Sunday, July 20, 2014

52 Ancestors: #29 Frederick Parker Bustin (1886-1965)



Frederick Parker Bustin, my great grandfather, was born on this date in 1886, in Mechanic Settlement, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada, the ninth of nine children born to Samuel James Bustin and Mary Ross, and their seventh son.

At the age of 18, Fred emigrated to the States, ending up in Portland, Maine. His brothers Benjamin and Thomas eventually left Canada as well and came to Portland.

Fred Bustin As A Young Man

A couple of years later, Fred married Melvina Jane "Vina" Hamilton, a young woman from Upper Stewiacke in Nova Scotia, on May 1, 1907, Portland.


Children arrived quickly for the young couple, first a daughter, and three sons thereafter:

Flora Vesta, b. 1907
Suther Ross, b. 1908
Marvin Howard, b. 1911
and 
Laurence Albert, b. 1913


In 1910, Fred went to work for the Maine Central Railroad, and worked at the Rigby Railroad Yard in South Portland.

Rigby Yard railroad crew. Fred, back row, 4th from left.


Fred and Vina always lived in Morrill's Corner, in what was once known as the Deering District of Portland, at first on Morrill St., and afterwards at two different addresses on Stevens Avenue. They always kept a garden, which yielded a substantial crop of corn and pole beans.



Fred Bustin With A Pal In Front of 827 Stevens Ave.
Morrill's Corner
Fred and Vina at home 

Fred worked for the Maine Central Railroad for 50 years, as a section hand, an engine wiper, and a machinist, and in 1960 he was presented with a 50-year pass by the president of the railroad. It was noted in the railroad newsletter.


This is how I remember my great grandfather, whom we all called "Pap."  



On Christmas Eve in 1965, Pap passed away at the former Osteopathic Hospital on Brighton Avenue, in Portland, Maine.  He never used his 50-year pass.

He, and "Nana," are buried in Evergreen Cemetery (not far from "the Corner").



Sources:

1891 Census of Canada; Census Place: Cardwell, Kings, New Brunswick; Roll: T-6301; Family No: 24, Frederick G H Bustin.

1901 Census of Canada; Census Place: Elgin, Albert, New Brunswick; Page: 9; Family No: 75, Fred Bustin.

1910 US Census; Census Place: Portland Ward 9, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: T624_539; Page: 1A, Fred P. Bustin.

1920 US Census; Census Place: Portland Ward 9, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: T625_640; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 59; Image: 907, Fred P. Bustin.

1930 US Census; Census Place: Portland, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: 831; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 0075; Image: 796.0; FHL microfilm: 2340566, Frederick P. Bustin.

1940 US Census; Census Place: Portland, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: T627_1476; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 3-110, Frederick P. Bustin.

Ancestry.com. Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, Fred Bustin and Melvina Hamilton.

Ancestry.com. Maine, Naturalization Records - Originals, 1906-1929 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012, Frederick Parker Bustin.

“Fred P. Bustin,” obituary, Portland (Maine) Press Herald, 25 December 1965.

Frederick P. Bustin tombstone, section U, Evergreen Cemetery, Portland  (Cumberland County), Maine; photographed by Pamela Schaffner on 7 August 2009.

New Brunswick. Registrar-General.  Late Registration of Births, 1810-1899. #1886-B148. 1944. Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada. http://archives.gnb.ca/.  Accessed  and downloaded 5/13/2012.


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

52 Ancestors: #28 Flora Jane MacKay (1874-1941)



Flora Jane MacKay, my 2nd great grand aunt, was born on this date in 1874, in Upper Stewiacke, Colchester County, Nova Scotia, Canada, the fifth of six children born to Alexander MacKay and Eleanor Brown, and their third daughter.

She grew up on the farm in the Stewiacke Valley, and at the age of 25, married Robinson Ellis, a young man also born in Upper Stewiacke, in 1899 in Truro.

Together, Jane, as she was called, and Robinson, had five children, all born in the Valley, whether it be Upper Stewiacke, Eastville, or Springside:

Hugh MacKay, b. 1900
Hedley Alexander, b. 1903
Alvin Winter, b. 1905
Florence McDonald, b. 1907
and
Adella May, b. 1909

Tragically, son Hedley died accidentally at the age of 13, from a ruptured blood vessel. 

Jane, Jessie, Maggie, Bella MacKay
The above photograph shows Flora "Jane," cousin Jessie Fulton MacKay, Catherine Margaret "Maggie" MacKay, and Isabella "Bella" Fulton MacKay, down east in Nova Scotia. Bella is my 2nd great grandmother and is the oldest of the foursome.

"Jane" MacKay Ellis passed away on January 2, 1941, in Eastville, Nova Scotia. She is buried in the Eastville Cemetery. Her husband would follow her five years later.

Sources:

1881 Census of Canada; Census Place: Upper Stewiacke, Colchester, Nova Scotia; Roll: C_13175; Page: 4; Family No: 12, Jane Ellis.

1891 Census of Canada; Census Place: Upper Stewiacke East, Colchester, Nova Scotia; Roll: T-6311; Family No: 124, Jane Ellis.

1901 Census of Canada; Census Place: Upper Stewiacke East, Colchester, Nova Scotia; Page: 5; Family No: 49, Flora J. Ellis.

1911 Census of Canada; Census Place:  , Colchester, Nova Scotia; Page: 7; Family No: 71, Flora J Ellis.

1921 Census of Canada; Census Place: Upper Stewiache East, Colchester, Nova Scotia; Page Number: 1, Jane Ellis.

Nova Scotia.  Historical Vital Statistics.  Registration Year 1899, Book 1807, Page 144, Number 167. Robinson Ellis and Flora J. McKay. (https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/ItemView.aspx?ImageFile=1807-144&Event=marriage&ID=21470)  : accessed 13 July 2014).

Nova Scotia.  Historical Vital Statistics.  Registration Year 1872, Book 1804, Page 133, Number 186. Robinson Ellis. (https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/ItemView.aspx?ImageFile=1804-133&Event=birth&ID=18403)  : accessed 13 July 2014).

Nova Scotia.  Historical Vital Statistics.  Registration Year 1941, Book 196, Page 160. (Mrs.) Flora Jane Ellis. (https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/ItemView.aspx?ImageFile=196-160&Event=death&ID=288266 )  : accessed 13 July 2014).

Nova Scotia.  Historical Vital Statistics.  Registration Year 1946, Page 4558, Robinson Ellis. (https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/ItemView.aspx?ImageFile=1946-4558&Event=death&ID=320309)  : accessed 13 July 2014).

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

52 Ancestors: #27 Lucy Jordan Davis (1795-?)



Lucy Jordan, my fourth great grand aunt, was born on this date in 1795, in Durham, Androscoggin County, Maine, the oldest of five children born to Jedediah Jordan and Rachel Turner, and their first daughter.

She was a sixth generation descendant of the Reverend Robert Jordan and Sarah Winter, who settled on Richmond's Island, off what is now Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in the mid-1600's. Her father was born there in 1758, but moved to Durham around 1785, where he married Lucy's mother in 1790.

In the Spring of 1826, at the age of 30, Lucy married Daniel Davis of Lewiston. According to this record, they were married in Danville, in Androscoggin County.




Lucy and Daniel lived their whole married lives in Freeman, in Franklin County, Maine, and raised nine children:

Joseph, b. 1826
Dorcas, b. 1828
Lucy Jane, b. 1830
James, b. 1832
Benjamin, b.1834
Silva/Silvia, b. 1836
John , b. 1838
Collamore, b. 1842
Charles "Nelson", b. 1844

Their son Collamore fought in the Civil War with the 16th Maine Infantry, and was a prisoner of war, for which Lucy received a survivor's pension.



Lucy lost her husband, Daniel, in 1870, and he is buried in Starbird Corner Cemetery, in Freeman. Lucy is enumerated as being 79 years old in the 1880 census in Freeman, living with her sister Leah, aged 61. She does not appear in the Freeman census rolls 20 years later in 1900.

Undoubtedly, she passed away sometime after 1880, but there is no record of her death or burial. Five of her children, Joseph, Lucy Jane, Silvia, John, and Collamore are also buried in Starbird Corner. It will take some further digging to determine if she rests there as well.

Sources:

1840 US Census; Census Place: Freeman, Franklin, Maine; Roll: 140; Page: 68; Image: 141, Daniel Davis.

1850 US Census; Census Place: Freeman, Franklin, Maine; Roll: M432_253; Page: 228A; Image: 441, Lucy Davis.

1860 US Census; Census Place: Freeman, Franklin, Maine; Roll: M653_435; Page: 852; Image: 267, Lucy Davis.   
  
1870 US Census; Census Place: Freeman, Franklin, Maine; Roll: M593_543; Page: 76A; Image: 155, Lucy Davis.

1880 US Census; Census Place: Freeman, Franklin, Maine; Roll: 479; Family History Film: 1254479; Page: 440C; Enumeration District: 072; Image: 0637, Lucy Davis.

Ancestry.com. Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, Daniel Davis and Lucy Jordan.

Jordan, Tristram Frost,. The Jordan memorial : family records of the Rev. Robert Jordan, and his descendants in America. unknown: unknown, 1882, p.363.

National Archives and Records Administration. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000, Collamore P. Davis.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

52 Ancestors: #26 Arvilla Megquier McIntire (1875-1945)




Arvilla Megquier, my 2d cousin 3x removed, was born on this date in 1875, in New Gloucester, Maine, the oldest of three daughters born to John Louville Megquier and Alice Jane Morse.

Arvilla lived her whole life in New Gloucester, where, at the age of 21, she married Herman Milbourne McIntire, also from New Gloucester.

Together, Arvilla and Herman had seven children, five daughters and two sons:

Pearl Ramone, b. 1896
Doris Althea, b. 1898
Alice and Ruth, twins, b. 1900
Lois Small, b. 1902
Charles Megquier, b. 1904
and
Raymond Proctor, b. 1908

In the 1910 Census, Herman's occupation was listed as carpenter. He died tragically as a result of a boiler explosion on September 15, 1911.

Arvilla lived to be 70 years old, and died in Brunswick, Maine.


Arvilla's Obituary, Lewiston Daily Sun, Oct. 6, 1945

Arvilla and Herman are buried together in Lower Corner Cemetery, in New Gloucester.

Photo credit : Alan and Jane McIntire Mann

Sources:

1880 US Census; Census Place: New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: 478; Page: 394D; Enumeration District: 040; Image: 0179, Arvill Megquier.

1900 US Census; Census Place: New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: 590; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 0049, Arvilla McIntire.

1910 US Census; Census Place: New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: T624_538; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0058, Arvilla M. McIntire.

1920 US Census; Census Place: New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: T625_639; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 21; Image: 696, Arvilla M. McIntire.

1930 Census; Census Place: New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: 830; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0023; Image: 637.0, Arvella McIntire.

1940 US Census; Census Place: New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: T627_1474; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 3-36, Arville M. McIntire.

Ancestry.com. Maine, Birth Records, 1621-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, Arvilla Megquier.

Ancestry.com. Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, Herman Milbourne McIntire and Arvilla Megquier.

Find A Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed 1 July 2014), memorial page for Arvilla Megquier McIntire (1875-1945), Find A Grave Memorial  no. 31076882, citing Lower Corner Cemetery, New Gloucester, Maine.

“Mrs. Herman McIntire,” obituary, The Lewiston (Me.) Daily Sun, 6 Oct 1945.

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This is the 26th in a series, “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks,” coordinated by Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small.


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