Surname Saturday - Ernest Costello Haseltine (1877-1957) & Hattie Viola Sanderson (1878-1943) of Haverhill, MA & Plaistow, NH
Ernest Costello Haseltine was the son of John Carleton Haseltine & Celestia Ann Bean (Click for More). His birthdate is unclear because a record cannot be located, but we can narrow it down to probably being in Jan 1877 from a variety of sources including the birth of siblings & the 1900 Census in Groveland, MA. Some family members report his birthday as Jan 9 1878, but this is impossible when a sibling which died in infancy was born in November 1877. His WWI Draft Card states he was born Jan 24 1878 and his WWII Draft Card states his birth as Jan 24 1881 both which are impossible. The later year would make him 15 yrs old when he married & he is named on the 1880 Census with his parents in Chester, NH as age 3. Several records state his birth place as being in his mother’s hometown of Lynn, MA, and while it is still entirely possible she returned to her mother’s home to give birth, a record does not exist there and it seems more likely they lived in the area of Derry, Candia or Raymond, NH during that time period. One thing definitely seems consistent in the family research, neither he, nor his parents were very good at being consistent with ages or birthdays when it came to censuses & other records.
Ernest married Hattie Viola Sanderson daughter of George A Sanderson and Nancy Emma Smith on Mar 12 1896 in Salem, NH (NHVR-M). Hattie had been born on Jun 9 1878 in Haverhill, MA (MVR-B). After their marriage the family lived at various locations in Groveland, MA (1900) & Haverhill, MA before settling on Hilldale Ave between 1903-1910 (See Haverhill Directories, Children’s Records & 1910 Census). Directories indicate the address as being north of Monument St. and while I’m not entirely sure it seems the house may have stood where Rt 495 is now. No deeds were found for him in Essex County, MA.
In 1926 Ernest & his new son-in-law Harry Wyman invested in a home on 28 acres of land in Plaistow, NH, purchasing it from Lionel J. Willett of Haverhill, MA on Rockingham County, NH Deed 753-431. If you were headed north on Rt 125 and reached the intersection with Sanborn Candies on your right, you would take a left & the small one level home was just up the road on the right at the corner before Walton Rd.
The land originally encompassed the corner of the intersection, northeasterly to a stone at “Old Grist Mill Park” so called then, along the southeast line of the park, to land of Walton/Sawyer to Noyes, then west along the road to East Hampstead [No. Main St] to the beginning. This would have been a sum what pie shaped parcel of land that exceeded approximately 20 football fields. I’m guessing about 880’ along both roads & a curved boundary connecting the two ends which I believe included the plaza where the Early Bird Café now stands – but I could be wrong, surveying is not my thing. The home address was 123 No. Main St. [more recently 207 No. Main St] & remained in the family until 2005, when it was sold as a commercial property & bulldozed. Prior to that most of the acreage had been sold off in multiple pieces.
Ernest is described on his WWI Draft Card from Sep 12 1918 as being of short stature, blue eyes & light brown hair, but his WWII Card states 5’6”, black eyes, grey hair, white skin of light complexion & has a tattoo on his right arm.
Hattie died on Mar 11 1943 in Hale Hospital, Haverhill, MA (MVR-D) & was buried on Mar 14 1943 in Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill, MA (CR). Hattie died from a medical error according to the family, but the death certificate says pulmonary embolism (blood clot) & cholelithiasis (gall bladder disease). Dr. Myron Livingston was the physician.
Ernest died on Jan 3 1957 in Suffield CT near where his daughter Marion resided at the time. He was buried in Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill, MA on Feb 14, 1957 (CR), however the stone states 1959, why it is incorrect is beyond me. A probate record was not found for him in Rockingham County, NH.
Ernest & Hattie had the following children:
1. Emma Celestia Haseltine born on Aug 21 1896 in Salem, NH (NHVR-B). She died on Aug 21 1982 & is buried in Hilldale Cemetery, Haverhill, Ma (CS). Emma married Harry E. Wyman, a WWII veteran, about 1923 (RCNH Deeds; 1930-Plaisow, NH; CS). Harry was born about 1897 in MA & died April 1955 (1930; CS). They removed to Plaistow, NH with her parents about 1926. They are both buried in Hilldale Cemetery on the center hill, back right side. They had 5 daughters & 3 sons, a few who are still living & therefore are not publicly included here. A mystery I have yet solved about Emma was that her grave marks her as "Rev".
2. Albert Ernest Haseltine was born on Oct 25 1898 in Haverhill, MA (MVR-B) & died in Sep 1966 according to family knowledge & the years are confirmed on his grave stone. He lived in Newton, NH and was buried there in Willow Grove Cemetery. He enlisted in WWII on May 1 1942. He married Marjorie “Margie” J. _________ who was born in 1902 in PA (according to census records) & passed away in 1982. She is buried with her husband.
3. Costello Carlton Haseltine was born on Feb 24 1901 in Massachusetts although a record was not found, although this date is confirmed by his Mason Membership Card which can be found on AmericanAncestors.org. It also states he lived in Agawam, MA at the time & became a member on Mar 7 1944. Costello married Marian Richardson on Apr 16 1923 in Salem, NH (NHVR-M). They had 8 daughters & 5 sons, some of whom may be living and are therefore not publicly included here. He died in Sep 15 1981 in Florida which is confirm via the Social Security Death Index, Florida Death Records & the Mason Membership Card.
4. Sybil Newman Haseltine was born on Apr 13 1903 in Haverhill, MA and the family lived on 12 Greenville St at the time. She married Arthur Leon Baker Sr. in 1923 and removed to Medford & Malden, MA. They had 1 daughter & 1 son.
5. Truman Curtis Haseltine was born on Jan 6 1909 in Haverhill (MVR-B). He died in Mar 1966 in St. Petersburg, FL. Truman married Dorothy Winnie Mason on Jan 11 1930 possibly in Dunstable, MA. Dorothy was born on May 17 1913 in NH or Wooski, VT. Both her parents were born in Vermont according to 1930 census. She died April 6 1997 in Homassa, FL. They had 3 sons & 2 daughters, some of whom are living.
6. George Robert Haseltine was born on Feb 13 1914 in Haverhill, MA (MVR-B). He died in June 16 2004 in Vermont. He did not marry and is buried with his parents in Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill, MA. He was a Sgt. In the US Army Air Forces in WWII enlisting on Oct 22 1942. According to an obit in The Rutland Herald:-George died in Bennington, VT at the Vermont Veterans Home. He had previously lived in Morgan, VT. He graduated from Sanborn Seminary High School in Kingston, NH and worked at the Portsmouth Navy Shipyard as an electrician instructor. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars in Haverhill and American Legion Post in Plaistow, NH.
7. Earl Alonzo Haseltine was born on Feb 5 1919 in Haverhill, MA. Earl was of African Amercian descent and although his birth record states Ernest was his father, and Ernest raised him, he was not his biological son. I have no knowledge who his biological father was. It seems to be a consensus from those in the family who will talk about it that Hattie had a relationship and/or fell in love with an African American man in Haverhill during the summer/fall of 1918. There are absolutely no indications any of this happened in a way that was against her will.
I think it would be fair to say some family members at the time were mad, and never fully recovered. It seems though that Ernest tried his best under the circumstances and provided a home for Earl until he became an adult. I’m not sure of the nature of their relationship. There had to have been difficult times. It does appear that Earl was not always treated as an equal by all family members, but thankfully it seems he was treated well by a few. We do know Earl cared enough for Ernest to attend his funeral according to another family member who witnessed him there, and to me this indicates there was likely some respect between the two men.
Earl was one of the few African American people in Plaistow & the only one who lived with an all white family, so it wasn’t surprising many of the older townspeople still living between 2000-2010 remembered him. It has been identified that Earl's nickname was "Coonie" as discovered by Jeanne Smith at the Plaistow Historical Society who talked with Alden Palmer (b. 1931) who remembered not only the nickname, but where he lived which matched up with the home on Main St. "Coon". I have to say this name literally turns my stomach as it was a very derogatory name for a black person.
For many years my father did not realize the “black man” who lived at his Grandmother’s house during the 1930’s, who he liked very much, was his uncle. He was never allowed to ask questions of his family or other relatives, and therefore did not know much. My father worked with me at solving the mystery as to what happened to Earl until his own death in 2005. All we really knew at the time was Earl lived until adulthood and that he was at Ernest’s funeral in 1957. Uncle George had told us he had died before 2000, and that he should be in the Plaistow Cemetery but he was not. Since then, I have found bits & pieces of information which I will include here.
The year after Earl lost his mother, he was the first in the family to voluntarily enlist in WWII. His military information states WWII Private-Warrant Officer, enlisted 4/4/1942 in Manchester for the duration of the war plus 6 months. Resided in Rockingham County, Army serial# 31107522, listed as negro, year of birth 1919, single without dependents, education=grammar. NARA stated Earl’s file was lost in the fire July 1973.
Earl married Mabel L. Hill between 1945-1948 likely in Newburgh, NY as by 1948 they are listed in the Newburgh, NY Directory on 148 Smith Rd. Mabel was born in Virginia Oct 31, 1920 likely in Portsmouth, VA & was raised in Newburgh, NY from as early as age 5. She was the daughter of Jasper Emmett Hill & Lillie May Holmes. It turns out she had a similar sad story in common with Earl in that her biological father was a married white man with several other children. Jasper Emmett Hill was b. Apr 3, 1877 in North Carolina & died May 16 1926 in Rocky Mount, NC. There is no indication thus far he ever was responsible for his daughter Mabel. Shortly before Mabel’s birth, on the 1920 Census Lillie May Holmes is 19 & with her father John H. & brother Thomas on Highland Ave in Portsmouth (Independent City) Harrison Ward, VA, District 192. Mabel’s 43 yr old father was across town with his wife & other children in Madison Ward, VA, District 160. Mabel’s Mom married Andrew Long of Portsmouth, VA and they relocated to Newburgh, New York before 1929.
Earl & Mabel are listed in the Newburgh, NY Directory from at least 1948-1950, but by the 1952 Haverhill Directory they are listed on River St. & it states he was a City employee. In 1959 he is listed as a Construction Worker & they have moved to 410 Washington where they remained until Earl’s death.
After a decade of searching I can finally confirm Earl died Sept 7, 1965 in Haverhill, MA and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery on East Broadway in Haverhill. He died in his bed apparently from natural causes, and Mabel died June 24, 1975 in Haverhill, MA. According to her death record she was the daughter of Emmett Hill & Liillie M. Holmes. Earl's death record states he lived at 410 Washington St and was a truck driver at the time. He was married and the informant was Mabel. He was 47y 7m 2d. Given Mabel’s willingness to share her own biological father’s name with the Welfare Dept, I suspect, she did not know Earl’s biological father’s name when Earl passed away a decade earlier & therefore could not put it on his death record. Therefore it is probable Earl did not even know his biological father’s name. Earl's grave was unmarked, I asked the military to provide a stone in 2010, and by Memorial Day 2011 it was erected.
It is still unknown to me if they had any children. If you feel this couple could be your parents or grandparents, please write me.
8. Marion Arlene Haseltine was born on Jan 23 1922 in Haverhill, MA. Marion enlisted in WWII on Apr 28 1944. Marion married Richard Taylor on Mar 14 1947. He was born Jun 16 1925. She died Jan 7 2013.
Sourcing not clearly listed in text:
NEHGS - New England Historical Genealogical Society
MVR – Massachusetts Vital Records B = Birth Record; m= Marriage Record; D=Death Record
NHVR – New Hampshire Vital Records B = Birth Record; m= Marriage Record; D=Death Record
CR – Cemetery Record at the specific cemetery named
CS – Hilldale Cemetery Survey – Complete survey of grave markers by Amylynne Baker-Santagate in progress 2013 -2014.
RCNH Deeds – Rockingham County, NH Registry of Deeds
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