Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Ellen’s Questions – Part 1

Another week has flown by and it’s Saturday. That means it is time for Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun weekly challenge.

1)  Ellen Thompson-Jennings posted 20 questions on her blog this week – see Even More Questions About Your Ancestors and Maybe A Few About You (posted 27 June). 

2)  We will do these five at a time – Questions 1 to 5 tonight.

Here are Questions 1-5:

  1. Which ancestor had the most children? It can be a couple or a single person.
  2. How many years have you been working on your genealogy/family history?
  3. Do you collaborate with other genealogists on your family history?
  4. Have you hired a professional genealogist to work on your family history? Even if it was just a small branch of the family.
  5. If you have family heirlooms what’s your plan for their future?

And my answers:

1. Phillip Crouse and his wife, Sarah Burt, my 4X great grandparents are the winner here as they were the parents of 18 children and 17 of them lived to adulthood!
2. I have been working on the family history since 1980.
3. I have on occasion collaborated with others, but for the most part, I work on my own and do my own research. No copy and paste for me!
4. I have only hired a professional genealogist once, as I had no access to on-site materials in Copenhagen.
5. I have several items passed down in the family. If my son doesn’t come to appreciate them, they will pass down through my cousin’s son.

This is a fun challenge. I love memes and am looking forward to the rest of the questions. Thank you to both Ellen and Randy this week.

Carl Ross, Are You Really Carl Ross?

I have a series of four photos of my grandfather, Vernon Tarbox Adams, taken when he was on a summer visit, likely close to Calais, Washington, Maine, with his parents, Charles Edwin Adams and Annie Maude (Stuart) Adams.

I inherited these pictures from my great grand aunt, Vera Pearl (Adams) Chadwick (1887-1973) through her son, Charles Adams Chadwick. The photos were originally in one of those horrible albums with the black paper pages and were labeled as Vernon Adams and Carl Ross.

My grandfather is the boy with the scarf around his neck and “Carl” Ross is the young man with the white cap on his head.

I have looked for Carl Ross through the years, but have never had any luck finding him. Until now. And now I question whether or not he was really Carl Ross.

Here’s the scenario. My grandfather, Vernon, was born on 3 May 1899 in Calais, where he grew up. He looks to be perhaps about ten years old in these pictures.

By 1910, the Adams clan had a pretty house on Calais Avenue, which was “the” place to live in town. Socially, you had made it if you lived on “The Avenue.”

Adams at Home, Early 1900s

From My Personal Postcard Collection

The 1910 census includes my Adams ancestors living at 29 Calais Avenue:

Source: Ancestry

A few doors away at 6 Calais Avenue, we find the family of Henry and Leila (Bridges) Ross:

Source: Ancestry

It looks like all the pieces fit, right? Well, take a look at the Ross family. ARTHUR Ross is the child who is close to Vernon’s age, not CARL Ross.

Let’s jump back ten years to the 1900 census:

Source: Ancestry

It turns out that Arthur was the baby of the family. However, he DID have an older brother, Carl, born in 1884, making him a contemporary of great grand aunt Pearl Adams Chadwick. Hmmm.

Now, take another look at the setting of those photos. It’s a very rocky beach area near water. That doesn’t tell us much because Calais sits right on the water and there are many lakes in the area.

I have one more photo taken in the same place and likely on the same day:

It’s the same rocky setting. My great grandparents, Charles and Annie, are on the left. Neither of the other ladies is my Aunt Pearl, so likely part of the Ross family.

While looking online for possible clues, I stumbled on this website:

Ross Cottage Pembroke Maine Setting

This cottage was the summer home of Henry and Leila (Bridges) Ross! It still exists and apparently is available for summer rentals. I clicked on the links to the history and look what came up:

The cottage itself is in the upper left. Here’s a better look:

Look at that rocky hillside! I think I’ve totally solved this mystery.

I believe that Charles, Annie and Vernon Adams were invited to spend some time at the Ross summer cottage in Pembroke. The boys were photographed playing outside.

Aunt Pearl may have labeled the pictures, but I have no idea WHEN they were labeled. I think she knew this was the Ross family, but likely knew CARL Ross from school and MISTAKENLY labeled Arthur as his older brother, Carl.

What do you think?

I’d love to share these pictures with a descendant of Arthur, but in researching him, I find that he moved to Washington, D.C., married a Southern belle named Mary Nance, and apparently they had no children.

Friday’s Family History Finds

The best Family History Finds this week:

Family Stories

1866: The Final Rift Between Zebulon and Hannah (Hance) Blakeslee by Molly on Molly’s Canopy

Finding John Costello – A DNA Journey: The Fried Family, John’s Family, Part 2 AND Part 3 AND Part 4, all by Amberly on The Genealogy Girl

Burglariously, Part 2: The Surprising Conclusion by Marian B. Wood on Climbing My Family Tree

“A Mother’s Love. . . .or Something Else” by Peter E. Small: Part VIII AND Epilogue on Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings

Stepping in My Ancestors’ Footsteps by Janine Adams on Organize Your Family History

What’s in a Name? by Amy Whorf McGuiggan on Vita Brevis

The Case of the Lost and Found Grandma by KTC on Princes, Paupers, Pilgrims and Pioneers

Research Resources

Concentration Camp Death Certificates by Lara Diamond on Lara’s Jewnealogy

Find Historical Photos at Flickr Creative Commons by Lisa on Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems

Tech News

Alarming New Ancestry Survey Details a La Carte Pricing, Charging for DNA Matches by Steven Frank on GeneticGenealogist

DNA Circles Is Going Away – Very Soon by John D. Reid on Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections

Genetic Genealogy

Exciting New Y DNA Haplogroup D Discoveries! by Robert Estes on DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

23andme Basics and an Update by Kitty on Kitty Cooper’s Blog

Identifying Unknown Parents and Individuals Using DNA Matching by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy


19 generations down and still going strong!:
Was Eleanor of Aquitaine My Ancestor? Generation 19 – Willem van Wijfliet by Yvette Hoitink on Dutch Genealogy

4 Important Steps for Each New Document by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree

Family Friends by Sarah Dobby on Family History Ramblings

Research Project – Lydia Lawley (Part 1) by Teresa on Writing My Past

3 Ways to Tell if That Hint Is No Good by DiAnn Iamarino on fortify Your Family Tree

My Almost Great Grandfather by Jamie Gates on Applegate Genealogy

Education Is for Everyone

Four Genealogy Presentations Available Online from Fountaindale Public Library by Gail Dever on Genealogy à la Carte

Obituaries and Copyright Issues by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star

Quick Photo Tips – 7 Considerations When Scanning Old Photographs by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt

Keeping Up with the Times

When Does DNA Stop Helping Me with My Genealogy? by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star