This cabinet card is identified as Charles Litchfield, Reading [Massachusetts]. Charles was born on 26 July 1862 to Hiram Litchfield and Arevesta Kidder in Dixfield, Maine (his mother was from nearby Mexico, Maine) but his birth is registered in Reading, Mass. where his parents lived. Arevesta may have been visiting her family when Charles was born. His father was a stable keeper.
He married Emma (Bates) Flockton in Everett on 2 Oct 1893. It was her second marriage and she was 5 years his senior. He was a butcher and she was a milliner originally from New York. Later in life Charles ran a grocery store. The couple had at least two children: a son, Gerald, born about 1895 and a daughter, Dorothy Kidder Litchfield, born in Somerville on 30 December 1896.
Charles was active in the Masons and became the “Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.”
By 1930, the 71 year old retired and widowed Charles was living with his daughter and son-in-law in Melrose, Massachusetts. He died some time before 1940.
This tintype is identified as George and Helen Gilman and was found in the same photo album as the cabinet card of their son, Edgar Miller Gilman (see my blog post on 25 July for more on Edgar).
George Lincoln Gilman was born 16 March 1865 in Boston to George Gilman and Martha Miller. He was a steam train conductor for the B and M railroad.
Helen Miller was born in New Hampshire in September 1865 to Carlos Miller and Mary Gates. By 1880, Helen’s mother was working as a servant in the home of William Jones in Reading, Massachusetts and Helen was a school girl boarding there with her mother. Helen’s father, Carlos Miller, had died at the age of 36. Having survived his Civil War service in infantry and heavy artillery regiments, Carlos worked as a fireman for the railroad. On 17 November 1876, a switching mistake was made at the Ballardvale Station and the train Carlos was aboard collided with another train. Just prior to the accident, the engineer, Charles Walker, realizing that collision was imminent called to Carlos to jump. Carlos jumped from the wrong side of the train and was instantly crushed between the cars. The engineer, Charles Walker, was also killed.
George and Helen married in Boston on 14 January 1891. Helen gave birth to four children, but only two survived to adulthood: a son Edgar and a daughter Minerva.
Helen died in 1926. She is buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Reading, Massachusetts. By 1930 George had married Blanche, a Canadian four years his junior. He died 23 September 1952 at the age of 87. He is buried with Helen in Laurel Hill Cemetery.
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