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
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").


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. Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010, Fred Bustin and Melvina Hamilton. Maine, Naturalization Records - Originals, 1906-1929 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: 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.  Accessed  and downloaded 5/13/2012.


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