Sep 072012
 

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At the Registry of Deeds for Penobscot County, Maine I also found a deed dated 4 Nov 1854 by which Samuel Templeton transferred property to Eben W Robbins for $1.   This is the same 50 acres that Samuel purchased from his father, Adam for $400 18 years earlier.  From the deed we see that Ebenezer Robbins is living on the property in Kirkland (now Hudson) Penobscot, Maine.

What’s the story?   Eben W. Robbins married Samuel’s sister, Mary Ann Templeton.   It is very likely that Samuel and Mary Ann’s mother, Barbra (Barbary) Templeton was living with the Robbins, since there is a record of her death in Hudson in 1859.

Note, too, that an Amiel Robbins was a witness to this transaction.   Most likely this is the son of Amiel Robbins who died in this area in 1833.  The questions are:  Is Amiel Robbins the brother of Susannah Robbins, Samuel’s wife?   Is Eben a brother as well?    Food for thought and more analysis – a good subject for another post.

Sep 062012
 

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In the records of the Probate Court of Penobscot County, Maine I found this inventory of the estate of Amiel Robbins, who died, as stated here, on 20 July 1833, in Milton, Penobscot County.  Why do I find this of interest?   Ruth’s 2nd great grandparents were Samuel Templeton and Susannah Robbins.    We know that Samuel was the son of Adam Templeton, but to this point the family has not been able to identify the parents of Susannah.   In the probate records Amiel Robbin’s wife’s name is listed as Susannah.   Also of note is that Samuel and Susannah Templeton named a son Amiel.

The Amiel Robbins family was listed in the 1830 census in Boydstown, Penobscot, Maine, a household of 7 members with the male head between the ages of 50 and 59.  Boydstown  is now Orneville Township, located just south of Milo, Piscataquis, ME.   This area of Penobscot County became part of the new Piscataquis County when it was created in 1838.

Sep 052012
 

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Having just returned from a wonderful vacation to Greenville, ME , we delight in the time we were able to spend with Ruth’s mother in the town where she grew up.   I also had an opportunity to  visit the courthouses in Bangor, Penobscot County and Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis County.    Over the next several days I look forward to posting several of my discoveries, i.e. more pieces to the puzzle that makes the stories of our families.

At the Registry of Deeds in Bangor I found a deed from Adam Templeton to son Samuel dated 29 March 1836 for 50 acres of land in Kirkland (now Hudson), Penobscot, Maine.   We also discover several additional pieces of information in the details:

  • Adam Templeton acquired this property on 31 Jan 1831 from Richard Lancaster as “fulfillment of certain payment.”   This places Adam in the area by 1831.   Since he appeared in the census of Swanville, Waldo, Maine in 1830, we can pinpoint the time of migration to Kirkland.
  • The deed is also signed by “Barbra” – Adam’s wife.  Note:  in most other documents we find Barabee.
  • The deed is witnessed by Charlotte Templeton, their daughter.
  • Samuel paid his father $400 for the piece of property.
Nov 172011
 

Several weeks ago I posted about my ongoing search for more of the story of Emma (Emily) Sears Templeton Jenkins.  More detail on my search for Emma is found on this page which explains our search for the missing 53 years of of the story of my wife’s great grandmother.  One of the tasks I listed was to request the Social Security application for a Harry Templeton, who was living with an Emma Templeton in Waterville, Maine in the 1900 census.

A copy of Harry’s SS Application arrived in today’s mail.   Indeed Harry was a brother of Fred Templeton (my wife’s grandfather) since he lists his parents as Emma Sears and Frank Templeton.   The Emma living in Waterville, Maine is indeed Fred’s mother.

From his WWI Draft Registration card we know that he was living in Wyoming in 1918.  At the time of his Social Security application (1937) he was living in Sedona, AZ.  He died and was buried in Yavapai County Cemetery on November 13, 1968 according to records found at the website of the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, AZ (www.sharlot.org).   There is no marker.

Another piece of the puzzle and a new member of the family.   We hope that we can learn more about Harry’s life.

Sep 232011
 
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During our recent trip to Moosehead Lake, Maine, we visited the Moosehead Historical Society in Greenville Junction.    This was just a short walk from where Ruth’s mother grew up.   Following an excellent guided tour we stopped in the office to see what they might have about the Templeton family.   Several files!    One treasure was this clipping from the Moosehead Gazette, July  4, 1952 about Ruth’s grandfather, Fred Templeton.  The headline reads: “Fred Templeton Still Making Canoes at Age of 76 Years.”

In the story Fred recounts experiences from his years (1898 – 1945) as a guide at Kineo (see Memories from Kineo).   He remembers seeing as many as 84 moose in a day.  The last caribou he saw was in 1899.   He had other stories to tell, but he had to get back to work to finish the canoe.    Fred died on 9 Oct 1952, just four months after this interview.  Templeton canoes are still known in this part of Maine.

I am so happy that we found this article.  Thanks to organizations such as the Moosehead Historical Society for the work they do to preserve these memories.

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.

Discussion

  • 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
 
Kineo

 

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.