Researching Downeast Maine and Maritime Canada Families Together
This photo taken c. 1908 at Silver Ridge Plantation, Maine, is of the extended family of Sylvanus "Vene" and Lillian Ainsley (Kneeland) Kneeland. Positiely identified are: Sylvanus Kneeland, seated male with silver hair; Gertrude Kneeland, dau Vene and Lillian, seated infant; Stella Kneeland (married name Conlogue), dau Vene and Lillian, front standing; Donald Kneeland, son of Vene and Lillian, front row in hat.
Tentatively identified in back row second and third girls in some order as Eva Kneeland and Alice Kneeland (married names York and Bradeen), daughters of Vene and Lillian, and girl at far right end as Emmy Neal, daughter of Henry and Cynthia A. (Kneeland) Neal.
It has been suggested that the seated female holding the baby is Lillian Kneeland, Vene's wife. However, Lillian would have been at least 45 years old when this photo was taken. The seated girl looks younger than that to me. The only photo I have to compare is of Lillian at age 75+, shortly before she died. Although facial planes are similar, we must bear in mind that these Kneelands were second cousins, and the Kneelands genes are very strong. They all bear a fairly close family resemblance. It makes positive identification very difficult.
We believe that this group is the extended family of siblings, the children of Manassah Kneeland and Emily Coffin Kneeland Dow. Our best guess is that these are family members of Sylvanus and Lillian Ainsley (Kneeland) Kneeland of Silver Ridge, Abram and Lucinda (Kneeland) Perry of Stacyville, Henry and Cynthia A. (Kneeland) Neal of Silver Lake, Cyrus and Lucy Kimball) Kneeland of Silver Ridge and George N. Kneeland of Sherman.
If you can identify anyone in this photo, please contact me here or directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can furnish a higher quality copy of this photo if you would like one.
This Kneeland/Coffin line is my father's maternal pedigree. I have nearly 20 years research collected, and would be happy to share resources.