Emma (Emily) Sears (1856-1932)


Emma (Emily) Sears – Looking for the Rest of Her Story

Emily (Emma) Sears

We are missing 53 years of the story of Ruth’s great grandmother.  Can we fill in some of the blanks? For our family there are large gaps in what we know about Emma (Emily) Sears.   Known to the Templeton family as Emily, she was born to William Sears and Edith Kirk on 12 February 1856 in Monson, Piscataquis, Maine.   On 29 June 1873 she married John Frank Templeton in Guilford, Piscataquis, Maine.   They had two children, Herman Orman Templeton, born 14 May 1874, and Fred Frank Templeton, b. 15 Feb 1876.   Both children were born in Willimantic, Piscataquis, Maine.   When Herman was only 5 and Fred 3, their father, John Frank died, leaving Emily a widow at the age of 23. The next part of Emily’s story is not known to the Templeton family.  What we do know is that shortly after his father’s death Fred went to live with John Frank’s brother, Enoch Templeton and his new bride, Calista Ridley.  Hermon went to live with Calista’s mother and father, Joseph and Mary (Robbins) Ridley.  To the best of our knowledge the Templeton family had little, if any, further contact with Emily.   There is a family story that at some point Emily tried to make contact, but that these overtures were rebuffed by Calista.  Calista remained a part of the Fred Templeton household until her death in 1949.

William Sears, Edith his wife and daughter Emma Jenkins

Family notes passed down say only that Emily later married a man named “Jenkins,” that she died in 1932 and is buried with her parents at Riverside Cemetery in Willimantic, Maine.  Indeed a tombstone at the cemetery confirms that “Emma Jenkins” 1856-1932 is buried with William and Edith. A search of records at the Maine State Archives in Augusta, Maine produced a record of death for Emma E Jenkins.  Emma died on 24 August 1932 in Guilford, Piscataquis, Maine, where she had been a resident for 2 weeks.  Her previous residence was Bangor, Penobscot, Maine.   The record stated her parents as William Sears and Edith Kirk.   Her marital status is listed as “widow”.


A search of the Bangor Daily News for 27 August 1932 produced an obituary for Emma Jenkins.  It states that she was the widow of Frank Jenkins.

Emma Jenkins Obituary, Bangor Daily News, 27 August 1932

She died at the home of her sister, Lillian Wise; that she was a native of Monson; that she previously lived in Bangor and Waterville. The big question:  what more can we learn about Emily’s story during the 53 years following the death of John Frank Templeton? Additional pieces of the puzzle:  Do they fit and how?

  • M.  E. Templeton married a Dennis Jenkins in Willimantic, Piscataquis, Maine on 14 Jun 1890   (Maine Marriages, 1771-1907 from FamilySearch.org)
  • A 1904 town census from the Guilford and Sangerville (Maine) Town Register shows that Edith Kirk Sears’ daughter Emma (Templeton) living in Waterville.
  • At the time of the 1900 US Census an Emma E. Templeton is living in the household of William Chipman in Waterville, Maine.  Her relationship is listed as “housekeeper.”   Also in the household is Harry C Templeton, b. Mar 1880 in Maine.
  • In the 1910 and 1920 US Census an “Ella” Templeton is living in the household of William Chipman in Waterville.
  • A WWI US Draft Registration Card dated 12 Sep 1918 for Harry Carl Templeton shows his nearest living relative as Mrs. Emma E Templeton of Waterville, Maine.  His birth date is listed as 29 Apr 1880.


  • The 1904 town census record (above) places Emma Sears Templeton in Waterville.
  • It is interesting that she is using the name Templeton from 1900 – 1920.  In 1910 she states her marital status as divorced.
  • Is Emma this M. E. Templeton that married Dennis Jenkins in Willimantic in 1890?   Was it a short marriage?   I have not found any record of a divorce.   If she was divorced, that could explain why she returned to the name Templeton.
  • Who is the father of Harry Carl Templeton?   John Frank Templeton died in 1879 (date unknown).  Harry was born in April of 1880, which means that the father could be John Frank.  Or his father could be someone else, which could be one reason the Templeton family did not choose to maintain a relationship with Emily.
  • I just found the obituary.  It is interesting that at the time of her death she (or her family) was using the name Jenkins.  Who was Frank Jenkins?  Could it be Dennis Frank Jenkins, or is the 1890 marriage record not Emma?
  • There is no mention in the obituary of any children.   What do we conclude from this?

Next Steps

  • Check out the Social Security application for Harry Carl to see if I can find any other clues.    Based on that information continue looking for more information about him and any family.  (See what I found on the SS Application at this link.   Harry Carl was a brother to Fred and Hermon!)
  • Explore the Bangor, Maine period – after 1920 until 1932.
  • Explore other Sears family lines, especially the family of Lillian Wise to see if there are any clues, or researchers who may have information.
  • Solicit comments, questions, and information
Sep 162011

Tomorrow we leave Moosehead Lake (Greenville, ME) to begin our journey home.   On Tuesday we traveled with Ruth’s mother to Kineo, where she told us about her experiences as a child living on the island each summer while her father worked as a guide (see Memories from Kineo).   On Wednesday we visited the Moosehead Historical Society in Greenville.  It has to be one of the best small town museums in America.  It was also great to find some newpaper clippings about the Templeton family.

On Thursday I went to Augusta to visit the Maine State Archives and State Library, making some progress, along with developing some new questions about what happened to Emily Sears Templeton after her husband, John Frank Templeton, died.   I will update this information when I get back home.

Today I visited cemeteries in Willimantic and Milo, both here in Piscataquis County.   Found the grave markers I was looking for. It was a great, memorable week with lots of pictures to process and information to organize and ponder.  It will be good, too, to get back to a warmer place.

Sep 132011


Mt Kineo on Mooshead Lake, Maine

Today the weather was perfect as we took Ruth’s mother, Ruth Templeton Rollason, back to Kineo, an  island on Moosehead Lake in Maine where she lived all of her childhood summers.  The shuttle captain loaned us his golf cart so that we could see the island.  We had the best guide – Ruth’s mom – who reminisced about her 17 summers here.

Kineo was a destination resort from the 1850’s until the 1930’s.  In 1903 young Angie Stiles and her sister Martha came from Amherst, Nova Scotia to work at the Kineo Resort.   Fred Templeton was a guide for the guests who wanted to hunt and fish.  He also looked after the boats for families who summered here.

A year later Fred and Angie married in Greenville where they made their winter home.  When school was out, Fred and Angie took their family to Kineo for the summer.

Fred leased land on a small island where he built a modest summer cabin for his family.

Island in Kineo Cove where the Templeton family lived during the summer

The resort is long gone.  Today there is a public golf course, a state park, and many beautiful summer homes.

Sep 092011

Today I added a page of what I know so far about my paternal grandfather, William Inhoff, who came as a 14 year old from Germany to Hardin County, Ohio.  In searching the ship’s list of passengers, I can’t find any family names that I recognize.  Could he have come alone?    I believe he came to Ohio to be with his aunt’s family.  From all that I have collected I am thinking that his home may have been in Schluechtern area of Hesse, northeast of Frankfort, Germany.

Last night I Googled on one of the related family names: Leibold in Hardin County.  I came across a book called Linking rings: William W. Durbin and the magic and mystery of America, by James D. Robenalt in 2004.   Only snippets were visible – but they proved interesting.  William Durbin’s mother was Margaret Leibold, b 1833 in Hintersteinau in Hesse.   Now to find a copy of the book!

William Andrew Inhoff (1877-1918) – Searching for His Family


Looking for the Family of William Andrew Inhoff, focusing on Hardin County, Ohio to find his German roots

I believe that he, or at least some of his family may have come from Hesse, perhaps in the area of Fulda, possibly in the area of Freinensteinau (Reinhards)  (see maps).  For discussion of why I am focusing on this area, please read the following:

My grandfather, William Andrew Inhoff

  • Born 24 Jul 1877 in Germany (DC)
  • Married 11 Apr 1906 in Kenton, Hardin, OH (MR)
  • Died 22 Dec 1918 in Lima, Allen, OH (DC)
  • Parents:  John Inhoff, Mary Resch (MR)
  • Immigrated – entered US Baltimore 27 May 1891, SS Gera – arrived from Bremen, almost 14, laborer, from Prussia to Ohio
  • Naturalized-Hardin County, Ohio 28 Oct 1896
  • Buried in Kenton, Ohio in same plot as Milton Leibold d 1933 and John Resch, d. 1916 (view cemetery pictures and discussion)

Milton Leibold

  • Born 16 Dec 1850
  • Married Katharena Resch 3 Jan 1886 in Kenton,Hardin,OH, Clergyman wrote Melchior Leipold
  • Naturalization (int 1 Apr 1876)  1 Oct 1878
  • Died 18 May 1933, Kenton, Hardin, OH

Katharena Resch  (wife of Milton Leibold)

  • Born 4 July 1862 in Germany
  • Died 21 Feb 1931 in Kenton, Hardin, OH
  • Obit refers to one brother, John Imhoff of Germany (I presume this was a brother-in-law)

My working hypothesis is that Katharena Resch Leibold was a sister of Mary Resch, mother of William Inhoff.

William  Inhoff  is buried in the same plot as Milton and Catherine (Katherena).   Also in same plot is John Resch.  (William’s mother’s name was Mary Resch.)

John Resch (1846-1916)

  • Born 27 Jan 1846– Germany
  • Father – Conrad Resch
  • Married Katherine Libold 15 Jul 1875 Hardin, OH
  • Naturalized 26 Mar 1879 Hardin OHIntention 6 Nov 1876
  • Died 3 Jan 1916 Kenton, Hardin, OH
  • Buried in same plot as Milton Leibold and William Inhoff

To make it interesting, John Resch married a Catherine Libold!

Katherine Libold Resch (1853-1910)

  • Born 3 Sep 1853– Germany
  • Father – Henry Lybold
  • Died 23 Dec 1910 Hardin, OH

In searching resources in Hardin County, Ohio, I have visited (and am a member of) the Hardin County Genealogy Society.   I have also found a helpful website by Sue Foster, Oberkahlbach, Hessen, Germany-Village of My Berthold and Ullrich Ancestors.   Sue has been very helpful in sharing information from the St. Johns Lutheran Church in Kenton, Hardin, Ohio.  Among these early records are a marriage record of a Nicholas Link and Maria Resch, both of Reinhards, County Schluechtern, Hessen-Kassel, Germany.

Having searched census records in Hardin County from 1850 – 1900, I found only a couple of Resch and Leibold (Libold, Leipoldt, etc) families   Thus, lacking other directions my focus is on this part of Germany.

Margaret Leibold, born 1833 in Hintersteinau, Germany – see this post about this Leibold family in early Hardin County, Ohio

Rollason Family


Rev. Herbert Duncan Rollason

Rev, Herbert Duncan Rollason (1886-1947)

Herbert Duncan Rollason was born on 1 Jan 1886 to Rev. Alfred Rollason and Susan E Hunt in Saffron Walden, Essex, England where Alfred served as pastor of the Baptist Church.

Herbert came to the United States when he was 19.   After graduating from Brown University, he studied for the ministry at Andover Theological Seminary in Cambridge,MA, graduating in 1916.   He was ordained in the Congregational Church and served parishes in Hanover and Middletown, CT.

Herbert married Susan Hervey Wales on 16 May 1916 in Beverly, Essex, MA.  Herbert died on 18 Apr 1947.

Goddard Family


Peter O’Neil Goddard was born on 1 Jan 1837 in Cass County, GA to John A Goddard and Winifred Tidwell.  On 8 Jul 1860 Peter married  Nancy Sarah Wood in Atlanta, GA.  Nancy was born on 8 Aug 1839 to William Wood and Elizabeth Gravitt.

Following the Civil War the Goddard family moved to Ada, Hardin County, Ohio.  Peter died 6 Jan 1888.  Nancy died on 29 Aug 1892.

Templeton Family


Fred Frank Templeton

Fred Frank Templeton

Fred Frank Templeton was born on 15 Feb 1876 in Milo, Piscataquis, ME to John Frank Templeton and Emily Sears.  On 9 Nov 1904 Fred married Angie Stiles in Greenville, Piscataquis, Maine.

Angie Templeton died in Greenville on 18 Apr 1927.  Fred married Evangeline Masterman on 13 June 1945.  He died in Greenville on 9 October 1952.

Fred and his brother Hermon were noted guides on scenic Moosehead Lake in Maine.  In the winter he built canoes.

Wales Family


Susan Hervey Wales Rollason

Susan Hervey Wales

Susan Hervey Wales was born on 2 Nov 1889 in Brookline, Norfolk, MA to George Rogers Wales and Mable Louise Hervey.  On 16 May 1916 she married Herbert Duncan Rollason in Beverly, Essex, MA.

Susan died at the age of 99 in St. Petersburg, Pinellas, FL on 26 June 1989.

More on the family of Susan Wales:

Ancestry of George Rogers Wales, Susan’s father.

George Rogers Wales – a brief bio which appeared in The Story of Essex County

New:   The Journal of  Mabel Hervey Wales – wife of George Rogers Wales

Susan Hervey Wales’ Nantucket Roots

Kimble Family


Frank and Clara Goddard Kimble

Frank Kimble was born on 15 Jun 1870 in Crawford County, Ohio to Anna Marie Kimble and father unknown.

On 18 May 1892 Frank married Clara Goddard, daughter of Peter Goddard andNancy Sarah Wood.   Clara was born on 30 Sep 1872

Frank and Clara had six children: Ethel, Roy, Avery, Marcellus (Ted), Cora and Anna.

Frank Kimble died on 16 Jan 1948.  Clara died on 28 Feb 1954.  They are buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada, Ohio.