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Photo: Lydia Cookson Blackden

Lydia Cookson was born on 18 Mar 1835 on Greenfield, Penobscot, Maine, the daughter of Abram Cookson and Sybil Witheum. Her brother Asa Cookson lived in the area until his death in 1918.  On 06 Oct 1851 she married Napoleon Bonapart Blackden. Together … Continue reading

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Photo: B F Pierce (Benjamin Franklin) and Maude Sylvester

B F Pierce and Maude Sylvester Benjamin Franklin Pierce b. May 1856- d. 26 Aug 1945. 1900: Mars Hill. Occupation: Dealer of General Merchandise. Married to Nellie Jewell Children: Elmer Pierce Lula Pierce (wife of Rue Thomas Snow and 2nd … Continue reading

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Photo : Rachel Blackden and Alden Sylvester

Rachel M Blackden and Alden Sylvester Rachel Blackden Sylvester was the eldest child of Napoleon Bonapart Blackden and Lydia Cookson.  She was born 13 Mar 1854 in Etna Maine. She married Alden Sylvester, son of Ansel Sylvester and Louisa Torrey,  on 07 … Continue reading

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Ladies Aid Society Friendship Quilt- 1897 with index of names

A 1897 Redwork Friendship quilt was found in Arizona at a local Goodwill store in the summer of 2012 that originated in Mars Hill and Blaine Maine. The finder contacted me, shared photos and was willing to sell it to … Continue reading

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1897 Quilt: Rose L Shaw

Rose L Shaw, Mars Hill, Maine Rose Lenora Shaw was born 1878, daughter of James Shaw and Sarah Dustin. Rose Shaw married Jesse Franklin Shaw on 8 Nov. 1899. ( b. 18 Dec 1876, son of Elisha Shaw and Eunice Robinson) … Continue reading

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1897 Quilt: Ruby Bridges / Ruby Brown / Ruby Dolloff

Ruby Bridges, Mars Hill, Maine Ruby Bridges, born August 1879, daughter of Joshua Reuben Bridges and Hannah Wood. Ruby married Albert Brown,  in 1898 Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts. Albert died in 1905 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts. Ruby remarried  Albert Thurston Dolloff … Continue reading

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1897 Quilt: Annie R Jones (later MacKay)

Annie R Jones, Houlton, Maine Annie R Jones, b. May 1876, daughter of  Benjamin F Jones and Belinda Robinson b. Jan 1850. 1880, the family lived in Blaine Maine. 1900, Belinda was a widow living as head of household with … Continue reading

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