Francis Henry Lord born 31 December 1844

Francis H Lord was born 31 December, 1844, in Ipswich, MA.  He was the son of Jeremiah Lord and his second wife, Elizabeth S Harris.  He had an older sister, Caroline, as well as three older sisters from his father’s first wife, Sarah Baker.  Francis was baptized on 26 January 1849.  His mother died when he was not quite five, and his father later married Hannah Dennis. 

In 1850, Francis lived with his family in Ipswich.   His father was a housewright, or house builder, whose real estate was valued at $1000.  That was probably a comfortable value for that time, considering that his father was not a farmer.  The household consisted of Jeremiah, the three daughters of his deceased wife Sarah (Mary E, Lydia, and Sarah) and Caroline and Francis. 

The 1855 Massachusetts state census shows 10-year-old Francis living in Charlestown MA.  His father was a carpenter.  The household included his father Jeremiah, and his four older sisters, Mary, Lydia, Sarah, and Caroline.  The family moved back to Ipswich, and Francis’ father married Hannah Dennis 29 December 1855. 

In 1860, Frank lived with his extended family in Ipswich.  Head of the household was Eunice Dennis, probably Hannah’s mother.  Jeremiah was a tax collector.  Sisters Mary and Sarah were also in the household.

Starting by the time of the 1865 Massachusetts state census, Francis was called Frank, and all subsequent records I have for him use that name. The family lived in Ipswich, where Frank worked as a clerk.  His father Jeremiah was the head of the household and his occupation was town treasurer.  The family included Frank’s step-mother Hannah, her mother Eunice, and Frank’s sisters Mary and Sarah.  Also in the family was Josephine Felton, the daughter of Frank’s half-sister Lydia Ann (wife of Andrew P Felton.)  Lydia had died in 1859, and Andrew had been injured in the Civil War.  He may not have returned from the war, or possibly was not able to care for Josephine at that time.

On 29 January, 1868, Frank married Corianda “Cora” Brailey Grover, daughter of Ezekiel and Harriet (Baxter) Grover.  She had been born in 1847 in Maine.  Frank was a bookkeeper, and this was the first marriage for both.  Frank’s father Jeremiah died 12 March 1868. 

Frank’s first daughter, Annie D, was born 27 January 1869.  The record shows Frank’s occupation as bookkeeper.  The last record I have for Annie is a city directory entry in 1921.  It appears that she did not marry.

Just eleven months later, the second daughter, Alice G, was born 30 December 1869.  Frank still worked as a bookkeeper. 

The 1870 census lists Frank in Ipswich, employed as a bookkeeper.  His real estate was valued at $800, and his personal property at $500.  The household included wife Cora, daughters Annie and Alice, his sister Mary, and his niece Josie Felton.  On 6 May 1873, twins Stella Harris and Frank Campbell were born.  Stella died 15 August 1873 of cholera.  

The family lived in Ipswich at the time of the 1880 census.  Frank worked as a clerk in a railroad office.   The household included Cora, and their three surviving children: Annie, Alice, and Frank.

 The 1888-9 Ipswich city directory lists Frank H Lord as the chief bookkeeper for the railroad (at Charlestown), with a home on Mineral Court.  The 1891 directory is more specific, saying that he is the chief clerk at the car shop for the Fitchburg Railroad, in Boston, living on Mineral Court.  This directory listed the children:  Frank C was a clerk; Alice G did not have an occupation.  Annie D was working as a typewriter, a copyist in Boston.  This directory did not mention spouses. 

The Fitchburg Railway was incorporated in 1842 and originally ran from Boston to Fitchburg, then extended to a line across northern MA from Boston through the 4.75 mile long Hoosac tunnel.  The tunnel is still the longest active transportation tunnel east of the Rocky Mountains.  Fitchburg RR was  later leased to Boston & Maine RR in 1900 for 99 years but they actually merged in 1919.  The B&M was chartered in 1835 and was the predominant railway of northern New England.  

Frank’s son Frank died 26 March 1894 of Brights Disease (chronic kidney disease).  The 1896 city directory had the same information as in 1891.  The 1897 directory listed Frank as chief clerk for the Fitchburg railroad, Boston, with the family living on Mineral Court next to the railroad.  Annie worked as a bookkeeper for the Fitchburg railroad, and Alice was a clerk at W.E. Lord’s dry goods store.  (I don’t know how Frank was related to W.E. Lord – considering how common the Lord name was in Ipswich, they may not have been very close.)

The 1900 city directory lists Frank as working for B&MRR, living at #5 Mineral.  The census for that year lists Frank, Cora, Annie (a clerk) and Alice (a milliner.)  Frank’s sister Mary was also in the household.  The 1910 census shows them still at #5 Mineral.  Frank was a bookkeeper for a steam railroad.  Annie D was a saleswoman at a dry goods store.  The household included a servant named Louisa Veno.  Frank’s daughter Alice had married Joseph Franklin Austin in 1905.  They lived at 5R Mineral.  A current description shows that house as a duplex, so Alice and her husband apparently lived in the rear half of the duplex owned by Frank.  The 1900 and 1910 censuses confirm that Frank and Cora had four children, but only two still living. 

The 1912 Ipswich city directory lists Frank as clerk for B&M RR, house at #5 Mineral. 

Frank died 20 December, 1917, at his home in Ipswich, of lobar pneumonia.  Cora died 16 May 1919. Both were buried at the Old North Cemetery (now known as Highland) with the twins, Stella and Frank. They have entries on Find A Grave. Alice’s husband died in 1920.  The last record I have for Alice was a city directory entry from 1924.  I do not have death dates for Annie or Alice.  It appears that Frank did not have grandchildren.


Albert Austin Felton born 29 December 1875

Albert Austin Felton was born 29 December 1875, in Ipswich, MA.  He was the third son of Andrew P Felton and Lucy Sarah Rutherford.  Two previous sons, an unnamed baby, and John, both died as newborns.  I first found Albert’s birth in an index of Ipswich vital records.  It listed Lucy as having been born in Sidney, Nova Scotia.  I knew that information was not correct.  With access to the actual Ipswich birth record image at, I saw that the mother entered in the line above Albert’s entry was from Sidney. Lucy was born in Ipswich.  An error had been made when making the index.  I truly appreciate the work done by the indexers, but this is an example of why I always want to find the original record, and not someone’s interpretation of the record.  At the time Albert was born, his father was a laborer, but the record did not specify what kind of work Andrew did. 

The 1880 census shows Albert with his parents, living on Washington Street in Ipswich (no house number recorded.)  His father was a laborer, and his mother was listed as “keeps house.”  In 1888, the Ipswich directory lists Andrew as a pensioner (Civil War veteran) on 17 Pleasant Street.  The 1890 directory lists Albert A as living in Ipswich, no address given. 

Andrew’s father was a Civil War veteran with an invalid’s pension, with significant medical problems relating to injuries he received in battle, and from a wagon accident  while in the Army.  He died in 1891.  The city directory that year listed Albert and Lucy at 17 Pleasant.  The 1896 directory lists Lucy as widow of Andrew, and Albert, living on Pleasant. 

The 1900 census lists Albert living with his mother on Dewey Street, no house number given.  Albert was listed as a farm laborer. 

The 1907-8 Pepperell MA city directory lists Albert A Felton, shoemaker, resident of Oak Hill.  I don’t know if this is the same person.  Albert’s father did work as a shoemaker in earlier years, so Albert might have taken that job, perhaps inheriting Andrew’s tools, if any.  The directory also listed Nellie L Estabrook as residing with Albert A Felton.  She was a school teacher and not related to Albert. I could not find Albert in the 1910 or 1915 Pepperell directory.  He was not with his mother in 1910 and I have not yet located him in that census. 

Albert moved west.  When he registered for the WW1 draft, he was living at 82 ½ 3rd Street North, in Portland OR.  Albert had no relatives listed.  His closest living relative would probably have been his niece Josie Newell Smith Hodges, daughter of Andrew’s daughter Josephine Felton Smith, by Andrew’s first wife Lydia Lord.  Because of the gap of years between Andrew’s first child, and his children with his second wife, Albert was only two when his niece was born.  Josie was adopted young by her Smith uncle, after Josephine died, and grew up in Lynn.  It is possible that Albert didn’t know about Josie, and vice versa.  The registration shows Albert was a laborer at the Union Meat Company of Portland.  This company was formed by independent butchers, and included stock yards, meat packing, and livestock exchange.  The company employed more than 1500 workers by the time Albert worked there, and was the largest beef butchering facility in the Northwest.  The neighborhood was called Kenton, and had a streetcar line to carry workers to and from the meat packing plant.  Stock came by train and in cattle drives.  This area is now the Portland Expo Center.  The WW1 registration card described Albert as medium height and build, with blue eyes and dark hair.    He probably looked like his father.  Andrew’s description from his Civil War records list him as 5’6”, light complexion, with blue eyes and dark brown hair. 

The 1920 census lists Albert A Felton living in Hood River City, Oregon.  The household included a large number of men, all laborers.  Rather than a street address, the census taker recorded “Road Camp”.  The Columbia River Highway was under construction between 1913 and 1922, between Troutdale and The Dalles, on the south side of the Columbia River.  Hood River was about half way between those towns, so it is likely that Albert and the other men were working on this road.  It was the first modern highway constructed in the Pacific Northwest and the first scenic highway in the United States. The road became a trunk route from Portland’s large commercial center to eastern Oregon and points beyond.  The road became Highway 30, and later Interstate 84 followed the route. 

In 1930, Albert A Felton was counted in the census living at 380 ½ East Washington Street in Portland.  He was a laborer, doing odd jobs. 

In 1935, the final entry in Albert’s father’s Civil War pension file was an attempt from Allan Chaimas, attorney from New York City, to get names and addresses of the relatives of Lucy, in connection with a distribution of property.  The pension office said the only person named in the file was Albert Austin Felton, but the address for him was not in the file.  Information in the pension application file indicates that Andrew and Lucy probably did not have much property to distribute. 

The 1939-40 Portland OR city directory lists Albert Felton living at 6416 NE 35th Ave, no occupation listed.  He also had no spouse listed for him although other entries had spouses.

Albert died 3 June 1941, in Multnomah County (Portland’s county.)  The Oregon death index listed a spouse, Sadie.  This is the only source for Albert’s wife.  I don’t have a last name or marriage date for them.

Thomas Hodges died 27 December 1968

Thomas Joseph Hodges was born 10 January 1897, in Nova Scotia, according to his record in the 1901 census of Canada.  His parents were listed as Ezekiel and Annie Hodges.  Nova Scotia records say that Ezekiel Hodges married Annie May McCormick on 24 October 1899 in Berwick, Nova Scotia, so almost three years after Thomas was born.  This is Ezekiel’s second marriage, and I have not identified his first wife.  Ezekiel was Baptist. Annie and Thomas were Roman Catholic.  I am not sure if Thomas is actually the son of Ezekiel and Annie.  He may have been the son of Ezekiel from the previous marriage, or he may have been Annie’s son, since they were the same religion.  Or he may have been adopted by both.

Ezekiel and Annie divorced, probably before 1911, as Ezekiel was living with his brother at the time of that census.  I have not yet located Annie or Thomas in the 1911 Canada census (nor the 1910 US census).  Annie went west, and in 1918 married Harry Haskell in Vancouver BC. 

Thomas Hodges registered for the WW1 draft, from Greenville, Pennsylvania, on 15 June 1917.   He was unmarried, born in Dalhousie, Nova Scotia.  The registration card described him as tall, medium build, blue eyes, brown hair.  He was a locomotive fireman for the Bessemer and Lake Erie (B&LE) railroad.  That railway hauled iron ore to Pittsburg, and coal north to Conneaut Harbor in Ohio. 

I have been unable to find Thomas Hodges in the 1920 census.    

On 11 January 1923, Thomas married Arlovene “Arlie” Lathrop in Westfield, NY.  Arlie was the daughter of Jonas Lathrop and Sarah “Sadie” Youngblood.  Both were residents of Wesleyville, PA.  Much of the information on the marriage certificate does not match earlier information about Thomas.  Thomas claimed to be born in Boston.  His father’s name was incorrectly recorded as Edward born in Ireland, and he claimed that his mother Annie was born in Ireland, when earlier records show they were both born in Nova Scotia. 

Thomas and Arlie had a daughter, Wanda, born 27 May 1924 in Erie PA.  (She married, had five children, and died in 1962.) 

According to an on-line tree on Ancestry, Thomas and Arlie divorced in 1926.  The 1930 census lists Thomas in Wesleyville, working as a locomotive engineer on a steam railroad, married, but his wife did not live with him. He and his parents were listed as all born “Canada English” which can refer to Nova Scotia.  He was listed as a roomer.  Others in the same household were called boarders and lodgers.  I’m not sure of the distinction between those labels.  The wife of the head of household had occupation listed as “none” but with nine other adults in the household (not counting her husband) it is pretty apparent that she was running a boarding house.  Arlie and Wanda lived with Arlie’s parents in Wesleyville. 

In 1932, Thomas’ father Ezekiel died of heart disease at the Kings County Home in Waterville, Nova Scotia. 

In the 1936 Erie city directory, Thomas was listed as a fireman, residing at 3452 Buffalo Road in Wesleyville.  Arlie and Wanda lived nearby at 3820 Buffalo Road. 

Thomas registered for the 1942 WWII draft, from 3627 Buffalo Road, Wesleyville.  At that time, he again listed his birthplace as Boston.  However, since earliest records all show him born in Nova Scotia, I believe that he was Canadian by birth.  He lived with C. Windell, and was employed by the New York Central Railroad in Erie. 

I believe that Thomas died 27 December 1968 in Harborcreek, Erie County, PA.  There is an entry for Thomas Joseph Hodges at Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery in Erie.   It doesn’t have his birthdate for cross reference, but other family members are buried there.  Arlie had remarried, died in 1947, and is buried there with her second husband. Thomas’ daughter Wanda is buried adjacent to her mother. 

An on-line tree with Thomas and Arlie lists his death date as 12 January 1993, and I am attempting to contact the owner of that tree to determine her source for that information.  I was not able to find Thomas in the Social Security Death Index.  When the Social Security system was being planned, railroad workers petitioned to have a separate Railroad Retirement system.  Therefore, Thomas was probably never enrolled in Social Security. 


Lydia Louise “Daisy” Richards died 26 December 1930

Louise Lydia Richards was born 26 May 1894, in Belmont, NH, the daughter of Charles Henry Richards and Nancy Elvira Labor.  At the time of her birth, her father’s occupation was listed as “laborer”, born in East Hatley, Canada, and her mother born in Sherbrooke, Canada.  Lydia was the second child, joining older brother Thomas William Richards, who had been born in 1891. 

The 1900 census lists the Richards family in Belmont.  Charles was a lumberman, and Nancy was a mender in a finish room.  Belmont was a mill town, so she was probably working in the textile industry.  The family also had a boarder named Frank Brown, who worked as a day laborer. 

In 1910, the family lived at 66 Main Street in Belmont.   Charles was a restaurant proprietor and Nancy was a cook in the restaurant.  Lydia was now called Daisy, worked as a waitress.  Most or all of the subsequent records I have for her list her as Daisy.  Her brother William was a sailor in the US Navy.  The family had a boarder named Harry Chase who was a tailor who worked cleaning and repairing clothes. 

On 10 February 1913, in Belmont, Daisy married Earnest F Morrison, son of Ned Morrison and Eldora Mason.  He was 25, she was 18.  This was the first marriage for both.  Earnest was a farmer, she was a housekeeper, but I don’t know if that meant for her own home, or if she worked out.   About eight months after they were married, Earnest contracted malarial fever.  In early 1914, Earnest was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis, and he died 13 April 1914 in Sanbornton, NH.  I was not able to find records for any children for Daisy and Earnest. 

Daisy married for a second time to Curt Martin Bean.  I had trouble finding her marriage record in my usual sources, but knew that she was married before Curt registered for the WW1 draft as she was listed as his contact person. When looking for more information about the cemetery where she was buried, I came across a website that includes vital records from Belmont. will take you to that site, just scroll down to the vital records.  In the marriage records, I was able to find the marriage of Daisy Morrison, age 24, to Curt Bean, 34, son of Charles Bean and Sarah martin, on 31 August 1918.  Both were residents of Belmont, and were married by clergyman F. Fitzpatrick. This was the second marriage for both.  He was a farmer, she was “at home”.   These occupations were the same for both sets of parents.  Curt was previously married to Lucy Larivie.  I don’t know if he was widowed or divorced.  I was not able to find a death record, remarriage, or 1920 census record for Lucy Bean. 

In 1920, Daisy and Curt lived in Belmont.   Curt was a farmer, on his own farm.  Both could read and write.  Curt’s widowed mother Sarah lived with them.   In 1930, Daisy and Curt lived on a street that appears to be called Farraville, in Belmont. (I was not able to find that on a map.) Her parents, Charles and Nancy lived with them.  Curt was farming, and Daisy did not have an occupation listed.  Daisy’s father was listed as a laborer.  They owned their own farm, and owned a radio.  Daisy’s father was a laborer.

The census records for 1920 and 1930 list no children for Daisy.   I found no birth or death records for children for Daisy and Curt. 

Daisy died 26 December 1930, at the age of 36.  Cause of death was listed as “vomiting of pregnancy, acidosis-myocarditis.”  Occasionally, morning sickness can be so severe that the woman becomes dehydrated, causing acidosis, which depresses the central nervous system.  She had been in the Laconia hospital for four weeks. 

Curt married again to Mary LaMotte on 30 June 1934.  He died 29 August 1935 in Laconia.  Curt and Daisy are both buried at South Road Cemetery in Belmont.  Daisy’s father is there.  I have no record for Daisy’s mother’s burial, but suspect she is probably at South Road as well. 


A Nostalgic Trip Down Memory Lane

I have always enjoyed looking at old family photographs, the older the better.  Of course, it was always great to find those photographs labeled with dates, names, places, and events.  But lots of times, we had photos with no clues.  The best we could do was share the photos with all the cousins we could find, and hope to get the names figured out.  We used that tact with a family reunion photo of about 40 people, trying to pin down the date based on the ages of the youngest children, and the date of an uncle’s death.  We had lively debates about whether the man in the front row was Uncle Gene or Uncle George.  We eventually had most of them named.  Having too many children was finally explained when someone mentioned that some girls had been boarding with one of the families. 

Slides are a little harder to share with others.  We took on the project of digitizing the slides in my parents’ collection.  Tons and tons of slides.  Real slide scanners were pretty expensive.  We set up a system where we projected the slides on the upraised lid of a flatbed document scanner, and then used digital cameras on a tripod to take photos of the images.  We used two cameras, so that one camera could be charging while the other was in use.  We made careful notes in a spreadsheet regarding the year, the slide number, and the subjects (names/places) in the slide.  Luckily, our slides had notes and the carousel boxes (remember those?) also had a notes page.  We divided up the slides by year.  This worked well for us.  We could search the spreadsheet for all photos of a certain person, or place, and could usually find them pretty quickly.  We found that many of the slides had faded, or had a lot of red overtones.

Recently, my brother acquired temporary possession of about 1200 of my grandparents’ slides.  Some were labeled, most were not, and they were not in chronological order.  He has scanned them all, this time using a borrowed, older, good-quality scanner.  Some of the cardboard slide frames had the processing date, which helped identify when the photo was taken, although we had to guess how long the film was in the camera before developing. 

A lot of the slides were dark, almost black.  Thanks to modern technology and a photo software program, we were able to lighten and brighten back to almost original colors.  It was fun to discover what treasures emerged out of the gloom.

We compared Grandma’s slides to my mom’s slides and were able to label those where we were together.  Grandma went to the Rose Bowl parade, but what year?  Walt Disney was photographed in the car of the Grand Marshal.  A visit to Google gave the answer.  They visited a dam under construction, and Wikipedia told me what year it was built.  One photo happened to catch the license plate of the car, and the “57” registration sticker.  Later I was able to see that a Fort Ticonderoga bumper sticker had appeared on the car, so I was able to go back and date the photos of Grandma and her teacher friends touring the Lake Champlain area. 

Next step is to share the photos with Grandma’s three daughters, and all the cousins, to see if any more clues can be found.  Maybe someone will remember what year that little sailboat first sailed at the lake camp.  And a DVD will go to the families.

So what did we learn?  Early snapshots, and recollections, are that the grandparents did not have a lot when they started out.  A naval machinist and a school teacher did not necessarily make a lot of money, and they were raising three daughters during the Depression.  Grandpa eventually built their home, but to avoid paying rent for a house, plus the payments for the new property, he built a two car garage, fitted as a small house, where they lived while the main house was built.  A few decades later, the slides show us that Grandpa was buying a new car every couple years (a Ford, of course).  They bought a camp on a lake in central New Hampshire.  After Grandma retired, they wintered a few years in southern California, and owned a house there. They travelled across the country numerous times, and visited Hawaii. From living in an unfinished garage to owning three residences simultaneously – not bad, not bad at all. 


Joseph W Denny 1820 – 1850

Joseph W Denny was born about 1820 in Baltimore, Maryland.  I have not yet been able to identify his parents. His name is also seen as Dennie and Denney.  I was not able to find him in the 1840 census.  At that time, only the head of household was named, and at only 20 years of age, he may well have been still in the household of his parents.

I found a short news item about two sailors being rescued from a ship that was sailing from Baltimore to St. Thomas in 1848.  One of them was identified as Joseph Denny.  Although the story below refers to the man as William, I think it is the same person, perhaps going by his middle name.  The following story was found in New York Municipal Gazette, Issues 41-48 (New York, N.Y.) p723

Wreck of the Bark Meteor of Alexandria (1846)

The Meteor, Capt. Janney, sailed from Baltimore for St. Thomas on the 3d September, and was wrecked in the disastrous gale of the 7th and 8th. The only survivors of the crew, John Thompson and William Denny, seamen, arrived at this port yesterday from St. Thomas, in the schooner Zenobia, they having been taken off by the bark Chancellor of New-Haven, and carried to Antigua.

We have been furnished by them with the following account of the loss of that vessel. She passed Cape Henry light at 4 P. M. on Monday, 7th Sept. 11 P. M., took in topgallantsails and reefed the topsails; 12 midnight, took in fore and main courses, and 8 A. M., 8th, close reefed the maintopsail and furled the foretopsail; also took in jib and spanker; at 3 A. M., carried away the fence of the maintopsail yard, and in an instant the maintopsail was blown into ribbons, the sea making a clear breach over the bark. About 4 ½ A. M., the vessel capsized; the cook being in the cabin at the time he was drowned. All hands immediately got on her broadside, and lashed themselves to the mizzen channel plates. A few minutes after, a heavy sea struck her, and washed the captain, mate and three men overboard, who were lost: two minutes after she was struck by another sea, and the lashing that was round Mr. Glass, the second mate, cut his bowels completely open.

At 5 P. M. the vessel righted, and the foremast, mainmast and mizzenmast all went by the board, bursting in their fall the decks open. All was now lost of the crew save these two men and the wounded mate, Mr. Glass, whom they made fast to the deck, the vessel at the time rolling beam ends under.

After being thus exposed eight days, with nothing but a little molasses to subsist upon, the two seamen were, through the blessings of God, rescued by the bark Chancellor, of New-Haven, Captain Samuel Collins, on the 16th Sept., carried to Antigua, and placed in the care of the U.S. consul at that port. Mr. Glass survived his injuries until about hall an hour before his companions were rescued.

A “bark” is a sailing vessel with three or more masts, a flat bow and square stern.  A news item in the Boston Daily Atlas, published 3 November 1846, described the ship as dismasted and full of water.  September would be hurricane season, and it sounds as that is what they sailed into.  The new story also had descriptions of other damaged ships. 

On 25 October 1848, in Boston, Joseph married Eliza Jane Hawkins, daughter of Cornelius D Hawkins and Sarah Winkley, of Tamworth NH.  Joseph and Eliza had a daughter, Elizabeth Josephine Denny (Lizzie J)  who was born 19 February 1850 in Chelsea, MA. 

Joseph died in April, 1850, in Chelsea, of lung fever, now called pneumonia.  The record, a US Mortality Schedule for 1850, confirmed that he was a mariner, born in Maryland, but did not name his parents. 

Eliza moved back to NH, married a widower, Joseph W Fuller of Portsmouth, and had four more children.  Lizzie married James O Kenniston.  He was also a seaman, and died in 1889.  Lizzie then married Robert V Noble.  I do not have records for any children for Lizzie, so Joseph Denny probably had no grandchildren.