Three More Bragdon’s

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.I’ve run into Bragdon photos before[i]. I had three more Bragdon’s left in my collection, so I thought I’d look into them.  All three photos are quite small, the smallest being only 1 by ¾ inch, the largest being only 2” x 3”.

Philip Bragdon

The back of this photo says, “Philip Bragdon | Cumberland Mills, Maine.” There is no photo studio or date identified.

From my previous research I learnd that Ralph Marr Bragdon and Harold Lumbard Bragdon had a brother, Philip Osgood Bragdon (1911-1993). I’m sure this is him probably about six years old.

This individual is in Family Search as ID: LYRK-RDZ.

Philip Bragdon, Everett Bragdon, & George O. Bragdon

Everett Bragdon

The back of this photo says, “Everett Bragdon | Apr 1904 | About 10 years old. Cumberland Mills, Maine.” The studio was “The Marshall Studio – Westbrook, ME.”

Ralph (and Harold and Philip) Marr Bragdon did not have a sibling named Everett, however, there was a first cousin, Everett Bragdon who also lived in Westbrook. Everett was born on 3 January 1894 and would have been 10 years old in April 1904.

There were no other Everett Bragdon’s in Cumberland County at that time, so I’m sure this is a photo of Everett Linwood Bragdon (1894-1984) the son of William Bryant and Mary Elizabeth (Hodgkins) Bragdon.

This individual is in Family Search as ID: LYBV-8GX.

George O. Bragdon

The back of this photo says, “George O. Bragdon | died Aug 1914 | Cumberland Mills, Maine.”

There is no photo studio or date identified, however, it is clear the photo is from before August 1914.

George Osgood Bragdon was born 22 December 1866 and died 13 August 1914. He lived in Westbrook during the 1900 and 1910 censuses.

There was a George D. Bragdon who lived in Cumberland County before 1914, however, he was born in 1902 and is too young for this picture.

There was a George Albert Bragdon who also lived in Cumberland County before 1914, however, he was born about 1880 and lived to 1948. Also, he appears to be too young to be the person in this photo.

As such, I’m confident this is George Osgood Bragdon (1866-1914). This individual is in Family Search as ID: KCZ3-GVV

Final Note

If you are related to any of these individuals and can help confirm the identity, I’d love to hear from you. Please use the comment form below.


Endnotes

[i] See: “Bridges, Starrett, Weymouth, and Six Others” – Frances Sarah Bragdon and see “Four Men & a Boy” – Ralph Marr Bragdon & Harold Bragdon.

 

 

 

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.

Ancestor Bio – Hannah Bell McAllister Mullholland

Darling – McAllister – Bell
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.I often have difficulties researching ancestors who lived in Europe. Hannah is no exception. She was born, lived and died all within 50 miles of Workington, England. I am not 100% confident that all of these facts are correct or that the sources are actually for Hannah, but I have spent much time looking for alternatives to this story without success.

Darling Research – Ancestor #53

List of Grandparents

  • Grandfather: Robert Harry Darling(1907-1969)
  • 1st Great-grandmother: Hannah McAllisterDarling White (1886-1913)
  • 2nd Great-grandfather: Peter McAllister(1852-1941)
  • 3rd Great-grandmother: Hannah Bell (c. 1822-1878)
  • 4th Great-grandfather: Jonathan Bell (c. 1801-____)

Hannah Bell (c. 1822-1878)

The date of Hannah’s birth is unknown; however, she was born in Workington, Cumberland county, England.[1] However, we know she was baptized on 9 March 1823 at St. Michael’s Church in Workington, Cumberland County, England. It appears that she was the oldest of at least four children born to Jonathan and Margaret Bell.

Her siblings include a brother and two sisters.

  • Charles     born 1824-1825
  • Mary         born 1826-1827
  • Jane           Born July-Sept. 1837

Childhood

There wasn’t an 1831 England census and I have been unable to find anything regarding Hannah before the 1841 Census. In it, Hannah is living with her father and (implied) three siblings, Charles, Mary, & Jane. Hannah’s mother, Margaret, is not in the household and is not found in any other records, so I’m sure that she died sometime between 1837 and 1841.

Marriage #1

On 08 Nov 1845, Hannah married Joseph McAllister in Cockermouth, Cumberland, England. Hannah and Joseph had three children.

  •       Margaret Mcallister  – Born 19 Oct 1846 – Died 12 Dec 1848
  •       Joseph McAllister      – Born in 1848 – died ____
  •       Peter McAllister        – Born 12 Feb 1852   Died 16 Jan 1941.

Adult

The 1851 Census finds Joseph and Hannah living at 60 Maine Street, Cockermouth, Cumberland, England, along with their son Joseph. An Ann Calbeck is living with them; she is a 61 year old visitor.

The couple moved to Workington by February 1852, as Peter was born there and not in Cockermouth.

Tragedy struck in the fall of 1855 when Hannah’s husband, Joseph, died.

Marriage #2

On 04 Nov 1855, Hannah married Charles Mayholland (Mulholland) in Workington, Cumberland, England. Hannah and Charles had three children.

  •       Hannah Mulholland  – 11 May 1856 – died 25 May 1856.
  •       Charles Mulholland   – Born c. 1859 – died ____
  •       John Mulholland        – Born c. 1862 – died ____

The 1861 Census finds the Charles Mayholland family living at 148 Bell St., Workington. Charles is a sawyer[2]. Nine-year-old Peter is using the surname of Mayholland (instead of McAllister). Also, in the household is the couple’s oldest son together, Charles.

The 1871 Census finds the Charles Mulholand household living at 23 Bell St. Workington. I can’t tell if they moved or if the streets were renumbered. In any event, the household consisted of Charles, Hannah, and their son John, who was 8 years old. Charles is a Cir (Circular?) Sawyer.

Death & Burial

Hannah died on 19 September 1878 at home (23 Hill Street, Workington) at the age of 55 after a long 2-year battle with cancer of the uterus.

Events by Location

  • Arthuret, Cumberland, England             1841 (Census)
  • Cockermouth, Cumberland, England    1845; 1851; (Marriage #1 & Census)
    1878 (Death)
  • Whitehaven, Cumberland, England       1922? (Birth)
  • Workington, Cumberland, England       1923; (Baptism)
    1852, 1855, 1861, 1871. (Birth of Peter,
    Marriage to Charles, & 2 Censuses)

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • Await receipt of Hannah’s death record then incorporate.
  • Find out where 23 and 148 Bell Street in Workington are today.

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Sources

  • 1841 Census – England and Wales Census, 1841, Family Search, Jonathan Bell – Arthur, Longtown, Cumberland – Image at Family History Center. “England and Wales Census, 1841,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M VXC : 28 May 2019), Jonathan Bell, Arthuret, Cumberland, England, United Kingdom; from “1841 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey. . https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M73F-VXC.
  • 1851 England Census, Ancestry, Joseph Allinson [McAllister] Cockermouth, Cumberland, England. Class: HO107; Piece: 2434; Folio: 483; Page: 15; GSU roll: 87114. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/8860/records/15194542.
  • 1861 England Census, Ancestry, Charles Mayholland – Workington, Cumberland. Class: RG 9; Piece: 3939; Folio: 42; Page: 21; GSU roll: 543210 Source Information
com. 1861 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: https://prf.hn/click/camref:1101l4wD7/creativeref:1101l27800 Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1861. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Oice (PRO), 1861. Data imaged from The National Archives, London, England. The National Archives gives no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for the purpose of the information provided. Images may be used only for purposes of research, private study or education. Applications for any other use should be made to The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/8767/records/15093372.
  • 1871 England Census, Ancestry, Charles Mullholand Head – Workington, Cumberland, England. The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1871 England Census; Class: RG10; Piece: 5243; Folio: 56; Page: 39; GSU roll: 847446. Source Information
com. 1871 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
  • England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915, Ancestry, Hannah Mullholland – Jul-Aug-Sep 1878. (No Image). FreeBMD. England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/8914/records/24120302.
  • England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915, Ancestry, Marriage – Joseph McAlister [McAllister] and Hannah Bell – Oct-Nov-Dec 1845. FreeBMD. England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office. © Crown copyright. Published by permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Office for National Statistics. You must not copy on, transfer or reproduce records without the prior permission of ONS. Database Copyright © 1998-2003 Graham Hart, Ben Laurie, Camilla von Massenbach and David Mayall.
  • England Births and Christenings, 1538-­1975, Family Search, Hannah Bell – 9 Mar 1823. “England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JWF1-XQN : 11 February 2018, Margaret in entry for Hannah Bell, 09 Mar 1823); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 90,691, 90,692.
  • GRO – Entry of Birth (HM Passport Office), General Register Office, Birth – Margaret McAllister – 1846 – Workington, Cumberland, England . Volume 25, Page 104, No 350. https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/Login.asp.
  • GRO – Entry of Birth (HM Passport Office), General Register Office, Peter McAllister – Cockermouth – Workington – 1852 Birth in district of Workington in the county of Cumberland County, England. Line 498 – Twelth February 1852 High Church Street Workington.
  • GRO – Entry of Marriage (HM Passport Office, ), General Register Office, 1845 Marriage – Joseph McAlister & Hannah Bell – (McAllister). General Register Office – Marriage Certificates – 1845, Quarter D, Volume 25, Page 111.
  • GRO – Entry of Marriage (HM Passport Office), General Register Office, 1855 Marriage – Charles Mayholland & Hanna [Bell] McAllister. General Register Office – Marriage Certificates – 466, Quarter D, Volume 10B, Page 646.
  • GRO – Entry of Death, General Register Office, Hannah Mullholland – 1878 Sep Qtr – Cockermouth, Vol B, Page 351, Line 35.


ENDNOTES

[1] The 1851 Census indicates that Hannah was born in Whitehaven, a town about 8 miles down the coast from Workington. All the other census and records indicate she was born in Workington.

[2] A Sawyer is someone who saws wood. (Wikipedia). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sawyer

Two New Fourth Greats – McAllister and Bell

Darling-McAllister-Bell

It is always a good day when you receive an envelope with new information. A few weeks ago, I ordered a copy of a marriage register entry for my wife’s third-great-grandparents on her Darling-McAllister line. I had found them in the GRO (General Register Office) index, which indicated her third-greats were married in October, November, or December in 1845.  I was pretty sure that the registry entry would provide an exact date and might provide other bits of information. And sure enough, it did. Although many other records are available electronically, the marriage records from the 1840s are still “they’ll send you a copy via mail.”

Marriage Registry Entry – Joseph McAlister and Hannah Bell – Married 8 November 1845 in Cockermouth, Cumberland, England

After a number of weeks, the registry entry arrived, and I learned that Joseph McAllister and Hannah Bell were married on the “Eighth of November 1845.” There were married in the Register’s Office with William Scott and Arin Bell as witnesses. I’ll bet Arin Bell was probably related to Hannah. The registry entry shows Joseph was a “Mariner” (I knew he was a sailor before). But most interesting I learned that Joseph’s father was Peter McAlister, a miller, and Hannah’s father was Jonathan Bell, also a mariner.

The registry document provided the exact date for the marriage of her 3rd-great-grandparents and the names for two of my wife’s 4th-great grandparents, Peter McAllister and Johnathan Bell. Definitely a good day (And clues for further research.)

Frederick W. Blanchard – Orphan, Widower, & Plasterer

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Frederick W. Blanchard had one of the most difficult lives I have ever researched — Orphaned young, possibly left standing at the altar, a widower by the age of 19, and dead by automobile accident when he was only 51. Thanks to Digital Maine, I pieced together parts of his life that I might never have been able to decipher before, particularly the death of his mother and brother in other towns and places. Digital Maine is one of the best resources available online for researchers of Maine ancestors and is among my favorite websites.  Try it if you haven’t done so before.

Blanchard 2017 Project

List of Grandparents

  • Grand Parent: Edward Everett Blanchard (1900-1971)
  • 1st Great: Frederick W. Blanchard (1866-1917)
  • 2nd Great: Albion Blanchard (1834-1868)
  • 3rd Great: Cyrus Blanchard (c. 1791-?)

Ancestor #8 – Frederick W. Blanchard (1866-1917)

Frederick W. Blanchard was born in Cumberland, Cumberland County, Maine, on 16 February 1866, the third child of Albion and Mary S. (Washburn) Blanchard. His older brother, Charles A. F. Blanchard was born on 1 January 1858 and his older sister, Sarah, was born on 4 November 1861.

1868 – A Very Bad Year and a Rough Childhood.

It is not clear what occurred to the family, be it fire or disease, but on 7 September 1868, Sarah died at the age of six.  Two days later he died at the age of 34.

Cover - Cumberland Pauper Book
Cover – Cumberland Pauper Book

Mary, Charles, and Frederick were destitute without Albion. Where the town paid Albion for his support, now the Town of Cumberland supported Albion’s widow and his two living children. Two-year-old Frederick went to live with his uncle, Charles H. W. Blanchard and the Overseer of the Poor of the Town of Cumberland paid for his board until 1875 (Age 9).

His brother Charles also went to Uncle Charles’ in 1868 but wasn’t there during the 1870 Census. In 1872, he was at D. Pittee’s where he worked for board.  In the fall of 1872, he left Pittee’s and joined his mother in Saco, Maine.  In 1873, Charles went to live with William M. & Samuel Merrill, again to work for board. Charles died on 16 February 1887 at the age of 29.

Mary was on the Cumberland pauper rolls from 1868 until 1873. The Cumberland Overseers of the Poor paid $64.31 for the board of Mary Blanchard at David Libby’s. In 1871, she was at the Yarmouth Almshouse. From January until mid-April she lived at A. M. Libby’s in Windham, Cumberland County, Maine when she “left for parts unknown.” In 1872 she located to Saco, York County, Maine where her son, Charles, joined her. Mary died on 2 May 1873 in Saco, Maine.

The 1880 Census finds young 14-year-old Frederick still living with his Aunt and Uncle Miranda and Charles Blanchard. However, the Cumberland Pauper Book is no longer showing Frederick as a recipient of support.

1885 – Another Bad Year

Marriage Record – Date and Place of Marriage are blank.

1885 started out wonderful. On 21 Jan 1885, Frederick filed an intent to marry (took out a marriage license) Ida V. Libby.  It doesn’t appear that they ever actually married; the license was never returned. We may never know why they didn’t marry.  However, five months later, on 21 June 1885, he married Laura C. A. Jensen.  Five and a half months later, on 8 Dec 1885, Laura died of consumption.

1886 – A new life with a new wife.

Not to be kept down for long, 12 months later, on 14 December 1886, Frederick married Minnie M Bodge. Frederick and Minnie would have eleven children; all were born in Maine.

Children: Sex Birth Death
Gracie C Blanchard F Jan 1890
Harry F Blanchard M 03 Jan 1892 26 May 1969
Charles A Blanchard M Oct 1897
Edward Everett Blanchard M 1900 1971
Lizzie M Blanchard F 1902 07 Sep 1902
Sadie B Blanchard F 21 Feb 1903 18 Apr 1920
Willis H Blanchard M Bet. 1 Jan-15 Apr 1907
Alanson S Blanchard M 1911
Unknown 1 Blanchard* ? Bef. 1900 Bef. 1900
Unknown 2 Blanchard* ? Bef. 1900 Bef. 1900
Unknown 3 Blanchard* ? Bef. 1900 Bef. 1900

*The 1900 Census indicates that Minnie had six children, three of whom were still living. The three living would be Gracie, Henry, and Charles A. The other three are unknown.

Frederick’s occupation reveals itself in the 1894 Portland City Directory which shows him as a plasterer at 466 Portland. He would be a plasterer in the Census records and the City Directories his entire adult life.

In 1895 and 1896, Frederick is listed as a plasterer at 30 Chestnut in Woodfords. I have looked and can’t seem to find a 30 Chestnut in Woodfords (Deering). There is a Chestnut in Portland and one in South Portland, but I’m not finding on in Woodfords (Deering).  Maybe a street had its name changed.

The 1900 Census reports Frederick and Minnie living on Front Street in South Portland. He lived in several other locations in South Portland including 131 Stanford.[i]

Death

Marker – Fred W & Minnie M Blanchard
Photo by Ben G.

Frederick W. Blanchard died in Maine General Hospital from injuries resulting from an automobile accident at age 51 years, 4 months, 29 days.

He is buried in Forest City Cemetery in South Portland.

His wife, Minnie, died 31 years later, on 10 Feb 1948. She was buried with Frederick at Forest City Cemetery.

Frederick was born in Cumberland; he lived in Woodfords (Deering, now Portland), Portland, and South Portland all within 15 miles.

Sources:

1870 Census (Ancestry)

  • Charles H. Blanchard – Cumberland, Cumberland, Maine, Page 8, Line 33.

1880 Census (Ancestry

  • Charles H Blanchard – Cumberland, Cumberland, Maine – District 29, Page 6, Line 32

1900 Census (Ancestry)

  • Frederick Blanchard – South Portland, Cumberland, Maine – District 79, Line 43.

1910 Census (Ancestry)

  • Frederic W. Blanchard – South Portland, Cumberland, Maine – Ward 2, District 103, Sheet 2B, Line 80, Family 42. 131 Sanford Street.

Cumberland Pauper Book – Digital Maine

  • Town of Cumberland, Maine, Cumberland Pauper Book – [Results of Blanchard search.] http://digitalmaine.com/cgi/viewcontent.cgi? article=1001&context=prince_memorial_library_books.

Deed – Private

  • Don’s Private Files: Deed – Minnie Blanchard, Executrix, sold property on Free Street – 1918.pdf.
Ref: Blanchard, Frederick W

Find a Grave – Find a Grave

  • Fred [Frederick] W Blanchard (1865 – 1917) – Find A Grave Memorial #142749158. https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi? page=gr&GRid=142749158&ref=acom.

Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 – Family Search

Maine, Death Records, 1617-1922 – Ancestry

  • Fred [Frederick] W Blanchard (1866-1917). http://search.ancestry.com/search/collections/MaineDeathRe/1138416/ printer-friendly?ssrc=pt&tid=10416014&pid=220072758160&usePUB=true.

Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1922 – Ancestry

  • Frederick W Blanchard & Ida V Libby.1885

U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 – Ancestry

  • Portland, Maine – 1894 – Page 239.
  • Portland, Maine – 1895 – Pages 239 & 240.
  • Portland, Maine – 1896 – Page 249.
  • Portland, Maine – 1897 – Page 746.
  • Portland, Maine – 1899 – Page 265.
  • Portland, Maine – 1902 – Pages 352 & 353.
  • Portland, Maine – 1903 – Page 353.
  • Portland, Maine – 1904 – Pages 352 & 353.
  • Portland, Maine – 1908 – Page 305.
  • Portland, Maine – 1909 – Pages 300 & 301.
  • Portland, Maine – 1912 – Page 317.
  • Portland, Maine – 1913 – Pages 308 & 309.