June 24, 2018
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Genealogy columnist Jellison leaves memorable legacy

Roxanne Moore Saucier
By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

My dear friend Connee Jellison would have laughed at the reason I missed the recent reception held in her memory — I was in Winslow giving a genealogy talk.

Connee, who died on June 13 near her daughter’s home in Texas, is the genealogy columnist who wrote Family Ties on Saturdays in the Bangor Daily News for 10 years, 1987-1997. Her eye for detail and love of history were a true gift to our readers.

Several books by Connee can be found in Maine libraries. She wrote as Connee Jellison, as Connee Hanscom Jellison and as Constance Hanscom Jellison.

• “Along the Union River,” 1997.

• “Amherst, Maine, Her Settlement and People 1790-1975.”

• “Hancock County, A Rock-Bound Paradise: A Bicentennial Pictorial,” 1990.

• “Cemetery Records, 1935-1936,” prepared by Mount Desert Isle Chapter, Constance Hanscom Jellison, and indexed by Koussinoc Chapter, Ann Pease Thomas. Available at Maine State Library and Bangor Public Library.

• “Collection of Native American Obituaries 17 February 1988 to 18 September 2000,” from the Bangor Daily News, by Constance Hanscom Jellison, indexed by Ann Pease Thomas. Available at Maine State Library.

Connee had been a state officer in the Maine Daughters of the American Revolution, organizing regent of the Mount Desert Isle Chapter DAR and senior state president of the Maine Children of the American Revolution. Maine Daughters in 1996 honored her with a contribution to the DAR President General’s Project, Preserving Our Patriotic Heritage, inscribing her name on the wall of honor for the project at national DAR headquarters in Washington.

Connee had five children and several grandchildren, and also had been a nature columnist for local publications. Nan Lincoln wrote a lovely piece on Connee for the Mount Desert Islander on July 5 at http://fenceviewer.com/site/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=75488:remembering-connee-jellison&Itemid=940.

I will miss Connee Jellison every day of my life and am thankful for wonderful legacy.


Gary Edwards, coordinator of the Urann House project, will give a talk for the Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the Sorrento Community Building.

You may know that the historical society purchased the 1804 Urann House earlier this year. It will be restored and open to the public in the future. The original owner was Paul Urann, an early settler of Sullivan.

The society has scheduled a yard sale and silent auction to benefit this project 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 10-11, at the former art gallery at the Sullivan Town Office.

Both events offer the opportunity to visit the Downeast area at its most beautiful.

The Ellsworth Historical Society is holding a special sale of the “Ellsworth Pictorial History Book.” Originally priced at $39.95, the book is available by mail for $10 plus $5 shipping and handling.

The society describes it as “a visit to the Ellsworth of Yesterday and Today through 144 pages of intriguing and exciting text and 200 wonderful photographs.”

Proceeds will benefit the Ellsworth Historical Society’s restoration of its building and the continued work of the historical society.

Send $15 per book to Ellsworth Historical Society Pictorial History Book, PO Box 355, Ellsworth 04605. To save the $5 mailing cost, call Linda at 667-5716 or Terri at 667-8235 to pick up your copy at the museum for $10.

For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties. Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402, or email familyti@bangordailynews.com.

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