Photo Friday – Bridges, Starrett, Weymouth, and Six Others

Photo Friday

It was an okay week for my photo analysis project. This week I looked at nine photos I scanned previously. Three of them I clearly identified; six others I’m not certain of.

Family Search

Three of the photos I was able to determine who they were, and I uploaded the images to the memory section of the individual profiles on Family Search.

They were:

  • Luetta Katie Bridges – (1893-1974) – 9V68-B3K
  • Katie Farrington Starrett (1863-1948) – KZ23-XZB
  • Nellie A. Weymouth – (1867-____) – L24G-D8W
Nellie A. Weymouth, Luetta Katie Bridges, & Katie Farrington Starrett

Uncertain Photo Identification

I was not able to determine who the other six were.

  1. “Frances Sarah Bragdon” Born March 9, 1904, Rec’d Sept 17″ was photographed at Marshall Studio, Westbrook, Me.  There was a female Bragdon child born April 1, 1904, in Westbrook, Me.  Daughter of Ernest J. and Jennie F (Smith) Bragdon. I suspect this is that child and the birthdate on the photo is incorrect.
  2. “Mr. and Mrs. Hansen – English People” was photographed at Davies Studio in Rockland, Me.  Sadly no first names.
  3. Bruce Levett - Leavett - R.B. Leavitt“Bruce Levett – Leavett” was photographed at Hanson Photography, 12 Monument Square, Portland, ME. The back indicates both spellings. On an outer cover sheet, it says “R. B. Leavitt | Portland Me” From that, I’m fairly convinced this is probably Robert Bruce Leavitt who was born 3 September 1874 and died 7 August 1949.
  4. “Eugene Moulton 21-Oct. – 1900” was quite perplexing. The photo was taken at Crockett Photography in Rockland, Me. This is probably Henry Eugene Moulton, born 3 May 1880, but I can’t be sure. There are several other Eugene Moultons of that time/period.
  5. “Edward Rand Thurman – Feb 12, 1899 – Feb 12, 1900.”  I have searched at length and have been unsuccessful in determining who the child was. The child was photographed at H. M. Smith at 478 Congress Street, Portland, Me.  If, as the back of the photo suggests, the child died on his 1st birthday, that is really sad and might explain why there are no other records of his life.
  6. “Jennie Young” was photographed at Gendron, 13 Tremont Row, Boston. From the dress and photo type, it looks to be from the 1880s or 1890s.  There are so many Jennie Youngs in Maine and Massachusetts, it is impossible to determine which one this is.
Mr. and Mrs. Hansen, Jennie Young, Frances Sarah Bragdon, Eugene Moulton, & Edward Rand Thurman

These photos, in 1200 pixel width, have been posted to Dead Fred.

If you are related to these families and can help identify them, I’d love to hear from you. Likewise, if you are related to the three individuals in the first group, I’d love to learn if you had seen these photos before.

Ancestor Sketch – Arvid Frithiof Carlin

Bradley-Hingston Project
Ancestor Y-06

Carlin Line
By Don Taylor

Arvid Frithiof Carlin(1876-1959)
Updated 30 Jan 2020[1]

Arvid was born Arvid Frithiof Karlsson-Karlin[1] in Värmskog, Värmland, Sweden on 27 November 1876.[1] 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).

Childhood

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.

SS New York – before 1903 – Source: Wikipedia.

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.

Marriage

In 1915, Arvid married Pauline Van Damm in New Jersey. Certificate 05445 applies.

Arvid and Paulene had three children. They are:

·               Name ·               Born
·               Walpole ·               Apr 1917 – New York
·               Virginia Pauline ·               1924 – New York
·               Vivian ·               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.

2174 Amsterdam Ave. New York City – Photo courtesy Google Maps.

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.

1110 Keeler Ave. Mamaroneck, NY – Photo courtesy Google Maps

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.

Death

Marker – Arvid Carlin – Photo by Ellen Bruster via Find-a-Grave.

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.

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ENDNOTES

[1] 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.

Sources

  • 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 Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924, Family Search, Arvid Karlin – 1900. Database with images, dated 20 August 2019, accessed 20 Jan 2020. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QGPQ-2CHP.
  • 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.

Ancestor Sketch – Sadie A. (Waters) Chase

Utterstrom-Chase-Waters
By Don Taylor

Blanchard Project – Ancestor #15 Sadie A. Waters (1887-1983)

Grandparents

7. – Maternal Grandmother:Annie Evelyn Chase (1908-1976)
15. – Great-grandmother: Sadie A. Waters (1887-1983)
30. – 2nd Great-grandfather: Willim G. Waters (1868-____)

Birth

Sadie Waters (cropped from a photo of Mabel & Sadie Waters & Bessie Maude Howes)

Sadie A. Waters was born on 15 March 1887 in Patten, Penobscot County, Maine, the third child of William George and Laura Emma (Swett) Waters. The 1900 Census indicated Sadie was born in March 1887; that is the record closest to her birth that I have found. There was a “Delayed” birth record filed in 1944 that indicates her birthdate was 15 March 1887, which is consistent with the 1900 census.

In 1887, Patten was the center of extensive lumbering operations.[i] About 1828, Amos Patten purchased township No. 4, Range 6, as it was designated. The following year the surveyors, hired by Amos, established their homes there. The town was incorporated in 1841. In 1850 the population was 470, in 1870 704, and only 716 in the 1880 census.  Patten Academy had its first students in 1848.

The children of William G. and Laura Emma (Swett) Watters.[ii]

Child Birth Death
George Ervin Waters Dec 1881
Mable A. Waters Jul 1883
Sadie A. Waters 15 Mar 1887 Dec 1983
Minnie M. Waters Jun 1891
Mildred A. Waters Sep 1893
James W. Waters Jan 1895
Wesley C. Waters Sep 1899

All children were born in Maine. All seven children were living in 1900.

(There are no records remaining of the 1890 Census.)

1900 Census

William G Waters[iii] is the 42-year-old head of the household. He was born in January 1858. He, his parents, his wife, and all of his children were all born in Maine.

He owned his farm, which was mortgaged. He and “Laura M” (Laura Emma) had been married for 20 years. Living with them were their seven, including Sadie, children and Laura’s 26-year-old brother, “Winman Swett.[iv]” He was a day laborer. Sadie was attending school and would do so through the 7th grade.

Marriage

Sadie married Albert B. Chase, also of Patten, on November 1st, 1905.  The ceremony was performed by Daniel Scribner, Justice of Peace, in Patten, Penobscot County, Maine. Albert was a farmer and Sadie was a “domestic.”

The six children of Albert B. and Sadie A. (Waters) Chase.

Child Birthdate
Hilda B. Chase 24 Aug 1906
Annie Evelyn Chase 24 Mau 1908
Leita M Chase 18 Jun 1909
Fred Chase 2 May 1911
Floyd Chase 11 Feb1913
Franklin William Chase 20 Oct 1914

All of Albert & Sadie’s children were born in Patten, Penobscot County, Maine.

Adulthood

The 1910 Census shows Sadie is keeping house for Albert, who is a farmer, and their three young daughters.

The 1920 Census shows Sadie and her farmer husband, Albert, living in Patten, along with their three daughters and three sons. All the children, but five-year-old Franklin, are attending school.

Sometime between 1920 and 1930 Albert and Sadie moved from Patten, Penobscot County, to Monmouth, Kennebec County, about 175 miles south of Patten.

The 1930 Census then finds Albert owning his farm. With him are Sadie and their two youngest children, Floyd and Franklin.

In 1935, were living in the “Same Place” as they would be in 1940, indicating they moved again sometime between 1935 and 1940.

The 1940 Census finds Sadie and Albert living at “Village Corner.” With them is a lodger, Walter Cushman.

Photo of the Chase family Monument at Monmouth Ridge Cemetery - Monmouth, Kennebec County, Maine
Monument – Chase family – Monmouth Ridge Cemetery – Monmouth, Kennebec County, Maine

In 1958, Albert, Sadie’s husband for 53 years, passed. Sadie lived on for 25 more years and died at 96 years of age in December 1983.

Death & Burial

Marker for Sadie Chase (1887-1983) - Monmouth Ridge Cemetery - Monmouth, Kennebec County, Maine
Marker – Sadie Chase (1887-1983) – Monmouth Ridge Cemetery – Monmouth, Kennebec County, Maine

Sadie died in December 1983. She was buried with her husband, Albert B. Chase at Monmouth Ridge Cemetery in Monmouth, Kennebec County, Maine.

 

Events by Location

  • Maine, Penobscot County, Patten – Birth, Marriage – Censuses 1900-1920.
  • Maine, Kennebec County, Monmouth – Censuses 1930-1940 – Burial
  • Maine, Cumberland County – Death.

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • With the basics complete, continue researching Sadie A. Waters Chase’s life.
  • Research the death dates for Sadie’s children.
  • It will be interesting to investigate the Waters of Patten. Clearly they arrived early in the history of the town.
  • Investigate the history of the Patten Academy. Were the Walters early students at the school?

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Sources

  • 1900 Census (FS), Family Search, 1900 Census – William G Watters – Mt. Chase & Patten towns & T.4-8/R.6-8, Penobscot, Maine. “United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMLY-KP7 : accessed 16 January 2020), Winman Swett in the household of William G Watters, Mt. Chase & Patten towns & T.4-8/R.6-8, Penobscot, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 115, sheet 2A, family 19, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,598.
  • United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MR3F-2WN : accessed 11 January 2017), Albert B Chase, Patten, Penobscot, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 183, sheet 1A, family 2, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 545; FHL microfilm 1,374,558.
  • United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFZY-Q7Z : accessed 12 January 2017), Albert Chase, Patten, Penobscot, Maine, United States; citing ED 115, sheet 2A, line 7, family 18, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 646; FHL microfilm 1,820,646.
  • “United States Census, 1930,” database
with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XM8-V9P : accessed 17 July 2019), Albert B Chase, Monmouth, Kennebec, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 31, sheet 5A, line 49, family 131, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 834; FHL microfilm 2,340,569.
  • 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: the United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.
  • Find a Grave, Find A Grave, Sadie A Chase – Memorial 201750231. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 16 January 2020), memorial page for Sadie A Chase (1887–1983), Find A Grave Memorial no. 201750231, citing Monmouth Ridge Cemetery, Monmouth, Kennebec County, Maine, USA; Maintained by Don Taylor (contributor 47627546).
  • Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900, Family Search, Annie Evelyn Chase – Birth – 24 May 1908. May 24 1908 – 3rd name down.
  • Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900, Family Search, Floyd Chase – Born – 11 Feb 1913. “Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-
1900,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F497-77W : 10 February 2018), Sadie Waters in entry for Chase, 11 Feb 1913; citing Patten, Penobscot, Maine; FHL microfilm 11,747.
  • Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900, Family Search, Fred Chase – Birth – 2 May 1911. “Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-
1900,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F497-SYR : 10 February 2018), Albert Chase in the entry for Fred Chase, 02 May 1911; citing Patten, Penobscot, Maine; FHL microfilm 11,747.
  • Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900, Family Search, Hilda Chase – Birth – 24 Aug 1906. “Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F497-9CS : 10 February 2018), Sadie Waters in the entry for Hilda Chase, 24 Aug 1906; citing Patten, Penobscot, Maine; FHL microfilm 11,747.
  • Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900, Family Search, Leita M Chase – Birth – 18 Jun 1909. Maine Births and Christenings, 1739- 1900 – [Leita M Chase] (1st name after June 17, 1909, Break) (FS).jpg.
  • Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900, Family Search, William Franklin Chase – 20 Oct 1914. “Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-
1900,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F497-W9L : 10 February 2018), Sadie Waters in the entry for Wm. Franklin Chase, 20 Oct 1914; citing Patten, Penobscot, Maine; FHL microfilm 11,747.
  • “Maine Marriages, 1771-1907,”
database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F46S-L21 : 10 February 2018), Albert B. Chase and Saddie A. Waters, 01 Nov 1905; citing Patten, Penobscot, Maine, reference; FHL microfilm 11,747.
  • Maine Vital Records, 1670-­1921, Family Search, Birth – Sarah Abbie Waters – 15 Mar 1887 – DELAYED. “Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2 ZMC: 17 October 2017), Sarah Abbie Waters, 15 Mar 1887; citing Patten, Maine, United States, Division of Vital Statistics, State Board of Health, Augusta; FHL microfilm.
  • Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990, Family Search, Albert B Chase – Death 1958. “Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery
Collection, ca. 1780-1990,” database
with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKM-1C91 : 16 March 2018), Albert B Chase, 1958; citing Burial, Monmouth, Kennebec, Maine, United States, Maine State Library, Augusta; FHL microfilm 1,769,511.
  • Social Security Death Index (SSA), Family Search, Sadie Chase. “United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JB-1P1 : 19 May 2014), Sadie Chase, Dec 1983; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

Endnotes

[i] “Patten | Maine: An Encyclopedia,” 2020. Maineanencyclopedia.Com. Accessed January 18, 2020. https://maineanencyclopedia.com/patten/.

[ii] Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900, Family Search, Hilda Chase – Birth – 24 Aug 1906. “Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F497-9CS : 10 February 2018), Sadie Waters in entry for Hilda Chase, 24 Aug 1906; citing Patten, Penobscot, Maine; FHL microfilm 11,747.

[iii] The 1900 census reports the family surname as Watters, however, “Waters” appears to be used in other records.

[iv] Laura’s brother’s first name has not been confirmed.

McAllister – Surname Saturday

McAllister Name Origin

McAllister is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name, Mac Alasdair, meaning “son of Alasdair.” Alasdair is the Gaelic form of Alexander. There are dozens of forms for this surname. My wife’s family line has records both under McAllister and McAlister (one “l”).

Geographical

Worldwide there are approximately 52,878 people who bear the McAllister surname. The vast majority, over 38,000, in the United States, with England and Canada being distant second and third (about 6,000 and 5,000 respectively). In terms of frequency, Northern Ireland has the greatest proportion of the McAllister surname, where one in 526 people have the surname. Scotland is the second most frequent area for people surnamed McAllister.

 

My Wife’s Direct McAllister Ancestors

Historical

1920

My wife’s great-grandmother, Hannah (McAllister) Darling died in 1913.

                     Peter McAllister’s Passport Photo

Her father, Peter McAllister, was estranged from his wife and was rooming at 2237 Salisbury Street in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1920, Pennsylvania had 146 McAllister families (about 6% of the McAllister families in the US). Peter, his wife Margaret, his son John, his son Edward, and his son Joseph constituted 5 of those 146 McAllister families.

Peter was my wife’s immigrant McAllister Ancestor. Peter had three sons, Frank, Edward, and John, all of whom immigrated to the United States in 1886-1887. A fourth son, Joseph was born in New York in 1889. Frank died young and I have only found daughters descended from John. Edward and Joseph both had sons that would have carried on the McAllister surname (and their Y-DNA).

1881

In 1881, Peter, and his wife Margaret, lived at 5 High Church Street in Workington, England, in 1881. He worked as an Engineman and the couple had two children at census time. According to Forebears, in 1881, there were 900 incidences of the McAllister surname in England and another 2,649 in Scotland.

Oral History

Family oral history indicated that the McAllister family was Scots. Although I have not found any ancestors (yet) that lived in Scotland, the family did live in Workington, Cockermouth, and Carlisle, all in the north of England. Workington is only about 20 miles from Scotland across the Solway Firth (part of the Irish Sea) and about a 42 miles drive to Gretna Green, Scotland. Cockermouth and Carlisle are even closer to Scotland.

Family oral history also talked of a “Black Peter McAllister” who was a blockade runner during the US Civil War. Apparently called “Black Peter” because of being bad.  Anyway, second great-grandfather Peter McAllister was too young to have been “Black Peter” (aged 10 to 15 during the Civil War).  However, his grandfather was also named “Peter.” Peter, the elder, would have been born in the late 1700s and is a candidate for having been involved in the US Civil War. I need to do more research regarding Peter McAlister, the elder. It would be great to find information regarding the McAllister’s being involved in the US Civil War.

My wife’s known McAllister relatives.

My records have identified 105 direct-line descendants of Peter McAllister (the elder).

Sources:

 

Donna Darling Collection – Part 59

Donna Montran – Vaudeville
Treasure Chest Thursday
By Don Taylor

For this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday, I’m looking at three clippings from the Donna Darling Collection, all relating to the State Theatre, Beacon, New York.

Article

STATE THEATRE.

D. W. Griffith’s “The Love Flower,” which opened at the State Theatre last night for three days, lives up to the Griffith standard. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

A rattling good vaudeville bill wins the appreciation of all.
….
Dolly Montran, the singing comedienne, with a million dollar personality, gives the patrons a treat in song offerings She more than pleases.

“The Girlie Review,” introducing….

Advertising

With the article was an advertisement for Beacon’s State Theatre. The show “Dolly Montrose” is number 6 on the bill. Also, my grandmother highlighted the item. Beneath that is another ad showing the motion picture “The Love Flower” and Dolly Montran, a Singing Comedienne. The prima donna with a million-dollar personality. My grandmother also highlighted that clipping.

Magazine

The last clipping was a short one:

Donna Montran played Bacon [sic], New York, last week, and is appearing at Red Bank, N. J., and Stroudsburg, PA., this week, breaking on her new single, “As You Like It,” written by Hockey and Green.

The good news is I had seen the short clip before. It ran in The New York Clipper, dated 6 July 1921, on – page 15, column 3. From other documents, I knew that Donna was “breaking in” the new single in 1921.

Key features:

  • The venue is the State Theatre. It is “Beacon’s Pride – Theatre Beautiful.”
  • The show is the “Dolly Montran” A singing comedienne. The prima donna with a million-dollar personality.
  • Also on the bill:
    • David Wark [D.W.] Griffith’s picture, “The Love Flower.”
    • “The Girlie Review” – Vaudeville’s greatest dancing novelty
    • Hall and Fenton – A corking skit
    • Robertio – Novelty contortionist

Analysis

Interestingly, the theatre program called her “Dolly Montrose,” and the theatre’s advertising called her Dolly Montran.  I have not seen her going by the name of “Dolly” before. I suspect that “Montrose” was a typo, but I should look at that closer.

July 3rd was a Sunday and playbills of the period typically ran Monday through Wednesday and Thursday through Sunday, so those shows were probably the dates for Red Bank, NJ, and the Stroudsburg, PA, shows.

Conclusion

I was able to update my previous schedule with the following:

  • June 30 – July 2, 1921 – Beacon, New York, State Theatre, “As You Like It” with Donna Montran.
  • July 4-6, 1921 – Red Bank, New Jersey, _____ Theatre, Donna Montran (probable)
  • July 7-9, 1921 – Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, _____ Theatre, Donna Montran (probable)

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Sources

Donna Darling Collection – SCAN0080 – Don Taylor’s Private Collection.