January 2010 Blog Posts (22)

Maine City Directories

Subscription site Ancestry.com has an extensive collection of Maine city directories. They are mostly from the twentieth century, but for some cities they date back to the early 1800s. Directories are available for:



Albion

Andover

Appleton

Arrowsic

Auburn…

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Added by Chris Dunham on January 30, 2010 at 1:30am — No Comments

Genealogy at the Maine State Library, 1897

The Maine State Library, founded in 1839, has an outstanding genealogy collection. A September 1897 Lewiston Evening Journal article discussed a "genealogy boom" whose effects were beginning to be felt at the library:
Librarian Carver has secured for the Maine State library several…
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Added by Chris Dunham on January 30, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments

Pvt. Eben E. Smith of Eastbrook

In this excellent Flickr set of photos from the National Museum of Health & Medicine, I found this painting of "Private Eben E. Smith, Co. A, 11th Maine, [who] was wounded at Deep Bottom, Virginia, August 16, 1864 by a musket ball through the right leg."





An account of… Continue

Added by Chris Dunham on January 25, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The 1892 Maine Vital Statistics Law

The Lewiston Evening Journal of Dec. 8, 1891, reported on the new statewide vital records law that was soon to go into effect in Maine.
City and town clerks in Maine are now making preparations to carry out the provisions of the new vital statistics law, passed by the last Legislature and to go into effect on Jan. 1st. The young man who…
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Added by Chris Dunham on January 21, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Sixty Years Later, Maine Man Learns Grandfather's Fate in Holocaust

There was an interesting story on MPBN today about a Maine man's search for information on his German grandfather, who died in a concentration camp during World War II. He was able to track him down with the help of the Red Cross.
Which is where Morgan Bickerstaff enters our story. She works for the Red Cross in Portland. "Every request starts and ends with the local chapter,"…
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Added by Chris Dunham on January 19, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Jonathan Sampson murder Trial

Hope this works,, quite interesting,,,,,,,,,

Suffolk file #: 139373

Date of inquest: "Second day of may...forth Year...George the

Third"

Coroner or j.p.: Edmund Bridges

Town of inquest: Pownalsborough Lincoln County

Location of inquest:





Suffolk file 139373 vol. 889 Indictment vs. Jonathan Sampson 15 papers



“Cumberland ss” “At his Majesty’s Superior Court of Judicature...Falmouth...on the Tuesday next after the fourth Tuesday of June, in… Continue

Added by Ron on January 18, 2010 at 8:46am — No Comments

for Chris Dunham

Dear Chris Dunham,



I remember hearing on MPBN the broadcast by Fred Kelly about being shot down and escaping across France into Spain. I found your video piece and interview but it's only the two minutes about the plane crash. Do you still have the portion about escaping across Paris and crossing the Pyrenees?



I talked with Fred yesterday and he told me much of the story but I'd love to have the video as part of the oral history project that the Bayside Historical… Continue

Added by David Crofoot on January 17, 2010 at 10:12am — 1 Comment

COUSIN QUEST THOUGHTS 2

This was the most challenging installment of Cousin Quest so far.

The person who transcribed the BMD records from "Grandmother

West's Bible" didn't have much information on Vienna's grandchildren

and great-grandchildren.For example, the entry on Winnifred Goodwin

includes the line:



"m C.Frank Thompson-4 sons.One still living on the old homestead.

Saw him about a year ago."



Luckily the Family Group sheet that my Aut Dot sent us years ago

had… Continue

Added by Bill West on January 13, 2010 at 2:21am — No Comments

COUSIN QUEST: THE FAMILY OF HIRAM FERDINAND WEST

This is the next in a series of posts on the descendants of

John Cutter West and Arvilla Ames West that I hope will

lead to contact with other West descendants.



Hiram Ferdinand West was the fourth son and sixth child

of John and Arvilla. I had less information to start with on

this branch of the family than the others so far but Ancestry

was very helpful with census records:





1. Hiram Ferdinand West (b.18 Nov 1838-Letter "b"… Continue

Added by Bill West on January 13, 2010 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

History of the Second Baptist Church of Livermore

Source: Deacon George B. Crockett, Consolidated History of the Churches of the Oxford Baptist Association, State of Maine, and a Historical Sketch of the Association (Bryant's Pond, Me.: A. M. Chase & Co., Printers, 1905).



[p. 50]
SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH, LIVERMORE.


THE means of gaining information concerning the history of this church are very limited, but as far as we are able we will present…

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Added by Chris Dunham on January 12, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

genealogy on the web

My aunt is working on our family tree. With Satelite Internet speeding up her Google searches, she has begun compiling her findings online. Her site is getting good Landing Page Optimization, which means that others are finding her research and using it for their purposes.

It is going to be cool to see… Continue

Added by Cindy Fallsen on January 11, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Looking for help in brick wall...

this family folkwore goes as follows My great grandfather was willard M holman married to Lavina Bubier of richmond,maine



Well thru the years my mom was told that the holman's were orginally Phelps from royality but was a black sheep and changed his name for he married a Indian girl from the narragansett tribe...I can find anything on that what so ever but I have willard m holman's mother as being Hannah pease daughter of john pease and melinda snelling who is the daughter of asa… Continue

Added by Lisa Ann Adams Lord on January 11, 2010 at 10:22am — 4 Comments

Orlando Elmer Jordan Obituary

The obituary of Orlando Elmer Jordan, who died 19 Dec. 1971:

LOCKE MILLS—Orlando E. Jordan, 68, died unexpectedly at his home here, Sunday morning.



He was born in the Bird Hill section of Bethel, March 8, 1903, the son of Charles and Ella Thomas Jordan. He was educated in Greenwood schools and married the former Gladys Dunham, Dec. 16, 1922. Mr. Jordan was employed here at Ekco…

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Added by Chris Dunham on January 6, 2010 at 3:43am — No Comments

The Revolutionary War Service of Seth Sturtevant of Sumner

The following first-hand account of Seth Sturtevant's Revolutionary War service was found in a scrapbook kept by my great-great-grandfather, Lemuel Dunham of Greenwood, Maine. It was published—probably in 1901—in the Oxford Democrat.

SETH STURTEVANT.

ONE OF GEN. WASHINGTON'S LIFE GUARD.…

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Added by Chris Dunham on January 6, 2010 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Llewellyn P. and Martha I. (McClellan) Knapp's 50th Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Llewellyn Knapp of Houlton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturay, April 17, at the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Farrar in Amity.



A turkey dinner was served to [?]0 members of the family and open house was observed in the evening. The anniversary cake was made by their daughter, Mrs. Frederick Drinkwater of Longmeadow, Mass.



Mr. and Mrs. Knapp were…

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Added by Chris Dunham on January 6, 2010 at 12:04am — No Comments

Pauline Helen Farrar and Joseph Harold Ledger Marriage Announcement

The marriage announcement of Pauline Helen Farrar and Joseph Harold Ledger, who married 30 July 1954:

Miss Pauline Helen Farrar, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Farr of Amity, and Joseph Harold Ledger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Ledger were married Friday morning at eight at St. Mary's church with Rev. Michael Tierney officiating at the double ring…

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Added by Chris Dunham on January 5, 2010 at 5:34pm — No Comments

Hollis Edward Coolidge Obituary

The obituary of Hollis Edward Coolidge, who died 12 Oct. 1961 in Gorham, New Hampshire:

GORHAM, N.H.—Hollis E. Coolidge, 82, died Thursday afternoon at his home, 46 Lancaster Road.



He was born June 1, 1879, at Upton, Maine, the son of John and Sybil Paine Coolidge. He was educated in Upton schools. He had resided in this community for the past 45 years, and was a retired farmer. Mrs. Coolidge died in August, 1948.



Surviving are a son, Stuart,…

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Added by Chris Dunham on January 5, 2010 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Dr. Raymond Richard Tibbetts Obituary

The obituary of Dr. Raymond Richard Tibbetts, who died in 1958:

BETHEL—Dr. Raymond Richard Tibbetts, 82, holder of the 55 and 50 years medals of honor from the Maine Medical Association, died Thursday at his home here. He had been ill since July.



Dr. Tibbetts was born in Palermo, Sept. 11, 1875, son of Woodbury and Cynthia Stevens Tibbetts. He married Pearl Evangeline Ashby of Presque Isle and had two children, Mrs. F. Barron Freeman, Ithaca, N.Y., and Miss…

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Added by Chris Dunham on January 5, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

History of the First Baptist Church of Livermore

Source: Deacon George B. Crockett, Consolidated History of the Churches of the Oxford Baptist Association, State of Maine, and a Historical Sketch of the Association (Bryant's Pond, Me.: A. M. Chase & Co., Printers, 1905).



[p. 24]
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, LIVERMORE.


THE first settlers of the Town of Livermore came about the year 1780. In a church history, printed in 1894, we find this…

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Added by Chris Dunham on January 5, 2010 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

COUSIN QUEST: THE FAMILY OF VIENNA AMES WEST

This is the latest installment in a series of posts that I hope will

put me in touch with more descendants of John Cutter West and

his wife Arvilla (Ames) West.



Vienna Ames West was their fifth child and second daughter.

I don't have much information on this branch of the family and

had to fill in some blanks from information I found on Ancestry.com.

I'll post some thoughts about all this in my next post.



Descendants of Vienna Ames West

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Added by Bill West on January 5, 2010 at 2:53am — No Comments

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