Photo Friday –Williams (née White), Williamson, & Wilson

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 100

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Wow, Part 100. This post is actually “Part 101” because I had two “Part 20.” I only analyzed two photo packets in the first two installments of this series. However, because I analyzed an additional five people in part 20a, with this installment, I will have analyzed 99 photo packages and shared the photos with family members through Family Search, Ancestry, Dead Fred, Flickr, and my website.

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.


Dorothy Wilson, circa 1934

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Dorothy Wilson, 16 Ponce St #227.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Dorothy Wilson, circa 1934

    The 1933 Portland City Directory lists Dorothy M Wilson, a waitress at 285a Cumberland Ave, residing at 16 Ponce. Also at 16 Ponce is a Mrs. Margaret E Wilson.[iii] Margaret is listed as the widow of Philip H Wilson.

I am confident this photo is of Dorothy May Wilson, daughter of Philip Harold and Margaret E (Lowell) Wilson, about 1934 when Dorothy was about 21 years old.

Ancestry has 11 public trees that refer to Dorothy May Wilson, born on 19 February 1913 in Gorham, Maine.  Family Search has profile G7ZL-69H for Dorothy May Wilson. I have uploaded two photos of Dorothy to her Family Search Memories. 

Eleanor Wilson, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Eleanor Wilson, 300 Woodford St #562.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Eleanor Wilson, circa 1935.

    According to the 1935 Portland City Directory, Clifford Wilson and his wife Helen lived at 300 Woodford.

  • The 1940 US Census lists 21-year-old Eleanor Wilson living with her parents, Clifford and Helen Wilson, at 85 Glenwood. All were born in Maine. Eleanor is listed as a “new worker.”
  • The Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME) reported, on 9 Sep 1940, page 17, that Eleanor Wilson, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Wilson of Glenwood avenue (Portland), married D Edwin Christie.

I am sure this is Eleanor Wilson, born on 12 August 1918 in Portland, Maine, about 1935, when she was about 17 years old.

Alternate Individuals.

The 1935 Portland City Directory lists an Eleanor L Wilson as a stenographer at 443 Congress street, Room 412, and residing at West Falmouth. That Eleanor was born on 9 February 1914 and would have been 26 during the 1940 Census.

Ancestry has eight public trees that refer to Eleanor Wilson, daughter of Clifford and Helen (Smith) Wilson. Family Search has profile G3KG-78Q for Eleanor Wilson, born 12 August 1918. I have uploaded two photos of Eleanor to her Family Search Memories.

Stanley Williams, Circa 1935

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Stanley Williams, 77 Mackworth #611.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Stanley Williams, Circa 1935.

    The 1935 Deering High School Yearbook has a photo of Stanley W Williams. He is wearing the same suit and is clearly the same young man.

  • The 1930 US Census lists Stanley Williams, the 12-year-old son of Leon and Laura Williams, living at 77 Mackworth.

This photo is clearly Stanley White Williams, the son of Leon and Laura (White) Williams, and was born on 31 October 1917 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine.

Ancestry has five public trees that refer to Stanley White Williams. Family Search has profile LBVW-T5Y for Stanley White Williams. I have uploaded two photos of Stanley to his Family Search Memories.

Unknown Child (probably related to Grace Williamson) circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Grace Williamson, 469 Brighton Ave #684.”

What I looked at:

  • Unknown Child (probably related to Grace Williamson) circa 1935.

    The 1934 Portland City Directory lists 2 Grace Williamsons. One is the wife of George S and lives at 51 Park, apt 12. The other, Mrs. Grace F Williamson, lives at 122 Oxford.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists two Grace Williamsons. One is the wife of George S and lives at 262 Brackett, Apt 5. The other Mrs. Grace F Williamson lives at 148 Cumberland.
  • The 1935 Directory lists ten people living at 469 Brighton. None are surnamed Williamson. They are:
      1. Millet Cummings Apt 4
      2. Melvin D Chatto Apt 3
      3. Philip I Tibbetts
      4. Melville R Babb Apt 6
      5. George W Goodall Apt 7
      6. Walter S Hamaker Apt 8
      7. Victor E Hewitt Apt 9
      8. Perley R McLellan
      9. Harold E MacMillan Apt 11 and
      10. Vera G Robinson. Apt 12
  • The 1936 Portland City Directory available at Ancestry is missing pages 892 through 896. The Directory lists eight people living at 469 Brighton. Again, none of them have the Williamson surname. They are
      1. Vera G Robinson Apt 1
      2. Lillian P Flanders Apt 2
      3. Melvin D Chatto Apt 3
      4. Alan W Titcomb Apt 5
      5. Melville R Babb Apt 6
      6. R Winthrop Andrews Apt 8
      7. Victor E Hewitt Apt 9 and
      8. Harold E MacMillan Apt 11
  • The 1940 Census lists George and Grace R Williamson living with their 8-year-old daughter Constance. The couple was 35 and 30 years old, making them too young for a grandchild. It also lists a 51-year-old Grace Williamson, who lives at 104 Franklin St. No children are living with her.
  • The 1930 Census lists Grace Williamson as the 41-year-old mother of 20-year-old William H Williamson. She lives at 104 Franklin Street.

Because neither Grace Williamson that I’ve discovered appear to have a relationship with 469 Brighton nor appear to have a child the age of the young girl in the photo, I cannot identify the child in this photo.

I have not identified the individual in this photo sufficiently to upload to either Family Search or Dead Fred, so I only include the individual’s image here. 

Laura Williams, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Leon N Williams, 77 Mackworth St #495.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Laura Williams, circa 1935.

    The 1930 US Census lists Leon and Laura Williams living at 77 Mackworth.

  • Ancestry family trees suggest this is Laura M White, born about 16 May 1893 in Superior, Wisconsin, and is the wife of Leon N Williams.

This appears to be a photo of Laura (White) Williams, about 1935, when she was about 39 years old.

Ancestry has five public trees that refer to Laura M White.

Family Search has profile 9JBZ-17J for Laura Mary White, born 15 May 1893 in West Superior, Douglas County, Wisconsin. Her profile does not include her marriage to Leon Williams nor her son, Stanley Williams, mentioned above. But I am confident this is Laura Mary White.

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


 Conclusion

  • I fully identified four All of them have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories
  • I was unable to identify one of the images.

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 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.

[iii] There are also four other people at that address.

Photo Friday – Whittier (née Simpson, née Orne), Whittingham, Willett, & Williams

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 99

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.


Doris Willett, Student Nurse, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Doris Willett, Me Eye & Ear Infirmary #472.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Doris Willett, Student Nurse, circa 1936

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Doris Willett as a student nurse at 79 Bramhall (Maine Eye & Ear Infirmary).

  • The 1942 Nashua, New Hampshire, City Directory lists Doris Willett as a student nurse living at 15 Kehoe ave. The 1940 City directory indicates that Doris lived at the same address as Melvin and Gladys Willett.
  • The 1940 Census reports 19-year-old Doris Willette as a trained nurse at the Nashua Memorial Hospital and Nurses Home.

I believe this photo is of Doris Willett, daughter of Melvin and Gladys (Stone) Willett, about 1936 when she attended nursing school.

Alternate Individuals.

The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Doris M Willett, the wife of Ralph J Willett. The 1940 Census indicates that Ralph and Doris M Willette lived in the same house as they did in 1935 and had a six-year-old, Ralph (Jr.). Because the envelope clearly says “Miss” and that Ralph and Doris lived at 23 Hemlock in 1935, and their son was born about 1934, I do not believe this is the correct Doris Willett.

The 1937 Meadville, Pennsylvania, City Directory lists Doris J Willetts as a student nurse living at 895 Park Ave.

Decision

Ancestry has 12 public trees that refer to Doris Gertrude Willett. Family Search has profile L1MM-9SG for Doris. I have uploaded a photo of Doris to her Family Search Memories.

Hope Williams, Student Nurse, circa 1936.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Hope Williams, Me. Gen. Hospital #865.”

Why I believe this to be the individual:

  • Hope Williams, Student Nurse, circa 1936

    The 1937 and 1938 Portland City Directories list Hope Williams as a student nurse at 22 Arsenal (Maine General Hospital).

  • The 1939 Portland City Directory lists Hope Williams as a nurse at 807 Congress.
  • In 1939, Hope Williams of Searsport, ME, married Edward B Duff of Portland, Maine.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Edward and Hope living on West Street. Hope was 23 and had three years of College. Both lived in Portland in 1935.
  • Hope’s 2008 Obituary indicates she was “a distinguished registered nurse.”

I am confident this photo is of Hope Ann Williams, born 12 September 1916 in Milo, Maine, and who married Edward B Duff in 1939.

Ancestry has eight public trees that refer to Hope Ann Williams. Family Search has profile G974-NCD for Hope. I have uploaded a photo of Hope to her Family Search Memories.

Confirmed to be Hope Williams by a niece. 

“Baby” Williams, unidentified.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Williams – Nov 1943.”

About this photo:

  • “Baby” Williams, unidentified

    This photo was initially a reprint request. It isn’t clear if the date, November 1943, is the date the photo was taken or if it is the date the image was submitted for reprints.

  • Additionally, there are so many “Mrs. Williams” that it will be impossible to determine which Mrs. Williams this is without an address or first name.

Marion Whittier (Née Simpson) & daughter Beverly (born Orne) circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. C. P. Whittier, 20 Grand St. #520.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Marion Whittier (Née Simpson) & daughter Beverly (born Orne) circa 1935

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Carroll P and Marion () Whittier living at 20 Grand. Carroll is a baker.

  • The 1940 US Census lists Carroll, Marin & Beverly, his 11-year-old daughter, still living at 20 Grand.
  • Hope F Hotham of Portland and Carroll P. Whittier married on 3 September 1921. Hope was 23 years old and was born in Blaine, Maine. Her parents were John F and Marjorie (Tompkins) Hotham, both living in Blaine, ME, in 1921. Hope then married Byron O Ireland in 1933, making her Mrs. Ireland before this photo was taken.
  • I have found no evidence that Hope and Carroll had any children.
  • Carroll Whittier and Marion Simpson married on 22 November 1932, several years after Beverly was born. She would have been “Mrs. Whittier” when this photo was taken, about 1935. Further research found that Marion Simpson was married in 1927 to Reginald Orne. She and Reginald had a daughter, Beverly Orne.
  • This photo was taken about 1935 when Beverly was about six years old. Her stepmother Marion Simpson (Whittier), would have been about 27 years old. Mother and daughter, both surname Orne, appear to be living with Marion’s father, Benjamin Simpson, in Falmouth, Maine, during the 1930 Census.

I am confident this photo is of Marion Whittier, née Simpson (born 20 June 1908), and her daughter Beverly (born Orne in 1928 & died Whittier in 1941). The photo was taken at the Ethel Wight Studio in Portland about 1935.

Ancestry has 35 Public trees that refer to Marion Simpson, born on 20 June 1908. Family Search has profile LKGT-39J for Marion I. Simpson. I uploaded the photo of Marion and Beverly to Marion’s Family Search Memories.

Beverly J Orne, born in 1928, appears in two public Ancestry trees. She does not have a Family Search Profiles. However, Beverly J Whittier, born in 1928, died in 1941 and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Yarmouth, Maine. She is buried near her step-father, Carroll P Whittier, who also died in 1941 in Portland. Her obituary indicates her as Beverly June Whittier. Carroll Whittier’s obituary, who died the previous January of pneumonia, mentions his widow, Marion, but not a daughter.

Marion and Donald Whittingham, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Louise Willey, 17 Mechanic St. #954.”

Why I believe this to be the children of Louise M Willey.

  • Marion and Donald Whittingham, circa 1935.

    The Ancestry.Com images of the 1936 Directory is missing page 1197, which would include 17 Mechanic Street. The 1935 and 1937 directories do not indicate that the Willeys lived there.

  • However, the 1937 Portland City Directory lists Mrs. Louise M Willey as a waitress living at 477 Cumberland av, Apt 5. The 1940 Census lists Louise Willey, a 33-year-old Maine-born waitress and the mother of a 13-year-old Maine born. Mary L Whittingham. They lived in Bangor in 1935.
  • In the 1930 Census, Donald R Whittingham and Mary L Whittingham were boarders at the home of Lulu V H Faunce in Auburn, Maine. Donald was 4; Mary was 3.
  • Further research indicates that Donald Robert Whittingham, the son of Frederick and Louise (Maloon) Whittingham, was born on 21 March 1925 in Lewiston. His sister, Marion Louise Whittingham, was born on 15 February 1927. Their mother, Louise Marion (Maloon) Whittingham, married Turner A Willey on 10 November 1930.

I am confident this photo of Donald and Marion Whittingham would have been taken about 1935 when Donald was about ten and Marion about 8.

Ancestry has 15 public trees that refer to Donald Robert Whittingham. Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Donald, so I have uploaded his photo to Dead Fred.

Ancestry has 17 public trees that refer to Marion Louise Whittingham. Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Marion, so I have added her name to the image I uploaded to Dead Fred.


Conclusion

    • I identified six of the seven individuals. Three of them have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories. One of those photos included mother and daughter.
    • Two did not have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded a photo of them to Dead Fred.
    • One individual was not identifiable due to a lack of information provided.

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.