FAMILY TIES

Camden cemetery book offers stories, photos, ancestry

Posted Aug. 24, 2014, at 11:22 a.m.
Roxanne Moore Saucier
Roxanne Moore Saucier

Barbara F. Dyer does not take lightly the title of Camden town historian. She has been hard at work on “Who’s Who at Mountain View II,” another fine collection of stories and photos that bring to life those interred in the Camden cemetery.

You say you don’t have any people buried in Camden? Maybe not. But in this day and age, we know what a small world it is. Further, perusing such a book may give us clues about where to look for information on other people and places.

Readers know how interested I am in people named Bennett, wondering if they have any connection to my Gloucester, Massachusetts, Bennetts, which came to New Gloucester in the late 1700s and then to Guilford in the early 1800s.

One Albert Bradley Bennett was the chief engineer of two luxury yachts named Lyndonia, owned by publisher Cyrus Hermann Kotzschmar Curtis. Albert was a native of Bucksport, the youngest of nine children of William Henry Bennett and Elizabeth Jane (Smith).

Albert and wife Margaret Elizabeth (Hart) lived in both Winthrop, Massachusetts, and the Maine city of Brewer, where they were living when Margaret died of typhoid fever. Her widower then moved the family to 115 Elm St. in Camden. More on the family is included in the book thanks to “The Lyndonia Collection,” a book written by Albert’s grandson, Professor Albert Bennett of the University of New Hampshire.

One of Albert and Margaret’s sons, Albert “Foggy” Bennett II, was a star baseball player in high school and in the Twilight League. His pitching was a key factor in state championships his team won, and he also became a Little League coach.

C. Wilkes Babb is duly noted in the book for the 70 years he ran the Knox Woolen Mill. He was born in South Thomaston to Harrison P. and Harriet A. (Newhall) Babb, his mother a descendant of Mayflower passengers John and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden. During Babb’s tenure at the mill, the workforce grew from 30 to 275.

But it is his wife, Theresa Butler (Parker) Babb, who has her own chapter, titled “A Lady Ahead of Her Time.” Born in 1868 to Moses and Mary (Cleveland) Parker, Theresa was an active church woman who supported the 1926 establishment of the Camden Community Hospital. She was on the Board of Managers for the Home for Aged Women and participated in many other organizations.

She also is remembered for her wonderful photography work, with several albums having been donated to the Walsh History Center at the Camden Public Library.

The 26th Regiment of the Civil War gets its own chapter, while surnames in the book include Crosby, Curtis, Dyer, Weymouth, Hardy, Hobbs, Hopkins, Howe, Hunt, Johnson, Laite, Richards, Schipper, Sides, Tyler, Thomas, Storey, Sherman, Stevenson, Sturdee, Perry, Young, Libby, Barnes, Bailey, Coombs, Ames and Young.

I am enjoying this book very much, especially because Barbara Dyer includes genealogical information about these people when available.

The cost of the book is $20, plus $1.10 sales tax and $5 shipping and handling. Send checks to Barbara Dyer, 11 Highland Ave., Camden, ME 04843. You also may contact her at 236-3104 or barbaradyer820@yahoo.com.

Monson Heritage Day promises lots of fun for all ages during an open house, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Monson Historical Society Museum on Main Street.

Learn the Molkky, research your family and watch the children enjoy Scandinavian activities such as making wooden Dala horses or fairy houses. Finnish foods will be available for tasting, as well.

The Monson Fire Department will hold its own open house, as well. Both groups are justly proud of the antique fire truck on display. For more information, contact Estella Bennett at 876-3073.

For i nformation 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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