My father's mother's name at his birth was Ruth Chaisson and she was living in Bangor, Maine.  She was originally Ruth Cotter, daughter of John Cotter from Ireland.  Does anyone know this family line.  She had several siblings but some of died young of some disease.  Ruth was probably born in the early 1900's.  Thank you.

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Comment by Ben York on February 5, 2012 at 10:31am

I believe your Ruth Cotter Was Born 30 Aug 1901 Daughter of John Cotter and Elizabeth Dwyer, in Bangor Maine. Her birth record doesn't have her first name on the record though. there is a marriage record of a Ruth M Cotter and William A Chesson 22 Feb 1923 in the Maine marriage records. And a 1930 Census record that suggests she was Divorced. Does this sound like your Ruth?


Comment by Laura Cook on February 5, 2012 at 6:09pm

Yes, that is the Ruth.  Actually, she left William after a short while and he got a divorced by abandonment.  She then went to Mass. to live with her uncle for a bit.  I have no other information on her at all. William remarried and has children living in Millonocket.  I wonder if any of Ruth's family are still in Maine.  I would like to learn more about the family line.

Comment by Ben York on February 5, 2012 at 10:58pm

This should be he Mothers Death Record.And this should be her birth record

Comment by Ben York on February 5, 2012 at 11:05pm

This should be the Wiiliam Alfred Chesson Memorial Grave of your ancestor.

Comment by Laura Cook on February 6, 2012 at 5:21am

William Chesson would not be our ancestor as my father's father is unknown as Ruth had him before he married William in 1922.  He is presently 89 years old and was adopted by a family in Enfield.  He wasn't adopted until 1923 by James and Ethel Blanch.  Ruth was the only name on the birth certificate.  However, rumor has it that James Blanch was actually his father.  I know the information about James and Ethel but Ruth's family is who I am most interested about as my father has had some interesting diseases over the years.  He is definitely Scottish/Irish with the skin and eyes.  Ruth appears to have vanished after she went to Massachusetts to stay with relatives.  She must have had siblings that remained in Maine.

Comment by Ben York on February 6, 2012 at 7:59am

Well, I didn't see that coming. The two records above still apply to her and her mother. I see that most of the children died of tuberculosis pulmonary  or cholera infantum as did Ruth's Mother. Maybe the 1940 census will shed some light on Ruth's travels, Which should start coming online sometime in April? Not sure how the searches will be made at first. But I know that I'm looking forward to seeing them. Good Luck on your Search.



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