Two group photographs, one which includes Sherman Braley and one
which includes Gracie M. Braley.
Sherman and Gracie Braley were the children of Elijah and Ida
(Reynolds) Braley. Below are a post from the
blog Heirlooms Reunited showing the photographs
and discussing the family history of Sherman and Gracie Braley, and
a family tree for Sherman Braley, who married Ruth Withee in 1913.
Group photo of schoolchildren that includes Sherman Braley,
according to a handwritten entry on reverse. No
photographer's imprint or location given.
The second group photo of schoolchildren includes Gracie M. Braley,
according to a handwritten entry on the reverse, the same
handwriting as in the photograph with Sherman Braley. Again,
no photographer's imprint or location given.
Researching online, I find that Sherman and Gracie M. Braley were
the children of Elijah and Ila (Reynolds) Braley of Benton, Maine.
Sherman Braley was born in Maine, 11 May 1888, according to
his World War I draft registration card. Gracie M. Braley was
born in Maine, in August of 1883.
Elijah Braley or Brailey, as I found it sometimes indexed, was born
in July of 1856, the son of Hezekiah and Elsie (Reynolds) Braley.
Ila (Reynolds) Braley was born about Dec 1862, the daughter
of Richard Reynolds and possibly his wife Martha.
I found an entry for Sherman Braley in the Maine Marriages online
database; if this is the correct Sherman Braley, he married Ruth
Withee in 1913. I haven't yet found him in the 1920 or 1930
Censuses; hopefully, if he served in the World War I, he survived
I believe that Ruth Withee was born in August of 1893 in Madison,
Maine, the daughter of John and Frances (Howard) Withee, born in
Winslow and Lee, Maine, respectively. If this is the correct
Ruth Withee, her father was dead by the 1900 Census, and his widow
and daughters were boarding with the Thompson family in Waterville,
In 1910, according to the Census, Ruth was living in Vassalboro
with her mother and sister Emily; they are indexed incorrectly as
Wither, not Withee. The record of the 1913 marriage of
Sherman Braley and Ruth Withee indicates that she was living in
Vassalboro, so that is a hopeful sign.
As for Gracie M. Braley, she was living as a servant in the Owen
Salley family of Fairfield, Maine, in the 1910 Census. I
haven't yet found her in the 1920 Census, but in 1930, she was
living as a servant in the household of Orrin Learned family, also
of Fairfield. She perhaps never married.
If you have any information on the Braley or Withee families of the
central Maine area towns of Waterville, Fairfield, Benton,
Vassalboro or Unity, I would be very pleased to hear from you.
Below is a map of Waterville, Maine. If you zoom out, you
will find Benton, Fairfield, Vassalboro and Unity.
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