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Cabinet Photograph of Nellie Mae Balano at Age 11-1/2; by a Rockland, Maine studio
Cabinet photograph of Nellie Mae Balano at the age of 11-1/2 years. The photograph was taken by the Crockett studio of Rockland, Maine.
From brief online research, hopefully correct: [corrections and additions requested]
Nellie Mae Balano was born July 17, 1884 at St. George, Maine, the daughter of Isaiah Balano, also seen as Isiah Balano, and Margaret (Wall) Balano. On April 20, 1909 at Augusta, Maine, Nellie married Hugh Augustus Merrill, son of Joseph Greenwood Merrill and Martha Maria (Stiles) Merrill. Hugh Augustus was born at Yarmouth, Maine, on March 10, 1876.
Hugh Augustus Merrill attended Bowdoin College and became a newspaper reporter and editor on various Maine periodicals, including the Portland Daily Argus at Portland, the New Age at Augusta and the Rockland Messenger at Rockland. He was also interested in history and genealogy and wrote on those subjects, including the "Hero of Westcustogo", [now known as North Yarmouth, Maine], included in the Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, Volume 9, dated 1898.
The couple lived in various Maine cities as Hugh Augustus pursued his newspaper career; I didn't find a record of any children for them. By 1958, Nellie was living at Portland, Maine, where she's noted as a widow in the City Directory of that year.
If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or if you believe Nellie M. Balano to be a different person, please leave a comment or contact me directly.