Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Mayberry  in the Censuses

Census Sunday
Blanchard Project
Blanchard-Bodge-Mayberry Line
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Mayberry Bodge died October 10, 1882, at 45, suggesting she was born in 1837 or 1838. Her marker indicates she was the “Dau. of Edward & Frances Mayberry.”[i] She married Albert Bodge in March 1867[ii] and divorced in 1880.

With that in mind, I expect to find Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie (Mayberry) Bodge in the census records between 1840 and 1880.

Censuses

1880 Census[iii]

Lizzie and Albert divorced in January 1880. In the 1880 Census, I would expect Lizzie to be living with her children Albertha (aka Bertha or Berta) and Minnie Mabel.

The Frances Mayberry household in 1880 consisted of the following:

Name Age Relationship Occupation
Frances Mayberry 69   Widowed
Lizzie M Body [Bodge] 40 Daughter Divorced
Albertha A J Body [Bodge] 11 G-Daughter Attended School
Minnie M. Body [Bodge] 8 G-Daughter Attended School

All were born in Maine.

1870 Census[iv]

1870 – Windham, Cumberland, Maine.

The Albert S Bodge household in 1870 consisted of the following:

Name Age Occupation
Albert S 31 Teamster
Lizzie M 32  
Berta A 1  

Of note, Charles W Lane & family are reported as in dwelling 343 (family 439), and Albert & family is family 440 in the same dwelling. Albert has no real estate in this census.

1860 Census

I cannot find Edward, Frances, Mary, or George Mayberry in the 1860 Census. I will need to do a neighbor study to try to find them that way. 

1850 Census – Windham, Cumberland, Maine.[v]

The Edward Mayberry household in 1850 consisted of the following:

Name Age Occupation Real Estate Value
Edward 42 Farmer 1400
Francis 39    
Mary E 13 Attended School  
George K 7 Attended School  

All were born in Maine.

1840 Census

In 1840, I would expect Lizzie’s Family to consist of Edward Mayberry, Age 32, his wife Frances, age 29, and Lizzie, age 2. Lizzie was born in Windham, so I’d expect the family might be there. I found:

Edward Mayberry – Windham, Cumberland[vi]

  • Males 15 to 19            1          Unknown.
  • Males 30 to 39            1          Clearly Edward
  • Females < 5                 2          Probably Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie”, & an unknown
  • Females 20 to 29        1          Probably Frances

Employed in Agriculture         2

This family unit fulfills all my expectations; however, it includes two unknown people. The male 15 to 19 is too old to be a child of Edward or Frances. The second female under 5 is possibly a second daughter of Frances, that is otherwise unknown and who died before 1850.


Conclusion

  • Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” lived with her parents during the 1840 and 1850 Censuses.
  • I have not found her in the 1860 Census. She would have been about 22 years old and single.
  • She was with her husband, Albert S Bodge, during the 1870 Census.
  • She lived with her widowed mother during the 1880 Census. 

Follow-up

  1. Perform a review of the neighbors of Edward Mayberry in the 1850 and 1870 Censuses and try to find Edward, Frances, Mary, and George Mayberry in the 1860 Census.
  2. Review the Bodge family in the 1870 Census. Are they related to the Charles W Lane family?

Endnotes:

[i] Find a Grave, Find A Grave, Lizzie Mayberry Bodge (1838-1882). Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/116062268/elizabeth-bodge: accessed 21 July 2022), memorial page for Elizabeth “Lizzie” Mayberry Bodge (1838–10 Oct 1882), Find a Grave Memorial ID 116062268, citing Gray Village Cemetery, Gray, Cumberland County, Maine, USA; Maintained by Debi C (contributor 46830109). https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/116062268/elizabeth-bodge.

[ii] Maine Vital Records, 1670-­1921, Family Search, Marriage – Albert Bonge – Lizzie Maybury – 13 Apr 1867. citing Gorham, Cumberland, Maine, United States, multiple sources, Maine; FHL microfilm. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q28Q-QT4Z.

[iii] 1880 Census, Year: 1880; Census Place: Gray, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: 478; Page: 328C; Enumeration District: 036.

[iv] 1870 Census, Albert S Bodge, Head, Westbrook, Cumberland, Maine   . “United States Census, 1870”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6DF-CTZ : 29 May 2021), Albert S Bodge, 1870. https://ttps://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6DF-CTZ.

[v] Ancestry.com, 1850 United States Federal Census (Lehi, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009), Ancestry.com, Year: 1850; Census Place: Windham, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: 251; Page: 158a.

[vi] 1840 Census, Various, Edward Mayberry – Windham, Cumberland. Year: 1840; Census Place: Windham, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: 139; Page: 442; Family History Library Film: 0009702 via Ancestry. https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/29577401?h=1d2795.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 73

Kitchen, Knight(2), Konan, & Korpinen

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] My goal is to reunite the photos with family members who may have never seen the image.

Bertha Ellen Korpinen, Nurse, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Bertha Korpinen, Me Gen Hospital #685.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Bertha Ellen Korpinen, Nurse, circa 1936

    The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Bertha Korpinen, a student nurse at 22 Arsenal (Maine General Hospital).

  • The 1940 Census lists Bertha Korpinen as a 26-year-old Registered Nurse working in Private Duty. She lived in “Same Place: in 1935 and was born in Maine.
  • Ancestry family trees suggest there were two different Burtta Korpinenm, both born about 1915.
    • Burtta V Korpinen, daughter of Matti and Kaaisa Korpinen. This Bertha married John Scantz in 1935 and lived in Holden, MA, in 1935 and 1940.
    • Bertha Ellen Korpinen, daughter of Onni and Ida Korpinen. She married Roger Standard in 1949. She died, and her obituary says she graduated in 1938 as an R.N. from Maine General Hospital.

This is a photo of Bertha Ellen Korpinen about 1936.

Ancestry has 12 public trees that refer to Bertha; Family Search has profile GQR9-LJT for Bertha Ellen Korpinen.  I have uploaded her photo to her Family Search Memories.

Madeline Genevra McDonald Knight, circa 1935

This negative envelope says, “Miss Madeline Knight, 23 Lafayette St. #270.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Madeline Genevra McDonald Knight, circa 1935

    The 1940 Census lists Madeline Knight, the 21-year-old daughter of Albert and Blanche Knight, living with her parents at 23 Lafayette.

  • The 1930 Census lists Madeline McD Knight as the 12-year-old Adopted Daughter of Albert and Blanche Knight. It indicates she and her mother were born in Maine, but her father was born in Canada (English). Albert and Blanche were both born in Maine.
  • Madeline Genevra MacDonald’s birth record indicates she was born on 17 Apr 1917. Her father is Albert William Knight, and her mother is Blanche Peaks.

This photo is of Madeline Genevra MacDonald Knight about 1935 when she was about 18 years old.

Ancestry has two public trees that refer to Madeline Knight;  Family Search has profile LZXY-218 for Madeline Genevra Knight. So, I  have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search Memories. I also uploaded a third photo of her to my Flickr Photostream. 

Jadwiga Antonina “Veno” Konan, 1936

This negative envelope says, “Miss Veno Konan, 39 Summer St. #1074.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Jadwiga Antonina “Veno” Konan , 1936

    The 1936 Portland High School yearbook has a photo of Jadwiga Antonina Konan, aka “Veno,” that is clearly the same young woman. She is even wearing the same sweater.

  • Ancestry Family Trees indicate Jadwiga Antonia “Veno” Konan was born 30 Sep 1918 to Ignacy and Antonia (Yonaskeviza) Konan.

This is a photo of “Veno” in 1936.

Ancestry has nine public trees that refer to Veno; Family Search has profile L1XK-8NK for Jadwiga Antonina Konan. I uploaded two photos of Veno to her Family Search Memories and a third photo of Veno to my Flickr photostream. 

Ronald Harold Knight, circa 1936 (Age 5)

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Harold Knight, 23 Ocean Ave, #1067.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Ronald Harold Knight, circa 1926 (Age 5)

    The 1936 Portland City Directory indicates that Harold E and Leona M Knight lived at 23 Ocean. Harold was a barber at Elite Barber Shop, 272a Congress.

  • The 1940 Census finds Harold and Lucille separated. Leona is boarding with Sydney & Phyllis Hancock on Adler Street in Portland. Harold Ellsworth Knight and his son, Ronald Harold Knight, live with Harold’s mother, Gertrude (Barter) Hutchins, at 27 Federal Street in Brunswick, ME.

This is a photo of Ronald Harold Knight about 1936 when he was about five years old.

Ancestry has 22 public trees that refer to Ronald Harold Knight; Family Search has profile LRW5-1KQ for Ronald. I uploaded one photo of him to his Family Search Memories, which joined two other photos of him.

Jacqueline Harriett Kitchen, circa 1935

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. John Kitchen, Loring Ave. #570.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Jacqueline Harriett Kitchen, circa 1935

    The 1934 Portland City Directory lists John Kitchen living with his wife Florina at 16 Loring Ave, Portland.

  • The 1940 Census lists John and “Florence” Kitchen living at 8 Grammer Road in Portland. With them is their 10-year-old daughter, Jacqueline.
  • Jacqueline Harriett Kitchen’s marriage record confirms her parents were John Robert Kitchen and Florina

This is a photo of Jacqueline Harriett Kitchen about 1935.

Ancestry has no public trees that refer to Jacqueline Harriet Kitchen or her parents. Family Search does not have a profile for Jacqueline, So I have added Jacqueline’s photo to Dead Fred. Jacqueline’s parents, John and Florina (Murray) Kitchen, do have profiles on Family Search. They are G3VV-9WB and G3VN-KDX, respectively.


 Conclusion

  • I fully identified all five Four of them have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories.
  • I identified one individual that did not have a Family Search profile nor appeared in Ancestry trees, so I posted her image to Dead Fred.

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.

Due to software limitations, the images uploaded to Family Search, Dead Fred, and Flickr have a higher image quality than the images linked here.

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


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 61

Hodgins, Hodsdon, Hoffman, Hoffses, & née Sholes

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.

Lynette Hodgins, circa 1934

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Lynette Hodgins, 96 Morning St, #184.”

Miss Lynette Hodgins, circa 1934.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Lynette G. Hodgins as a clerk who moved to Brewer. There was an Ardra Hodgins who resided at 13 Lewis.
  • The 1933 Portland City Directory does not list Lynette. I have been unsuccessful in finding Lynette G. Hodgins in any Census records or other documents in further research.

Neither Family Search nor Ancestry trees appear to include Lynette Hodgins.

I have uploaded one photo of Lynette to Dead Fred. 

Mildred Susanna Hoffses, circa 1936

This negative envelope says, “Miss Mildred Hoffses, Eye & Ear Infirmary #948.”

Mildred Susanna Hoffses, circa 1936.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1934 and 1935 Portland City Directories list Mildred Hoffses as a student nurse at 79 Bramhall, residing at 804 Congress.
  • The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Mildred S Hoffses as an Assistant Tech at 79 Bramhall, residing at 792 Congress.
  • The 1937 and 1938 Portland City Directories list Mildred Hoffses as a supervisor at 79 Bramhall, living at 804 Congress.
  • According to the 1937 Portland City Directory, 79 Bramhall was the Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary address.
  • The 1930 US Census lists Mildred S Hoffses, a 17-year-old Maine-born woman boarding at 226 Capisic Street in the household of Henry and Marion Chapman.
  • The 1930 Deering High School includes a photo of “Millie” Mildred Susanna Hoffses, whose ambition was to become a nurse. She is noted as, “A girl who came from way down east to get an education at Deering.”
  • Ancestry family trees indicate Mildred Susanna Hoffses was born 10 August 1912 in Jonesport, Washington County, Maine.

This photo was taken about 1936 when Mildred graduated from nursing school.

Family Search identifies Mildred S Hoffses, born 10 August 1912, as ID L8MY-T3C. Thirty-three public trees at Ancestry refer to Mildred Susanna Hoffse.

I have uploaded one photo of Mildred to her Family Search Memories. 

Confirmed to be Mildred by a granddaughter.
Also confirmed to be Mildred by a grandson.

Empire Theatre Mural, c. 1934.

This photo is from the Ethel Wight Studio, Portland, Maine.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Helena Hodsdon, 217 Stevens Ave #71 – Mural for Empire Theater.”

In this case, the photo is not of a person; instead, it is the photograph of a mural of Portland Head lighthouse that was once at the Empire Theatre.

The Empire Theatre was at 68 Oak. Converted from a horse stable, which later became a roller skating rink, the Empire Theatre opened 8 October 1913. It was renamed the Paris Cinema. It was demolished in the early 1980s.[iii]

Helena Susan Hodsdon, 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Helena Hodsdon, 217 Stevens Ave #547.”

Helena Susan Hodsdon, 1935

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Helena C. Hodsdon, the wife of Herbert S Hodsdon, living at 217 Stevens.
  • The 1930 US Census lists Herbert S Hodsdon, his 39-year-old wife Helena C., and his daughter seven-year-old Helena S. Hodsdon renting at 237 Brighton.
  • The individual in the photo is not in her 40s, so it must be their daughter Helena.
  • Ancestry Family Trees suggest their daughter, Helena Susan Hodsdon, was born on 8 September 1922 in Yarmouth. A photo of Helena from 1935 is clearly of the same young woman, she is even wearing the same dress.
  • This photo is of Helena Susan Hodsdon, from 1935, probably the same sitting.

Family Search identifies Helena Susan Hodsdon as ID L269-NN5. Also, eleven trees at Ancestry refer to Helena Susan Hodsdon.

I have uploaded one photo of Helena to her Family Search Memories.

Eldora May Hoffman, née Sholes, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. W Leore Hoffman, 48 Allen Ave #228.”

Eldora May Hoffman, née Sholes, circa 1935.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1934 Portland City Directory lists William L Hoffman and his wife Eldora M., living at 48 Allen Ave.
  • The 1940 US Census finds William L and his wife Eldora living at 203 St. John Street. Both were 32 years old in 1940.
  • Ancestry Family Trees include William Leon Hoffman and his wife Eldora May (née Sholes). Eldora was born 18 May 1907 in Portland, Maine.

This is a photo of Eldora about 1935 when she was about 27 years old.

Family Search identifies Eldora M Sholes, born 18 May 1907, as ID GM7V-NMX.  Eldora May Sholes (1907-1967) appears in 15 Ancestry public trees.

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


Conclusion

  • I fully identified three of the four individuals. They had profiles at Family Search, so I uploaded their photos to Family Search
  • Other than the name of the person who paid for the photograph and name confirmation, I could not identify one of the individuals. I posted her photo to Dead Fred.
  • A fifth image was of a mural at the Empire Theatre and not the photo of an individual, so I only posted that photo here.

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.

[iii] Cinema Treasures – Paris Cinema, 68 Oak Street, Portland. Today it is the home of The Oak Street Lofts – 37 efficiency apartments designed specifically with local artists in mind.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 45

Gardner (2), Garnett, Gass, & Giardino

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.

Marietta Rachela Giardino, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Marrietta Gardner, 80 Moreland St., Roxbury, Mass #851.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

Marietta Rachela Giardino, circa 1936
  • I was unsuccessful in finding a Marrietta Gardner, of the appropriate age, in any records from 1930 to 1940.
  • I did find a Marietta R Giardino, a hairdresser who lived at 80 Moreland, Roxberry, in the 1936 Boston City Directory. The directory indicates that Nicola G. Deluca, Frank L Giardino, and Lilian Saia lived at the address.
  • Marietta R Giardino was born on 25 April 1913 in Boston. She lived in Portland, Maine in 1932, and married Melville Benjamin Young ib 12 May 1936,
  • Ancestry Trees include a 1939 photo of Marietta and her daughter. That photo appears to be of the same woman here. I am convinced this is a photo of Marietta Richela Giardino before she married Melville Young in 1936.
  • I believe the surname written on the envelope was incorrect.

Family Search identifies Marietta Rachela Giardino, daughter of Frank Louis and Concettina (Maggio) Giardino as ID GSRF-LCS. There are eight family trees at Ancestry.Com that refer to Marietta.

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

This photo identity was confirmed by a niece of Marietta.

Sallie Gardner, R.N., circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Sally Gardner, ME. Gen. Hospital #922.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Sallie Gardner, R.N., circa 1937

    The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Sallie Gardner, a student nurse at 22 Arsenal (Maine General Hospital).

  • The 1938 Portland City Directory lists Sallie O Gardner, a student nurse who married Samuel J. Oppedisano.
  • The Maine, U.S., Marriage Index, 1892-1996, shows Sallie and Samuel married on 25 December 1937.
  • The 1940 US Census shows Samuel and the 23-year-old Sally Oppedisano living at 95b Moody Street.

Family Search identifies Sallie Gardner, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah (Osgood) Gardner, as ID L14G-GT6. I am pretty sure this is Sallie about 1937 before she married Samuel. There are nine trees at Ancestry.Com that refer to Sally Gardner, born 23 February 1917 in Calais, Washington County, Maine.

I have uploaded two photos of Sallie to her Family Search Memories. I also uploaded one additional photo of her to my Flickr photostream.

Ralph Gardner, circa 1934

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. Ralph Gardiner, Woodfords, Portland, #45.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

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  • Woodfords is a neighborhood in Portland, Maine.
  • The 1930 US Census lists 47-year-old Ralph Gardiner living at 66 Glenwood Ave with his wife Florence and son, Donald. That address is in the area that would be called Oakdale/Woodfords.
  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Ralph S Gardner as an accountant at 45 Forest Ave. and living at 104 Coyle. Again, 104 Coyle is in the Woodfords neighborhood.
  • Ralph Sidney Gardner died 30 June 1937 at the age of 55.
  • Based on the photo ID number (#45), I believe this to be Ralph Gardner about 1934.

Alternative individuals?

The 1930 US Census lists a Ralph Gardiner, age 28, living with his brother-in-law Ralph Bragdon in Westbrook. This Ralph Gardiner would be too young to be the subject of this photograph.

Family Search identifies Ralph S Gardner, husband of Florence Scott, as ID LBPR-BX4. There are 24 trees at Ancestry.Com refer to Ralph Sidney Gardner (1882-1937)

I have uploaded two photos of Ralph to his Family Search Memories.

Carol Garnett, circa 1936 (age 3 or 4)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Carroll Garnett, 301 Cumberland Ave, Portland #326.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

Carol Garnett, circa 1936 (age 3 or 4)
  • The only Carroll Garnett listed in the 1935 Portland worked at a barbershop at 1206 Forest Ave and lived at 111 Woodlawn Ave. His wife is Clarissa.
  • The 1936 Portland city directory is missing the page, which would include Carroll Garnett. However, in the address to name section of the directory, at 301 Cumberland Ave. lives Mrs. Lena Frost
  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Carroll L (and Clarissa M.) Garnett living at 17 Warren ave.
  • Likewise, the 1938 Portland City Directory lists Carroll and Clarissa still at 17 Warren Ave.
  • The 1940 Census finds Carroll and Clarissa Garnett living with their two children, 14-year-old Harry and seven-year-old Carol.
  • This photo was taken about 1936 when Carol was about three years old. The child in the photograph appears to be about three or four years old. Consequently, I believe this to be a photo of Carol

Family Search identifies Carol Garnett, born 3 August 1932 to Carroll and Clarissa (Whitney) Garnett, as ID LRQ9-7D1. I am pretty sure this is Carol about 1936. There are seven trees at Ancestry.Com refer to Carol M. Garnett (Rutter).

I uploaded one photo of Carol to her Family Search Memories.

Betty L. Gass, circa 1937 (age 7).

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. G. E. Gass, 25 Bolton St., Portland #842.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

Betty L. Gass, circa 1937 (age 7)
  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Garland E (and Bertha L) Gass living at 25 Bolton.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Garland and Bertha Gass living at 71a Whitney Ave. Living with them is their 10-year-old daughter Betty.
  • Based upon the Photo Number (#842), I estimate this photo was taken about 1937.
  • Betty L. Gass was born on 19 February 1930; I believe this is a photo of her when she was about seven years old.

Sadly, one of the two negatives I have of Betty is out of focus, and the second negative is a profile.

Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Betty L Gass; however, her father is Garland E. Gass, ID: L21Q-6MH. However, Betty L. Gass is found in six public trees at Ancestry.Com

Because Betty does not have a Family Search profile, I have added her photo to Dead Fred. I also uploaded the out-of-focus photo of her to my Flickr photostream.

Conclusion

  • I identified four individuals with Family Search profiles, so I posted their photos to their Family Search
  • I identified one individual who did not have a profile on Family Search, so I uploaded her photo to Dead Fred.

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 particular 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.

The Pride’s Corner Union Bible Society

Treasure Chest Thursday
Welch-Harris Project

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.One of my favorite resources in researching ancestors is to check the local historical society. A simple google search using the “Site” criteria for a search. In this case, I was researching Mildred Swain in my Welch-Harris Project. I knew from the 1910 Census she was living in Westbrook and attending school. A Google search of the Westbrook Historical Society’s website site for Mildred would be:

Mildred Swain site:www.westbrookhistoricalsociety.org

The search returned one page, http://www.westbrookhistoricalsociety.org/photo_arc.html. A quick <cmd-f> to find an entry of “Swain” on the page yielded a photo of “The Pride’s Corner Union Bible Society” as well as a great little article. Besides my Mildred, who would have been about 12 at the time, is another Mildred (I wonder who she is?), her sisters Ruby and Esther, and Mildred’s father, Milton. What a treasure to find. There is additional history about the Pride’s Corner Church; land for the church was purchased on Elmwood Street in 1912, and the church was dedicated in 1915, free from debt.

A colorized and enhanced version of the Pride’s Corner Union Bible Society photo, circa 1911. Photo courtesy of the Westbrook Historical Society.

On the back of the original photograph is additional information about some of the people in the photo. Included is that Mildred Swain married Lawrence Harmon (which I knew) and that Ruby Swain married Van Vliet (which I didn’t know.)

Key features:
    • Milton Swain was a founder of the Pride’s Corner Union Bible Society. His children, Ruby, Mildred, and Esther, also attended the Society.
    • Ruby Swain married Van Vliet.
    • All were living in the Pride’s Corner neighborhood of Westbrook in 1912.
    • I cropped mall headshots of the various Swain family members in the photo to use in my family tree.

Follow-up

I couldn’t wait to see what else might be on the Westbrook Historical Society. A search for just “Swain” on the site found a list of people buried at the Highland Lake Cemetery. It included the following entries:

    • SWAIN Emma L. Bunker w/o Milton N. Swain 1866 – 1933
    • SWAIN Milton N. 1867 – 1961
    • SWAIN Ruby L. (VanVliet) w/o Willem VanVliet 1895 – Mar 7, 1958

Continuing with more items to follow-up with:

    • A heretofore unknown woman also named Mildred Swain lived in the area and should be researched regarding her relationship. (Possibly a sister of Milton’s and/or namesake for young Mildred?)
    • Research the Pride’s Corner Church on Elmwood Street.
    • Research the Pride’s Corner school, its students, etc.