Sunday, May 5, 2019

A Treasure of a Photo

In 2014 my fellow family historian Patricia Pickard took a road trip to Milo, Maine to find the childhood home of my Aunt Sadie. You can read about her trip in Sadie's Pleasant View Farm Found. Here is the photo that she took.

I recently received this note and photo from my cousin, Nancy Kinney. 

Dear Clair,
It's been a while since we communicated. I hope that you are well and happy.
I'm still working on the book on Gerald Lewis Kinney, my father-in-law. the projected completion date is June. I want it to be ready for our Kinney family reunion this summer. 
Recently my brother-in-law sent us a scrapbook that my father-in-law made in 1927-1935.  There was a loose photo inside and when I recognized what it was I remembered that you were looking for Pleasant View Farm in Milo and it's in this picture. On the left is your Sadie and her Aunt Sadie (Sarah Errmina Crabtree Thomas) The couple on the right is Anna Thomas Kinney and Charles Lewis Kinney, Gerald's parents. We don't know the boy in the back unless it is Henry Crabtree who lived with Aunt Sadie Thomas at the same time as your Aunt Sadie. Do you recognize him?
Pleasant View Farm, Milo, Maine c. 1930
L to R: My Aunt Sadie (Sadie Crabtree Ayotte Ariel), her Aunt Sadie (Sarah Ermina Crabtree Thomas), unknown boy (Henry?), Anna Thomas Kinney, and Charles Lewis Kinney
I wish that I could share this photo with Pat Pickard, but she sadly died February 17, 2019. She would have loved the photo, and I'll bet she could have identified the mystery boy, too. 

Many thanks to Nancy Kinney for this treasure of a photo.


Read Aunt Sadie Crabtree's memoirs on this blog:

Part 1 and Part 2: Life on the Farm

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Jennie and Andrew Mitchell, Missionaries

I knew that many in my mother's family were preachers, but I really didn't know about the great numbers of missionaries who have served all over the world. This video features Jennie and Andrew Mitchell, their family, and the Go Ye Fellowship, a missionary sending organization founded in California in 1932.

Below the video is Andrew Mitchell's obituary, which tells us that all six of his children were ministers, and five of them were foreign missionaries.

If you would like to see some of the inspirational plaques he designed, go to  

Obituary courtesy of Mary Morken on Used with her kind permission. 

Andrew is my second cousin, twice removed. This is how we are connected:

Andrew Edgar Mitchell (1877 - 1964)
2nd cousin 2x removed

Martha Kinney (1846 - 1938)
Mother of Andrew Edgar Mitchell

Daniel Kinney (1799 - )
Father of Martha Kinney

Stephen KINNEY (1771 - 1837)
Father of Daniel Kinney

John Shepherd KINNEY (1802 - 1872)
Son of Stephen KINNEY

Sarah Ann KINNEY (1842 - 1935)
Daughter of John Shepherd KINNEY

David Jewett CRABTREE Sr. (1875 - 1954)
Son of Sarah Ann KINNEY

Elva Myrtle CRABTREE (1914 - 1998)
Daughter of David Jewett CRABTREE Sr.

Clair Marie Harris
You are the daughter of Elva Myrtle CRABTREE