Sunday, August 17, 2014

52 Ancestors: #33 Bessie Judson McCain (1877-1958)



Bessie Judson McCain, my great grand aunt, was born on this date in 1877, in Florenceville, New Brunswick, the oldest of four children born to John McCain and Harriet Atwood Harnett, and their first daughter.

She lost her father at age 19 to a accidental death from drinking contaminated water, and soon after moved with her mother, two sisters and brother to Portland, Maine.

The 1900 US Census found her and her sister Augusta (Gussie) working as nurses-in-training at the Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary in Portland, which had just opened its doors 9 years earlier in 1891.

Maine Eye & Ear Infirmary
Portland, Maine
Photo Credit: John Phelan/Creative Commons


Two years later Bessie married the widower Edward Elden Cheney, eighteen years her senior, on February 19, 1902. For most of their married life, they lived on the Eastern Promenade in Portland. She lost her husband, however, in 1919. Edward Cheney died at 59 years of age of Lou Gehrig's Disease.



In her widowhood, Aunt Bess, as she was known, lived at various addresses around Portland, including Spring St., Brown St., and Cumberland Ave. She was always included in family gatherings, like this one from the mid-1950's:

Aunt Bess on the far right, with me on my dad's knee.

Bessie passed away at age 80, on August 15, 1958, and is buried with her husband in Evergreen Cemetery in Portland.




Photo credit:

Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary Portland ME
By John Phelan [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/by/3.0)], Wikimedia Commons

Sources:

1920 US Census; Census Place: Portland Ward 6, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: T625_640; Page: 24A; Enumeration District: 44; Image: 103, Bessie J. Cheney.

Ancestry.com, 1900 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, The Generations Network, Inc., 2004), www.ancestry.com, Database online. Portland, Cumberland, Maine, ED , roll  , page .. Record for Bessie J McCain.

Ancestry.com, 1910 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, The Generations Network, Inc., 2006), www.ancestry.com, Database online. Portland Ward 1, Cumberland, Maine, ED , roll T624_539, part , page .. Record for Edward E Cheney.

Bessie J. Cheney tombstone,  Evergreen Cemetery, Portland (Cumberland County), Maine; photographed by Pamela Schaffner on 8 August 2009.

Maine. Certificate of Death (15 Aug 1958), Bessie Judson Cheney; Maine Vital Records, Augusta; photocopied from microfilm, received in the mail Jan 25, 2013.

"Maine, Marriages, 1771-1907," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F4DP-2YX : accessed 17 Aug 2014), Edward E. Cheney and Bessie Judson Mccain, 19 Feb 1902; citing Portland, Cumberland, Maine, reference 122; FHL microfilm 12027.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

52 Ancestors: #32 William S. Libby (1829-1894)



William S. Libby, my third great grandfather, was born on this date in 1829, in Eddington, Maine, the second of seven children born to David L. Libby and Charlotte Stevens, and their first son.

At the age of 25, William married a single mother named Patience Miller, in Denmark, Maine, on August 12, 1854. By the 1860 Census, the couple, along with 16-year-old "Heneritta Libbey," were living in Bridgton, Maine. At some point after their marriage, William adopted Patience's daughter Henrietta.

In October of the following year, however, he left his young family, and enlisted in Company C of the 10th Maine Infantry Volunteers, known as the "Portland Light Guard," which was being reorganized and raised in Portland. He lasted until March of 1862, when he was discharged "on account of disease."

10th Maine Flag preserved  in the Maine State Museum

As often happened to military units during the Civil War, portions of the remaining 10th Maine were transferred to the 29th Maine, and William re-enlisted in Company C on December 17, 1863. This enlistment lasted until July of 1864, when he was mustered out  "at hospital." One wonders if this indicates a recurrence of the prior illness.

By 1870, the 40-year-old William was back in Bridgton, where he lived for the next 24 years, working variously in a sawmill and a tannery.

William S. Libby died in Bridgton on November 10th, 1894, at the age of 65, and is buried in High Street Cemetery there. I will be traveling there this fall to visit his grave.




Sources:

1850 US Census; Census Place: Bridgton, Cumberland,Maine; Roll: M432_251; Page: 277A; Image: 251, Patience Miller, age 24, and Heneryetta Miller, age 7.

1850 US Census; Census Place: Clifton, Penobscot, Maine; Roll: M432_264; Page: 281A; Image: 565, William Libbey.

1860 US Census; Census Place: Bridgton, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: M653_437; Page: 28; Image: 717; Family History Library Film: 803437, William S. Libbey.

1870 US Census; Census Place: Bridgton, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: M593_539; Page: 19B; Image: 43; Family History Library Film: 552038, William S. Libby.

1880 US Census; Census Place: Bridgton, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: 477; Family History Film: 1254477; Page: 41A; Enumeration District: 023; Image: 0332, Wm. S. Libby.

1890 Veterans Schedule; Census Place: Bridgton, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: 6; Page: 5; Enumeration District: 30, William S. Libby.

Ancestry.com. Maine, Death Records, 1617-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Gould, John Mead. History of the First-Tenth-Twenty-ninth Maine regiment. In service of the United States from May 3, 1861, to June 21, 1866. By Major John M. Gould. With the history of the Tenth Me. Battalion, by Rev. Leonard g. Jordan. Portland (Me.): S. Berry, 1871, p.319.

Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009.

Historical Data Systems, comp.. American Civil War Soldiers [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.

Libby, Charles Thornton. The Libby Family in America, 1602-1881 (Portland, B. Thurston and Co., 1881), p. 524.

"Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957", index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/246J-GCD : accessed 10 Aug 2014), William S Libby, 1863.

"Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-21942-24999-30?cc=1877829 : accessed 10 Aug 2014), Maine > Military Records-Civil War > Civil War soldiers index Lavington, Joseph-Littlefield, George W., 1861-1865 > image 1102 of 1409; citing State Archives, Augusta.

"Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-26281-45009-30?cc=1985567 : accessed 10 Aug 2014), King Philip's War to Spanish-American War > Jeffers-Lyman, H. > image 2931 of 3746; citing State Archives, Augusta.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

52 Ancestors: #31 Stanley Bustin (1891-1974)



Stanley Bustin, my second cousin 2x removed, was born on this date in 1891, in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, the second of four children born to William Henry Bustin and Catherine "Kate" Austin Butt, and their second son.

Stanley grew up and lived most of his life in Saint John, New Brunswick. Roughly between 1914 and 1917, he lived in the States, in Watertown, Massachusetts, where, on January 26, 1916. he married Johanna Wilhelmina Klinge, the daughter of German immigrants.

He also registered for the World War II draft, in Belmont, Massachusetts, although there is no evidence he served under either flag.

In February of 1918, Stanley moved his young family back to Saint John. His uncle Charles owned and operated a retail furniture business there, and Stanley also wanted "to start a business."



Stanley and Johanna's family soon grew to four children:

Muriel Ruth, b. 1916 (in Watertown)
Eleanor Gertrude, b. 1919
Jean Gloria, b. 1922
Stanley Carl, b. 1925

Following his uncle's death in 1927, Stanley took over the proprietorship of Bustin's Fine Furniture Ltd, on Germain Street, in Saint John.

Two more children followed:

William Russell, b. 1932
and
Joanne Elizabeth, b. 1934

In 1948, Stanley Carl Bustin bought the business from his father. A hard worker who valued honesty, son Stanley Carl Bustin made the name Bustin’s a household name throughout Atlantic Canada.

Stanley lost his wife Johanna in 1973. She lived into her early 80's. He followed her in death on October 28, 1974. They are probably buried in Saint John, but it will take some further digging to find their graves.

Sidenote: During the summer of 2000, with my children and my parents, I visited Bustin's Fine Furniture, and wrote about it last year.




Sources:

1901 Census of Canada; Census Place: Saint John (City/Cité) Queen's (Ward/Quartier), Saint John (city/cité), New Brunswick; Page: 24; Family No: 261, Stanley Bustin.

1911 Census of Canada; Census Place: Saint John, Saint John City and County, New Brunswick; Page: 22; Family No: 252, Stanley Bustin.

1921 Census of Canada; Census Place: Saint John (City) - Queens Ward, St John and Albert, New Brunswick; Page Number: 28, Stanley Bustin.

Ancestry.com. Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Ancestry.com. Border Crossings: From U.S. to Canada, 1908-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.

Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011, Stanley Bustin and Johanna Wilhelmenia Klinge.

Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

Bustin’s Fine Furniture Ltd., Our Story (http://www.bustins.com/bffen/our-story)

New Brunswick. Index to Late Registration of Births (RS141C4). Code 1891-B-139, Microfilm F18780. Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada. http://archives.gnb.ca/. Accessed  and downloaded 3 August 2014.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

52 Ancestors: #30 Elizabeth D. Hawkes (1914-1973)



Elizabeth D. Hawkes, the wife of my 1st cousin 2x removed Harry Kent Bustin, was born on this date in 1914, in Portland, Maine, the third child of Harold Leslie Hawkes and Daisey E. Dolley, and their second daughter.



"Lib," as she was known, grew up in what was known as the Deering District of Portland, on Pleasant Avenue, until she married Harry Bustin in 1935, when she was 21 years old.

Lib and Harry had two children, both daughters, Jean Anne and Dorothy. Harry worked as a shipping clerk for American Can Company in Portland.

Lib was very active in the fraternal organization, The Order of the Amaranth, which is made up of Master Masons and their eligible female relatives. From my great grandmother's scrapbook, here are two clippings honoring Elizabeth Hawkes Bustin.




Lib lost her husband, Harry Bustin, in 1955. She survived him by 18 years, and I suspect they are both buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Falmouth, Maine.


Sources:

1920 US Census; Census Place: Portland Ward 9, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: T625_640; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 59; Image: 924, Elizabeth D. Hawkes.

1930 US Census; Census Place: Portland, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: 831; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0076; Image: 816.0; FHL microfilm: 2340566, Elizabeth D. Hawkes.

1940 US Census; Census Place: Portland, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: T627_1476; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 3-109, Elizabeth H. Bustin.

Ancestry.com. Maine, Birth Records, 1621-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, un-named 2d child of Harold L. Hawkes and Daisy Dolly.

 “Maine Death Archives,” Database. https://portal.maine.gov/death/archdev.death_archive.display_info?v_id=59884 : accessed 27 July 2014.

“Maine Marriage Archives,” Database. https://portal.maine.gov/marriage/archdev.marriage_archive.display_info?v_id=266329 : accessed 27 July 2014


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