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Loring Benoni Bill & Emma Adams: Descendants

Recently, I shared the story of Loring and Emeline (Adams) Bill up to their deaths in 1926 and 1917, respectively.

Of their five children, two of their sons, Charles E. and William Harrison, married and had children.

Today, I’ll share what is known about their grandchildren and possible descendants today.

Charles E., oldest child of Loring and Emeline, was born 18 November 1867 in Eastport, Washington, Maine. On 10 September 1890, he married Martha H. Black, also in Eastport. Martha was born in 1872 and died in 1935. Charles long outlived Martha, passing away in 1954. Both are buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Brighton, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

Here are the grandchildren of Loring and Emeline (Adams) Bill through son Charles and his wife, Martha:

Charles and Martha were the parents of five children:

  1. Charles Horace, born 27 December 1891, Eastport, Washington, Maine; died after 1930 census. He married Lily H. Sweet, 19 January 1914, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts. Lily was born c1898, Connecticut. She married (2) Samuel F. Charney before 1940. Lily died on 4 January 1950 and is buried at Melrose Cemetery. Her gravestone lists her name as Charney. No grave is found there for Charles Horace.
  2. Elizabeth E., born 15 June 1893, Eastport, Washington, Maine; Lizzie married Frank E. Bailey, 4 June 1919, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
  3. Orlo James, born 12 April 1896, Eastport, Washington, Maine; died May 1970, Waltham, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married Marjorie Beatrice Flaherty, 7 August 1920, Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
  4. Ethelyn Vera, born 28 September 1905, Pembroke, Washington, Maine; married Ernest Daniel Whitehouse, 1925, Massachusetts.
  5. Elsie K., born 10 May 1908, Eastport, Washington, Maine; married James M. Allen, 1928, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

In 1900 and 1910, the family lived in Eastport, Washington, Maine;

Charles “Bell” Family, 1900

Charles “Bills” Family, 1910

William Harrison, last of Loring’s and Emeline’s children, was born 15 July 1876, Deer Island, New Brunswick, Canada. He married twice: (1) Mary Ann Short, 15 March 1905, Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts and (2) Emma Florence Moore, 17 October 1920, Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts.

Harrison had no children with either wife. However, he and Emma adopted a son:

Melvin Kenneth, born 9 April 1924, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; died 14 July 2004, Pasadena, Los Angeles, California. It isn’t known whether Melvin married and had a family.

Following one more generation, the great grandchildren of Loring and Emma, the only descendants are from Charles and Martha (Black) Bill through their five children.

Charles Horace Bill and Lily Sweet married 19 January 1914. They had four children. Their daughter, Helen, lived an extremely sad life.:

  1. Helen Hurst, born 1917, Massachusetts; died 10 December 1947; married (1) Henry Sidney Schmitchel, 1935, Massachusetts (2) Clarence M. Vines, who died in World War II in Germany. Sidney and Helen had several children, but almost everyone in this family died quite young and are buried in Melrose Cemetery, Brockton, Massachusetts. Their children are: Helen Mae (1935-1950), Winifred (1937-10 December 1947), Frederick Robert (1940-10 December 1947) and Lily (1943-1943).  A Morning News article from Wilmington, Delaware on January 3, 1950 (page 5) carried the following story: “Young Ralph went to live with his grandparents after his twice-widowed mother, Mrs. Helen Schmitchel Vines, 31,  his brother Frederick, seven, and his sister Winifred 10, burned to death in their home Dec. 11, 1947 (sic). The boy and a boarder escaped.” Sidney, husband and father, was born c1916 and died in 1942 in a freak accident where he was hit in the head with a crank while trying to start a truck. Helen and Clarence had a daughter Katherine, born c1946, who survived the fire, according to a news article. There are children who might be alive today so there might be more descendants in this line.
  2. Lily J., born 1920, Massachusetts; married John Bartholomew Tracey, 15 August 1936, Nashua, Hillsborough, New Hampshire. John was born 19 November 1918, Easton, Bristol, Massachusetts; died 16 November 1974, Stoughton, Norfolk, Massachusetts. They had four sons, who have all passed away, but there are 2X great grandchildren for this line, too.
  3. Christina K., born c1921, Massachusetts; died 31 October 1998, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; married Mr. Freeman, 1938, in Massachusetts. It appears they had two children, so there are also descendants in this line.
  4. James Horace, born 25 August 1923, Stoughton, Norfolk, Massachusetts; died 6 February 1991, also in Stoughton; married Geraldine A., 1942. Geraldine was born 14 March 1922; died 9 October 2001, Stoughton, Norfolk, Massachusetts. They had four children, so there are 2X great grandchildren through this line.

Next, the second child of Charles E. and Martha H. (Black) Bill was Lizzie:

Elizabeth E., born 15 June 1893, Eastport, Washington, Maine married Frank E. Bailey on 4 June 1919, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. Frank was born c1897, Massachusetts. They lived in Boston in 1940 and had two daughters. Nothing further has been found on this family. There could be descendants in this line.

The third child of Charles and Martha was Orlo James:

Orlo James was born 12 April 1896, Eastport, Washington, Maine; died May 1970, Waltham, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married Marjorie Beatrice Flaherty, 7 August 1920, Newton, MIddlesex, Massachusetts. She was born 29 August 1891; died June 1969, Waltham, Middlesex, Massachusetts. They had two children. Daughter Frances M. was born c1922. Nothing more is known of her. Son Robert Orlo was born 6 April 1930; died 1 January 1954, Sacramento, Sacramento, California. It isn’t known whether either child married or had a family.

The fourth child of Charles and Martha was Ethelyn Vera:

Ethelyn Vera was born 28 September 1905, Pembroke, Washington, Maine; died 1985 and is buried at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody, Essex, Massachusetts; married Ernest Daniel Whitehouse, 1925, Massachusetts. Ernest was born 29 July 1903, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died 27 November 1986, Winthrop, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He is buried next to Ethelyn. In 1940, they had one son who married Nancy J. and they had four children. There are descendants in this line.

Source: Ancestry

The last child of Charles and Martha was Elsie K.:

Elsie K. was born 10 May 1908, Eastport, Washington, Maine; married James M. Allen, born c1903, Scotland, 1928, Boston, Massachusetts. In 1940, they had one son, Robert S., born c1937. It is possible that Robert worked on cruise ships and traveled the world. There is a Robert Allen, born Boston, on a ship in 1956 and a Robert S. Allen on a ship in 1957. He was a junior engineer. NO further information on Robert or when his parents died.

There are many possibilities for descendants today of Loring Benoni Bill and Emeline M. Adams. If you recognize any of your family here, please contact me. 🙂


Update on Emeline M. Adams, Her Non-Existent Husband and Her Actual Family

Previously, I have written about Emeline M. Adams and her reputed husband, William Seonnig, who, it turns out, never existed. Emeline Adams’ husband was Loring Benoni Bill.

I decided that it was time to take another look at the family, hoping that I might find some current descendants and fill in that branch of my family tree.

As I researched the Bill children, I quickly realized that a beginner would have quite a time finding them, as records name them as Bill, Bills, Vill and Bill Loring. Added to that is the difficulty that the family left Maine and settled in the Boston area, but moved frequently. Family members also used both given and middle names as first names, adding to the difficulty.

The census taker in 1920 omitted Loring Bill, who was 81 at the time and making his last census appearance, from the household of his son, Harrison, and tacked him onto the last page of the enumeration with a note to refer back to page 6B. That was the spot where he also reversed Loring’s name and turned him into Bill Loring.

I’ve also seen Loring Bill’s wife attributed as Emma Fountain, who lived on Deer Island, but that is incorrect.

For these reasons, it’s important to share the family story of Loring Benoni Bill and Emeline M. Adams.

Loring Benoni Bill was born perhaps c1842 in New Brunswick, Canada, according to most records in which he is found. However, there are only two Bill families in the 1851 New Brunswick census and both live in the West Isles, which includes Deer Island.

Benoni is a name often given to a child who survived birth but the mother didn’t. Elisha Bill has a son, Benoni, aged 14 in 1851. From the family structure, it looks like Elisha’s first wife might have died and he remarried.

Source: Library and Archives Canada

The second Bill family doesn’t have any male children who look like a possible match to Loring Benoni. This family hasn’t been found in 1860 in the U.S. or in 1861 in Canada. If this is “my” Benoni, then his father was likely Elisha, but his mother is unknown.

Emeline M. Adams was born c1840 on Adams Island, New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of Daniel Adams and Sarah Ann Parker, the second of nine children.

Loring, as he went by for most of his life, and Emeline married in Calais, Washington, Maine on 22 November 1866.

Loring Bill & Emeline Adams, 1866 Marriage

Loring was a resident of Deer Island and the 1867 Hutcinson’s Directory of New Brunwick lists him as a fisherman living in Clam Cove.

The yellow road in Maine (left), South River Road, is the road up to Calais, so, as the crow flies, Deer Island is not far away.

Loring and Emeline soon changed their minds about living on Deer Island and moved back into Maine, but into Eastport, to the south of Calais, where their first two children were born.

Loring and Emma haven’t been found in the 1870 or 1871 censuses, but in 1881, the family was again living on Deer Island and “Banoni” was listed as a mariner.

Although the census says all were born in New Brunswick, that wasn’t true, as you will see in a minute.

The Bills lived in Eastport, Washington, Maine in 1900 with Children Lina and Harrison still at home.

Emma reported in 1900 that she had given birth to five children, with three surviving, so the family apparently lost a child in the 1870s.

The water-based economy in Maine had peaked by the early 20th century and Loring was enumerated as a day laborer. By 1910, the Bills had followed the path of so many of their family and friends and relocated to Massachusetts.

“Loren” and Emma now lived with son Harrison, who found work as a machine parts belt maker, and they were living in Boston.

What happened to their other children? Arlena, as she was called, continued to live in the Boston area, near her parents and siblings. However, she never married and is last found in 1940, as a lodger, aged 69,  in Boston. She worked as a dressmaker for many years.

Horace, only found in one record – the 1881 census – apparently died young as no trace of him as been found afterwards and Emma reported two dead children in 1900.

Emma predeceased Loring, passing away on 11 July 1917 at City Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Loring lived with son Harrison in 1920, but, as mentioned, isn’t on the same page because the census taker forgot him and added him on the last page of his district.

Loring died in 1926, probably in Cambridge, as noted in the Death Records Index for Massachusetts.

What of their descendants? Charles and William Harrison both married and had children. We’ll take a look at them in the next post.


1. Charles E., born 18 November 1867, Eastport, Washington, Maine; died 1954, Brighton, Suffolk, Massachusetts; married Martha H. Black, 10 September 1890, Eastport, Washington, Maine.

NOTE: I strongly suspect that Charles is Charles Edward, named for Emma’s brother who had died in 1865.

2. Sarah Arlena (aka Lina), born 10 March 1871, Calais, Washington, Maine; died after 1940; never married.
3. Horace, born c1873
4. Child, born and died c1875-1881
5. William Harrison, born July 1876, Deer Island, New Brunswick, Canada; died after 1940; married (1) Mary Ann Short, 15 March 1905, Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts (2) Emma Florence Moore, 17 October 1920, Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts.

Next, we will take a look at Charles E. and William Harrison Bill, their families and possible descendants.