Week 2 of Friday's Find! This photo was found in Hollis, NH
If in one of these Friday's Find blog posts you find your relative, please contact me. I will either give you the item if I have it, or refer you to the person that does have the item to work it out between the two of you (at no profit to me). Visit last week's Friday's Find here to see a photo of the family of Lucy A. "Belle" Peabody & her husband James D. Landers. I got this one at the same time as that one.
Marriage Record Jun 6 1900 in Salem, Massachusetts: Lewis Adolphus Durkee, age 26 born in Nova Scotia son of Joseph A. Durkee & Alva R. Perry to Nellie Celia Peabody, age 22, daughter of Isaiah Peabody & Elizabeth Freeman, born in Middleton, MA; both of Peabody, MA. He worked in a lumber mill and she was "At home"; first marriage for both, married by Alexander J. McNeill, Clergyman, Salem.
From the censuses & birth records of their children we can determine the following:
He was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia & Immigrated in 1885;
1900 they are both living with his parents in Peabody, MA. She was b. Apr 1878. He was b. Feb 1875 - I couldn't seem to locate a birth for her or any earlier records. I assume she is probably somehow related to "Belle" but not sure how.
1910 & 1920 they are in Peabody, MA with the following 3 sons:
Harold Louis Durkee age 2 & 12
Donald Leslie Durkee age 5 & 15
Roger Alexander Durkee age 8 & 18
All 3 of these birth records are available on FamilySearch.org
Joseph A. Durkee, the father, may be in Peabody in 1870 as a single man age 22. Probably returned to Nova Scotia, Canada & them immigrated back later. It is unclear in my opinion who these other men are. I suspect it could Joseph, his son Lewis & two other unknown brothers born in Canada, but I am not sure as in 1900 Lewis is the only son listed with Joseph and I did not look into Canadian records.
The age of the photo lends me to think that rather than Lewis with his 3 sons, Harold Louis, Donald Leslie & Roger Alexander, simply because in that case this photo would need to have been taken about 1930, and to me the photo seems closer to the turn of the century.
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy