “Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, 1921-1924,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N71W-B96: 2 March 2021), Freke W. Hingston, 2 January 1899; citing Peabody, Massachusetts, v 492 p 611, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 961,528.
  • Massachusetts Marriages, 1841­-1915, Family Search, Freke Hingston – Annie Smith – 2 September 1884. “Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NWYV-2HT: 10 March 2021), Freke Hingston and Annie Smith, 2 September 1884; citing Peabody, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,432,997.
  • “Massachusetts Marriages, 1841­1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N46B­91L: 18 January 2018), William R Hingston and Florence Reid, 24 February 1914; citing Peabody, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2,409,947.
  • Massachusetts, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1798-1950, Ancestry.Com, Freke Hingston. First District Court, Essex County, Salem Petitions For Naturalization, V 3, No 4692-1xv3, 1886-1889.
  • Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1841-1910, American Ancestors, Line 111 – William Robert Hingston – Freke & Annie – Occupation Bleacher Ireland She was born in England. Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1841-1910. (From original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1841-1910 Historic Genealogical Society, 2004.) Accessed 2018-03-14. https://www.americanancestors.org/DB191/i/10729/367/122175087.
  • Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1841-1910, American Ancestors, Line 249 – Joseph Freke Hingston – Birth. Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1841-1910. (From original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004.). https://www.americanancestors.org/DB191/rd/9558/514/122792283.
  • The United States, New England Petitions for Naturalization Index, 1791-1906, Family Search, Freke W Hingston. Accessed 3/14/2018. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VXRM-SYV.

Endnotes

[1] Wikipedia – “1879 in Ireland.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1879_in_Ireland

Don Taylor Genealogy – 2021 Year in Review

The primary purpose of my blog is to help me understand my genealogical findings. It is like a diary or journal that focuses me on what I know. It helps me to stay focused not to become distracted. As time has passed, it has become more and more a vehicle for me to share some of what I’ve learned and what I am working on. I think both are important. I would like to remind readers that I do accept guest submissions. If you would like to write something, particularly of interest to readers in my six primary topics (Brown, Darling, Howell, and Roberts lines as well DNA discoveries or understanding and Donna Montran’s vaudeville career), I’ll be happy to consider your submission as a guest post.

What I do.

  1. I am the Historian and the “genealogy & technology guy” for the Scarborough Historical Society. As the “technology guy,” I manage their web page and regularly post to their website. Before Covid, I also recorded monthly presentations and edited them for uploading to YouTube. 
  2. I am a past president and regularly participate with the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society.
  3. My big project is my “Photo Friday” project using negative images from the Ethel Wight Collection. I was given access to and was able to photograph the negatives. I edit them to make positives, and then, using my genealogical skills, I identify the individuals in the photos and share them with likely family members.
    1. I think the most touching story was from a man in his 80s, whose photo of him sitting with his mother when he was a small child he had never seen. His stepmother threw away all the pictures of his mother, and the photo from the Collection was one of two photos he has of his mother.
    2. Another story was of a photo of a man’s father he had never seen. His father died during WWII.

I am so looking forward to eliminating Covid-19 protocols so that all these groups can return to regular meetings. I miss my genealogy friends; Zoom meetings are just not the same.

2020 Website Statistics.

I wrote 146 posts during the year, up from 138 in 2020.  My goal was to post, at a minimum, once every three days, so I made my goal.

The number of “likes” has gone up substantially over the past two years, as have the number of comments. (If you like my page and work, please like the page or add a comment. I love hearing from you.)

I currently have 506 direct subscribers, plus the folks that receive updates from Facebook (249), Twitter (201), Google, and other feeds. If you do not subscribe to dontaylorgenealogy.com, please do so.

Referrals to my site are, as I would expect, from various search engines. Google is, by far, the most significant referrer. Bing is a distant 2nd and third was DuckDuckGo. Facebook is the biggest non-search engine referrer, followed by Twitter.  My old Blogspot site still referred individuals 15 times, so I guess I still can’t delete it.

My Top Five Postings for 2021

My number one post during 2021 has been #1 for six years in a row. “Why I’ll never do business with MyHeritage Again.” I guess people love reading rants.

My number 2 & 3 articles were My Genealogical Process – Part 1 and Part 2. That article’s success and several of my other “Tuesday’s Tips” convinced me to do more “General Help” postings.

My number 4 most read posting was a surprise. “Chin Chin” – The Illinois Theatre, Urbana, Illinois – 31 October 1919. I’m not sure why it is popular, but it is.

Finally, the 5th place posting goes to “Possible Relatives – Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Blake Lively.” I’m not surprised by this one; it is a fun read.

Next Year – 2022

I’m not sure where I want my genealogical activities will take me in 2022. Indeed, my Ethel Wight Photo Identification Project will be a constant source of work. I am also doing more with several projects that include Maine ancestors, keeping me busy. Finally, I want to create some “Location Guides” for some of my research areas. I’ll publish them on my General Help pages as I make them.

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.
By the way, Nasi is a great typest. She’s just a poor speller. She like to help me a lot.

Have a happy, safe, and healthy new year.

Don (and his cat, Nasi)