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Ruth Marguerite Carney, b. 5 Sep 1902 at Newcastle, Maine

Ruth Marguerite Carney was born 5 September 1902 at Newcastle, Maine, the daughter of Franklin Irving Carney and his wife Flora I. Sprague.


Below are a reprint of a post at the blog Heirlooms Reunited, which includes a December 1907 photograph of Ruth and her sister Alice Gwendoline Carney, and Ruth's family tree.


Photo of sisters Ruth Marguerite Carney & Alice Gwendoline Carney, Newcastle, Maine

December 1907 photograph of sisters Ruth Marguerite Carney and Alice Gwendoline, who were born in Newcastle, Maine in the early 1900s.  

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, Dorothy.

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) Sprague.

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 in 1982.

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 directly.  Thanks!

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