Friday, October 12, 2012

Never Married Women (Continued)

Never Married Residents: Parents Identified
  • Almira N Ells was born about 1808 in Freeport, the daughter of William Witherell and Abigail (Millett) Ells, although her death record identifies her mother as Abigail Bartol.Her surname is sometimes written Eells, and both parents were from Gloucester, Massachusetts. Almira was admitted to the Home 25 Sep 1875, but was dismissed in May 1881 "she having caused much trouble in the institution by her persistence in manifesting an uncomfortable temper and rendering all the other inmates unhappy." She died 8 Jun 1895 and was buried in Burr Cemetery in Freeport.
  • Elizabeth D Fuller was born in Boothbay 15 Jan 1815 and baptized in the Congregational Church of Boothbay 21 Jan 1816, the daughter of John and Rachel (Auld) Fuller. She supported herself as a dressmaker and by "various means" before her admission to the Home in April 1876. She died there 7 Feb 1897 and was buried at Evergreen Cemetery.
  • Sarah Rice was born in North Yarmouth 8 Mar 1808, the daughter of Joseph and Experience (Hall) Rice. She worked as a nurse and had lived in Portland for more than 40 years when she was admitted to the Home in August 1876. She died at the Home 5 Jun 1887.
  • Sarah H. Barbour was born in Deer Isle 3 Mar 1817, the daughter of  William and Parmelia (Kimball) Barbour. She lived in Portland at least 20 years (she was enumerated there in 1850), and a member of Chestnut Street Methodist when she was admitted to the Home in Dec 1877. The Home's records indicate she had a sister, Mrs. Avery, living in New Orleans at that time, who is probably her sister Parmelia F. (Barbour) Averill, who was widowed four years earlier. Sarah died 21 Jun 1885 and Home records note she was buried in the Cushman lot at Evergreen Cemetery Parmelia (Barbour) Averill's daughter Harriet married a Cushman and that may be the connection.

Never Married Residents: Parents Not Yet Identified
  • Mary A Crane was born about 1811 in Northampton, Massachusetts. She had a sister Caroline M Crane who was several years younger. They lived together in Portland in 1860 and 1870 and both worked as nurses. Mary was a member of Pine Street Methodist Church when she was admitted to the Home in Oct 1874. A year later, on a visit to her brother (I believe to western Massachusetts or New York) she received a proposal of marriage and left the home in Oct 1875. I have not been able to determine if and whom she married and where and when she died.
  • Hannah (or Anna) Ring was born in Freeport about 1801. She supported herself as a nurse in Portland for many years before she was admitted to the Home in June 1875. She died six years later, 13 Aug 1881, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

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