Ancestor Sketch – Arvid Frithiof Carlin

Bradley-Hingston Project
Ancestor Y-06

Carlin Line
By Don Taylor

Arvid Frithiof Carlin (1876-1959)

Arvid was born in Sweden on 27 November 1876. It is unclear where in Sweden he was born. His birthplace was entered on his naturalization papers, however, I am unable to determine what it says. Knowing that the second word is “Sweden,” you can read that. The first word I’ve looked for in Google Maps and Wikipedia using various wildcards. None of my searches found a location that ends in a “yn” and has an “eg” as the second and third letters.

If you can help with the interpretation of the name, I’d greatly appreciate it. One of the transcribers thought it was “Segerbyn,” but I am unable to find such a place in my available Swedish maps.


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.


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.


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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  • 1920 Census (FS), Family Search, Arne Carlin – Manhattan Assembly District 23, New York, New York. “United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 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 ( 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 ( : 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 ( : 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.
  • 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.
  • New York, Southern District, U.S District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1946, Family Search, Arvid Frithiof Carlin. FamilySearch ( : 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.

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.



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….


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.


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


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.


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)


Search for any other examples of “Dolly Montrose” or “Dolly Montran” during 1921.


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

J de Montran arrived in NY in January 1859

Montrans in the News

Montran Monday
By Don Taylor

This week I discovered an article in the New York Daily Herald from Friday, January 21, 1859.


New York Daily Herald – 21 January 1859

From New Orleans and Havana, in the steamship Black Warrior—D Hubbard, wife, two children and servant; G Gueydon, J de Montran, Dr W A Davis, L Lavanburg, J W Retnecke, B S Wolf, H T Reinecke, Madame M Alanza and servant, A Oxosco, J P Bill, J Pusadas, F Casas, P Silva, S Sanson, J F M Acosta, Capt J Chase, Capt J S Dubel, wife and child, A Fraser, Jr, M Ferrera, A Nunez, J F Mesa, W Phillips, J Reynolds, Fr. W Gibbs; A Chase, Alex McDonald, sent by American Consul at Havana.


J. de Montran arrived from Havana aboard the Black Warrier in January 1859. If “J de Montran” were 20 years of age, he would have been 53 years old when my grandmother was conceived. My great-grandmother (Ida Barber) was 18 years old at the time, so I don’t think this is my John Montran. However, it is worthwhile trying to track down what happened to J de Montran and see if he had any children.

Additional Research

Shipname – “Black Warrior” or “Black Wamer?”

I looked closely at the New York Passenger and Crew Lists from 1859 and found a record for the “Black Wamer” arriving on 20 January 1859 from Havana. My review of the document indicates that the ship name could be Black Warrior just as easily as Black Wamer, so I believe the transcription of the name in Ancestry.Com is incorrect regarding the ship’s name.  That said, it is very interesting that J de Montran does NOT show up in the list of passengers or crew. [1]

So, it appears that J de Montran may have intended to go to New York as was reported by the American Consul as going, but didn’t as he doesn’t appear in the Passenger/Crew list.


New York Daily Herald – NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Friday, January 21, 1859 via Newspapers.Com


[1] New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
Ship: Black Wamer – Arrived 20 January 1859.

Donna Darling Collection – Part 53

Shamokin – Donna appears after “Baby Marie Osborne”

Treasure Chest Thursday

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.For this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday, I’m looking at a page from the Donna Darling Collection. The page includes two articles, one newspaper banner, and five tiny clips.

The two articles both appear to be from the Shamokin Daily News, Friday, February 10, 1922, but they might be a day apart.



This article talks about “Baby Marie Osborne,” at length, before it begins to talk about Donna or any of the other shows. The section about Donna reads,

“Miss Donna Darling, former musical comedy star, who is appearing on the Keith bill at the Strand the last three days of the week, has one of the most appealing and enjoyable musical and dancing acts seen here this season. Miss Darling is all that her name implies in appearance and ability and is supported by two talented young men, both of whom are gifted dancers and vocalists. The stage settings are among the most elaborate seen here this winter while Miss Darling’s vocal selections appeal to people of all ages.”

The “last three days of the week,” in this case, means February 9th, 10th, and 11th.

A second article,



also talks about Baby Marie Osborne before mentioning Donna. The Donna part reads,

“Another widely known star of the stage appearing on the same program is Miss Donna Darling, former musical comedy star and who is now on the Keith circuit in a high class vaudeville revue I which she is most popular as well as pleasing.”

With Donna at the Strand are

  • Baby Marie Osborne
  • Frank Markey (the “Banjo Boy”)
  • Coogan and Casey (Song act)
  • Crumley and Jones (Comedians)

Along with the two larger articles on the page are five small clippings, some of which are cut off (I use the symbol of “}|” to indicate the place where the image was cut off.)

ELMIRA (First Half) – Jean & White – Hunniford – Donna Darling Co.—Manuel Romaine Co.—At the Party.

ITHACA (Second Half)—Homer Romaine—Peel & Corvan—Donna Darling Co.—Gobson & Price—At the Party.

(First Half)—Crowden’s }|
&Casey—Alf Grant—Don}|

(First Half)—Hunniford—Harr}|
mings—Donna Darling Boys—Co}|
—Murray Kissen Co.

NEW CASTLE (Second Half)—Polli Cassi Co.—Hunniford—Ahern & Peterson{|
Donna Darling Co.


I have long known that Donna played in Elmira the January 28th thru 31st, 1922.

I knew she played in Ithaca on Feb 2nd. The “Second Half” would indicate that she was in Ithaca on February 2nd thru the 4th. That added two new days to my schedule for Donna.

I have known that Donna played in Olean Feb 13-15, which would be the first half of that week.

I have never had a record of Donna playing in Wheeling. The clipping’s placement seems to be between Olean, NY, and New Castle, PA. The first half of the week following Olean would be February 20, 21, & 22. The rest of that week would be 23, 24, and 25, February for her to have been in New Castle, PA.

So, thanks to this page of the Donna Darling Collection, I learned of two new venues for Donna’s schedule.

  • Feb 9-11, 1922 – Shamokin, PA – The Strand – Donna Darling
  • Feb 20-22, 1922 – Wheeling WV – Unknown Theatre – Donna Darling Boys


Donna Darling Collection – Image SCAN0087.

Montrans in the News – Maronites’ Society

Montran Monday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.

This week for Montran Monday[i], I found two articles from The Chat (Brooklyn, New York). They both appeared to relate to Montrans that lived in Brooklyn. Neither Mr. Montran nor his wife, May, are a likely fit into my Montran Line.

The Chat (Brooklyn, New York) dated 5 December 1908, Page 27. This article is a brief mention that Mr. and Mrs. Montran and daughter attended a 25th wedding anniversary celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Seibert.

The Chat (Brooklyn, New York) dated 30 May 1925, Page 31. This article is a society page paragraph in which Mrs. May Montran attended a meeting of the Maronites’ Society[ii] along with more than 500 Syrians. 


  • The Chat (Brooklyn, New York) Sat, Dec 5, 1908, · Page 27 – Downloaded on July 26, 2019, via

The Chat (Brooklyn, New York) · Sat, May 30, 1925, · Page 31 – Downloaded on July 26, 2019, via


[i] Montran Monday – My grandmother’s father was John Montran. She used the surname, as a young child and again when she began in show business. The name is uncommon and most of the Montrans I see in the newspapers are my grandmother during her early vaudeville career. However, with the constant flow of newly digitized material, I often learn of new articles which contain the Montran name. I pay attention to the finding and try to determine a possible relationship of any Montrans to Donna’s father, John Montran.

[ii] Maronites are a Christian group whose members adhere to the Syriac Maronite Church.  A mass emigration from Lebanon and Syria to the Americas occurred in the early 20th century due to famine, blockades, and World War I that resulted in between one-third to one-half of the population. Source: Internet: Wikipedia: Maronites –