I am searching for information on Alfred Isaac Philbrook, b 10 Dec 1870 in either Aroostook County or Canada. He married Maud Mae Cossar 13 Jul 1897 in Carroll, Maine. Family history dictates Alfred was adopted and his mother's name was most probably Annie. He was either born a Monroe or raised by a family named Monroe but I cannot find any information prior to his marriage to Maud. I'm not even sure if the adoption was formal. Any suggestions for doing further research is greatly appreciated.

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Comment by Chris Dunham on January 22, 2011 at 4:38pm

The marriage record says that Alfred was 25, born in Greenbush, the son of William Philbrook (b. Kents Hill, Me., residing in Milford, Me.) and Rhoda Philbrook (b. Greenfield, Me., residing in Prentiss, Me.). I looked up the birth records of several of Alfred's children, and most of them say that he was born in Bradley (at least one says Greenfield). There was a Rhoda D. Philbrook, 14, living in Bradley in 1870.


I haven't been able to find Alfred in the 1880 census, either with birth or adoptive parents.

Comment by Sheri Lynn Dodge on January 22, 2011 at 8:31pm

Dear Mr. Dunham,

Thank you for your prompt response to my inquiry.  I am always so pleasantly surprised by our genealogical breathren and how quickly they respond to the aid of those of us who are new to the experience.  Case in point:  I emailed the man maintaining the Philbrick/Philbrook family website (he goes by the name of Nevada Jack) and he sent me the following information.  I am happy to report his information correlates with the information you have given me, so I have little doubt on the accuracy.

I have yet to track the Monroe family, but with the dates and locations you have provided this task has just become easier!


Thank you again for maintaining this treasure of a website!  I can not tell you how much this service has helped me already.  My only regret is that I am too poor to donate money to the site, but if there is any thing else I can do to contribute I will gladly do so, just let me know!

Very Truly Yours,

Sheri Beauregard Dodge


Comment by Chris Dunham on January 22, 2011 at 8:37pm

Sheri, the biggest contribution you can offer is to remain an active member. You make the site better by sharing your photographs, as well as your questions and conclusions.


Good luck with your research!


Comment by Sheri Lynn Dodge on January 22, 2011 at 9:03pm
How do I include the link to the Philbrick/Philbrook family website?
Comment by Chris Dunham on January 22, 2011 at 9:08pm

Just highlight the text you want to turn into a link, and then click the "Link" button and enter the address. Is this the page you referred to? http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nvjack/fylbrigg/index.htm


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