ever underestimate the tenacity of someone from Central Mass that is is on a mission. In my last post, "A Sturbridge Mystery
", I posted an old photo collage of a Sturbridge family. I asked for help in identifying the family, and the locations in the photos. Well, one long time reader took my request to heart.
Regarding your mystery photographs on Thinking Out Loud in Sturbridge:
Miss Hyde is likely related to the Hyde of the Joshua Hyde Library (a guess).
Page 170, Section 1014 of a book titled The Richardson Memorial, written by John Adams Vinton mentions the Minister in Sturbridge as Martin Luther Richardson from 1867 "to the present time." "He was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from Sturbridge in 1871. He has no children." Here's the link.
'Hope we are of some help. Marilyn
Hmmmm. Time frame seems right, and he was a State Rep, too.
This web site seems to say that our Rev. Richardson did have a child, and his name was William Shed Richardson, born in 1860, which would make sense, as the Richardson wedding was said to have taken place in 1859. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dantrogers/pafg3991.htm#80082
Well, this would account for the young boy labeled "Will" in the collage.
And, now this record acknowledges who "Hattie" was! So far, we've identified the family, and two of the children. There was a comment in the original post questioning whether or not the house labled as "Our Cottage" was the yellow Brunell House just past the common on Main Street. The photo to the left is not clear, but in the original photo it is much clearer. Unlike the yellow house, the "cottage" doesn't seem to have the second floor balcony, and to there is a also an "ell" to the right in the photo to the left that isn't part of the yellow house.
Now, all we need is to identify the other folks int he collage, and the location of the homes.
The photographs must include a spelling error, because the selectman mentioned as Whittmore, was actually Whittemore.
Whoops. My fault. Just wanted to shake up the research a little.
Here's info on the Hyde women (regarding Miss Hyde in your photo) listed in the same census as the Rev. martin Luther Richardson. They ARE part of the family of Joshua Hyde.
You have a great deal of Sturbridge history in your mystery photographs!
I wonder if there are any members of this family still in town?
Thank you for all your hard work, Marilyn, and for sharing it with all of us. You learned a lot about our mystery family, now all we need to do is to identify the houses in the photo. Maybe, old census data will show who lived where, and when...(hint, hint).
Here's an article on "Will" from your collageReplyDelete
Are you getting tired of hearing about these folks yet? I'm still finding stuff.ReplyDelete
Martin Luther Richardson [Parents] was born on 18 Apr 1830 in Winchester,Middlesex,Ma. He died in 1916. He married Angeletta Wilson.
Angeletta Wilson [Parents] was born on 18 Jan 1831. She died in 1908. She married Martin Luther Richardson.
They had the following children:
M i William Shed Richardson M.D.
William Shed Richardson M.D. [Parents] was born on 11 Jul 1860 in Woolich,Sagadahoc,Me. He died on 9 Feb 1912 in Marlborough,Middlesex,Ma. He married Mary Hubbard Morse.
Mary Hubbard Morse [Parents] was born on 7 Jan 1865 in Marlborough,Middlesex,Ma. She died on 5 Aug 1949 in Montague,Franklin,Ma. She married William Shed Richardson M.D..
They had the following children:
M i Stephen Morse Richardson
-- Wally, according to this article Martin Luther Richardson remained in Sturbridge until 1888 and then went into Brimfield, for about 3 years and later into Montague, MA. (1891)ReplyDelete
He was a trustee of Hitchcock Academy (Brimfield) for 17 years!
Federated Church of Sturbridge - Fiskdale Parsonag Maple St Sturbridge 1869
Wally, I wonder if the parsonage listed here might be "our cottage" as it is called on your collage?
If you have a chance to get down to Maple Street or ask the right people, you may get some info on that.
I'm sure I read somewhere today (Where did I read it????) that Martin Luther Richardson built a parsonage in 1868.
Hopefully, I will find that reference again! 'Don't know how I managed to let it get away. Marilyn