Everett Ross Safford 1919-1988
Everett Ross Safford was born in New Portland, Maine, the son of George Converse Safford and Minetta Walton. George C. Safford and Minetta Walton were married on November 24, 1906 in New Portland, where their four sons were born: Henry Hollis Safford, Frederick R. Safford, Everett R. Safford and Carroll A. Safford.
George Converse Safford was born in New Portland, the son of William Converse Safford and Ellen Louisa Parsons. William C. Safford and Ellen L. Parsons were married on March 1, 1868 in Highland, Maine and had eight children, all born in Lexington, Maine.
Minetta Walton, born in New Portland, was the daughter of Frederick W. Walton and Cornelia Lisherness, who were married on May 7, 1874 in Embden, Maine. Their first child, son Carroll R. Walton, was born about seven months later. The family lived in East Livermore, Maine during the 1880 Census, where Fredrick Walton is a farmer.
Frederick W. Walton was born in New Portland, the son of William P. Walton and Elvira Elliot, who were married on April 28, 1852 in New Portland. Frederick Walton was born about four months later.
1860, in New Portland, Frederick is recorded as Fidelia [sic] Walton, male, age 7, living with his parents, William P., a farmer and Elvira Walton. Frederick Walton lives in New Portland in 1870 with his parents W. P. and Elvira Walton. W. P Walton is a Boot and Shoe maker.
Frederick Walton is buried in East New Portland Cemetery in New Portland, Maine with his wife Cornelia Lisherness Walton and their daughter Minetta Walton Safford, with her husband, George Safford.
Everett Ross Safford was descended from Thomas Safford and Elizabeth Sutton, the immigrant ancestors from England. They were married in England, landed in Boston, Massachusetts and settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1641. There is a Safford Street in Ipswich.
Son of Thomas Safford, Joseph Safford, was on a "List of Witnesses" at The Salem Witch Trials on June 30, 1692, Essex County Massachusetts. Reference: Joseph Safford v. Elizabeth How and Bridget Bishop, Essex County Archives, Salem - Witchcraft Vol 1. page 152.
Recorded on January 16, 1920 during the Census in New Portland Town, Maine, Everette [sic] Safford, is 1 month old. Everett Safford lives with his parents George Safford 34, Minetta Safford 31 and two older brothers, Henry H. Safford, age 6 and Frederick Safford, age 4.
In 1930, in New Portland, 10-year-old Everett lives with his parents, George C. Safford 44, Minetta W. Safford 41, brothers, Hollis H. Safford 17, Frederick R. Safford 14 and Carroll A. Safford 4.
There are no records in 1940 for Everett R. Safford, although his parents and brothers still live in New Portland. Everett’s grandmother, known as Carnelia L. Walton, age 84 now lives with the Safford family.
The next record for Everett R. Safford is at Gorham, Maine on July 23, 1942, when he is 21 years old. It is for a marriage to 34-year-old, Nettina M. Dakin (also recorded as Nettina M. Farmer).
Roy E. Farmer, his wife Nettie M. Farmer and their daughter, Marlene C. Farmer live in Wilton in 1940. Also, in the household are Nettina’s children from a previous marriage to Lester Dalrymple in 1922: Louise C. Dalrymple 15 and Lloyd A. Dalrymple 13.
Marlene T. Farmer married three times in Portland, Maine. Her first marriage, when she was only 16, was to Robert K. Field on May 12, 1952. Second marriage was to George R. Fossett on February 15, 1954 and third time to Richard M. Gramlich on October 30, 1957.
Nettina May Dakin first married Lester Albra Dalrymple on June 29, 1922 in Vermont, when the bride was 13 and the groom was 31. They had three children together before they divorced.
The children of Lester A. Dalrymple and Nettina M. Dakin are: Myrtle Leona Dalrymple, who married Carl C. Thompson, Jr. on July 4, 1940 in Wilton and married her second husband, Walter N. Small on November 21, 1955 in Portland; Catherine Louise Dalrymple, who married Verne L. Merrow on December 13, 1941, they divorced; Lloyd A. Dalrymple and Lawrence Earl Dalrymple.
Lawrence Dalrymaple [sic], age 9 lives with his father Lester, age 48 and grandfather Jason, age 82 during the 1940 Census in Sutton, New Hampshire. Louise C. and Lloyd Dalrymple live with step-father, Roy E. Farmer and mother, Nettie M. Farmer in Wilton, in 1940.
Nettina and Everett Safford divorced less than 5 years after their marriage in an ugly and very public manner. An article appeared in "The Portland Press Herald" on January 10, 1947 detailing the grounds for that divorce. Luckily, they had no children together.
Transcribed verbatim: "Everett R. Safford, East New Portland would leave for work but get intoxicated instead, Nettina M. Safford, of Portland declared. After he left the shipyard here, he'd go away on three or four-week binges and come back broke and dirty, she said. She had to run a rooming house here to support herself she said. They were married at Gorham July 23, 1942."
Nettina M. Dakin married for a fourth time to a WWII, Korea and Vietnam War Veteran, SP3 Burton H. Thompson on July 28, 1948. It is a second marriage for Burton Thompson.
On April 27, 1942, Burton H. Thompson enlisted in the military at Portland. He is single, with the civilian occupation in construction as a semi-skilled cranemen, derrickmen, hoistmen and shovelmen. Burton H. Thompson was first married to Mary E. Doody on February 17, 1945 in Portland, Maine, soon after his return from WWII.
Soon after his divorce from Nettina Dakin, Everett Safford moved to Clinton, Massachusetts with his older brother, Frederick Safford, where their brother Carroll Safford was already living. Carroll had served during WWII, but survived, unlike the oldest Safford brother Henry Hollis Safford, who was killed in action in the Philippine Islands.
"Pfc. Henry H. Safford - Farmington, February 2, 1949--The body of Pfc. Henry H. Safford will arrive Thursday by train. Committal services will be conducted at New Portland Post American Legion here by the Howard B. Holland, chaplain Roderick Crosby, Post. American Legion. A detachment from the Post will escort the remains from the train to the cemetery. Private Safford was killed in action on the Island of Cebu, Philippines, April 7, 1945, while serving with Company B, 132nd Infantry. Born at East New Portland on April 25, 1913, he was the son of George C. and Minetta Walton Safford. He was educated in the schools of New Portland. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George C. Safford, East New Portland; his widow, Mrs. Doris Robbins; a son, Richard Safford, Farmington; three brothers Frederick and Everett Safford, East New Portland and Carroll Safford of Clinton, Mass."
Everett Ross Safford married Mildred Evelyn Whiting Savoy in Lancaster, Massachusetts on February 4, 1950. Their first child, Ronald Wayne Safford was born on March 6th.
Everett Safford did not acknowledge his relationship with Nettina M. Dakin on his marriage certificate to Mildred E. Whiting, indicating he had no other previous marriages. Perhaps, he was hoping to forget her.
There is a family photo from Detroit, Maine, dated Aug ’59, corrected to read Aug ’49, that includes Everett Safford holding his baby son Ronald Safford. Ronald Safford was born in the spring and would have been about 5 months old in August of 1950, not 1949.
Everett Safford and Mildred Whiting had four more children, all born in the neighboring town of Clinton: Elaine Joyce Safford, Phillip G. Safford, Katherine Jean Safford and Teresa E. Safford.
In 1930, 2-year-old Mildred E. Whiting was living in Garland with her father George E. Whiting, age 34, mother Gladys M. Whiting, age 33, siblings Vidella M. Whiting, age 12 and Fred E. Whiting, age 6. The family would soon break apart in the early 1930's.
By 1935, George Whiting is now living in Washington Town, Maine employed as a “Lumberman”. George E. Whiting would remain in Washington Town until his death.
The likely cause for George’s departure from the homestead in Garland, is that Gladys (Hunt) Whiting would give birth to two more children, both with "Unknown Fathers". A daughter in 1934, born in Maine and a son in 1935, born and died in Connecticut at 15 days old.
By 1940, Mildred, age 12 and her brother Fred, 17 had been abandoned by their parents. Fred E. Whiting is now living in the "Maine School for Boys" and Mildred was sent to live with her grandparents, George W. Whiting  and Thurza J. (Inman) in Detroit, Maine.
In the fall or early winter of 1944, Mildred E. Whiting, a 17-year high school girl, had an intimate relationship with a married man named Thomas Neill. Mildred soon became pregnant with his child.
Thomas Neill was born in Belfast, Ireland and immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts with his family in 1912. Thomas was living and working as a Dairyman in Albion, Maine or that vicinity when he met Mildred Whiting and they became involved.
Wilfred M. Savoy was born in Bangor, Maine, the only child of Martin S. Savoy and Mazy Evelyn Pinkham, who were married on August 5, 1920, about five months before Wilfred's birth. At his birth, Wilfred Savoy's mother's name is recorded as Mary Pinkham.
In 1940, a 19-year-old Wilfred M. Savoy is stationed at Camp Paraiso in the Republic of Panama with the Fifth Infantry as part of the Panama Canal Defense Project. Camp Paraiso was home to 65,000 troops who had built barracks, quarters, a post exchange and a movie theater. By 1943 it was closed as a military camp.
After their marriage in Newport, Maine, Wilfred M. and Mildred E. Savoy moved to Rutland, Massachusetts. The daughter of Mildred Whiting and Thomas Neill, Gloria Jean (Neill) Savoy, was born in the nearby town of Holden, Massachusetts. Gloria Jean Savoy was born two months prematurely and weighed only 3 pounds.
Wilfred Savoy did not want his step-daughter, Gloria Jean, but her father, Thomas Neill did and took the baby girl home with him to Maine. His wife Doris did not want the baby, so Thomas Neill took Gloria Jean to Dr. Archibald C. Ross in Albion, Maine.
Dr. Ross then gave Gloria Jean to his daughter Maxine Audrey Ross and her husband Francis Gardiner Jones, who also lived in Albion. Baby girl, Gloria Jean Savoy would be adopted and renamed Linda K. Jones, never knowing her birth mother.
Wilfred M. Savoy and Mildred E. (Whiting) Savoy would move to Lancaster, Massachusetts and have two children together, son Willard Lawrence Savoy and a daughter Marva Savoy, born about 1947. Wilfred’s and Mildred Savoy’s marriage lasted 2 ½ years and it appears that they divorced soon after their daughter, Marva’s birth.
In September of 1947, Mildred E. Whiting’s divorce from Wilfred M. Savoy was finalized in Bangor. Mildred Whiting moved on rather quickly and Wilfred Savoy moved as far away from her as he could get and still stay on the continent of North America. He moved to Alaska.
Mildred Evelyn (Whiting) Savoy Safford died in Clinton, on her 22nd Wedding Anniversary to Everett Ross Safford. According to the newspaper report in "The Fitchburg Sentinel", she died after skidding her car into the path of an oncoming truck. Yet, the family continues to tell the 'story' that she died of a 'heart attack', completely contradictory to the medical examiner's report for the cause of death.
From the hundreds of times that I have traveled the same route as Mildred on that fateful winter afternoon, I cannot fathom how she lost control of her vehicle. The road is straight from both directions as you approach the cemetery, beginning to gently curve back and forth as you pass the burial ground. The corners are not sharp or blind.
Unless she was moving at a high rate of speed or the roads were slippery from inclement weather, which is not clearly stated in the newspaper report, but the term “skidded” is rather telling. It refers to a vehicle slide, typically sideways or obliquely, on slippery ground or as a result or stopping or turning too quickly. The question is, was it intentional? Dying in a traffic accident is not shameful, so why was the ‘heart attack story’ employed to try to cover up the actual event?
Maybe she did have a heart attack on her anniversary that caused her to lose control of her car. Please excuse my skepticism, but I refuse to believe in that many coincidences occurring on one day. What I am inclined to believe is that she was probably drunk, suicidal or both.
"Lancaster Woman Dies in Accident"
Lancaster MA - Fitchburg Sentinel on February 5, 1972, Page 2
"Mrs. Mildred E. Safford, 43 of 98 Packard Road was fatally injured Friday when the car she was driving skidded into the path of an oncoming truck about 4:15 pm on Main Street near Middle Cemetery.
According to the police report, Mrs. Safford's car was headed north on Main Street when it collided with a truck operated by Robert N. Trudeau, 38 of 57 Main Street, Blackstone. The truck was headed south on Main Street at the time, police said.
The Lancaster Rescue Wagon and the Lancaster Fire Department were called to remove Mrs. Safford, who was pinned in her car. She was taken to Clinton Hospital in the ambulance. Dr. Richard A, Bartlett, medical examiner attributed death to "multiple internal injuries" according to the Lancaster police. Trudeau was uninjured, they said.
The truck Trudeau was driving was owned by Henry's Auto Parts, Blackstone, police said. Mrs. Safford's car was demolished."
There was no formal obituary published in the newspaper in the days that followed the "accident" and no public funeral services were held. Presumably, the casket was closed. Mildred Safford was 44 years old at the time of her death, leaving a husband and eight children by three different men. The youngest child, Teresa was only 10 years old. The oldest child, Gloria Jean Savoy, never knew her mother at all.
Everett R. Safford died in Potsdam, New York. His obituary as printed: Page 12 - Courier & Freeman, Potsdam, N.Y. –
Tuesday, April 26, 1988 - "Everett R. Safford - WINTHROP - The funeral for Everett R. Safford, 66, of Shaw Street, Winthrop, will be held at the convenience of the family with the Rev. James Shurtleff officiating.
There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with Garner Funeral Home in Potsdam. Mr. Safford died Sunday evening (April 17, 1988) at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, where he had been a patient for three days.
Surviving are three sons, Willard Savoy of Massachusetts, Ronald Safford of Florida, Phillip Safford of Brasher Falls; four daughters, Mrs. Marv [sic] Savoy, Mrs. Elaine Tash, Mrs. Katherine Grant, Mrs. Theresa Jones, all of Massachusetts; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was born December 11, 1919 in Newportland, Maine the son of George and Minetta Walton Safford. He attended schools in Newportland and married Mildred Whiting on Feb. 4, 1950 in Lancaster, Mass. She died in 1972.
Mr. Safford moved to Worcester County in Massacusetts (as printed) where he worked as a dry wall finisher on construction projects. He came to Brasher Falls in 1984."
Everett Safford is buried in Lancaster, Massachusetts with his wife Mildred Evelyn Whiting. Everett Safford died in Potsdam, New York and was a resident of Brasher Falls, New York at the time of his death, making his home with his son, Phillip G. Safford.
 Everett R. Safford b Dec 11, 1919 d Apr 17, 1988; son of George Safford 1885-1953 & Minetta Walton 1888-1962
 George C. Safford b Aug 7, 1885 d Oct 25, 1953; son of William C. Safford 1838-1914 & Ellen L. Parsons 1847-1920
 Minetta Walton b Sep 6, 1888 d May 30, 1962; dau of Frederick Walton 1852-1938 & Cornelia Lisherness 1855-1942
 Henry H. Safford b Apr 25, 1913 d Apr 6, 1945; son of George Safford 1885-1953 & Minetta Walton 1888-1962
 Frederick R. Safford b May 3, 1915 d Dec 1958; son of George Safford 1885-1953 & Minetta Walton 1888-1962
 Carroll A. Safford b Dec 21, 1925 d Oct 26, 1988; son of George Safford 1885-1953 & Minetta Walton 1888-1962
 William C. Safford b Jun 28, 1838 d Mar 25, 1914; son of William S. Safford 1806-1893 & Deborah T. Knight 1803-1880
 Ellen L. Parsons b Mar 15, 1847 d Jun 9, 1920; dau of Henry S. Parsons 1809-1891 & Louisa Boynton 1809-1899
 Minetta Walton b Sep 6, 1888 d May 30, 1962; dau of Frederick Walton 1852-1938 & Cornelia Lisherness 1855-1942
 Frederick W. Walton b Aug 21, 1852 d 1938; son of William P. Walton 1821-1884 & Elvira Elliot 1827-1881
 Cornelia Lisherness b Dec 9, 1855 d 1942; dau of Mark Lisherness 1814-1897 & Mary Ann Knowlton 1813-1890
 Carroll R. Walton b Dec 1874 d 1964; son of Frederick W. Walton 1852-1938 & Cornelia Lisherness 1855-1942
 William P. Walton b 1821 d Feb 29, 1884; son of Samuel Walton 1781-1853 & Edith Dix 1780-1866
 Elvira Elliot b 1827 d May 25, 1881; dau of Ira Elliot 1801-1860+ & Temperance M. Barden 1804-1861
 Thomas Safford b 1599 d Feb 20, 1666; son? of John Safford from Isle of Wight, England
 Elizabeth Sutton b 1603 d Mar 4, 1670; dau of Henry Sutton 1567- & Sarah Tilden 1567-1619
 Joseph Safford b 1633 d Aug 29, 1701; son of Thomas Safford 1599-1666 & Elizabeth Sutton 1603-1670
 John “Josiah” Safford b 1633 d 1698+; son of Thomas Safford 1599-1666 & Elizabeth Sutton 1603-1670
 Sarah Lowe b Sep 29, 1633 d Sep 6, 1677; dau of Thomas Lowe 1605-1677 & Margaret Todd 1605-1648
 Marlene T. Farmer b Oct 5, 1935 d Mar 21, 2010; dau of Roy Farmer 1898-1975 & Nettina Dakin 1908-1982
 Roy E. Farmer b Mar 16, 1898 d Jan 10, 1975; son of Edd H. Farmer 1857-1925 & Georgia A. Perkins 1861-1908
 Robert K. Field b May 27, 1933 d Oct 27, 2002; son of Larry E. Field 1910-1957 & Angelina Caiazzo 1910-1989
 Richard M. Gramlich b Oct 26, 1933 d Sep 22, 1990; son of Robert Gramlich 1897-1978 & Margaret 1897-
 Nettina M. Dakin b Jul 12, 1908 d Apr 9, 1982; dau of Wallace C. Dakin 1876-1970 & Beulah M. Wilson 1885-1966
 Wallace Bowen Dakin b Apr 1, 1876 d Mar 15, 1970; son of Joel Bowen Dakin 1834-1875 & Frances L. Knowles 1843-1908
 Beulah M. Wilson b Aug 7, 1885 d Mar 2, 1966; dau of Charles E. Wilson 1841-1900+ & Ruhamah Church Huston 1847-1918
 Lester A. Dalrymple b Sep 19, 1891 d Jul 1964; son of Jason Dalrymple 1856-1941 & Marietta Warren 1855-1936
 Myrtle Dalrymple b May 19, 1923 d Jun 1983; dau of Lester A. Dalrymple 1891-1964 & Nettina Dakin 1908-1982
 Catherine L. Dalrymple b 1925 d Dec 8, 1983; dau of Lester A. Dalrymple 1891-1964 & Nettina Dakin 1908-1982
 Verne Leroy Merrow b Mar 20, 1922 d Nov 15, 2009; son of Ray Knox Merrow 1890-1951 & Edna 1889-1939
 Lloyd Dalrymple b Apr 5, 1926 d Aug 31, 2002; son of Lester A. Dalrymple 1891-1964 & Nettina Dakin 1908-1982
 Lawrence Dalrymple b Apr 26, 1929 d Apr 9, 2003; son of Lester A. Dalrymple 1891-1964 & Nettina Dakin 1908-1982
 Burton Thompson b Sep 12, 1913 d Oct 16, 1973; son of Charles F. Thompson 1884-1955 & Eva Higgins 1882-1963
 Mary Elizabeth (Doody) Bell b Nov 20, 1915 d 1979+; dau of John J. Doody 1879-1939 & Blanche S. Tucker 1878-1969
 Richard Hollis Safford b Jan 6, 1943 d Jan 25, 2009; son of Henry H. Safford 1913-1943 & Doris Currier 1921-2005
 Ronald W. Safford b Mar 6, 1950 d Oct 1, 2000; son of Everett R. Safford 1919-1988 & Mildred E. Whiting 1927-1972
 Elaine Joyce Safford b Jun 6, 1951; dau of Everett R. Safford 1919-1988 & Mildred E. Whiting 1927-1972
 Katherine Safford b Feb 10, 1956 d Dec 7, 2009; dau of Everett Safford 1919-1988 & Mildred Whiting 1927-1972
 Teresa E. (Safford) Jones b Jun 17, 1961; dau of Everett R. Safford 1919-1988 & Mildred E. Whiting 1927-1972
 Mildred E. Whiting b Jun 5, 1927 d Feb 4, 1972; dau of George Whiting 1895-1965 & Gladys Hunt 1897-1991
 Gladys M. Hunt b Jan 22, 1897 d Feb 24, 1991; dau of Perly Hunt 1877-1901+ & Vidella Cook 1877-1901
 George Whiting b Apr 13, 1895 d Aug 1965; son of George W. Whiting 1866-1942 & Thurza J. Inman 1875-1958
 Vidella Whiting b Jun 9, 1917 d Jan 31, 2007; dau of George Whiting 1895-1965 & Gladys Hunt 1897-1991
 Fred E. Whiting b Dec 20, 1923 d Aug 18, 1987; son of George Whiting 1895-1965 & Gladys Hunt 1897-1991
 Carroll E. Richards b Aug 13, 1889 d Jul 27, 1947; son of Josiah Richards 1850-1929 & Bernice Tuttle 1863-1948
 William Michael Farrell b May 25, 1886 d Jul 28, 1954; son of Michael Farrell 1857-1920+ & Lena Michaud 1862-1898
 George W. Whiting b Oct 1866 d 1942; son of Ephraim E. Whiting 1839-1910 & Francina A. Spearin 1836-1883
 Thurza Jane Inman b Jul 1873 d 1958; dau of Ira Inman 1834-1889 & Martha Ann Young 1839-1926
 Thomas Neill b Sep 29, 1907 d Sep 1, 1981; son of Thomas Neill 1876-1930+ & Sarah Johnston 1884-1967
 Thomas S. Neill b Dec 22, 1934 d; son of Thomas Neill 1907-1981 & Doris Shaw 1915-1998
 Mark E. Neill b Jun 13, 1936 d Dec 14, 2012; son of Thomas Neill 1907-1981 & Doris Shaw 1915-1998
 Alice C. Neill b Jun 19, 1937 d; dau of Thomas Neill 1907-1981 & Doris Shaw 1915-1998
 Fred E. Whiting b Dec 20, 1923 d Aug 18, 1987; son of George Whiting 1895-1965 & Gladys Hunt 1897-1991
 Wilfred M. Savoy b Jan 10, 1921 d Nov 5, 1991; son of Martin S. Savoy 1895-1989 & Mazy E. Pinkham 1902-1940+
 Martin S. Savoy b May 15, 1895 d Jun 3, 1989; son of Gustave A. Savoie 1865-1940+ & Helene Hall 1873-1906
 Mazy E. Pinkham b Sep 8, 1902 d 1940+; dau of Willis J. Pinkham 1872-1956 & Bertha C. Thompson 1879-1959
 Gloria J. Savoy b Jul 6, 1945; dau of Mildred Whiting 1927-1972 & Thomas Neill 1907-1981
 Archibald Ross b Jan 31, 1882 d May 24, 1955; son of Charles Ross 1856-1933 & Martha Thompson 1860-1895
 Maxine A. Ross b Jul 4, 1916 d Jul 14, 2001; dau of Archibald Ross 1882-1955 & Florence Webber 1886-1967
 Francis G. Jones b May 8, 1916 d May 7, 1988; son of Frederick Jones 1896-1974 & Yuba Berry 1897-1916
 Willard L. Savoy b Jul 10, 1946 d Feb 6, 2017; son of Wilfred M. Savoy 1921-1991 & Mildred E. Whiting 1927-1972