Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Albert S. Brown, Woodland, Maine

Albet S. Brown was my great-great-grandfather. He was born in 1852 in Maine, son of Solomon and Hannah (Colpitts) Brown. He was a farmer on the Brown Road in Woodland, Maine. He married Augusta Drake on April 11, 1874. They had 7 children including Myrtle, my great-grandmother in 1887.

The 1880 census of Woodland, Maine lists Albert as a farmer, age 26, and living with his wife Augusta, age 27, and two children born in Maine, Albert G. age 5 and Ellin May, age 2.

Albert died Nov. 25, 1914 at age 62 and is buried at lot 88 at the Woodland, Maine cemetery (row next to town garage, toward the back, small almost flat stone.) His wife and 2 sons, Luther and Bertie, who died as children are buried nearby.


Albert S. Brown


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Luther H. Brown, Woodland, Maine

Luther H. Brown was my great-grandmother Myrtle "Nana" Brown McNeal's older brother. He was born about 1878 in Woodland, Maine, the third of seven children of Albert and Augusta (Drake) Brown.
Luther died as a child and is buried at lot 88 at the Woodland, Maine cemetery near his parents and brother Bertel who also died as a child.
My nana was born almost two years after Luther died. Bertie also died before she was born.

Luther H.

Son of

Albert & Augusta


died Oct. 5, 1885

Ae. 7 yrs. 28 ds.

He has gone to the

mansions of rest.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Mary A. Wanstrom Peterson

Maria "Mary A." (Wanstrom) Peterson is buried on Capitol Hill at New Sweden, Maine. She was born about 1857, the third of eight children to Hans N. and Kjersti Wanstrom who settled on the Margison Road in Woodland, Maine.

Mary Peterson died at about age 41 years old, a year and a half after her mother died at age 70 years.

Mary A.
wife of

Geo A Peterson


Jun 10 1898
Ae 41 ys 3 ms

Mary's younger sisters predeceased her (Carrie at age 26 and Annie at age 20) as did her older brother John at age 34 years.

Carrie E.


Oct. 24 1886

Ae 26 ys 3 ms 24 ds

Annie C.


May 21 1889

Ae 20 ys 7 ms

John D.


Sept. 29 1893

Ae 34 ys 10 ms 3 ds

Children of Hans N &

Kjersti Wanstrom

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Martin and Olga Osell, New Sweden, Maine

Martin and Olga Osell are buried at Capitol Hill in the New Sweden Cemetery in Aroostook County, Maine. She was just 20 years old. He died 10 years later at age 44.




Wife of

Martin Osell

May 13 1884

June 6 1904

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Eddie Tornquist

Eddie Tornquist was the first-born son of C. J. and Tilda Tornquist. He died Jul 12, 1889 at age 9 months 10 days. He is buried at Capitol Hill cemetery in New Sweden, Maine.

His parents were both born in Sweden. His father immigrated in 1871 when he was 8 years old with his parents and siblings.

His mother Matilda Strömberg died in 1890, two years after her infant son and six days after her daughter May was born.

Front: Eddie Safe in the arms of Jesus
Back: Son of C. J. & Tilda Tornquist died July 12, 1889 AE 9 mos. 10 dys

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Marie Victoria Malmquist, New Sweden, Maine

Marie's father, Eric Malmquist, emmigrated from Skane, Sweden in 1880 and then sent for his wife and three daughters, Marie, Alma, and Karen, ages 15, 8, and 3, to join him in New Sweden, Maine. Seven other children died back in Sweden before the family came to the US.
Eric worked as a tailor, first in a shop in the near-by town of Caribou and then going from house to house to do tailoring. His daughter Marie bought him a sewing machine in 1885.
After his wife Anna's death at age 69, he lived with his daughter Karen's family until he died at age 87. Eric Malmquist held the Boston Post Cane from 1921-1925.
Marie Malmquist, pictured at right, wrote 12 books, some in English and some in Swedish, including poetry and prose. She recorded much of the early history of New Sweden. She worked as a housekeeper, teacher, nurse, and foreman in a knitting mill and shoe factory. Marie lived in Sweden, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire where she died at age 92. She is buried at Capitol Hill in New Sweden, Maine with her parents as she never married.
Note: "fodd den" is Swedish for "born in" and "dod den" means "died in"
Anna Sofie Malmquist
Fodd den 5 Maj 1834
Dod den 28 Juli 1903
Eric P. Malmquist
Mar 14 1838-Aug 5, 1925
Marie Malmquist

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thank you, Mr. Beams

A wonderful surprise yesterday! I received an email that photos of my maternal grandparents cemetery stone in Auburn, MA had been taken by Don Beams, a volunteer for Findagrave.com. I had visited the cemetery once a long time ago (way before my grandfather died but after grammy passed) and ten hours driving to get there makes my chances low to return. I only hope that I can "pass it on" and make their day like Mr. Beams made mine. Thank you!