December 1907 photograph of sisters Ruth Marguerite Carney and
Alice Gwendoline, who were born in Newcastle, Maine in the early
From online research, hopefully correct:
Ruth Marguerite Carney was born 5 September 1902 at Newcastle,
Maine. Her sister Alice Gwendoline Carney was born 15
September 1903. They were the daughters of Franklin Irving
Carney and his second wife Flora I. (Sprague) Carney.
They had an older sister, Gladys Emma Carney, and a younger one,
Their paternal grandparents were Franklin Lafayette Carney and his
wife Cecilia A. (Mahoney) Carney. Their maternal grandparents
were Elisha B. Sprague and his wife Mary Priscilla (Lash)
Their father was first married to Jennie M. Mosher, who died in
1896, after having three children: Richard, Marion and Doris.
I found quite a bit of information online on Ruth and Alice's
grandfather, Franklin Lafayette Carney, who was born in Boston and
became a businessman and person of influence in the midcoast area
of Maine. He got his middle name at the age of about six
months when he was being held in the crowd as General Lafayette was
riding by on a tour of Boston. Lafayette stopped to admire
him and was told that the baby's middle name would be Lafayette
from that point on.
I believe that Ruth Margaret Carney never married. She died
On 12 September 1928, Alice Gwendoline Carney married James
Archibald Robinson, who was born 14 July 1906 at Minneapolis,
Minnesota, the son of Harry Ellsworth Robinson and his wife Ruth
Ella (Webster) Robinson. They are in the 1930 Census of
Stamford, Connecticut. Alice died in 1989.
If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the
information presented here, please leave a comment or contact me
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