Ethel Wight Collection – Part 43

Foster, Fowler, Fox, Frank, & Frankman

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.

Mavis Fox, circa 1937

This negative envelope says, “Miss M. Fox, Maine General Hospital, Portland, #698.

Mavis Fox, circa 1937

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1938 Portland City Directory lists Mavis Fox, a student nurse at 22 Arsenal residing at the same address. (The address for the Maine General Hospital was 22 Arsenal.)
  • The 1940 Census lists eight individuals named Mavis Fox.
      1. Mavis H. Fox – 11-year-old – Too young
      2. Mavis Fox – 20-year-old in New York – Too young.
      3. Mavis Fox – 20-year-old wife in West Virginia.
      4. Mavis Fox – 14-year-old daughter in Tennessee – Too young.
      5. Mavis Fox – a 10-year-old daughter in Kentucky – Too young.
      6. Mavis Fox – a 17-year-old daughter in Tennessee – Too young.
      7. Mary [Mavis] Fox – a 16-year-old daughter in Pennsylvania.
      8. Morris [Mavis] Fox – a 32-year-old daughter in South Carolina, working as a nurse. She also lived in South Carolina in 1935. – Possible.
  • The Portland Press Herald reported that Miss Mavis Fox returned to the Mass. General Hospital, where she is a student nurse. In May 1948, January 1949, and December 1949. Her father is Charles Fox of Elm Street, Kezar Falls.
    • The 1940 Census indicates Charles G Fox and his daughter Mavis live in Parsonsfield, Maine. Parsonsfield and Kezar Falls are about 7 miles apart. This Mavis is 11 years old in 1940 and is undoubtedly the Mavis Fox reported about in the Press Herald in the late 1940s
  • Mavis E. Fox of Lovell, Me married Norman Gray of Fryeburg on 28 May 1938.
    • The 1930 Census shows Norman H Gray, born about 1912, living with his parents John H and Ethel M. Gray.
    • The 1930 Census also shows Mavis E Fox, the daughter of Arthur G and Clara A Fox, living in Lovell, Oxford County, Maine. Mavis was 17 in 1930.
Alternative individuals
  1. Mavis Fox, born about 1908 in South Carolina, was a nurse in 1940. She also lived in South Carolina in 1935, and I have found no connection of this Mavis to Maine.

Tentatively Identified

This is most likely Mavis E Fox, born 21 April 1912 in Lovell, Oxford County, Maine, to Arthur G. and Clara A. Fox. She married Arthur Heald Gray on 28 May 1938. She died on 28 May 1943. I have been unsuccessful in finding Mavis in the 1940 Census, and I have been unsuccessful in finding any connection between this Mavis and nursing.

Mavis E Fox appears in twenty-two trees at Ancestry.Com

I’ve uploaded two photos of Mavis E Fox to Dead Fred.

Chester W. Fowler, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. Chester Fowler, 11 Paris St., Portland, #847.”

Chester W. Fowler, circa 1936

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The Portland City Directory for 1936 lists Chester W. Fowler living at 11 Parris, Portland. Chester O. and a Chester R. Fowler are also listed in the directory.
  • The 1930 Census lists 14-year-old Chester W. Fowler living at 49 Boyd Street. His parents were Kenneth G. and Margret V. Fowler. All had been born in Canada.
  • In 1937, when the photo was probably taken, Chester would have been about 21, and the young man in the picture appears to be about 21 years old.

Family Search identifies Chester Whitfield Fowler, born 5 April 1916, as ID LBX6-SZ7. I am pretty sure this is him about 1936. Nineteen trees at Ancestry.Com refer to Chester Whitfield Fowler.

I have uploaded his photo to his Family Search Memories.

A family photo showing Chester, his siblings, and his parents, clearly show this is Chester.

Ernest L. Frank, circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. Ernest L Frank, 385 Cumberland Ave, Portland (Raymond, Me) – #370.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Ernest L. Frank, circa 1937

    The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Ernest L and Alice M. Frank living at 385 Cumberland Ave. Apt 4.

  • The 1940 US Census lists Ernest L & Alice M Frank living at 395 Cumberland Ave. Ernest is 51 years old and living in the same house as he lived in 1935.
  • Ernest L Frank was born on 26 April 1885 in Portland, Cumberland County. His parents were Leander and Martha Frank.
  • The man in the photo appears to be in his 40s or 50s. Ernest would have been about 51 in 1936, which fits this image.

Family Search identifies Ernest Leroy Frank, born 26 April 1885, son of Leander and Martha (Milliken) Frank, as ID LHGX-FWM. I am sure this is him about 1936. Seventeen family trees at Ancestry.Com refer to Ernest Leroy Frank

I have uploaded a photo of Ernest to his Family Search Memories. 

Donald Foster, circa 1937 (Age 3)

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. L Foster, 146 Franklin, Portland, #1008.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Donald Foster, circa 1937 (Age 3)

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Thomas H (with his wife Laura) as an employee at 45 Custom House Wharf and residing at 146 Franklin.

  • The 1940 City Directory shows Thomas and Laura living at 61 Elm.
  • The 1940 US Census shows lists Thomas and Laura Foster living at 61 Elmwood. With them is their six-year-old son, Donald.
  • The US Social Security Applications and Claims Index lists Donald Thomas Foster, born 6 March 1934, the son of Thomas H and Laura M (Weagle) Foster.
  • This photo appears to be of Donald at about three years of age, circa 1937.

Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Donald Thomas Foster. However, Nine public trees at Ancestry.Com refer to Donald Thomas Foster.

I have added his photo to Dead Fred.

(The Frankman Couple?), circa 1935

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. N. Frankman, 129 Morning St., Portland, #70.

(?) The Frankman Couple (?), circa 1935.
  • I was unsuccessful in finding anyone with the Frankman surname in Portland directories during the possible photo time (1934-1937).
  • A search of all people residing at 129 Morning Street, Portland, in the Portland City Directories from 1934-1937 yielded the following surnames: Foley, Kroot, Mercer, & Souccier.

I failed to identify them adequately, so I posted their photo to my Flickr Photostream. 


Conclusion

  • I identified two individuals with Family Search profiles and was able to post their photos to Family Search
  • I identified two individuals without Family Search profiles that posted to Dead Fred.
  • I failed to identify one photo beyond guessing; they are probably the N. Frankman, husband and wife. Consequently, I only posted that photo here and to my Flickr Photostream.

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.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 42

Ford, Foss, Fossett, & Foster(2)

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.

Angie L. Fossett, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Angie Fossett, 297 Woodfords St, Portland #786.”

Angie L. Fossett, circa 1936

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1940 Portland City Directory lists Angie Fossett as a housekeeper working and living at 297 Woodford.
  • In the 1930 US Census, Angie L. Fossett is a servant in the household of Fred A. Crawford. She is 52 years old and was born in Maine.
  • Ancestry Public Trees indicate Angie Loura Fossett was born 8 January 1878 in Bristol, Maine, to Arad and Nettie (Leeman) Fossett.
  • Based upon the photo ID (#786), I believe this to be Angie about 1936.

Family Search identifies Angie L. Fossett as ID M6V6-W4G; thirteen Ancestry trees mention Angie Fossett.

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

Miss Foster

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Foster” [No Address, no Photo ID number].

  • Miss Foster

    Because there is no first name, address, or envelope number, I cannot identify this photograph.

  • The Portland City Directory lists several dozen individuals who may be “Miss Foster.”

No Identification.

Grace Foss, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Grace Foss, ME Gen. Hospital, Portland #300.”

Grace Foss, circa 1936

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Grayce Foss as a student nurse at 22 Arsenal (Maine General Hospital).
  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Grace L Foss as a nurse at 180 Grant, Apt 2.
  • The 1938 Portland City Directory lists Grace L Foss as a nurse who married Lawrence E. Dunham.
  • I am sure this is a photo of Grace Foss about 1936.

Ancestry Family Trees identify Grace Louise Foss, who married Lawrence Dunham as the Daughter of Charles and Minnie Foss. Family Search identifies Grace Louise Foss as ID LTVZ-WQ4. I am pretty sure this is Grace about 1936, when she graduated from nursing school. Thirty-eight trees on Ancestry mention Grace Louise Foss.

I uploaded two photos of Grace to her Family Search Memories.

Photo confirmed by a grandchild to definately be a photo of Grace Foss. 

Leone Ford, circa 1936

This negative envelope says, “Miss Leone Ford, ME Gen. Hospital, Portland #705.”

Could it be Leone G Ford?

    • Leone Ford, circa 1936

      Louisa Ford appears in the 1934-1940 Portland City Directories as living with David and Frances Ford. Their home was on Ocean House Rd at Shore Acres Cape Elizabeth.

    • The 1940 US Census indicates David Ford, as a lodger at the Barclay Hotel in New York City, but he lived in Cape Elizabeth in 1935. David was born in Georgia and was 57 years old.
    • The 1940 US Census indicates Frances Ford as divorced, living on Ocean House Road. In 1935 she was at the same house. Frances was born in New York and was 64 years old.
    • The 1930 US Census indicates David, his wife Florence, and two daughters, including 19-year-old Louisa, lived on Ocean House Road.
    • Continued research failed to find any relationship between this Louisa Ford and any nursing experiences.

Looking at alternative Leona Fords, I would expect this Leona to be born between 1910 and 1920 and unmarried in 1930.

    • The 1930 US Census indicates there were eight individuals named Leone Ford enumerated:
      • Leone G Ford, born c. 1917, Hancock, Maine (see above).
      • Leone B Ford, born c. 1902 – Married.
      • Leone Ford, born c. 1916 in Wisconsin, sister of Ann Ford – Possible.
      • Leone Ford, born c. 1928 in Utah, was too young.
      • Leone A. Ford, born c. 1905 – Married.
      • Leone Ford, born c. 1895 – Married.
      • Leone F. Ford, born c. 1912 in Colorado – Possible.
      • Leone Ford, born 1910 in Michigan – Possible.
    • Although there are four possible Leone Fords, none seem to be likely candidates for the Leone ford in this photo.

Not Identified.

Lena Gertrude Foster & child, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Herbert Foster, 47 Pitt St, Portland #850.

Lena Gertrude Foster & child, circa 1936.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1934 Portland City Directory shows Foster, Herbert St C (Lena) clerk at 93 Kennebec; home at 47 Pitt.
  • The 1940 Portland City Directory shows Foster, Herbert StC (Lena G) manager, moved to Cumberland Center.
  • The 1940 US Census shows Herbert S. [St. Clair] Foster (age 37), his wife Lena (Age 38), and three children living in Cumberland Center. Herbert Junior is ten, Ruth A is six, and Jane K is four.
  • Based upon the photo number (#850), this photo was likely taken about 1935 or 1936. Herbert Jr. would have been too old to be the child in this photo. Ruth Alison Foster was born on 16 January 1934. Jane K. Foster was born about 1936, so I believe the baby to be Jane K. Foster and the woman to be Lena Gertrude (Voorhees). Foster (age 35).

Family Search identifies Lena Gertrude Voorhees, who married Herbert S. Foster as ID GMGT-59K. I am sure this is her about 1936. I believe the baby to be Jane, although I am not certain beyond the shadow of a doubt, as the child may be Ruth. Lena appears in 28 public trees on Ancestry.

I have uploaded a photo of Lena with a child to Lena’s Family Search Memories.

This photo was verified by a sister of Jane Foster to be Jane.

Conclusion

  • I fully identified three individuals, so I posted two of their photos to Family Search
  • Although I have the name of one individual, I could not determine exactly who the person is by confirming occupation.
  • One photo was not identifiable due to a lack of first name, address, or other identifying information.

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.

What I’m working on

I thought I’d revisit the status of my genealogical research and compare the four family trees I am pursuing — Darling, Howell, Brown, & (Roberts?) I figured defining the trees and the blanks clearly and consistently would help me determine where I should put my efforts.
I started with generation 2 on all the trees, so the home person for each of the trees is well into their 80’s or have passed over.

Gen – Darling – Howell – Brown – (Roberts)
1-3      7        7        7         0       
 4       4        7        6         0
 5       7        3        4         0
 6       4        1        6         0
 7       1        2        6         0
 8       2        0        5         0
 9       2        0        6         0
10       4        0        4         0
—    —–    —–    —–    —–
Tot %  3.03%    1.95%    4.30%       0%

From this chart is is pretty clear that the “Roberts Notional” tree should be my Number 1 priority.
Certainly, there is a massive brick wall but I haven’t exhausted all of my possible research areas.  I am sure that this will be my first genealogical research trip.  I still need to put in a clear list of tasks.  Luckily the trip would only be an overnight type of trip (about 6 hours each way), but I think it will be important to make the trip.  I’ve exhausted almost everything I can do on line.

The second most important tree is the Darling Line. Neither the Huber nor the Trumpii families are traceable back to Switzerland.  I still have a lot of on-line research I can do.  I’ve gotten caught up in following the Darling/Swayze line because there is lots of information available.  I’ll admit, I followed the path of least resistance.  Also I focused on that line because of presentation I was putting together for “The Aunties” who were interested in the Darlings most of all.  My wife also has a 2nd cousin who I’m in contact with that I found a marriage licence that indicates some ancestors that are completely different from the ancestors she thought she had.  She’s asked that I help her with sorting that out.  

The Brown line stops in generation 3 with John Montran. We have no idea who his parents were, of even if John Montran was really his name. This one looks like a brick wall, but is probably a metal  reinforced concrete wall with just a brick facade.

Lastly, on the Howell line, James Ashley Hobbs’s mothers name is lost. We know it begins with an “M” but that is about all.  I think this one will probably be the easiest to determine. When I work on the Howell line, that will be my focus.  Although, following the Howells back earlier would be very fruitful.  We have several people related via DNA that we could connect with if we can go back one or two more generations.  We have the right names in the right counties only about 20 years apart so we are close to finding that relationship.

There are a few other trees I’m looking at and helping with as well. One is for my best friend, one for a former step-daughter (who I raised from 6-16), and one for a former customer that has a particularly interesting (famous) ancestor.

So my brick walls that I’m working on are:
Roberts – TN, NC, SC, VA
Huber – MI, Switzerland
Trumphi(i) – MI, Switzerland
Montran – MI
Hobbs, NC, VA

When I want some successes, I work on:
Darling, MI, (NY before 1840)
Howell, NC (VA before 1820 & Civil War)
Manning, MN, KY (Civil War too)
Smith/Middleton